Best phone 2021: the top 5 smartphones you can buy in the world

1. iPhone 13 Pro / iPhone 13 Pro Max

SPECIFICATIONS

Release date: September 2021

Weight: 204g / 240g

Dimensions: 146.7mm x 71.5mm x 7.7mm / 160.8mm x 78.1mm x 7.7mm

OS: iOS 15

Screen size: 6.1-inch / 6.7-inch

Resolution: 1170 x 2532 / 1284 x 2778

CPU: A15 Bionic

RAM: 6GB

Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB

Battery: 3,095mAh / 4,352mAh

Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP

Front camera: 12MP

price : upto 113000 EBR

REASONS TO BUY

+Great performance+Strong battery life

REASONS TO AVOID

-Limited design changes-Notch still too large

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are the best iPhones available at the time of writing, offering more power than ever before, improved cameras, 120Hz refresh rates and surprisingly good battery life.

Screen: Whether you choose the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro or 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max you’re getting a sharp OLED screen with a 120Hz variable refresh rate. The continued presence of the notch is annoying, but it’s slightly smaller this time and easy to ignore, especially once you see the overall quality of the display.

Battery life: Apple has outdone itself with the battery life on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which is genuinely great, rather than just being great for an iPhone. The iPhone 13 Pro’s isn’t quite as good, but it’s still decent and an upgrade on the iPhone 12 Pro’s life.

Camera: The iPhone 13 Pro range includes the same lens types as last year, but with larger pixels and new modes, including an impressive macro mode, and a slightly less significant Cinematic mode. Between all this and their improved low light performance, these cameras are ace.

Read more:  iPhone 13 Pro Max specification  | buy  iPhone 13 Pro Max

2. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

SPECIFICATIONS

Release date: January 2021

Weight: 227g

Dimensions: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm

OS: Android 11

Screen size: 6.8-inch

Resolution: 1440 x 3200

CPU: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100

RAM: 12GB / 16GB

Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB

Battery: 5,000mAh

Rear camera: 108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP

Front camera: 40MP

price : 72500 Birr

REASONS TO BUY

+The best camera zoom+Mesmerizing design

REASONS TO AVOID

-Expensive at any level-No microSD card slot

Why it’s the best smartphone: We think the S21 Ultra is a fantastic choice for you with one of the best camera suites, phenomenal power, great battery life, a solid design and a whole host of other great features. The Galaxy S21 Ultra isn’t a cheap handset with a price that, despite being cheaper than its predecessor, is still costlier than any competing flagship, but if you’re looking for the ultimate smartphone experience in 2021 you will be hard pressed to do better than this latest from Samsung.

Screen: The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra features a top 6.8-inch screen with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate and a Quad HD resolution. This is one of the best smartphone displays on the market.

Battery life: The Samsung S21 Ultra’s battery life is solid, and we found it’d often see us through a whole day from a full charge. If you’re playing around with the 120Hz refresh rate, battery life is likely to drain faster, but it’s a top choice if you’re after a long lasting phone.

Note the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra doesn’t come with a charger in the box though, so you’ll have to use your existing one or buy one separately.

Camera: Samsung’s 108MP camera on the Galaxy S21 Ultra is going to be the highlight for many, and the camera doesn’t disappoint on this phone. Like its predecessor, you can take 100x zoom photography, but it’s far improved here over the Galaxy S20 Ultra with two telephoto cameras working in tandem to do the heavy lifting.

Read our Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review

3. Samsung Galaxy S21 / S21 Plus

SPECIFICATIONS

Release date: January 2021

Weight: 169g/200g

Dimensions: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm / 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8 mm

OS: Android 11

Screen size: 6.2-inch / 6.7-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2400

CPU: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100

RAM: 8GBStorage: 128GB / 256GB

Battery: 4,000mAh / 4,800mAh

Rear camera: 12MP + 64MP + 12MP

Front camera: 10MP

price : upto 41000

REASONS TO BUY

+Fantastic, versatile camera+Cheaper than the Galaxy S20

REASONS TO AVOID

-No microSD support-Screen isn’t the best

Why they’re ranked 3rd: The Samsung Galaxy S21 will be the perfect smartphone for many with its great mix of solid spec, a great design and the fact it’s cheaper than the Galaxy S21 Ultra as well as its predecessors. If you own the Samsung Galaxy S20 we wouldn’t recommend buying this, but for others this will be the perfect smartphone. If you’re looking for a larger screen and a better battery, opt for the very similar but slightly more expensive Plus model.

Screen: Much has been said about Samsung’s switch to Full HD for the Galaxy S21’s display, but in our testing we didn’t notice the knock down in resolution much unless we were testing the phone side by side with a QHD display. With a 120Hz refresh rate and great brightness, the Galaxy S21’s screen will satisfy many. Looking for that larger screen? You’ll get it with the S21 Plus.

Battery life: The battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S21 will last you a full day from a single charge, and its 4,000mAh cell means you’ll get a lot of usage out of the handset without having to recharge the phone. The battery on the S21 Plus is even better with a 4,800mAh cell inside.

Camera: The Galaxy S21’s camera is much the same as the Galaxy S20, but a few software tweaks have been included from Samsung that make it just that touch better. Overall, this isn’t as phenomenal as the Galaxy S21 Ultra but for most just wanting to shoot the odd snap, this will suit you perfectly.

Read more: Galaxy S21 review

4. iPhone 13

SPECIFICATIONS

Release date: September 2021

Weight: 174g

Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7mm

OS: iOS 15

Screen size: 6.1-inch

Resolution: 1170 x 2532

CPU: A15 Bionic

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB

Battery: Up to 19 hours

Rear camera: 12MP+12MP

Front camera: 12MP

Price : up to 95000 Birr

REASONS TO BUY

+Strong battery life+Powerful internals

REASONS TO AVOID

-Minimal design changes-No 120Hz screen

Why it’s ranked 4th: The iPhone 13 Pro / Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S21 range have the edge over the iPhone 13 when it comes to specs and features, but this standard iPhone model comes close to matching them, especially when it comes to battery life. And actually it probably has slightly more power than its Android rivals.Advertisementhttps://5fbf1e8872ba451ac07d44cbf2408ece.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Screen: With its 6.1-inch 1170 x 2532 OLED display, the iPhone 13 has a bright and clear screen. It doesn’t have a 120Hz refresh rate, but it does at least have a slightly smaller notch than the iPhone 12.

Battery life: In our tests the iPhone 13 reliably lasted through a day of use, but not much more. That puts it in fairly average territory, yet it’s still an improvement on many previous iPhones here.

Camera: The iPhone 13 lacks a telephoto camera, but its main and ultra-wide perform well, with the former having larger pixels than the iPhone 12’s. With improved image stabilization too, plus some new shooting modes and features, there’s a lot to play with here, and a lot to like.

Read more: iPhone 13 review

5. OnePlus 9 Pro

SPECIFICATIONS

Release date: March 2021

Weight: 197g

Dimensions: 163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7mm

OS: Android 11

Screen size: 6.7-inch

Resolution: 1440 x 3216

CPU: Snapdragon 888

RAM: 8/12GB

Storage: 128/256GB

Battery: 4,500mAh

Rear camera: 48MP + 50MP + 8MP + 2MP

Front camera: 16MP

price : 68000 Birr

REASONS TO BUY

+The best OnePlus camera phone+Great power

REASONS TO AVOID

-Highest price for a OnePlus-No microSD support

Why it’s ranked 5th: OnePlus may have focused its attention on the cameras for the OnePlus 9 Pro, but this is an overall incredible smartphone offering top-end power, a great display and most features you’d expect from any other phone you’ll find on this list. Battery life isn’t the absolute best, and it’s remarkably expensive considering OnePlus’ history in the smartphone market but it has earned its place this high on our best smartphone list because it’s the overall package.Advertisementhttps://5fbf1e8872ba451ac07d44cbf2408ece.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Screen: This 6.7-inch screen has the ability to impress you more than an iPhone for one simple reason: the ‘Fluid Display’ that sets the refresh rate to 120Hz. Not only does it make game look better, but simply scrolling the web looks smoother. You’ll also find nice upscaling and HDR10+ here.

Battery life: If you need your phone battery to last all day long, the OnePlus 9 Pro achieves that, but it doesn’t offer the absolute best battery life we’ve seen on a smartphone. It features a 4,500mAh battery, and this is set to last you a full day from a single charge but it may not offer that if you’re using the phone an extraordinary amount. It also have great fast charging and wireless charging features.

Camera: Thanks to a new Hasselblad partnership and a ‘freeform’ ultra-wide lens, designed to reduce the distortion at the edge of images, the OnePlus 9 Pro is the best OnePlus camera phone. It isn’t the absolute best camera phone, but it’s a remarkable step up from the company with a great 48MP main camera alongside an 8MP telephoto and 50MP ultrawide.

Read more: OnePlus 9 Pro review

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