It’s official: the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has been topped TechRadar’s finest cellphone you should buy, due to its handsome display screen, digicam options and stylus compatibility.
The overwhelming majority of individuals cannot afford a $1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849 cellphone, although, however for those who’re within the market for a great handset that will not value you two arms, two legs and all of your inner organs, there are some choices.
So under, we have drawn up a listing of all of the worthy Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra alternate options which have the identical options, or a minimum of one of many key promoting factors of the Ultra, without the staggering price.
Moto G Stylus / G Pro – for stylus compatibility
If you are eager on the concept of utilizing a smartphone stylus, however on an reasonably priced smartphone, Motorola has some choices for you. The Moto G Stylus (or G Pro in some areas, together with the UK) has such a peripheral, so you’ll be able to sketch or write notes.
This cellphone prices a fraction of the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s price, and whereas its specs are a lot decrease too – you will not get the Ultra’s processing energy or digicam smarts – it nonetheless works properly when it comes to stylus performance.
The Moto G Stylus 2021 has been unveiled however you’ll be able to’t purchase it simply but, so for now, the 2020 mannequin is a great selection for an reasonably priced stylus cellphone.
Check out our full Moto G Pro / Moto G Stylus assessment
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition – for Samsung followers
If you desire a pretty high-end Samsung cellphone however without the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s ultra-high price, then the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (or FE, for brief) is likely to be for you. This is a lower-cost model of the Galaxy S20 from 2020, however not like that flagship the S20 FE remains to be bought by the company.
The cellphone has some great rear cameras, a robust processor, and a 6.5-inch FHD+ display screen, although it comes with a plastic build and no curved-edge display screen.
Sure, it is not a price range cellphone by any means, with a premium price that hasn’t gone down a lot since launch. But when in comparison with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, something appears reasonably priced.
Check out our full Samsung Galaxy S20 FE assessment
iPhone 12 Pro Max – for if price is not the problem
There is likely to be a number of individuals studying this text who do not take challenge with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s eye-watering price, however as a substitute with the very fact it is an Android cellphone in any respect.
If you are extra a fan of iOS units, then the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the top-end handset obtainable to you proper now. It has a 6.7-inch show, three rear cameras, and a day-long battery life.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max price truly begins just under the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s so it is barely extra reasonably priced, however not by a lot.
Check our our full iPhone 12 Pro Max assessment
Motorola Edge – for followers of big-screen phones
If you want big-screen phones, you may have fairly a number of choices obtainable, however one which mixes good specs and a value-for-money prospect is the Motorola Edge. Its sibling, the Edge Plus, has the identical display screen measurement however higher specs and the next price, for those who favor.
Both Motorola Edge phones have 6.7-inch shows, which is definitely a contact smaller than the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s 6.8, however not by a lot. Moreover, these phones are a lot simpler to carry – they’ve 21:9 facet ratios, so the shows are taller however thinner. This makes it a lot simpler to grip them in a single hand.
Sure, the Motorola Edge display screen would not look fairly nearly as good because the S21 Ultra’s. But with the quantity of money you are saving, that is no shock.
Check out our full Motorola Edge assessment
Check out our full Motorola Edge Plus assessment
Google Pixel 5 – for digicam followers
If you are drawn to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra due to its digicam prowess, you’ll find some rivals on our record of the very best digicam phones, specifically the Google Pixel 5. Sure, the Pixel is not on the prime of that record, nevertheless it’s the primary in our rating that does not have a premium price.
Google has lengthy been a heavyweight within the digicam cellphone scene, with sensible AI optimization and software to take great photographs. We discovered evening pictures notably great, and the Pixel 5 additionally has a great deal of built-in enhancing instruments to profit from your snaps.
The Google Pixel 5 would not examine to the Galaxy S21 Ultra in lots of regards, however for those who’re in search of a great digicam cellphone and do not care about anything, it is a sturdy different.
Check out our full Google Pixel 5 assessment.