Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Review

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Review
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Review Darryl Linington
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Samsung has officially unveiled its latest mobile device, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G. While there are a number of mobile phones on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G most certainly caught my eye.

The model I decided to check out was the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G in Phantom Gray, which sports 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. Also included in the specs is a 5nm processor, a 120Hz display, and the ability to shoot at 64-megapixels with the rear cameras and at 10-megapixels with the front. As the cameras are a big feature, it also comes with a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens and a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens.

But Samsung did not stop there… The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is also capable of shooting 8K video. It also packs in a “Super Steady” mode that allows for AI stabilisation at 60fps. Another new feature is “8K Video Snap,” which allows you to create an album of high-quality 33-megapixel images captured directly from your 8K video. This is a pretty cool feature, especially if you really want to capture those special moments.

With all this power under the hood, you would expect the battery life to be pretty shoddy… Well, it’s actually pretty decent. Powering the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is a 4000mAh battery, which lasts a lot longer than expected thanks to the new power-efficient display and processor. You also get support for fast charging as well as wireless power share, which means that you can charge your mate’s Samsung Galaxy S21 5G with yours.

When it comes to the operating system, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G comes standard with Samsung’s One UI (User Interface), which is coupled with Android 11. This places it on a higher shelf than other devices due to the fact that One UI and Android 11 work so smoothly together. The touch interface is quick, extremely responsive, and makes moving through the menus so satisfying.

Bixby is still around; however, Google Assistant is present too. While Bixby is pretty snappy as well as intelligent, I preferred using Google Assistant more. This is a personal preference, to be honest, as most of my home is filled with Google-powered devices and Smart Lights. To complement the smart experience, Samsung’s SmartThings app is included as well as a number of other cool apps. One of my favourites being Samsung Members, which not only hosts an awesome community of like-minded Samsung members, but also provides access to some pretty awesome competitions, benefits, and freebies.

Looking at the size and build quality, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G weighs in a very light 169 grams. It also comes in a very petite size of 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm that fits in the hand/pocket rather comfortably. While I like the size, I still prefer the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but that’s mainly because I prefer larger devices.

The build quality is pretty solid and there is, thankfully, no glass back. These break (stop making them), and I’m glad that this model does not have one. I also like the fact the camera protrudes less than the Note 20 Ultra, which makes it less prone to those rather annoying scratches.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is a pretty powerful device, especially for its size. It’s sleek, sexy and has all the features that anyone could want packaged in its gorgeous frame. While it is a bit pricey (R17,999 gee golly gosh Batman), it’s still a superb device.

Overall, if you are looking at upgrading your latest mobile phone contract – because R17,999 is a lot of bills – then the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is the device for you.

By: Darryl Linington
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