Among the numerous offers of Samsung smartphones with the stamp Galaxy today, there has been a specific Galaxy A21 in stores for a few weeks. The latter is said to be the direct descendant of the Galaxy A21e and represents the entry level of the Korean giant. The retail price is “only” 239 euros. Is the Samsung Galaxy A21 with its flagship worth a look? Answer items in our full review!
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The Samsung Galaxy A21s put to the test!
The Galaxy A21s is offered at Samsung for € 239 (and at some retailers for less than € 200) and is an entry-level smartphone based on a large 6.5-inch IPS panel in 720p quality. A smartphone with the wrong look of the Galaxy S20, the front camera of which is equipped with a hole punch and a quadruple photo module on the back and is powered by an Exynos 850 processor with 3 GB of RAM under Android 10.
Once taken out of the packaging, the Galaxy A21s makes a good impression, with a very successful design, a “Prismatic Blue” color that makes its small effect, and the impression of holding a smartphone in your hands that has everything. Excellent value for money.
As long as you are used to a minimum of “modern” smartphones (understand “giants”), the general ergonomics of the smartphone is contemporary.
Screen and performance
After switching on, the Samsung Galaxy A21s continues with a screen that certainly lacks a bit of finesse (720 x 1600 pixels) but is very correct in terms of responsiveness and brightness. Of course, those who are used to OLED panels will be appalled by necessarily lower contrast, but the main flaw of the display remains the inability to make adjustments. No good or bad surprises here, with a screen that, all in all, is what we should expect from an entry-level smartphone.
On the performance side, the Samsung Galaxy A21s wasn’t designed to rival the top of the line, and it shows up pretty quickly. In connection with conventional use (SMS, telephone, internet, etc.), the smartphone is very well positioned, has a very fluid user interface and does not have the slightest weakness that needs to be reported. However, there are some slowdowns when trying to juggle various applications that are a little more sophisticated. The same applies if the smartphone updates or installs from the PlayStore.
The same goes for games, certainly with the ability to take advantage of many mobile titles, but the most technically advanced games will have a hard time getting through here. As long as you don’t ask too much, the Galaxy A21 keeps on the performance side, even if we often observe small jolts and other weaknesses of all kinds.
In addition, the storage space is really too limited. In fact, you should know that the Samsung Galaxy A21s has only 32GB and 19.5GB of storage space (on paper) that can actually be used by the user. It’s little … too little and forces the user to turn to a microSD card for as long as they want to store some applications and some photos / videos.
A king of photography? (Spoiler: no)
As for the photo area, the Samsung Galaxy A21s is equipped with a module made up of four sensors. So there is a main wide-angle 48-megapixel model supported by 8-megapixel (ultra-wide-angle), 2-megapixel (macro) and depth (2-megapixel) sensors.
In theory, the Samsung Galaxy A21s should therefore offer a photo area worthy of the name. In practice, the finding tends to be reversed as soon as the lighting conditions tend to deteriorate, if the recordings are quite successful in good lighting conditions.
At night, photos lose a lot of detail, and images tend to be blurry with a serious lack of sharpness. If most photos are taken with a more correct quality during the day, the result is often less flattering at night. Sometimes photos are completely overlooked and it’s just a good thing to send them back to the trash.
The same shot, left in 1x, right in 0.5x
In the “wide-angle” mode (80 °), the recordings remain overall very acceptable, even if the experienced eye quickly recognizes a few small errors at the edges of the image. In the “ultra wide angle” mode (123 °) we “use” a Fisheye pretty pronounced.
This allows you to take a step back, of course, but the image quality suffers greatly, especially with a distortion effect that is sometimes quite pronounced. Video side, no 4K here, so we have to be content with this good old Full HD resolution, both for the front camera and for the main sensor.
A comfortable everyday smartphone and durable
As mentioned above, unless it is completely hermetic for smartphones over 6 inches, the Samsung Galaxy A21s offers very acceptable ergonomics with buttons (volume and standby) that fall perfectly under your fingers and a very responsive screen.
Admittedly, the smartphone can quickly become annoying and distort more than a jeans pocket, but for a number of years this has been the price one has to pay to benefit from such a large record. We can also curse (a little) in front of a fingerprint sensor that’s a little too high (at the back).
In terms of the user interface, there aren’t any bad surprises here: the OneUI 2.1 overlay is based on Android 10. Aside from a few tiny auto-installed Samsung (and Microsoft) apps and a few minor aesthetic flicks here and there the overall remains pure Android very close, as is the case with many smartphones today.
In terms of autonomy, the Samsung Galaxy A21s has an imposing 5000 mAh battery. Suffice it to say that with such a block and quite a modest technical sheet, the smartphone is said to offer an autonomy worthy of the greatest. In this little game, the Samsung Galaxy A21s is pretty durable and manages to hold it in place for more than 48 hours without breaking an eyelid before it has to go through the charging box (via its USB Type-C socket).
It is a shame, however, that the charging is not a little faster, as you have to wait a little more than 2 hours before a fully inflated battery is found.
My opinion on the Samsung A21s
The Galaxy A21s was developed for everyone looking for an entry-level smartphone (Samsung). It offers a neat look, an overall correct screen (despite limited resolution) and a photo area that is anything but exceptional and does justice to those who want to immortalize some moments in life without much pretension. However, everything is lacking in performance and a lot of storage space. A relatively attractive Samsung Galaxy A21s overall, but today it has to face particularly tough competition in the ruthless entry-level market.
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Autonomy and charging
9.0 / 10
- More pleasant to the eye than to the touch
- Simple and sophisticated interface
We like less
- Rather limited performance
- The photo area
- Only 19 GB of storage space !!
- The fingerprint sensor, a bit high up
- More than 2 hours to inflate the battery again