Three seconds. Three whole seconds of my undivided attention. That’s how long it takes me to unlock my iPhone when I’m wearing a mask. Face ID fails, and there I am, punching in a passcode like some Neanderthal.
Half a second. According to my trusty stopwatch, that’s how quickly I can unlock the new Samsung Galaxy S21, using its improved in-screen fingerprint sensor.
Do you know what I could do with all that saved time? Probably…nothing.
You would be forgiven if you completely missed Samsung’s Galaxy S21 launch a few weeks ago. There are no whiz bang features and you might have been otherwise distracted. Yet the trio of new phones—the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra—are the best Samsung has put out in years, and the best Android phones for the money right now. The S21 starts at $799, down $200 from last year’s model.
It’s what I like to call a Samsung refinement year. (For other examples, see the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S10.) The company has polished and improved some of its best previously introduced features, including the fingerprint sensor, the rapidly refreshing 120Hz screen and the 10X zoom lens on the S21 Ultra.