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The best 22 smartphones of 2021-

So, I’ve spent lots of time to get each and every details of all the top globally available smartphones. I’ve rated every single ones performance, camera, battery and display based on what price it’s selling for and giving them an overall value rating. So with that in mind these are the best 22 smartphones of 2021 in the world right now from good to better to the best. Some of these will surprise you.

  1. Nokia X20- So at the back end is Nokia. Specifically the X20 which is their affordable, flagship 2021 phone and Nokia’s doing a lot of great stuff right now. Their phones are all inexpensive. They’re bloatware free. Nokia gives extended warranties and loads of software support. Their entire angle is sustainability. Smartphones that you buy and you keep it really is an admirable message but I think they focused a little too much on this. At the cost of how capable their phones actually are like for this X20. Their marketing doesn’t even mention a single specification. That’s like applying to university but refusing to show them your grades and fundamentally. It’s because, this phone is absolutely crushed by even the cheaper phones from companies like Xiaomi.
  2. Samsung A52- Then we’ve got Samsung. They recently came out with the A52. Which is like their mid-range flagship of the year and there’s nothing inherently wrong with it. It’s a fun design. It’s pleasant to use but it costs too much for what it is. It’s pretty clear that all Samsung’s done is taken one of their top end phones and made everything a bit worse but for $500 in today’s market, you can nearly buy yourself an actual flagship. So you don’t need to make this kind of compromise.
  3. Oppo find X3 PRO- Do you remember the Oppo find X3 PRO the company’s 2021 flagship that looks a little too close to the iPhone for it to be a coincidence. Well there’s plenty to like about it. It’s supremely comfortable for starters. Thanks to being made of one continuous sheet of glass and that microscope camera on the back is it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen on a phone before. But the main issue and this seems to happen every year is that as soon as Oppo launches a flagship phone, it is pretty much destroyed and valued by Oneplus flagship that launches a month later. Both companies use very similar components and materials and they are good components and materials. But the fact that this phone is selling at the equivalent of fifteen hundred dollars. Makes it much less good for the money and that’s actually a pretty great segue on to our next phone.
  4. ZTE AX130 ULTRA- So we’re getting pretty used to the idea of paying over a thousand dollars for a top-end flagship right but ZTE has something to say about that. Yeah, ZTE they are still making phones. But the AX130 ultra genuinely is worth talking about because it has the highest end snapdragon 888 chipset, a 144 hertz refresh rate amoled display, big battery, fast charging, stereo speakers really everything and it even looks an awful lot like Samsung’s note 20 ultra. Which is not a taller criticism and most significantly I’m told this is going to cost $800. Excuse me I was having a whale of a time with it until I tested the cameras and they really revealed just how much progress the competition has made. Everything from the interface to the image processing feels really behind. I’ll reserve final judgment until updates drop because this camera hardware should be better than this but in its current state.
  5. iPhone 12 mini- They built a fully flagship 5g iPhone that literally fits into your palm. I think a lot of us thought whoa that’s gonna fly off the shelves but it didn’t. According to research firms, this phone only made up about five to seven percent of total iPhone 12 sales. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad phone .I think the reason it didn’t sell well is because a the price is so close to the much bigger iPhone 12 combined with b the apple has kind of built an association between their smaller phones being their cheaper phones. Which may have created the perception that the 12 mini was an inferior product but really it is the same speedy experience with a great camera as the 12 that I can recommend to any iPhone fan who doesn’t need a power user’s level of battery life.
  6. Rog phone 5- Now we’re getting on to the really good phones the rog phone 5 is a beast. It’s the highest performing smartphone I’ve used today. Its six thousand milliamp hour battery is ludicrous actually earning it the best battery phones so far in 2021 and its speakers are so punchy that you will want to stop whatever it is you’re doing and just lose yourself in them. Its only problem comes from the fact that it’s a pretty specialized device, like it takes a certain kind of user to want to carry a phone of such monumental, proportions, tolerate, some slightly outdated looking bezels and use a camera system that feels noticeably lacking.
  7. Lenovo legion phone dual 2- But if you are that user then bob’s your uncle but what kind of surprised me almost as much as phone number. One is going to surprise you is that even though Asus has been dominating the gaming space for a while. Now I don’t think they’re the best value anymore. Enter the Lenovo legion phone dual 2. It almost exactly matches the rog in specs but you get 50 more ram and 100 more storage by default. It has fans built inside of it instead of needing this external attachment and somehow, it’s cheaper. The hardware on this phone is so good for the money that they can’t be making a lot of profit but it is a little let down on the software front like the camera image processing isn’t getting the best out of the camera hardware
  8. Zenfone 7 pro- It was just this no-nonsense combination of a great price, huge battery, seamless uninterrupted screen and a capable camera that can also double as basically the greatest selfie machine of all time. Well this is basically the successor to that. So as you can probably imagine it’s a very good phone but it’s no longer one of the best simply because all they’ve done is taken last year’s Zenfone 7 and given it a slight spec bump and that’s just not enough against companies who are really pushing. Still though I’m willing to bet that if you ever get to try this selfie camera it is so good that you have to smile.
  9. VIVO X60 pro plus- They kind of developed a reputation for a garish software overlay and crazy levels of skin beautification in the cameras but the VIVO X60 pro plus is the first vivo phone I’ve used that understands sophistication. Aesthetically, it treads the line well between looking fashionable and looking like it means business and everything from the gaming performance to the camera performance is very close to the best. You can buy and it helps that the camera is just super fun to use too. It’s slightly let down by a mono speaker and middle of the line battery but that doesn’t stop me loving it.
  10. iPhone 12 pro- iPhone 12 pro this is a great phone but the reason that it’s not higher up on the list is that the way I see it it’s just an optional extra to the 12. It offers a few fairly minor features like a lidar scanner for better augmented reality and a two times telephoto lens. I appreciate these but for the majority of consumers the only notable difference will be the extra storage it comes with the fact that it’s heavier and the fact that it has a matte finish. It’s basically the iPhone to get if you want to spend a bit more than the base but you don’t want to get the max sized one and that leads me onto the base iPhone 12. Because this phone hugely benefits by how similar it is to the 12 pro. This phone is just as powerful, the screen is almost identical you still get all the same ios features. It’s just $200 cheaper. the only reason this isn’t higher up on the list is that it only comes with a 60 hertz display versus 120 or the 144 we’ve started seeing now and it only starts with 64 gigs of storage which is going to end up being more like 50 by the time you factored in the size of the operating system.
  11. Samsung S21- So still a grade and just above that I would put Samsung space flagships. The S21 and S21 plus are not the most exciting devices. They don’t do anything, particularly new or groundbreaking. In fact in a lot of ways they’re a complete side grade from last year’s S20 phones but they bring in a lot of smaller quality of life improvements. They’ve had a redesign that takes them from some of the worst looking flagships to some of the best in my books and in a bit of a surprise turn of events they’re cheaper than last year’s.
  12. Xiaomi ME 11- This is the Xiaomi me 11. It great. It’s cheaper than the base S21 in just about every region but the spec wise it’s more of a match for the galaxy S21 plus which two hundred dollars is more than that. The best way to think about the mi 11 is there’s a high-end flagship all around with the best in-class display. The only potential hurdle is Xiaomi’s miui software skin.
  13. Oneplus 9- Now this phone had a bit of a rough launch I think what happened is that oneplus basically spent an entire month before it came out hyping up their collaboration with Hasselblad. Giving us never-ending teasers about how it was going to revolutionize photography but then when the phones actually arrived, Hasselblad might as well not have been involved. You couldn’t tell and so justifiably most reviewers came down pretty hard on this. It has a good camera system and even without optical image stabilization it takes crisp, smooth video. Plus of course being an oneplus phone, you get fast bloat free software with guaranteed updates. It’s a little more focused on exactly what the user needs with no unnecessary extras and because of this they’ve managed to keep to their tradition of staying more affordable than their competitors. Definitely a grade phone.
  14. Oneplus 9 pro- Then we’ve got the oneplus 9 pro which is the 9’s more expensive counterpart and the reason it’s above it is that if you have the budget it’s worth. It’s basically the oneplus 9 but with all those little bits that had to be trimmed put back into it .it’s not quite an ultra-phone but it is a fully fleshed out flagship and in my eyes the best flagship phone under one thousand dollars.
  15. Google pixel 4a- Okay we can’t make a list of the best phones without including the pixel 4a. It was Google’s mid-range phone from 2020 and I usually try and refrain from recommending last year’s options when a new one may well be around the corner but given that this is available now for 299 dollars. it’s only gotten better since it launched and the because it’s a google made phone it’ll most likely still get updates all the way till android 14. I wouldn’t hesitate in still recommending it. The pixel 4a should not be as good as it is. No part of this phone’s spec sheet is impressive in 2021 but it’s just carried by phenomenal software. Not to mention it’s a really enjoyable size the bezels are nice and even and it’s powerful enough that I don’t think you’ll be worrying about speed.
  16. Asus Zenfone 8- But as much as I do like the pixel I’d be lying if I said that that was the best compact phone you can get because that award goes to the zenfone 8. This is a flagship phone through and through but unlike that phone this one has a great battery too. This is pretty much the only small phone where the fact that it’s small has no negative consequences. So this is a plus in my books.
  17. iPhone Pro Max- But now we’re on to the big boy phones in fifth place is the iPhone 12 Pro Max. It’s a phone that providing you have the budget and the palm size. It’s an easy win. I totally agree that it’s not the most exciting phone in the world but the reason that this is still the main phone I use on a day-to-day basis is that it’s supremely reliable. The combination of ios levels of optimization with the best hardware you can get on an iPhone. If I want to send a whatsapp voice note I know it’s going to sound good and the battery is going to reliably get me through any day I throw at it. Also this phone is so strong that it’s the first I’ve ever used caseless. I’ve dropped this thing enough times and seen it come back unscathed enough times that I just don’t worry about it anymore. The only two things that do sting a little are the fact that it’s distinctly uncomfortable to hold and that it’s the only phone even close to this price bracket that doesn’t have a high refresh rate screen.
  18. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra- Now slightly better than even that is why is Samsung’s top end phone. I think the galaxy S21 ultra is genuinely the most refined, polished device they’ve ever released. It’s a big visual upgrade over the S20 ultra plus a long list of subtle corrections which is exactly what that phone needed. It’s taken it from incredibly capable with mixed delivery to incredibly capable with strong delivery. I like the way it looks, I like the way it feels and providing you’ve got a hand big enough to hold it.
  19. Xiaomi ME 11 Ultra- I have no reservations in recommending it and that leaves us with the best overall flagship phone if money was no object and this award is going to the xiaomi me 11 ultra. xiaomi looked at what Samsung was doing and built a phone squarely targeted straight at it takes Samsung’s best features and one-ups it in almost every aspect. For the same price I wouldn’t say it completely invalidates Samsung’s s21 ultra. I think this is still a nicer looking phone. I still think this has a more consistent camera but for a true power user you just can’t get more than this on a phone.
  20. Redmi Note 10 Pro- Well we’ve got two more phones and they’re not trying to be the highest end phones you can buy but they’re focused on value and their value proposition is just so unbelievably good that it makes you want to take a chair, sit down and just have a think what are other companies doing. So in second place is the redmi note 10 pro. Now for those of you who don’t know redmi is a spin-off brand of xiaomi. They have basically built a reputation for one of the highest spec to price ratios on the market. So in this case we have a 108 megapixel camera, a 120 hertz display, 5020 million power battery and its $279. This thing is stupid levels of value. It does have ads in the software but you can turn them off and I mean look these are the kinds of photos I’m taking on this phone. It’s not even funny.
  21. POCO F3- Don’t get me wrong you will know when you’re using it that it’s not a thousand dollar flagship but it outperforms its price so severely that I’m gonna have to give this an a plus in terms of value and that leaves us with number one the most worth it phone of 2021 and I guess by implication the most worth it phone to have ever released it’s the poco f3. Just like redmi, poco is yet another value-centric spin-off company of xiaomi but the difference with this phone is that it’s less about camera and it’s more about processing power. So in this case for $350, you get a 120 hertz amoled display, you get a 4520 milliamp hour battery but the kind of crown jewel. Here is a snapdragon 870 chip. It’s not the absolute bleeding edge you can get but it’s an overclocked version of last year’s flagship 865. For this price that is ridiculous levels of performance. It makes the google pixel 4a look like it belongs in a museum and while this isn’t google pixel quality software no amount of software is going to change the fact that it’s twice as powerful and I think what makes this phone particularly impressive is the fact that it takes more than a cursory glance to even realize that it’s not a flagship. It still has a glass back, it still has decent haptics and it’s just crazy that I can play the most demanding games on the entire android platform at nearly their highest settings on a phone that costs barely a quarter of what the highest n1’s do and so the poco f3 earns not just my best affordable phone award but also my overall best value phone award.
  22. POCO M3 PRO- If you wanted to go even cheaper, you can get the poco m3 pro. Which is fantastic value or something like the real me 8 for $200. But my general recommendation is that if you can try to spend a bit more you will get a lot more. Okay couple of things to mention here. There’s been no LG on this list because sad to say but LG has finally left the smartphone market. There’s been no Sony on this list. Because at the time of filming they haven’t quite launched their next Xperia 1 mark iii and also to be honest thus far I have not tested a single Sony phone that I thought for a mainstream market was better than the competition but open to changing my mind on that in the future though and finally I decided to keep foldables out of this article as a category of phones. I feel like they’re much harder to rank under the same criteria.

So, this is all about the best 22 smartphone of 2021. Thank You.

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