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My top 5 phones of 2021 – Ro

The smartphone world had a bit of an off-year in 2021 with no groundbreaking technologies or designs. But as a user, not a reviewer, there are a few smartphones that stood out. These are the ones I would use as daily drivers and I have a reason for every smartphone on my list. So here it is.

Asus Zenfone 8

Maybe my favorite phone this year would be Asus’ Zenfone 8 – one of the few compact flagships on the market, but more importantly, there are hardly any compromises in terms of size. The few issues we had with the handset when we reviewed it were offset by the competitive price.

Even with a missing telecamera, the entire shooting experience seems to be on par with the competition, including the digitally zoomed images.

And contrary to one’s expectations, the Zenfone 8 delivered one of the best stereo speaker experiences with unsurpassed quality and more than decent volume. It also has a 3.5mm audio jack that holds it up to the big guys who still say the jack takes up too much space. Well, guess what, the Zenfone 8 is a small handset with all the bells and whistles under a 6 “diagonal.

Last but not least, my personal preferences for software are probably the main reason I chose Zenfone 8 this year. I’m a OnePlus diehard with affiliation with clean, stylish Android, and ZenUI seems to hit all the right notes for me. It’s also very customizable and offers a few nerdy features that I really appreciate.

vivo X70 Pro

If the vivo X70 Pro was more widely available and the company’s Funtouch OS was a bit more polished, I would have easily recommended this to anyone looking for a phone around the € 600 mark. What makes the X70 Pro so coveted is its size and camera setup.

My top 5 phones in 2021 - Ro

With a 6.56-inch diagonal, you will not get that camera versatility elsewhere. It has a proper 50 MP main camera with gimbal-like optical stabilization, one of the best 2x telephoto cameras we have tested, an impressive 5x periscope zoom unit and a 12 MP ultrawide camera with AF for macro images. Compared to what most phones in this price range and similar screen sizes offer (which is usually a main camera + ultra-wide camera combination, rarely a telephoto at all), it’s a good deal.

But the cameras are not the only important selling points. The super efficient Dimensity 1200 chipset (at least that’s what our data shows based on other Dimensity 1200 powered handsets), which is also quite powerful, the extra long battery life and excellent screen quality (one of the brightest in town) helps build an even stronger cover for the X70 Pro.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

This year’s Ultra from Xiaomi easily comes on my top 5 list for 2021, mainly due to its exceptional camera performance in all aspects (it houses, after all, one of the largest sensors on the market), and it holds pretty much all the features , you have. d want from a flagship phone.

My top 5 phones in 2021 - Ro

In addition, I have grown to like Xiaomi’s MIUI. It no longer has the typical Chinese ROM vibe, it is more polished, feature rich and not really that “heavy”.

Sure, the handset is a big boy, especially with the camera bulge on the back, but this is what you get with all that hardware inside.

OnePlus Nord 2 5G

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is probably the only 2021 OnePlus phone worth getting this year. It’s a glimpse of what OnePlus used to be – great all-round package at an excellent price. There is a reason why we chose this one to be in the Flagship killers category in our buying guide. I’m not saying that the OnePlus 9 Pro, for example, is a bad phone, but it’s just not close to the Nord 2 when it comes to function and price.

My top 5 phones in 2021 - Ro

Right now, the handset costs around € 399 from third-party retailers across Europe and offers an excellent 90Hz OLED screen, pure Android experience lightning fast charging, stereo speakers, good build quality, and the list goes on. Although the MediaTek 1200 SoC does not match Qualcomm’s flagship chips, it’s still a pretty powerful piece of hardware and is excellent in terms of efficiency. I think that is the main reason for Nord’s good battery life. Oh, and it keeps the alarm slider!

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G

This one is pretty obvious in a way. I’m still not a big fan of foldable, or at least in the state they are in, but there’s no doubt that the Galaxy Z Fold3 is a huge improvement over the last two generations, and since this is the future , it only makes sense for me to choose one of all the foldable in 2021 as my favorite. Well, Galaxy Z Fold3 easily wins the race in my book.

My top 5 phones in 2021 - Ro

Not only did I love Samsung’s One UI, but I also love that the cover screen now also runs at 120Hz, and the selfie camera is hidden under the primary. Of course, the selfie quality is poor, but I do not use that camera, to begin with, so it’s a huge bonus for me to keep it out of sight. That’s one of the main reasons I’m still using the OnePlus 7 Pro – the top of OnePlus’ designs.

But let’s not get carried away here. The recently announced Oppo Find N gets an honorable mention and closes second place in 2021. The smaller form factor is the most attractive feature for me and I can not wait to take it for a ride. But right now, the Galaxy Z Fold3 is my favorite.

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