Galaxy S21 Ultra review: third timeโ€™s a charm

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a huge, powerful Android phone with no fewer than five cameras. The main 108-megapixel sensor is the best Samsung has ever shipped - promises were made and, for once, kept. Dieter Bohn reviews the newest flagship phone from Samsung featuring the new Snapdragon 888, 120hZ refresh rate screen, and all its much-improved cameras.
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Comments

  1. Vikingdescendent

    Vikingdescendent10 days ago

    In this case, ULTRA means too heavy!

  2. Mark

    Mark11 days ago

    Why do you say ex instead of times when referring to zoom? Itโ€™s a multiplication. For eg if you see 3 x 2 do you say 3 ex 2 or do you say 3 times 2?

  3. SoCalHiker

    SoCalHiker18 days ago

    Why do I feel like I just watched a S21 Ultra review by an iphone user?

  4. Henry Churchill

    Henry Churchill19 days ago

    Hi, does anyone know if the Exynos 2100 version of this phone has the new improved 3D ultrasonic fingerprint scanner then the Snapdragon one has?

  5. Henry Churchill

    Henry Churchill17 days ago

    @Kafui. xx yes but as you said it's a lie as when I registered my fingerprints shortly after posting this comment it mentioned the ultrasonic scanner on the device

  6. Kafui. xx

    Kafui. xx17 days ago

    @Henry Churchill wait Samsung themselves told you this?

  7. Henry Churchill

    Henry Churchill17 days ago

    @Kafui. xx Yes your right, I've just got the new phone and it does say ultrasonic, dont believe samsung uk lol I say, silly me

  8. Kafui. xx

    Kafui. xx17 days ago

    @Henry Churchill the person that told you this lied...the only difference in hardware between Snapdragon and exynos is the chipset

  9. Henry Churchill

    Henry Churchill17 days ago

    @Kafui. xx I've just been told by Samsung that the snapdragon version is the only one which has the 3D ultrasonic scanner and the international one is only optical

  10. Roku C

    Roku C20 days ago

    Before upgrading to One UI 3.0, you can use split-screen mode by long-pressing the multi-task button. It was easy and intuitive. Now, you have to enter task switcher, press the app icon, then choose "Open in split screen view"... so many steps... I don't understand why Samsung sometimes eems to have tendency to make some features worked really well worse .

  11. XPLIZZIT HD GAMING

    XPLIZZIT HD GAMING20 days ago

    I'm changing from 12pro max to s21 ultra based on the fact that apple just arent keeping up with the time. Not enough enovativing, just polishing what they already have.

  12. Kent Purdy

    Kent Purdy21 day ago

    Samsung... the king of bloatware.

  13. Cornelius Agrippa

    Cornelius Agrippa21 day ago

    Notice sun marks on the iPhone photo's which shows the Samsung has better lens coatings.

  14. FirestoneX

    FirestoneX21 day ago

    I have a Galaxy S9 plus and I am thinking of upgrading to this. I wonder how good the sound is though one thing I wish was better on my phone is sound. I have a tablet that has dual speakers in does amazing sound and I would love to get that in a phone

  15. Shane Horne

    Shane Horne21 day ago

    Apple and Google have the best cameras

  16. Matt Mcfarren

    Matt Mcfarren21 day ago

    i'm thinking about getting the unlocked version from best buy and will be on verizon. How common is the overheating issue? I'm afraid to buy

  17. fyzikx1

    fyzikx121 day ago

    It's only an issue when using the camera too long. Doing anything else on the phone from my experience will give you fairly normal temps for prolonged amount of times.

  18. DD

    DD22 days ago

    was SO close pulling the trigger on this one... but the BUILT-IN ADS on a $1K device totally killed it for me. The bloatware does it again!

  19. helll No

    helll No23 days ago

    Better than One plus 9pro๐Ÿ™Œ

  20. Shiwankar Garg

    Shiwankar Garg24 days ago

    โฐp

  21. fishhisy

    fishhisy24 days ago

    Screw camera bumps just make the phone thicker to accommodate even larger battery.

  22. bruh

    bruh23 days ago

    8.1 to 8.8 thickness. I don't want my phone looking like a iphone 3g, and if I did all I have to do is get a battery case

  23. CoreyM328i

    CoreyM328i25 days ago

    Long story short I cracked the screen on my s20 plus(silver,128gb), called Verizon/Warranty they did not have my variation of s20 plus so I got to upgrade to the s21 ultra for the $200 deductible(I had to pay either way). A solid win!! ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  24. Ezra

    Ezra25 days ago

    Can you imagine paying $1,200 + tax for a phone.... And then find out they baked ADS into the software?? Yeah, hard pass.

  25. Mohamed Adnan N

    Mohamed Adnan N25 days ago

    Wow it's so useful man...

  26. Dogun Hwang

    Dogun Hwang26 days ago

    I really miss fingerprint unlock

  27. Gary S

    Gary S27 days ago

    I just get a flash drive when I need more storage space!

  28. Ed Diez

    Ed Diez28 days ago

    All the mentions about "if you know" you can make it better...how about a "how to" article to make it better? Like setting up Google Assistant instead of Bixby, using Android Message, etc, etc, etc.

  29. Giovanni Bucio

    Giovanni Bucio29 days ago

    Ultra is for Ultra-people. Galaxy team here.

  30. MidnightDreams

    MidnightDreams29 days ago

    Apple Squared off design is not new. Older iPhone used it. STOP saying new. Everytime I heard a USlikes reviewer say new design I am so confused. Apple iphone 4 is same square design from years ago. Please stop. It's an old design from a dinosaur iphone

  31. Inkedwithtats

    InkedwithtatsMonth ago

    Everyone is saying they get 2 day battery life but I get about 6-7 hours most of the time if I leave the house at 8am with 100% by 1pm I'm around 75% with about 45 minutes of gps and 2-3 hours of spotify. Don't get me wrong the battery is great but definitely not 2 days with full settings.

  32. Legna Rodriguez

    Legna RodriguezMonth ago

    I just order the 512 gb model for 1200$ on amazon

  33. Arun Kumar

    Arun KumarMonth ago

    I am using s21 ultra 16GB variant, the phone starts overheating when using camera and even using video call.The temperature rises to 48degree and back side of phone near camera become very hot. Purchased this phone for 5300AED in Dubai, made a big mistake I think samsung is not doing quality check on Exynos models. Don't buy samsung phones for premium price. Called samsung customer service, they took control of phone through Tutor app and asked to uninstall apps as they are making phone overheat, but even I tried but again using camera for just 5min phone start over heating without any applicationinstalled ,tomorrow will go to samsung service with a thermometer.

  34. Andrew F

    Andrew FMonth ago

    Oh, I didn't know there were other versions of messaging apps. I like the stock one actually

  35. Sau Dip

    Sau DipMonth ago

    Btw if you want shoot video, use otg usb add usb drive, its android

  36. Rami Hagag

    Rami HagagMonth ago

    Terrible music

  37. Akie Na

    Akie NaMonth ago

    so nice intro

  38. My Favorite Draw

    My Favorite DrawMonth ago

    No no no.....

  39. Saurav Shrestha

    Saurav ShresthaMonth ago

    If only these phones worked with something like the LG Ultrafine 4K/5k that would be so amazing!

  40. Saurav Shrestha

    Saurav ShresthaMonth ago

    Great review as always, Dieter. Iโ€™m on a Pixel 4a and about to switch to the S21 cuz 765G ainโ€™t for me.

  41. Connor Perrault

    Connor PerraultMonth ago

    I want the camera features and all but I hate that the phone is so big. I wish Samsung would make a small but really good phone. I understand we have the S21 but I'd love to have the camera from the S21 Ultra on the S21.

  42. Mohamed Osama

    Mohamed OsamaMonth ago

    just ordered mine, coming from a galaxy A51

  43. Major Gill

    Major GillMonth ago

    Dude youโ€™re wearing an Apple watch and trying to tell us the Samsungโ€™s better๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  44. Benjamin White

    Benjamin WhiteMonth ago

    One of the best reviews and reviewers I have seen on USlikes

  45. Brandon Bookay

    Brandon BookayMonth ago

    Samsung is always the best phones

  46. Aakash Naskar

    Aakash NaskarMonth ago

    They shouldโ€™ve gone for gold with phantom black it will look so good

  47. BZeRK T

    BZeRK TMonth ago

    This is the Samsung s21 ultra, yes we got one!

  48. adric pease

    adric peaseMonth ago

    I have a pixel 5 and switched over because googles software is so buggy and I'm tired of the same issues year after year. I've owned every pixel, and this year I can say the camera in the pixel 5 just is "OK". While Samsungs is better in some regaurds.

  49. Md Amirul Islam

    Md Amirul IslamMonth ago

    I want this wallpaper

  50. JD G

    JD GMonth ago

    is it ok if i still like my iphone xs max?

  51. funkam0nkey

    funkam0nkeyMonth ago

    I've got the S21 Ultra and it's so good, it's boring. Don't ask me why, I just can't put my finger on it.

  52. bruh

    bruh23 days ago

    I know, pretty boring to have the best phone on the market.

  53. moviemuncher1982

    moviemuncher1982Month ago

    Wooow... A whole minute and a half before you pulled out an iPhone ๐Ÿ™„ Why call the channel "The Verge"?.. just be honest and call your self "Apple-lovers" ๐Ÿ™„

  54. Sing Nepal

    Sing NepalMonth ago

    Better xiaomi xiaomi have good camera low price good browser and more samsung is too expensive

  55. frenchie girl in the usa

    frenchie girl in the usaMonth ago

    I am trying to get away from apple. I am annoyed with it, so I am looking to go back to android. Samsung s21 ultra I had my eye on it for awhile.

  56. bruh

    bruh23 days ago

    trade in your iphone for the s21 ultra.

  57. Project_JL

    Project_JLMonth ago

    Classic iPhone user lmao. "There's just too many options " ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  58. Massimo Crimi

    Massimo CrimiMonth ago

    I have been using my S21 Ultra for 3 weeks now.. this phone it's a monster !! the camera also it's amazing too !!! actually I can take nice clear picture of the moon...

  59. Franco Barrera

    Franco BarreraMonth ago

    I really wanted the Ultra, but I gotta say, I'm super happy the standard S21.

  60. MINCOL

    MINCOLMonth ago

    thanks for the video realy a nice beast

  61. Albery Florentino

    Albery FlorentinoMonth ago

    Don't forget to mention that terrible shutter lag on the camera...it ruins the camera experience for me.

  62. Albery Florentino

    Albery Florentino23 days ago

    I wouldn't say its fixed, definitely less noticeable, but still there.

  63. bruh

    bruh23 days ago

    fixed.

  64. Dana Belden

    Dana BeldenMonth ago

    I love mine

  65. Alyson Penelope Ferralina

    Alyson Penelope FerralinaMonth ago

    Dayum I want this so bad but there's ONE thing I can't live without: the STYLUS! so will there be an S21 NOTE!!??!?! Also, it's good he tells us that there is no SD card slot so for me It's important to buy the 512 storage for the added $180

  66. Ben Dover

    Ben DoverMonth ago

    The Note 9 is $1400 on Samsungs shop. That's almost double the price it was at release. They know how bad their new phones are..

  67. Daniel R.

    Daniel R.Month ago

    Q

  68. Alex Kim

    Alex KimMonth ago

    That's why... Best mobile phone in the planet.

  69. N_ R

    N_ RMonth ago

    I'll wait for Huawei's P50 Pro.....

  70. Salman Baloch

    Salman BalochMonth ago

    Tynh

  71. Imran ahmed

    Imran ahmedMonth ago

    Can someone advise me? S21 ultra or z fold 2?. I can get eaxh for 1k Advise.me.cant decide.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  72. AnonymousUser

    AnonymousUserMonth ago

    Not sure I want to spend $1000 on a phone with Ads built in.

  73. My World Stories

    My World StoriesMonth ago

    Gift it to me . . . . . Please . . . .๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜•โ˜นโ˜นโ˜น

  74. Thomas Depaor

    Thomas DepaorMonth ago

    Sounds like Samsung pay him to promote their products ๐Ÿ˜š

  75. Thomas Depaor

    Thomas DepaorMonth ago

    iPhones ease of use is unbeatable, reviewers need to focus on ease of use, overall user satisfaction, instead of camera functions.

  76. Josiah M

    Josiah M2 months ago

    Good review, but why are you wearing a mask outdoors?

  77. John Vu

    John Vu2 months ago

    Surprise me you say iPhone has edge here. Most photos I see photos S21 are much better many others reviews

  78. GloryKid_

    GloryKid_2 months ago

    The opposite rule visually seal because hyacinth lastly happen barring a talented confirmation. permissible, finicky ink

  79. 292angelo

    292angelo2 months ago

    It's not confusioning at all...

  80. Jon Keener

    Jon Keener2 months ago

    Stop comparing it to icrap!!

  81. Amit Goswami

    Amit Goswami2 months ago

    Watchin this on the S21 ultra.

  82. Mateng

    Mateng2 months ago

    Fortunately there are no parts to mount wrong on a smartphone

  83. Rush Petterson

    Rush Petterson2 months ago

    Has anyone noticed that the S21 ultra camera housing rattles when you shake the phone...apparently it's the stabilizer setup ๐Ÿค”

  84. bruh

    bruh23 days ago

    it's the sim card tray shaking in the phone.

  85. Vash Sant

    Vash Sant2 months ago

    Seems very apple biased, this guy.

  86. Jacques Dupuis

    Jacques Dupuis2 months ago

    Went from an excellent phone with the S10+, got the S21 Ultra which more than excellent, it the cream of the crop.

  87. Air1 T

    Air1 T2 months ago

    With no micro SD card on the new Galaxy S21, how do you recommend managing your Samsung galaxy phone memory

  88. don mcc

    don mcc2 months ago

    I could not get 256g only 128g and was told by t mobile would take many mo. to get

  89. David Martrano

    David Martrano2 months ago

    In my humble opinion the Ultra is the ๐Ÿ˜ป's meow. It's feature packed. The ๐ŸŽain't? A multitasking customized dream! The Ultra wins the day for me. ๐ŸŽ, still 60hz display, 64gb's base storage and that ridiculous ๐Ÿ™„notch. Outdated design? No i-sheeper phone for me?

  90. Mr Yusuf

    Mr Yusuf2 months ago

    On the android or pixel 4 or s21 ultra i always have to toggle airplane mode to make cellular faster lol on iphone never lol

  91. Aarohan Balasubramanian

    Aarohan Balasubramanian2 months ago

    I still can't comprehend why samsung would put ads on their stock applications why are thay that short on funds.

  92. bruh

    bruh23 days ago

    300 billion dollars isn't enough

  93. Ste McS

    Ste McS2 months ago

    Haven't seen any ads on any of my samsung phones ever, including my brand new s21 ultra.

  94. Charmaine Morala

    Charmaine Morala2 months ago

    I don't understand why Samsung removed the sd card slot..so i really don't wannt to upgrade my s9 to s21 ultra

  95. CATADO

    CATADO2 months ago

    Wow really love your content this is awesome . What is your preferred camera you use for filmmaking, I'd love to have a conversation and maybe even collaborate on different ways in telling stories through video !

  96. Randy singh

    Randy singh2 months ago

    Note 20 is bigger then s2pu

  97. Herb out west

    Herb out west2 months ago

    The iPhone has wider bezels and looks older than even a galaxy s8... Samsung always waay ahead

  98. Peter Arnold

    Peter Arnold2 months ago

    It's nice to watch all the spec-heavy reviews of a particular phone, but it's also refreshing coming to Dieter's opinion editorial-style video for something different.

  99. TEORI SERAM

    TEORI SERAM2 months ago

    I'll skip this one... waiting for s90 ultra....

  100. Leon

    Leon2 months ago

    Am I the only one who hates the camera bump of the new S21s

  101. Icecream Dee

    Icecream Dee2 months ago

    No SD Slot ..... noooooooooooo

  102. Phayoun Houm

    Phayoun Houm2 months ago

    It turns me off when they removed micro sd, previous model removed 3.5mm audio, seems like they follow Apple ideas.

  103. Ag3nt0fCha0s

    Ag3nt0fCha0s2 months ago

    I agree with you so much it causes me actual physical pain. This comment written on an A41 with headphone jack, sd card and dual sim slots.

  104. Marcus Dale

    Marcus Dale2 months ago

    S21 Ultra Vs Xperia PRO side by side comparison review, please!?

  105. Malisa Dimitrijevic

    Malisa Dimitrijevic2 months ago

    Mi 10 ultra have better camera

  106. Marko Martinez

    Marko Martinez2 months ago

    just got mine yesterday its taking a bit to adjust but im enjoying every bit of it

  107. Pritish Patil

    Pritish Patil2 months ago

    I'm getting 5 hours screen on time on my s21 ultra with 19 hours battery life. Exynos version. I think it's less than expected.

  108. nacanieli nalewabau

    nacanieli nalewabau2 months ago

    Why does the quality of the pictures taken drops though when u upload it on social media??

  109. ITS_SUNDARAM

    ITS_SUNDARAM2 months ago

    Well there's a limitation, I believe which concerns with the size of the photo and therefore in order to match the size limit of photos on social media the original photos are compressed and as a result you can notice a drop in resolution.

  110. Anna Pennington

    Anna Pennington2 months ago

    I just got mine and it gets pretty hot easily!! Does anyone have the same heating issues?๐Ÿค’

  111. Kunlan

    Kunlan2 months ago

    No heating issues on mine

  112. THE WINNER

    THE WINNER2 months ago

    Please dont put 12 pro max so close to s 21 ultra, you make s 21 looks bad too. You really cant compare stone age phones aka pro max with 2021 phones like s 21 ultra

  113. Andy Shepherd

    Andy Shepherd2 months ago

    iPhone user, just picked up a 256GB Phantom Black S21 Ultra. I gotta say so far very impressed ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  114. Stephen Rye

    Stephen Rye2 months ago

    Just got mine today. Love it. Fixes all the problems with my s20 ultra.

  115. Kevin Whitney

    Kevin Whitney2 months ago

    What about the speakers and sound with headphones. Excellent camera etc.

  116. MOHKIN H

    MOHKIN H2 months ago

    ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ

  117. nemanja6290

    nemanja62902 months ago

    show us the phone!!! not your face