17 Sep 2021 11:06 AM +00:00

Best Phone 2021: Our Top Smartphone Picks So Far

If you're on the hunt for the best phone you can find, then we're here to help narrow down your search.

When it comes to phones, there are so many to chose from this year, loads of excellent models from previous years, and even more on the way, like the next iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy 22.

Here we've compiled a list of what we think are standout phones, based on specs, reviews, prices, and what usage they would fit in well with.


So, whether you're looking for a cracking Apple pick in the iPhone 12 Pro Max or powerful pick for gaming with the Asus ROG Phone 5, we've got you covered.

Plus, feel free to stick around to the end of the article to check out the latest phones you'll want to keep an eye out for in the near future, and when they may be coming our way...

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Best Phone Android - Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Rear camera: 108MP/ 10MP/ 10MP/ 12MP | Front camera: 10MP | OS: Android 11 | Screen size: 6.9-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3088 | Battery: 5,000 mAh | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 128/256GB/512GB

If you're after something that ticks all the boxes when it comes to power, display, battery and even gaming, then the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra could be one to consider.


The camera boasts impressive optical and digital zoom and is said to perform well under low light conditions, making it a worthy contender for one of the best camera phones this year.

It's even got the latest Snapdragon processor in addition to an enormous battery of 5,000mAh for practically all-day usage.

And for gaming, the Galaxy S21 Ultra packs a 120hz refresh rate and a dynamic AMOLED display, which should come together nicely when playing PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, and more.

See more: Best Camera Phones 2021

Best Phone iOS - iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Rear camera: 12MP/ 12MP/ 12MP | Front camera: 12MP | OS: iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.7-inch | Resolution: 1284 x 2778 | CPU: A14 Bionic | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB


The latest and greatest iPhone builds upon the already impressive iPhone 12 and delivers with improved battery life, stunning retina display, and another fantastic set of cameras.

The iPhone Pro Max comes with 5G, MagSafe, and confirmation that this phone will receive the new iOS 15 update, this phone is a great choice if you're looking for something future proof.

For the photographers out there, with the Pro series, you get access to ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto cameras and enhancements for low light picture taking too.

We'd say the iPhone 12 Pro Max is one of the best iPhones available now, until of course when the next iPhone is released!

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Best Phone for Gaming - Asus ROG Phone 5

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OS: Android 11 | Screen size: 6.78-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2448 | CPU: Snapdragon 888 | RAM: 8/12/16GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 6,000mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 24MP

If you're looking for one of the best phones for gaming, then the Asus ROG phone 5 is certainly one to consider.


In addition to having the powerful snapdragon 888 processor and up to a whopping 16GB of RAM, this phone also packs an impressive 6,000mAh battery so you can play on the go without needing to constantly recharge.

The 144hz refresh easily makes it one of the best phones to for PUBG Mobile, and more amazing games where framerates can make the difference in getting those wins.

You've even got programmable RGB lights and powerful front-facing speakers too.

Overall, the Asus ROG Phone 5 could be a worthy addition to your mobile gaming arsenal.

See More: Best Gaming Phone 2021

Best Phone For Battery Life - Xiaomi Poco M3

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Brand: Xiaomi | Operating System: Android 10 | Screen Size: 6.5 inches | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 6,000mAh

If you're after one of the best phones for battery life, the Xiaomi Poco M3 could be the one for you.


Boasting an immense 6,000mAh battery combined with impressive 18W fast charging, this is one phone that won't run out of steam when you need it most.

On top of this, you also get an impressive set of cameras which includes a solid 48MP wide.

And when it comes to the price, the Xiaomi Poco M3 easily makes our list of best phones for under 300 too.

See more: Best Phones for Battery Life

Best Phone Under 500 - iPhone SE (2020)

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Brand: Apple | Operating System: IOS 14 | Screen Size: 4.7 inches | Resolution: 750 x 1334 pixels | CPU: A13 Bionic chip | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB | Battery: 1,821mAh

The iPhone SE is a strong contender for one of the best phones under 500 we've come across for a number of reasons.


First off, while it may 'look' like an iPhone 8, it features much newer technology, including the A13 bionic chip (which features in the iPhone 11 Pro), an improved camera, and even compatibility with the upcoming version of iOS.

The battery may not tip the scales as much as some of the best phones for battery life, but with wireless and fast charging, topping up should be a breeze.

Other standout features include the signature HD retina display, water resistance, and fantastic 12MP and 7MP cameras.

We think the iPhone SE hits the mark in more ways than one, and makes for a worthy consideration for a more affordable alternative to some of the best iPhones around.

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New Phone Releases, Latest News, Leaks, And More

Recently we saw the new One Plus Nord 2 phone release and it certainly packs a punch, but as usual, there are even more releases reportedly on their way.


The next iPhone's release date is predicted to be in September, based on last year's releases, however, there has been no official confirmation just yet.

Samsung's Galaxy S22 release date is also much anticipated and is rumoured to be next year, but alas, we'll have to wait for more information before we know more.

And don't forget that Google should be releasing their Google Pixel 6 in October, and it's shaping up to be a pretty amazing handset well worth checking out.

We'll be back with you soon with all the latest.

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