01-29-2021 12:50 PM
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  1. dirt4444's Avatar
    Coming from the regular Galaxy S10 I am having trouble deciding between the S21 and S21 Ultra. Was hoping to get some feedback.

    The main issue is the size of the phone. I prefer the size of the the S21 and also prefer flat glass to the curved edge.

    Has anyone regretted switching to a bigger phone?

    Is the screen resolution between the two that noticeable? Was surprised that the S21 has a lower resolution than the S10. This is a big turn off for me.

    Cameras - I usually only use the primary or wide angle lens for pictures and videos on Instagram. It looks like the the cameras from the S10 to the S21 are similar. Is the S21 Ultra cameras that much better if I don't use the telephoto lenses?

    Thanks in advance, much appreciated!
    01-20-2021 12:15 PM
  2. jlangner's Avatar
    Well you need to go with what you are comfortable holding and go with that. I had the S9 and was just too small for me so have always gone with plus or Ultra. If any of the stores like best buy have displays, may be best to see. Although with all going on, may not be allowed anymore. /shrug.
    01-20-2021 12:37 PM
  3. Johnson21x's Avatar
    If you get a chance stop by a bestbuy or carrier store they should have it on display and play with them.

    I did at bestbuy, I have a galaxy s9 which is a great size for me perfect balance with big screen and overall size. The curved Ultra is more subtle this year so its not all that bad but its there. But the flat glass on the s21 is great, the bezels are very tiny compared to something like the S20FE, which is a bit bigger.

    -Im going to be getting the + or the ultra. Its a big jump from S9 with only a 5.8 to a 6.7/6.8 screen. But just put 1 finger horizontally across the top of your phone and that how tall the ultra should be on your phone. which isn't that much but it will be heavier.

    -I don't think going from QHD+ to FHD+ is that much noticeable, because most people don't hold the phone 3 inches from there face. Plus the battery saved should be nice because its pushing less pixels.

    - I didn't get to extensively use the Ultra cameras. but they were great.

    But why did you want the Ultra?
    01-20-2021 12:39 PM
  4. fuzzylumpkin's Avatar
    I have similar preferences to you, but in the end thought screw it and went with the ultra.

    I'm coming from an S10e so it'll be quite a size difference. Unfortunately I can't tell you if it was a bad decision for another 2 weeks lol.
    01-20-2021 01:10 PM
  5. dirt4444's Avatar
    If you get a chance stop by a bestbuy or carrier store they should have it on display and play with them.

    I did at bestbuy, I have a galaxy s9 which is a great size for me perfect balance with big screen and overall size. The curved Ultra is more subtle this year so its not all that bad but its there. But the flat glass on the s21 is great, the bezels are very tiny compared to something like the S20FE, which is a bit bigger.

    -Im going to be getting the + or the ultra. Its a big jump from S9 with only a 5.8 to a 6.7/6.8 screen. But just put 1 finger horizontally across the top of your phone and that how tall the ultra should be on your phone. which isn't that much but it will be heavier.

    -I don't think going from QHD+ to FHD+ is that much noticeable, because most people don't hold the phone 3 inches from there face. Plus the battery saved should be nice because its pushing less pixels.

    - I didn't get to extensively use the Ultra cameras. but they were great.

    But why did you want the Ultra?
    The only reason I was interested in the Ultra was mainly the higher resolution and better cameras. If the resolution is not going to be noticeable than I definitely will go with the S21. I just felt coming the S10 I didn't want to upgrade to a phone that the screen doesn't look as good.
    01-20-2021 01:25 PM
  6. Ragnarianrok's Avatar
    I believe the screen experience will be great no matter which model you get.
    01-20-2021 02:18 PM
  7. kjjb0204's Avatar
    My stupid little hands can't handle the plus or ultra comfortably, so it's the base S21 for me. I doubt I'll see any difference in screen resolution. Also, the camera glass on my S10 is cracked, so any new phone camera will be an upgrade for me.
    01-20-2021 02:23 PM
  8. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    Comparing S20 to 21, the new phone is wider. Which I appreciate.
    01-20-2021 03:20 PM
  9. dirt4444's Avatar
    What is funny is I just checked the resolution on my S10 and I've had it set at FHD since I got it two years ago haha. So I definitely won't notice the difference. I set it at QHD just to see and I definitely see a difference but maybe because I'm not used to it, I didn't like it. Seemed a bit choppy

    Going with the S21 for sure.
    01-20-2021 03:27 PM
  10. burwil's Avatar
    What is funny is I just checked the resolution on my S10 and I've had it set at FHD since I got it two years ago haha. So I definitely won't notice the difference. I set it at QHD just to see and I definitely see a difference but maybe because I'm not used to it, I didn't like it. Seemed a bit choppy

    Going with the S21 for sure.
    The default on my Note 10+ is FHD. Never have even tried QHD since the display is already very clear. Bumping it up to QHD may result in very minor improvements but will likely eat more battery. The choppiness at the higher setting is no surprise. I'm going to use FHD.
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    01-20-2021 03:51 PM
  11. Emig5m's Avatar
    I had the size dilemma last year going from a S10 to a S20U that resulted in 700 trips to various stores to play with the S20U. Even when I ordered I was still in doubt. After about two months of using the S20U I had completely forgot about the size and it felt normal. Now I would be afraid to do the opposite, go back to a smaller phone. The larger screen is easier on the eyes for reading, better for multimedia consuming, better for using as a GPS, etc. I've even managed to learn to use it one handed. If you're on the fence I would say just get it, you'll get used to the size to the point it will feel like the new normal.
    01-20-2021 05:00 PM
  12. Johnson21x's Avatar
    The only reason I was interested in the Ultra was mainly the higher resolution and better cameras. If the resolution is not going to be noticeable than I definitely will go with the S21. I just felt coming the S10 I didn't want to upgrade to a phone that the screen doesn't look as good.
    Like Ragnarisnrok said, the screen on all the s21 series will be great. If you can afford the Ultra and really want the camera go for it, its a great camera. Samsung and carriers have great trade in deals. I can get the Plus 256gb for $250. or the Ultra 256gb for $450.....but $450 is a bit much for me right now. But if i look it like this, My s9 that i got 3 years ago cost me $360 with a trade in. And the Ultra is only $100 more. Ill be getting the best of the best, which i didn't think was gonna happen ever. When the S20 came out and wanted to trade in my s9 it would have still costed me $400 just for the base S20. So i think $450 for the Ultra is amazing.

    I guess samsung knew they had to wipe everyones memory of how the S20 was and gave us better prices somewhat. Choose what you can afford or be comfortable with.
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    01-20-2021 05:11 PM
  13. cknobman's Avatar
    I'd say hold off on buying these right now.
    Wait and see some of the other mfgs and what they put out this year because all Samsung has done this year is take away features.

    Plus if you wait a few months these things will be offered with some sweet deals.
    I waited to buy my S20 5G last year until May. I got it for 10/month for 30 months on ATT. $300!!!! No trade in required.
    otis stansberry likes this.
    01-22-2021 09:40 AM
  14. stackberry369's Avatar
    I'd say hold off on buying these right now.
    Wait and see some of the other mfgs and what they put out this year because all Samsung has done this year is take away features.

    Plus if you wait a few months these things will be offered with some sweet deals.
    I waited to buy my S20 5G last year until May. I got it for 10/month for 30 months on ATT. $300!!!! No trade in required.
    You're not going to get the Ultra at that price
    buzzy3970 likes this.
    01-22-2021 09:42 AM
  15. buzzy3970's Avatar
    I don't see the deals getting better on the Ultra. The trade ins certainly won't go up and the Samsung credit won't stay the same. Now is the best time to order unless you plan on doing a bogo at a later date.
    I'd say hold off on buying these right now.
    Wait and see some of the other mfgs and what they put out this year because all Samsung has done this year is take away features.

    Plus if you wait a few months these things will be offered with some sweet deals.
    I waited to buy my S20 5G last year until May. I got it for 10/month for 30 months on ATT. $300!!!! No trade in required.
    azdmelani likes this.
    01-22-2021 09:53 AM
  16. Johnson21x's Avatar
    I could get the regular S21 now for free with trade in. With the stupid smart tag and buds pro also free. Sooo id rather have that now then wait.
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    01-22-2021 10:07 AM
  17. nyc_rock's Avatar
    I pre-order the S21+. I have an iphone 12 pro right now, after starting with the ProMax. Last year I used the 11 pro max. When I had the 11 PM, I said this is as big as I can go, then the 12 pro max got bigger. I tried it and it was just to big and heavy. I prefer the bigger screen but I dont appreciate a phone with that much weight in the pocket. Hence why I went with the S21+. Big screen, but lighter. I was at best buy yesterday and they had both the plus and the ultra. On paper the ultra is just as heavy as the 12 pro max but it sure didnt feel that way. It felt lighter. Still a big phone, but lighter. It looks amazing though. Very futuristic. I guess I'll see when I get the 21plus.
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    01-22-2021 10:09 AM
  18. Johnson21x's Avatar
    I pre-order the S21+. I have an iphone 12 pro right now, after starting with the ProMax. Last year I used the 11 pro max. When I had the 11 PM, I said this is as big as I can go, then the 12 pro max got bigger. I tried it and it was just to big and heavy. I prefer the bigger screen but I dont appreciate a phone with that much weight in the pocket. Hence why I went with the S21+. Big screen, but lighter. I was at best buy yesterday and they had both the plus and the ultra. On paper the ultra is just as heavy as the 12 pro max but it sure didnt feel that way. It felt lighter. Still a big phone, but lighter. It looks amazing though. Very futuristic. I guess I'll see when I get the 21plus.
    Yea same here. The ultra felt heavy but light if that makes sense. Even tho they both weight the same ultra at 229grams and the 12 pro max at 231grams. I think its the width because its smaller on the ultra so its more comfortable to hold.
    01-22-2021 10:51 AM
  19. rcab's Avatar
    I am trading in S9 for S21 with T-Mobile for free. Doesn't get any cheaper. Actually paying $50 to upgrade to 256gb but will have a phone with better resale value in 2 yrs than hanging on with S9 that basically is at the end of the Samsung life regarding updates of software. I still have my main phone S20 ultra.
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    01-22-2021 10:58 AM
  20. nyc_rock's Avatar
    Yes. The width plays a factor for sure. The camera module was huge. Much more pronounced that I thought it would be.
    01-22-2021 11:25 AM
  21. Rose4uKY's Avatar
    I pre-order the S21+. I have an iphone 12 pro right now, after starting with the ProMax. Last year I used the 11 pro max. When I had the 11 PM, I said this is as big as I can go, then the 12 pro max got bigger. I tried it and it was just to big and heavy. I prefer the bigger screen but I dont appreciate a phone with that much weight in the pocket. Hence why I went with the S21+. Big screen, but lighter. I was at best buy yesterday and they had both the plus and the ultra. On paper the ultra is just as heavy as the 12 pro max but it sure didnt feel that way. It felt lighter. Still a big phone, but lighter. It looks amazing though. Very futuristic. I guess I'll see when I get the 21plus.
    I was in Best Buy also yesterday. I like the plus better size wise in my hand but we ordered 512 Ultras due to specs and not upgrading for a while after this. I am hoping with my case and pop socket I'll be ok. The purple plus was so pretty and we wanted silver and the 512 only came in black which is what they had on display and I liked it also.
    01-22-2021 11:53 AM
  22. Johnson21x's Avatar
    I was in Best Buy also yesterday. I like the plus better size wise in my hand but we ordered 512 Ultras due to specs and not upgrading for a while after this. I am hoping with my case and pop socket I'll be ok. The purple plus was so pretty and we wanted silver and the 512 only came in black which is what they had on display and I liked it also.
    Its funny because the Plus and ultra is the same width sitting at 2.98inch so its easier to hold but the ultra is thicker at 8.5mm vs the Plus 7.9. i guess that extra camera cover is giving the ultra some extra weight too.

    But im gonna go to bestbuy again and look at them hopefully i can find an employee with the phone and a case on it so i can see how heavy the Ultra is before making a final decision.
    01-22-2021 12:56 PM
  23. dirt4444's Avatar
    I'd say hold off on buying these right now.
    Wait and see some of the other mfgs and what they put out this year because all Samsung has done this year is take away features.

    Plus if you wait a few months these things will be offered with some sweet deals.
    I waited to buy my S20 5G last year until May. I got it for 10/month for 30 months on ATT. $300!!!! No trade in required.
    I am currently still paying like $30 a month for my S10 and with the trade in the S21 will only cost me $9 a month so it's a no-brainer for me.
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    01-22-2021 01:26 PM
  24. The_Woo's Avatar
    Traded in my 12 mini for the regular s21. Only paid tax, got 2 samsung rugged cases, galaxy buds, and those other free throw ins (YT, smart tag)....Not bad
    Rose4uKY and mmcclure0453 like this.
    01-22-2021 02:42 PM
  25. Zorrak's Avatar
    I went from a S8 to a S20+ a few months back. The bigger, better screen is just amazing for some situations, i was really impressed with it. I wanted the regular S20 but it was just a mess on Verizon(less ram, no sd slot, no 5g if unlocked who knows?) so i tried out a bigger phone.
    I am use to it already but it's a tad too big, especially with a case. So because of that and a couple other problems i had with bringing an unlocked to Verizon i took the PreOrder Trade-In deal to start over with a S21. So it was more of a good timing thing, otherwise I'd live happily with the S20+ for 2 years or more this thing is so nice I might end up sending the S21 back!
    01-22-2021 11:51 PM
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