The Four Best Mobile Phones to Buy in 2021

Updated on October 6, 2021

There was a time when buying a phone didn’t feel like a significant endeavor. People would buy a mobile phone that could make calls and receive text messages, as older phones had very few other features.

On the other hand, modern smartphones are tiny computers, allowing you to perform nearly any task that you’d undertake on a desktop, laptop, or tablet computer.

If you have an older phone that is showing its age, or you’re hoping to upgrade from your current smartphone, you must choose your next phone carefully.

Whether you need phones suitable for gaming or you want a phone that takes fantastic low-light photographs, each of the smartphones in the list below will deliver a wonderful user experience. The trick is knowing which phone to pick over and above the other excellent options.

1. iPhone 13 Pro Max

If you’re in the market for a larger phone, don’t mind spending a lot of money, and want all the best features, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is an outstanding smartphone. The top-tier flagship from the 2021 lineup of iPhones, the 13 Pro Max includes all the features that casual users and enthusiasts alike can enjoy.

When you buy the iPhone 13 Pro Max, you are getting a 6.7-inch OLED display for your money. The display is close to 1440p in resolution, while the maximum brightness is more than enough to see your phone clearly in bright sunlight. The display also offers a 120Hz refresh rate, which is a first for any iPhone.

Apple not only went the extra mile in terms of the display of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but it also gave its battery life a boost. The new iPhones are slightly thicker than last year’s models, which means a slightly bigger battery on the inside.

As always, the cameras on the iPhone 13 Pro Max are outstanding, both during the day and night. The phone includes the A15 Bionic chip from Apple, which is by far the fastest smartphone chip in the world.

2. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Those who enjoy flagship smartphones, prefer bigger phones, and want high-end features have an alternative to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Perhaps you’re not a fan of the “walled garden” operating system on iPhones, which could lead you to consider options on the Android side of the market.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra from Samsung is the best flagship Android that you can buy in 2021. Samsung did an outstanding job with the S21 Ultra, as it includes a 6.8-inch OLED screen with 1400p and a 120Hz refresh rate, along with a Snapdragon 888 processor.

If you want a phone for gaming, you have more than enough horsepower with the Samsung S21 Ultra. You also have the option of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage, but there is no SD card slot.

The battery life on the S21 Ultra has a slightly better rating than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. You can expect one to two hours more battery life on a single charge from this Samsung flagship.

3. Google Pixel 5a

One of the best aspects of buying a smartphone in 2021 is that you don’t have to make too many compromises on features and hardware, even if you’re on a modest budget. The Google Pixel 5a proves that even those who want to spend less money can get outstanding features.

The Pixel 5a boasts a 6.43-inch OLED display that has a resolution of 2400 x 1800p. One area where the display lacks is in its refresh rate, as it’s only 60Hz. That’s not an issue for the vast majority of users, who may have never experienced a 90Hz or 120Hz display.

One area where the Google Pixel 5a shines is the camera system. Even though you are getting fewer cameras than some other flagship smartphones, Google’s software more than makes up for any hardware shortcomings.

Taking a picture with the Pixel 5a is effortless, as the camera uses programming to deliver the best possible shot in each instance. Even if you are in a dark environment, using the Night Sight mode allows you to get some fantastic pictures of people or objects.

4. iPhone 13

If you prefer to stick with Apple smartphones, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can choose the base iPhone 13. You can expect to pay a lot less compared to the 13 Pro Max, while you still get a gorgeous OLED display that is 6.1-inches and has a resolution of 2532 x 1170p.

The iPhone 13 includes the same A15 Bionic chip as the Pro Max, but the camera on this smartphone is slightly inferior to the higher-end flagship model. Battery life is comparable to, if not slightly better than, the Pro Max.

If you’re a casual user of smartphones who wants to use social media, browse the internet, take a few photographs, or play the odd casino game, then you can’t go wrong with the base iPhone 13 in 2021. 

Discover Your Dream Phone

Investing in a smartphone is not a straightforward decision. There are many choices available to consumers, which can make the process slightly overwhelming.

Now that you’re aware of the four most exciting smartphones to be released in 2021, you are in a much better position to buy the phone that best suits your budget and needs.

Depending on the operating system you prefer, how often you take photographs, and how long you are planning to keep the phone, one of the above models may work better for you than others.

By doing your research, understanding how you plan to use the phone, and picking between a list of premium options, you can buy the best possible smartphone in 2021.

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