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Stiftung Warentest The best smartphones in the test: Samsung loses first place

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The Stiftung Warentest has the best cell phones of the year in the large smartphone test chosen. 18 models have been added. Including the iPhone 13 and two folding phones from Samsung. There is a change at the top. We present the test winners.

A good camera, a lot of battery, a sharp display and a stylish housing: the demands on modern smartphones are high. Stiftung Warentest regularly checks the latest devices and constantly updates their comparison. There are now 374 smartphones listed. In the “test” edition 10/2021 29 cell phones have been added. Another 18 more at the end of October.

With the current comparison, Samsung loses first place in the smartphone test. For a long time, the manufacturer dominated the Stiftung Warentest list of the best. Now Apple is ahead with the iPhone 13 Pro Max. These are the other test winners.

Stiftung Warentest has already published its latest mobile phone test online: 18 smartphones are included, including the iPhone 13, the OnePlus Nord 2 and the Samsung Galaxy A52s. With the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G and Galaxy Z Fold3, two folding phones are also represented in the test.

The main focus of the smartphone test was on the basic functions such as voice quality, network sensitivity and computing power. The camera and the handling as well as the battery and the display were tested in detail. The stability was also examined.

With the new test there is a change at the top. Apple takes the smartphone throne: That iPhone 13 Pro Max achieved the test grade “good (1.6)”. In second places are tied that Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Sony Xperia 5 II with the test result “good (1.7)”. The flagships from Apple and Samsung cost over 1,000 euros, while the Sony phone is significantly cheaper. All devices convince with great cameras, a lot of performance and excellent displays. The Android operating system is used at Sony and Samsung, Apple installs its own iOS.

The price-performance tip is that Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G. It received the “test” quality rating “good (2.1)” and convinces with a very good display and a lot of performance.

The test result: With the grade “good (1.6)”, the current iPhone is in first place and displaces Samsung from the throne. The flagship model convinces above all with a very good display, a powerful camera and the battery.

Product details: Apple’s top model scores with a lot of equipment, rapid pace thanks to a fast processor, great camera and a sharp display. The Max model is the largest iPhone and has a 6.7-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2,778 x 1,284 pixels. The adaptive frame rate of up to 120 Hertz is brand new. The A15 bionic chip from Apple makes the iPhone 13 Pro Max one of the fastest mobile phones currently available.

Three lenses are used in the camera: wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto lens shoot photos with twelve megapixels. The LiDAR sensor measures the distances to objects with the help of laser beams and thus supports the autofocus. The battery has a capacity of 4,352 mAh and is significantly larger than its predecessor. A battery life of over 28 hours should be possible. The iOS 15 operating system is preinstalled. As is typical for Apple, you will always receive the latest updates for the next few years.

The test result: The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G achieved the “test” quality rating “good (1.7)” and came in second together with the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Sony Xperia 5 II. The current top model from Samsung is particularly impressive with its sharp display and great camera.

Product details: When it comes to its flagship, the manufacturer Samsung makes no compromises. The many highlights include the excellent OLED screen with 6.8 inches diagonal and a resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels. The camera consists of four lenses and a powerful 108 megapixel sensor. There are also two telephoto lenses and an ultra-wide angle. The aim is to create impressive photos.

The battery has a capacity of 5,000 mAh and thus lasts at least a day without recharging, even with intensive use. All S21 models are also equipped with the new 5G cellular technology as standard. Unfortunately, like Apple, Samsung is also canceling the scope of delivery of its mobile phones and foregoing a power supply unit and headphones in the packaging of all S21 devices.

The test result: The Sony Xperia 5 II is on par with the competition from Samsung. It also achieved the grade “good (1.7)” in the test and scores with a very good display and strong battery.

Product details: With the Xperia 5 II, Sony has a high-end mobile phone in its range that is significantly cheaper than the 1,000-euro competition from Apple and Samsung. The specialties of the smartphone include the display with a 120 Hertz frame rate and the camera.

The Xperia 5 II offers a 6.1-inch OLED screen, the Snapdragon 865 processor including 5G and 8 gigabytes (GB) of RAM. The triple camera on the back includes a wide, super wide and telephoto lens with triple optical zoom and a resolution of twelve megapixels each. The smartphone is also equipped with a 4,000 mAh battery. The battery life should be up to two days. The advantages also include the small dimensions. Compared to the huge iPhone 13 Pro Max in particular, it is much more manageable.

The test result: With the “test” quality rating of “good (2.1)”, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite scores under 350 euros among the top 5 phones. It convinces with a very good display and a lot of performance for comparatively little money.

Product details: Compared to the test winners for over 1,000 euros, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite offers good features and costs only a quarter of the top models from Samsung and Apple. The Xiaomi mobile phone has an AMOLED display with 1080 x 2400 pixels and a 6.5 inch screen diagonal. 128 GB of storage is sufficient for many photos, videos and apps. You can also expand the storage space with a memory card. The Qualcomm processor has eight cores and provides sufficient performance in everyday life. There are three cameras on the back. The main camera has a resolution of 64 megapixels, a wide-angle lens and macro lens are also integrated. The battery life is over 30 hours. The Mi 11 Lite is equipped with 5G and thus transmits with the appropriate cellular tariff in the fast network.

Apple secures first place. Many Samsung cell phones are also in the top 20 of Stiftung Warentest. Sony mixes in with the very handy Xperia 5 II. The test winner, that iPhone 13 Pro Max, is currently the best mobile phone on the market – closely followed by Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. It is much cheaper Sony Xperia 5 II, which is very handy and integrates a strong battery. The price-performance tip is that Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite with top-class equipment at a fair price.

In the coming years, 5G should become the cellular standard and provide more speed when surfing on the go. At the moment, however, there are still many hurdles that prevent the fast Internet. In order to be able to use 5G, you not only need the right mobile phone, but also a mobile phone contract that includes 5G. In addition, the expansion of the network is not very advanced, it will only be available in large cities for the time being.

If you want to keep your smartphone longer, a model with 5G can be worthwhile and is more future-proof. For most users who change their device after two years, the added value is currently still low.

The newer smartphone models are almost impossible to open and often difficult to open yourself. Anyone who still wants to repair their mobile phone themselves should consider the following points:

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