Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is Readers’ Choice Phone of 2021

Robert Treggs / Android Authority

What a ride. After tens of thousands of votes, the powerful Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has been awarded the title Android salad Readers’ Choice Phone of 2021. The S21 Ultra beat the Google Pixel 6 Pro by a useful margin of 55.11% to 44.89% of the grand final vote. Congratulations to Samsung Mobile on the epic win! How did it all happen?

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If you want the most powerful phone in Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series, then the Galaxy S21 Ultra is for you. It comes with the largest 6.8-inch screen, largest 5,000mAh battery, and best camera setup with a 108MP primary sensor. It also comes with up to 16GB of RAM. However, it is also the most expensive, starting at $1,199.

First round: Qualifiers

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The S21 Ultra got off to a great start, eliminating a monster roster of 33 contenders for 17% of the vote. 17% may not sound like a lot but the S21 gets almost 25% more votes than the device in second place. This second-ranked phone was our Editor’s Pick, the regular Google Pixel 6 (13.7%). Third, Google Pixel 6 Pro (13%), and fourth iPhone 13 Pro Max (10%). These four phones were the only ones that broke the two-digit barrier for voting share.

The first round gave a good idea of ​​who would end up in the last two

Round one gave a good idea of ​​who would end up in the last two – the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Pixel One. The Pixel 6 narrowly beat the Pro version with less than a percentage of the total vote separating them. The iPhone 13 Pro Max was comfortably behind but still ahead of the phone in fifth place, the OnePlus 9 Pro (4.2%). Here are the top ten from that first round of voting for reference.

Device vote share
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

17%

Google Pixel 6

13.7%

Google Pixel 6 Pro

13%

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

10%

OnePlus 9 Pro

4.2%

Apple iPhone 13

3.9%

Sony Xperia 1 III

3.5%

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

3.2%

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

2.8%

Samsung Galaxy S21

2.7%

Second round: semi-finals

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Once the voting in the next round was reduced to just those four phones, we saw some movement in the placements. The S21 Ultra again came out on top with 35.98% of the total votes. This time though, the Pixel 6 Pro came in second overall (26.66%) and the regular Pixel 6 fell to fourth (16.7%), with the iPhone 13 Pro Max taking third place (20.66%).

But this time, we took surveys on the site as well as on Twitter and YouTube, so did they all agree? You might have guessed, not really. The S21 Ultra took first place and the Pixel 6 Pro was second in each of our surveys separately. But there was a slight difference in who ranked third and fourth. On the website, voters favored the Pixel 6 over the iPhone 13 Pro Max, while on Twitter and YouTube, the iPhone knocked out the Pixel 6. Here’s how the semi-final voting total went.

Device Site Vote Vote on Twitter YouTube vote public vote
DeviceApple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Site Vote

15.4%

Vote on Twitter

22.90%

YouTube vote

21.00%

public vote

20.66%

Device

Google Pixel 6

Site Vote

19.1%

Vote on Twitter

16.50%

YouTube vote

16.00%

public vote

16.70%

Device

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Site Vote

22.1%

Vote on Twitter

25.50%

YouTube vote

29.00%

public vote

26.66%

Device

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Site Vote

43.4%

Vote on Twitter

35.10%

YouTube vote

34.00%

public vote

35.98%

Third round: Final

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With the new second place winner, the final showdown for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Google Pixel 6 Pro is set. At this point in the game, it seemed clear that the S21 Ultra had the numbers. But as I mentioned in our last poll post, previous polls about Android salad Show more support for Pixel 6 Pro on S21 Ultra. Could we have discomfort on our hands?

In the grand finale, the S21 Ultra once again continued its dominance over the competition, receiving 55.11% of the votes against the Pixel 6 Pro’s 44.89%. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is, without a doubt, the readers’ choice Android saladBest phone of 2021.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra continued to dominate the competition.

Interestingly enough, if you take a look at the Pixel 6 Pro versus the S21 Ultra throughout the competition (i.e. ignoring all the other phones in each round), that voting split has been basically the same all along. Here’s how to split the vote between just these two phones in each round of the competition as well as in general. Now this, my friends, is what you call a constant. Once again, congratulations to Samsung on the win and all of you lucky enough to own an S21 Ultra!

Device round 1 Round 2 Third round (final) total (combined)
DeviceGoogle Pixel 6 Pro

round 1

43.41%

Round 2

42.56%

Third round (final)

44.89%

total (combined)

43.81%

Device

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

round 1

56.59%

Round 2

57.44%

Third round (final)

55.11%

total (combined)

56.19%


Here’s a summary of the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards! I wanted to give a special thank you to each of you who voted on the site and social media and to those who told us about their favorite phone in the comments. We still have a lot of great year-end content coming out next week. Enjoy the holidays, stay safe, be good to each other, and we’ll see you all again soon.

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