We’ll reassure you right away: the best smartphone doesn’t mean “most expensive smartphone”. Of course, the top-of-the-line models deserve their place in this comparison, but other, much more affordable devices have managed to pull their weight. Some shine for their excellent value for money, others for their originality or still others for their photo quality.
In this comparison, you’ll find a top 10 list of the best smartphones on the market in 2021. All the models mentioned below have been tested by the editors. In addition to the technical aspect of each phone, we have attached importance to the needs they meet and their positioning on the market. Below, the guide with all these devices.
Ranking of the best smartphone in 2021:
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12
- Galaxy S21 Series
- Oppo Find X3 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
- Google Pixel 5
- Google Pixel 4a 5G
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
- realme 8 Pro
- Galaxy Z Fold 2 (bonus)
Now that you have the list with the best smartphone in 2021, we will come to the details of each of them. From time immemorial, there has been the opposition between iOS (iPhone) and Android. In this top 10 mobile devices list, only iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 are listed. To find out which iPhone to choose from the Apple range, you can find our guide directly on this link.
1) iPhone 12 Pro: the best iPhone in 2021
In late 2020, Apple launched four new iPhones. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. In this new range, the choice is cornelius. After testing all four models thoroughly, we felt that the iPhone 12 Pro stood out as the best of the fantastic 4.
In our opinion, the iPhone 12 will be the most popular model among the general public. It’s very well balanced, has a comfortable form factor and has most of the technology of the Pro version. It’s just a little less talented in photography. The iPhone 12 mini will appeal to fans of more compact smartphones. However, it’s not recommended for everyone, as its small size can be frustrating for multimedia lovers.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is technically the best iPhone this year. Its camera is more advanced than the iPhone 12 Pro’s and its screen is a little brighter. But its massive size doesn’t co
It’s not for everyone either, as it can be a bit tricky to get used to.
For all these reasons, the iPhone 12 Pro is, in our opinion, the best model from Apple this year. It perfectly combines visual comfort and handling. Its camera is slightly less advanced than the Max version, but it is difficult to see a real difference in use. On the other hand, it is clearly more talented than the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini. Obviously, it will all be a matter of uses and needs.
The iPhone 12 Pro is available from 1159 euros (128 GB) and comes in Graphite, Silver, Gold and Pacific Blue. Apple does not increase its prices compared to the 11 Pro and includes 128 GB of storage against 64 GB last year.
rare enough to point out, and it makes it one of the best smartphones on the market
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iPhone 12 Pro 256GB best price Base price: €1,279
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No problem. Apple also offers the iPhone 12 and 12 mini in the catalog and at more affordable prices. The iPhone 12 brings together the best of Apple’s technology
at a more contained price than the Pro models. The only major difference is that it doesn’t have a telephoto lens (x2 zoom), which limits the possibilities in photography.
No need to be offended though, as the iPhone 12’s photographic qualities are quite sufficient for most users.
The iPhone 12 mini is also a good alternative to the iPhone 12 Pro. More compact, it is also the least expensive of the 2020-2021 vintage. Yet, it has the same technologies as the “classic” iPhone 12
. iPhone 12 64GB at the best price Base price: €909
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3) Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+: the sure thing
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Launched in February 2021, the latest top-of-the-range smartphones from the Korean giant Samsung are the best proposal from the manufacturer. If at their release, all eyes were turned to the Galaxy S21 Ultra (which brings together all the best of Samsung), we for our part preferred the balance of the Galaxy S21 and S21+
Both models feature the same technologies as the Ultra version, but they cost several hundred dollars. But they cost several hundred euros less. Is the price difference worth choosing the Galaxy S21 Ultra? In our opinion, no. So we’d advise you to go for the Galaxy S21 or S21+, which are just as powerful, more durable (for the S21+) and easier to handle on a daily basis.
If the Galaxy S21 Ultra dominates them in photo, the difference remains thin to accept the price difference and its few weaknesses. However, if you want to use the top of the top, the Ultra version remains the reference (and the best smartphone at Samsung). Below, our comparison charts to find the best price for these smartphones in 2021.
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4) Oppo Find X3 Pro: our favourite top-of-the-range
From the very first
. Oppo has made bold choices elevating its highest-end model among the best smartphones in 2021. First, the manufacturer opts for a design never seen before on the market with a unibody glass body that matches the photo sensors. This aesthetic choice makes the Find X3 Pro the most original and attractive high-end smartphone this year.
On the front, the
The slightly curved AMOLED screen can display QHD+ content at a refresh rate of 120 Hz. That’s a lot of fun for multimedia enthusiasts. Under the hood, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip is accompanied by 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, a monstrous configuration that will meet the demands of the most connected users.
Finally, Oppo provides the world’s fastest charging system. Super VOOC 2.0 65W can fully charge both batteries in just 35 minutes! And AirVOOC technology can break all records for wireless charging.
On the photo side, the Find X3 Pro has nothing to envy to the market references. Its triple module (wide-angle, ultra wide-angle, telephoto) allows it to be versatile and to shoot excellent quality shots. OPPO even inaugurates the very first microscopic sensor of the market. Amazing.
Of course, the top of the technology has a cost. The Find X3 Pro is priced at 1149 euros, one of the most expensive smartphones of the moment.
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5) Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: the Asian giant
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After the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro Xiaomi has released the Mi 11 Ultra
, the best smartphone of its entire range. From the first glance we understand that this is not a smartphone like any other.
Its design is characterized by an imposing photo module that camouflages the largest sensor ever integrated into a smartphone camera. It’s accompanied by an ultra-wide angle and a telephoto lens, both of which come with 48MPl. Most importantly, a small 1.1-inch (AMOLED) monitor screen is positioned on the back alongside the sensors.
This photographic arsenal allows the Mi 11 Ultra to establish itself as the best photophone on the market alongside the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Of course, the screen is gorgeous, the performance is top notch and it’s surprisingly durable for a smartphone of this caliber.
course, such a beast of technology is worth its price: 1299 euros. Still.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra at best price Base price: €1,199
6) OnePlus Nord: the big bowl of Oxygen
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After trying to get into the premium market, OnePlus went back to the basics mid-year. Heading north. The manufacturer returns to what he knew best: smartphones with an excellent price-technology ratio. And it works!
The OnePlus North is one of the most interesting smartphones this year. Behind its elegant design it sports a beautiful Fluid AMOLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, it is powered by the Snapdragon 765G, which is very common in this price range. The OnePlus Nord is also enduring and charges very quickly thanks to the Warp Charge 30T technology.
The whole thing runs on OxygenOS, probably the best version of Android to date. Simple, fluid and minimalist, it integrates the right amount of features to improve the daily experience.
On the photo side, the OnePlus Nord is efficient. And even if we deplore the integration of secondary sensors not very useful, the whole remains satisfactory for its price. Because, yes, the OnePlus Nord costs only 399 euros!
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7) Google Pixel 5: the most beautiful surprise
This year, Google makes a 180° turn and completely revises the positioning of its smartphones. Its top-of-the-line model, the Pixel 5, is available for only 629 euros. Its predecessor was close to 1,000 euros when it was released.
The Pixel 5 is no less premium. Its aluminum design shines through its minimalism and exemplary finishes. On the front, Google has done away with the notch for good and integrated a beautiful punched OLED screen.
Under the hood, it houses a Snapdragon 765G chip, which isn’t the most powerful on the market, but it’s powerful enough to meet the needs of all users. Google is also fixing the Pixel’s biggest weakness: its battery life. The Pixel 5 lasts a day and a half and is compatible with the trio of fast, wireless and reverse charging.
Of course, the Pixel’s main interest lies in its photographic skills. This year, Google is integrating two modules (wide-angle and ultra-wide angle) powered by even more precise processing algorithms. Once again, it captures stunning photos and ranks among the best photo smartphones on the market.
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8) Google Pixel 4a 5G
What if Google’s real star wasn’t its most premium model? The question deserves to be raised. Because the Pixel 4a 5G, presented at the same time as the Pixel 5, has many arguments to make. Starting with its price of only 499 euros.
At this price, Google makes very few sacrifices compared to the Pixel 5. Aesthetically, the aluminum gives way to polycarbonate. But the unibody design remains the same and the quality of finishes exemplary.
On the front, the Pixel 4a 5G also has an OLED screen, slightly larger (6.2 inches) with a Full HD definition. The Pixel 4a 5G, on the other hand, has to make do with a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
Under the hood, the 765G chip is accompanied by 6GB of RAM (8GB for the Pixel 5), enough to meet the needs of any user. The whole thing is powered by Android 11 with the Pixel Launcher.
Very enduring, the Pixel 4a 5G loses wireless charging but retains the same photographic hardware as its brother. The photo quality is therefore identical for a much lower price. In our opinion, the Pixel 4a 5G is probably one of the best smartphones of the year. In any case, in our opinion, it is a real favorite.
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9) Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro: the best at a low price
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Xiaomi continues its march forward by focusing on smartphones with excellent value for money. The Redmi Note 10 Pro perfectly embodies this strategy of conquest. It’s impossible not to include this model in our ranking.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro is the best value smartphone this year. Launched at 279 euros, it embeds a whole lot of latest technologies like a magnificent AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz!
To reduce the price, Xiaomi has necessarily had to make some small sacrifices. The Redmi Note 10 Pro does not have a high-end processor for example. But it remains a fluid smartphone in everyday life.
It comes with MIUI 12, the manufacturer’s new overlay that’s great for everyday use, as well as a versatile camera module. Above all, the Redmi Note 10 Pro incorporates a slew of shooting modes making the photo experience more creative than ever. For 279 euros, it’s hard to pass up.
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10) realme 8 Pro: the other one
You may not know realme yet, but not for long. One of the latest arrivals in France is following a successful strategy: offering smartphones with unbeatable value for money. The realme 8 Pro is doing pretty well at this game. Launched at only 299 euros, it easily rivals the excellent Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro.
If you’re not put off by its design, then the realme 8 Pro should pique your interest. With its 6.4″ Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen, realme is focusing on display quality rather than fluidity, since the refresh rate of the panel is only 60 Hz. However, the screen is still very good.
If the choice of a Snapdragon 720G chip (the same as its predecessor) remains questionable, the Realme 8 Pro responds perfectly to everyday use. It makes up for it with its SuperDart ultra-fast charging system that allows the smartphone to be fully charged in just 30 minutes!
On the photo side, the realme 8 Pro has four sensors (two of which are really relevant). Without dazzling, it remains a very good photophone on this price segment. For less than 300 euros, it will be very difficult to find better.
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Bonus: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, the future in your hands
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We couldn’t put together this ranking of the best smartphones without mentioning theHere is the Galaxy Z Fold 2 from Samsung. The new folding smartphone from the Korean company is simply amazing. Yes, it is expensive (2020 euros), but it is also the smartphone with the most technological innovations. And what innovations!
This year, Samsung corrects the main defects of the Galaxy Fold. The notch disappears, so once unfolded the smartphone displays a beautiful AMOLED screen of 7.6 inches with a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Another improved feature is the screen of the folded smartphone. Very small on the Fold, it covers the entire front of the Z Fold 2. We then use a 6.2-inch AMOLED screen with a particular format of 25:9. No matter, the result is simply sublime.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is of course equipped with a full camera module and the latest components. But it’s not really on these points that we’ll judge it. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 gives us a better idea of what the smartphone of the future will look like. A unique experience.
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So much for our comparison of the best smartphones in 2021. We’ll be updating this list as we get more releases. So stay tuned for more news on the phones of tomorrow.
Our guides to the best smartphones (by price)
FAQs on these smartphones
Below, we’ve listed some of the most frequently asked questions about the best smartphones. If you still have questions, feel free to ask us in the comments (or by email) to find out more. We do a lot of testing on these phones, so we’ll do our best to answer you as soon as possible.
How to choose your smartphone in 2020?
While the smartphone market is invaded by Asian and American manufacturers, it is necessary to know how to sort. In this comparison, we’ve put together a selection that will help you find the right compromise between price, battery life, power, photo quality and screen design and quality. So many parameters that must be taken into account to find the right product.
What are the best phone manufacturers?
For years, Samsung and Apple have been battling it out to see who can release the best high-end smartphone. That said, they are not the only two manufacturers. In recent years, Asian outsiders have entered the market: OnePlus, Huawei, Xiaomi or Oppo are real competitors. They are positioned on all ranges, from the entry to the highest range.
Which operating system to choose?
Today, there are two main operating systems. On the one hand, there is iOS, which is used only on iPhones. Depending on the model of smartphone you choose, there may be a different version. The older versions are not compatible with the latest version of iOS. The other manufacturers are for a majority of them under Android (Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi…). They use overlays to customize the interfaces.
Which smartphone takes the best photos?
In recent years, the photo quality of the best smartphones has improved significantly. Some are even better than conventional cameras. While Google took the lead with its Pixel 3 and then Pixel 4, it has been overtaken by Samsung and its Galaxy S20 and Apple and its iPhone 11 Pro. Huawei, while banned from Android, has a pretty incredible photo offering with its P40 and P40 Pro.