Smartphones come in many shapes, sizes and prices. That does not really make buying a new phone much easier. That’s why we test ourselves at WANT completely rotten and we try to help you.

The year 2021 has been a very special one so far and will bring us a lot of beautiful things from now on. But what are the best smartphones to buy right now? Mark tells you in this article.

5 best smartphones of 2021

September is also known as Techtember in the industry. That has to do with the fact that a lot is announced in this month. We’re almost halfway there, so I thought it would be a good idea to take a look back at what the market has to offer so far.

If you want to buy a new smartphone in 2021, there are, as far as I’m concerned, five options that you can choose from (so far). The list is not in order, but simply shows the five coolest smartphones. There is something for everyone and you may soon be walking around with your perfect smartphone.

#1 Samsung Galaxy S21 (Ultra): three wonderful smartphones

With the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung has launched three smartphones that I can actually recommend all three to you. If you are looking for a good Android smartphone, you will be fine with one of the three devices. In that regard, it is therefore good to do research into what the Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra have to offer you.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: 5 reasons to (not) buy the smartphone

All in all, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the absolute top device on the market at the moment, but you also have to do quite a bit for that. If money doesn’t matter to you, that is without a doubt a must, although I understand all too well that not everyone feels that way. That is why it is certainly smart to take a look at what the Samsung Galaxy S21 has to offer you exactly and to what extent you can handle it.

Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra
Flinke unit! (Image: Mark Hofman / WANT)

# 2 OPPO Reno6

The OPPO Reno6 was announced last week and is without a doubt a genius smartphone. The device was unveiled at the same time as the Reno6 Pro, but immediately wipes its more expensive brother off the map. The smartphone looks incredibly stylish, feels great in the hand and has a lot to offer the consumer for €499.

A fast processor, impressive battery and an impressive display: they all belong to the new OPPO Reno6. As far as I’m concerned, it’s highly recommended that you’ll be hearing a lot more about in the near future.

Smartphones OPPO Reno6
Camera system of the Reno6 (Image: Mark Hofman / WANT)

#3 Apple iPhone 12

When it comes to smartphones that you should buy, last year’s iPhone 12 should definitely be in there. Especially due to the fact that the new device will arrive next week. Because no matter how big the upgrade will be, it won’t get as impressive as the iPhone 12 anytime soon.

The “standard” models of the iPhones have been in the shadow of the Pro devices for years, but that came to an end last year. For at least €912 you get a smartphone with an impressive display, a powerful camera system and an incredibly good processor. The device will last for years to come and is without a doubt highly recommended.

iPhone 12
The 12 in green (Image: Mark Hofman / WANT)

# 4 OnePlus Nord 2

With the OnePlus Nord 2, OnePlus released a very pleasant successor to the Nord this year. I even called the device “proof that flagships are less and less needed”. As with the previous model, OnePlus makes the right choices to ensure that the smartphone does not become so expensive. But it is very powerful and pleasant to use.

OnePlus Nord 2: the proof that flagships are needed less and less

The best part is that the device is a significant improvement on the OnePlus Nord from 2020, but has not become more expensive. For €399 you get a really good deal that you can enjoy for years to come.

OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus is back! (Image: Mark Hofman / WANT)

#5 Samsung Galaxy Z Fip 3

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 may feel like an odd duck, but it is highly recommended. This is the first foldable smartphone that is really worth it. Especially, because you can already get it for the price of a regular flagship.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: they’ve finally done it!

For €1049 you do not make any major concessions except for the camera system, but you do get a full-fledged flagship with one genius functionality: the smartphone folds. The future is coming and this is the first big step to make that future really accessible. It’s nice to actually have that product at home.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
Can also be used standing (Image: Mark Hofman / WANT)

More smartphones?

Of course, many more smartphones have been released in the past year. If your ideal phone is not among these, that does not mean that you can give up hope.

Curious about what else the market has to offer? Be sure to check this page on our website where we keep you informed of everything that is happening in the market on a daily basis.

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