SAMSUNG GALAXY S21 – Cutting The Right Corners ($799 Flagship Phone)

by birtanpublished on February 7, 2021

What we have right here is the brand new samsung galaxy s21 this is the base model out of the three which is essentially the phone you'd be buying if you wanted the latest specs from samsung the latest flagship but you didn't want to spend over a thousand dollars so for the first time in a long time samsung changed their normal trend every year they increased the price of almost every single model and this year with the s21 they actually dropped the price compared to last year and this one's selling at just under 800. now there's a couple things people

Complained about with how they dropped the price and i'll talk about that throughout this video but overall i think this phone is really impressive it delivers a lot of the really big flagship specs the processor uh the storage and everything you're really looking for but of course coming in eight hundred dollars is a very competitive price so with that being said let's get into this video the first thing i want to start off with is just a physical tour i think within the first couple minutes you'll see what

People were complaining about but honestly i'm not sure that those are really a big drawback so starting off on the back you'll see that there are several different colors i believe there's three or four different colors i'll show them on the screen right now and this one right here i think looks really clean the white and silver and all the way around the phone you have the rails are made of aluminum of course so it should be pretty durable and we'll take a look at that in just one second

But on the back the white back here is actually made of plastic and this is the first thing people were complaining about when you're buying a flagship phone they wanted a glass back as we're seeing on the s21 plus and of course last year's galaxy s20 it's very common to see glass backs on flagship phones but with that being said the plastic back is honestly something that i almost prefer now don't get me wrong i love a good premium glass back on a phone but plastic does have its advantages so

First of all you're not going to get fingerprints on this one it really doesn't have as much of a shine to it so even if there were fingerprints you really wouldn't see them on top of that it is more durable so it's less likely to shatter i mean maybe you could get a scratch on it but i've done a lot of polling and it turns out a lot of people actually prefer plastic backs and people who don't prefer plastic backs i mean many of them end up using a case anyway so the plastic back while it did get a lot

Of attention and a lot of people complained i don't think is really a big drawback i'm happy they did that that's one of the cut the ways to cut cost that i think is pretty harmless it's really hard to see the difference but if it saves money it's good to drive the price down now looking on the top left you'll see we have our camera bump there our three cameras 64 megapixel telephoto lens and then 12 megapixel wide angle and ultra wide angle lens next to our flash something you'll

Notice is that this this just like the galaxy s 21 plus doesn't actually have a microphone on the back anywhere i believe the microphone is going to be on the top and on the bottom so we'll test that out in the video test to see how that actually sounds but it also doesn't have any kind of lidar any kind of depth camera anything like that on the back which i think is fine a nice clean aesthetic and i mean the overall aesthetic of this phone i think i think it looks really good you

Guys can leave a comment and let me know what you think of this but as far as phones go i think this is one of the best looking phones on the market right now i really like how the edge kind of just wraps up into the camera bump to have that really nice silver aesthetic there i think it looks pretty sleek but looking around the outside we'll start off on the right side when you're looking at the front of the phone we have our classic buttons samsung's had them over on this side for a while now

The volume rocker and then the side key the side key is essentially your power button but it's going to be something you can remap so as we're usually seeing with samsung devices you can remap it to open bixby or any app you want maybe snapchat for example you can open your camera and of course you could power it off depending on how you choose to set that up within your settings on the bottom of the phone we have our speaker on the right side we have our usb type-c in the middle

Obviously again no headphone jack on this phone we haven't seen one in years and to the left of that we have our sim tray and another microphone now i've been told that the microphone in there is actually turned 90 degrees so if you accidentally poke it with your sim tray poker you shouldn't damage it but i would still be careful and try to avoid poking that hole you want to make sure you get the right hole when you're trying to take your sim tray out it's weird that samsung put them that

Close on the left side very clean nothing there you can see the marks for the antenna and on the top we have our microphone now on the front this is the second thing people are actually complaining about we have a 6.2 inch super amoled screen 120 hertz so far that sounds great right but the catch is it's limited to only 1080p and again this is something that i don't particularly see as a big drawback i know a lot of people wanted that quad hd display that we saw

On the s20 so it's weird to see a downgrade but at the same time last year you had a choice anyway you could either have quad hd at 60 hertz or 1080p at 120 hertz and being that the difference between 1080p and quad hd on a screen of this size uh was not as significant as the difference in res in screen refresh rate i always chose 120 hertz anyway so this screen experience is essentially identical from my use case so 120 hertz 1080p

I think it looks really good i have no complaints about that on the top we have our hole punch camera and just as a side note i actually will be i mean you guys might be wondering what the other differences are between this and the galaxy s20 from last year i will be making a full side-by-side comparison it's probably going to be my very next video so if you're watching this you're new to the channel consider going down and clicking the subscribe button so you don't miss that video now if you're watching this later just check

On down maybe i'll link in the description and you guys can see i maybe already made that video but with that being said the screen looks really good so physically speaking guys i don't really have any complaints with this the two drawbacks were the plastic back in the lower resolution screen but both of them i think are a good way to cut cost some other things to note with this phone physically that you can't actually see on the back of course we have wireless charging and reverse wireless charging so you could charge up

Like your earbuds on the back of your phone really cool feature you don't see that on iphones it's one of the reasons i really like these on the front end we have our fingerprint sensor underneath the screen this is an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and this year it's supposedly better and larger from my experience i mean i'm just so used to the s20 i'm getting pretty good at that but i did notice that it does seem to maybe just how i registered my fingerprint it seems to work really well

I like the fingerprint sensor i never seem to miss it and it just works uh you know almost every single time i'm using it and then looking under the hood we have a snapdragon 888 the newest processor from qualcomm and really the best you're going to see on any android device out there this also has bluetooth 5.0 not 5.2 i don't know why they didn't make that upgrade so it's a little bit less future proof than the ultra but it's the same boat that we're seeing with the galaxy s21 plus i'm not sure why samsung chose to put

Just 5.0 and not 5.1 or 5.2 in here but you know whatever that's what they did i guess and while we're on the subject of downgrades they also have less ramps only eight gigabytes of ram maybe they did some surveying and realized most people don't need 12 gigabytes i'm not entirely sure why they did that regardless eight is not leading the pack but it's definitely going to get the job done you have 128 gigabytes of storage on the base model you can of course

Upgrade that i believe it's like 50 to get up to 256 gigabytes but you don't actually have expandable storage so you'll see the sim tray on the bottom is just a sim tray you no longer have any room for expandable storage this is another thing people really complained about and this is one that i would say is actually grounded personally i i don't really use expandable storage on here i would rather pay for onedrive or something but i know a lot of people that would like to use that expandable storage so not

Having that on here kind of sets us back a little but again we don't see that on iphones anyway or a lot of other phones out there so samsung's kind of been like the last one holding on to that of course this is ip68 water resistance so drop it in water you should have absolutely no problem and then i guess one other thing to note is the display on the front is actually a flat display so unlike what we see on so many of the previous s models like s20 the s10 and keep rolling back to like the s6

Edge this one does not actually have that waterfall edge which personally i really like that it's a flat display the waterfall edge was cool when it came out and i really liked it for a little while but it had its drawbacks it was really annoying honestly to try to type because i kept having some palm issues like every time i would reach my thumb over farther on the screen my palm would hit the bottom corner and i ended up changing the keyboard or doing something stupid like that and it really got annoying so having the

Flat display i think is a pretty welcome change of course if you have your phone face down now you can't use that edge lighting to to kind of have like a little green ring when you get a phone call or a blue ring for a message that was nice before but i mean overall the pros and cons i think a flat display is going to be better now one other thing to note with how they actually cut cost on this phone in the box they don't have a charging brick this is something that

People are very upset about and of course you can go out and buy a charging brick but this is what we're seeing now flagship phones no longer come with charging bricks we see apple did this first samsung made fun of them now samsung's doing it and i'm sure we're gonna see this trend continue with many other flagship phones throughout the year so with that being said guys let's jump into a camera test like i said we have four cameras on this phone the selfie camera on the front and then the three on the back so we'll

Get into some videos and photos to see how well it actually performs so starting off here's the ultrawide camera and overall samsung improved a lot it's a much lower saturation than it used to be here's the wide angle but you will notice the shadows look especially blue in the snow i'm not sure really why they did that but here's the telephoto lens and again the sharpness looks really really good the trees are a natural color here's the 10x zoom still very usable and as we dial it into

30x zoom i mean it's more usable than it used to be it's really not that bad but i'm obviously not going to print this out here's live focus view this one is essentially portrait mode with the rear camera my skin looks a little bit too saturated the selfie camera has much more natural skin tones and when you go to live focus mode again it does an excellent job i think this actually does one of the best jobs for blurring the background very very accurately and just as a side note i'll

Actually be posting all these photos on twitter so if you guys want to zoom in and actually look at them a little closer go check out my twitter at mike o'brien with two ends and i'll share these photos there okay so this is a video with the s21 again i'm walking around and it's really pretty smooth not shaky but we could go back to the ultra wide as you see here and the mic zooms out as we zoom in it's going to sound like i'm getting farther away so we go to 3x zoom

And again pretty stable surprisingly stable it looks really clean nice sharpness overall great color and as we go over let's bring this pole into focus looks like it focused really pretty quickly a good natural blur in the background overall i think this looks pretty good but let's see what it sounds like if well let's see what it sounds like if you're recording like a person and the audio is on this side again without a microphone right next to the cameras we're gonna see how this actually sounds

Using the microphone on the top and the bottom of the of the phone itself so leave a comment and let me know what you guys think how this audio sounds to you and that's it for the video test okay so this is the video test with the selfie camera um just let me know how this sounds and looks to you guys in a comment below uh but honestly i mean it's doing a great job like there's obviously the sun right behind me and it's still like i'm not a total silhouette so it's doing a really good job of the

Of the dynamic range the color overall i'm impressed with this so overall guys the galaxy s21 regular is a phone that although it has a lot of new features like the newest processor in a way it's kind of a step back which is why it's an interesting comparison i'll be putting out between the galaxy s20 from last year and the s21 right here so i mean like i said you're going to have some trade-offs you have a better processor but you have less ram you have a plastic back versus a glass

Back but there's a lot of things like that so with that being said guys definitely check out that video but looking at this phone individually i mean honestly i really like it i think samsung did a lot of things right here i like how they dialed the cost back a little bit making this a more competitive phone and the drawbacks on here don't really bother me i don't care that it's a plastic back i don't care that it's the same resolution that i was using before anyway with 120 hertz and i don't usually use sd cards anyway

But i mean there are a lot of great things with this phone the processor is very fast we do have that 120 hertz screen we have all the usual flagship stuff you want to see and the cameras on here honestly do an excellent job i really like how even though the software even the hardware is not especially different samsung is doing a lot right with your software now so they're finally catching up and they're not over saturating photos they're not over softening photos

I think they look really good so the samsung galaxy s21 i think is a pretty solid buy gives you all the flagship specs at a much lower price and i think it's a pretty easy phone to recommend but you guys can leave a comment and let me know what you think of the galaxy s21 is this a phone you would be buying or recommending to friends or are there too many drawbacks what do you guys like and dislike about this phone and as always guys if you enjoyed this

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