This new Samsung phone is designed with Samsung obsessions in mind – bringing together all the popular features of the brand.
Samsung has launched an updated ‘Fan Edition’ (FE) phone – Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. The phone boasts some of the fan-favorite features seen on Samsung’s premium phones, such as Samsung Galaxy S21, All under 1000. Let’s find out if it’s worth buying.
Display and glasses
The latest FE comes with a 6.4 ”FHD AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 888 processor and the latest OS, Android 12.
The screen is completely flat, with no fuzzy curves, just a thin bezel at the edges, a hole punch selfie camera at the top, and a fingerprint reader at the bottom of the screen below the display.
It has a signature S21 design, Although it has a matte, smooth plastic back instead of glass or metal – I actually prefer it for durability.
It comes in olive, lavender, white or graphite color options and overall the device is thin and light weight, though slightly slippery, otherwise comfortable to hold and carry.
The phone is equipped with a camera. The front selfie camera is a solid 32-megapixel and the rear has three different cameras – a 12-megapixel Ultra-Wide, a 12-megapixel wide-angle and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. It’s a great combination of camera options that offer high-quality snaps, both front and rear, suitable for all types of mobile users.
The phone also has a feature I like to call it ‘dual recording’ which lets you record from the front and rear cameras at the same time. Great for vlogging or capturing family memories.
The built-in is a solid 4500 mAh battery that is surprisingly large compared to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S21 (4000 mAh) and even competes with the battery capacity of phones of the same price from other brands.
This does not mean that battery life is always good. But through my testing I found that the battery was able to use a tough day which included some small phone calls, lots of emails, social media, watching videos and playing some games.
The phone also has 25W fast charging if you need a little more than ‘all day battery life’.
Will you buy it?
This phone is excellent for the Baseline model with 128GB built-in storage, coming in at $ 999.
Even if your budget doesn’t hold you back, it might make more sense to pick up a more premium Samsung Galaxy S21 for an extra few hundred dollars – or even better, until Samsung launches its next flagship phone (which is rumored to happen next month).
However, if you’re only in the market for something at a mid-range price point and are now looking for a new phone, I’d recommend buying it on Samsung’s website and taking advantage of its free Galaxy Buds2 offer (expiring January 30) as Buds2 prices themselves around 200.
Elly Awesome is an Aussie technology and lifestyle vlogger @ellyawwesome | YouTube