The Best Phones To Buy Right Now (November 2021)

Last Updated: November 15, 2021
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What is the best phone on the market today?

Phones nowadays are not just phones. They are a way to stay connected with family and friends, as well as a portal to the world of information.

Different aspects such as budget, size, camera, and the apps and games supported should be considered when buying a phone.

There’s no best phone for everyone, but there are some that come close based on what you’re looking for.

We’ve picked the best phones at 3 different price points (budget-friendly, entertainment phones and best camera phones), each comes with an iPhone and an android option for you to choose.

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Top 5 phone features you need in 2021

  1. Get an unlocked phones so that you can use it with any phone network
  2. At least 1 camera on the front (for video calls) and 1 on the back (to scan QR codes or take photos)
  3. A recently released phone that still has 3+ years of OS and security updates and have access to the 2 main app stores: Google Play or Apple app store
  4. Supports at least 4G connectivity, wifi-5 and Bluetooth 3.0
  5. At least 64GB storage space

What do you want to use your phone for?

Casual Users

  • I don’t use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • I hardly use any mobile apps or games
  • I rarely take pictures with my phone

Everyday Users

  • My phone is one of my main entertainment devices (for apps, games, social media)
  • I take photos with my phone and share it on social media, mainly to my friends and family

Content Creators

  • I use my phone to create digital content to post on social media
  • I often shoot videos that are 480p or better quality
  • I use my phone for work and entertainment

Best Budget Phones for Casual Users

  • I don’t use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • I hardly use any mobile apps or games
  • I rarely take pictures with my phone

iPhone mini 12 ($575)

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Pros

+ Very good CPU (6 cores) and GPU (4 cores) performance

+ At least 4 more years of OS updates support from Apple

+ Latest connectivity tech – 5G, wifi-6, and Bluetooth 3.0

+ Decent camera for the occasional photos and QR code scanning

+ Great all-rounder that will last you many years

+ Very light and portable (4.8 oz / 135g), easily fits into pockets and bags

 

Cons

Limited camera functionalities

Smaller battery with 15 hours of video playback

Google Pixel 5a ()

 

Pros

+ Great value with most of the latest smartphone features

+ Latest generation connectivity, 5G and wifi-6, Bluetooth 3.0

+ IP67 water resistance

+ Minimum 3 years of OS and security updates expected

+ Has 3.5mm audio headphone jack

 

Negatives

Adapter and cables are not included

Average quality camera

Best Mid Range Phones for Everyday Users

  • My phone is my main entertainment devices (for apps, games, social media)
  • I take photos with my phone and share it on social media, mainly to my friends and family

iPhone 13 (from $799)

iPhone 13

Pros

+ Uses the latest A15 Bionic CPU chip, runs most apps and games smoothly

+ iPhone 13 exclusive Photographic Styles camera mode

+ Supports eSIM, no physical SIM card required

+ Up to 1TB storage

+ iPhone 13 exclusive cinematic mode in 1080p at 30 fps

+ Tech specs and OS updates will be good for 4+ years

 

Cons

Lacks telephotography camera functions for close up shots

Samsung Galaxy S21 ($699)

 

Pros

+ Great value with most of the latest smartphone features

+ Latest generation connectivity, 5G and wifi-6, Bluetooth 3.0

+ IP67 water resistance

+ Minimum 4 years of OS and security updates expected

+ Has 3.5mm audio headphone jack

 

Cons

Adapter and cables are not included

Best Flagship Phones for Professionals, Content Creators and Gamers

  • I use my phone to create digital content to post on social media
  • I often shoot videos that are 480p or better quality
  • I use my phone for work and entertainment
  • I don’t mind carrying a bulky phone

iPhone 13 Pro (from $999)

iPhone 13 Pro Max with all color options

Pros

+ Top iPhone performance that  will run all mobile apps smoothly

+ Long lasting battery (up to 22hours video playback)

+ LiDAR Scanner for better AR (Augmented Reality), Night mode portraits, and faster autofocus in low light

+ Telephoto capabilities (Up to 6x optical zoom)

+ Adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz (ProMotion)

+ More portable and lighter than the iPhone 13 Pro Max

+ ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)

 

Cons

Very bulky and heavy at 8.46oz / 240g

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Pros

+ Top phone and camera performance

+ Telephoto capabilities (Up to 100x Zoom)

+ Optical Image Stabilization

+ Large battery (up to 20 hours video playback)

 

Cons

Very heavy and bulky to fit in pockets

Final Words

We hoped that our recommendations were helpful and gave you a better idea what phone to get.

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