Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G 

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This is the latest offering from Samsung to cross my desk. While it supports 5G it also works perfectly well for those of us who do not have those faster transfer speeds available on our doorsteps. The phone feels very solid with what looks to me a light violet back, and, on this back, three cameras in a vertical line at the top left corner that look like a set of traffic lights, for some reason this area is in a gold colour which draws your eye to it, so why not smile.

Going around the outside has the volume rocker with the on/off button below this on the right. The base has speaker, USB ‘C’ for charging or data transfer and SIM entry point. The left and the top are both clear of controls. The phone is 15.8x7.4x.7cm apart from the area where the cameras are that is very close to 1cm thick. The viewable screen is 15.5x7cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 6.7inches. The screen is 2400x1080 and that is 394ppi, while the phone weighs 201 grams.

It comes with Android 11.

A three second push of the on/off button starts the boot that takes 12 seconds, shutdown requires you to touch both the on/off and volume down buttons and this then takes 2 seconds.

It has a 4800mAh battery. The SIM is Nano and it supports two of them so ideal for those who use the same phone for work and home life.

The three cameras on the back in a vertical line are 12MP ultra-wide f2.2, 12 MP wide angle f1.8 and 64MP telephoto f2. The front ‘selfie camera’ 10MP f2 wide. Beside the top back camera is the LED flash.

8K video can be shot and using video snap you can create stills from the video so no need to wait trying to get the perfect still shot. 8K video is 24fps and 4K video is 60fps. Should you wish to you can record from both the front and back cameras at the same time.

Audio can be MP3, WAV, WMA or FLAC.

It comes with 8GB RAM and either 128GB or 256GB internal storage.

Stereo speakers give a rather good sound and these are from AKG and Dolby Atmos.

IP68 water and dust resistance up to 30 minutes of fresh water down to 1.5 metre depth so I assume you can drop it in your bath but I did not try this.

The default home screen shows clock on the left of the top line with selfie camera in the centre and things like mobile and Wi-Fi signal on the right in portrait mode the camera tends not to interfere with your view. Just below half way down is weather graphic with likely temperature and below half way the Google bar. This leaves room for a line of four icons, Galaxy Store, Play Store, Google and Microsoft with a further three icons slightly more widely spaced for Phone, Messages and Camera. Slide right for Google and Slide left by default shows a blank screen. If you slide up you get a page of twenty icons well-spaced with five lines of four. 

There are a range of pay monthly prices starting from £59 month with £29 upfront which gives you 25GB of data and unlimited calls and texts.

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