Top 7 Best Smartphones of 2021 under $999 to buy right now

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The 2021 year is coming to an end, and we are only one month away from the new 2022 year. And so as a year ends we have a collection of the best smartphones. And yes, we have the same for this year too. We have collected Top 7 best smartphones of 2021.

This is the best time to get an upgrade to a new smartphone, and don’t worry about picking a smartphone. We have made your work easier by collecting a list of the best smartphones of 2021. Just stick to the article to decide which smartphone is going to be yours for the next couple of years.

Picking a smartphone is never been so easy, and after a lot of choices from the company can be so much tricky. Most of us spend at least 2 years with the same smartphone. So, then we need to make a decision very carefully. We will talk about the best smartphone for Performance, Camera, and all-rounder.

Premium Flagships

1. Apple iPhone 13

Design 75%
Camera 80%
Battery 45%

Best Phone in 2021

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iPhone 13

This is the best smartphone to buy in 2021. This is Apple’s iPhone 13, the base variant of the iPhone 13 lineup. It starts from $829 for 128GB and goes up to $1,129 for 512GB of storage.

The iPhone 13 shares the same Apple A15 Bionic processor used in 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. It has not many upgrades over the previous generation iPhone 12. But you can pay extra for the bigger battery, improved camera, more powerful processor and a new design.

The company claims that the iPhone 13 has the same camera as the iPhone 12 Pro Max with a new diagonal arrangement of the camera sensors. With the help of its bigger battery, this phone can long last for a day.

It comes in five amazing colors which include Pink, Gold, Blue, Midnight, and Starlight. You can choose from three storage choices 128GB, 258GB, and 512GB. You can order yours now on the Apple Store website.

Design 85%
Camera 75%
Battery 70%

Best Android Smartphone to buy right now

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Pixel 6 Pro

Google Pixel 6 Pro is the best amongst the Android smartphones right now in the market. The phone was launched on October 19, 2021. This smartphone is packed with all the premium features you ever need in this price bracket. We cannot say anything about the future though but for now, if you were finding a flagship phone with a premium design and were not willing to pay a grand then this is for you.

The Pixel 6 Pro offers a 6.71″ inches LTPO AMOLED display with a 120Hz screen, 5,000+ mAh battery, and 12GB of RAM. You can select from 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of storage and the phone doesn’t support a memory card slot. However, you get the support of Nano-SIM and an eSIM.

You can order your Google Pixel 6 Pro from Google Store today starting at $899 for a 12GB/128GB storage variant.

3. Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Design 65%
Camera 75%
Battery 70%

Best Samsung to Buy in 2021

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Galaxy S21 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus can be a great choice for those who are currently using a Samsung Phone and do not want to leave the Samsung ecosystem and are not willing to try a new Company. Then surely you can have a look at the Galaxy S21 Plus.

This smartphone is from the flagship series of Samsung. So, it covers everything premium feature you want in a Samsung phone. 

It offers a 6.7″ inches Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz screen. This phone is packed with a 4,800 mAh battery, 25W fast charging, and 8GB of RAM. For the Camera, you have a 64MP sensor at the back.

Its price at Amazon is $799 for a 5G Unlocked 128GB storage variant. 

4. OnePlus 9 Pro - $899

Design 90%
Camera 90%
Battery 60%

Best Phone in Design & Camera

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OnePlus 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 Pro was launched on March 31, 2021, this is the latest and the most premium device from OnePlus right now. This phone has a great camera, with the help of the collaboration of the company with a Camera company called Hasselblad.

The phone has a 6.7″ inches LTPO Fuild2 AMOLED with a 120Hz screen and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 at the back and front. It is packed with a 4,500 mAh battery, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, 65W fast charging, and a 50 Megapixel Rear Camera.

It comes in three colors Morning Mist, Forest Green, and Staller black. The starting price is $899 on Amazon for 256GB/12GB of RAM variant.

5. Google Pixel 5a 5G - $449

Design 55%
Camera 75%
Battery 60%

Best Android Compact Phone

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Google Pixel 5a 5G

Our list can’t be completed without a compact smartphone. The Google Pixel 5a 5G can be a great choice for those wanting a compact mid-ranger under $500.

The Phone has a 6.34″ inches OLED display, 4,680mAh battery, 18W fast charging, 6GB of RAM, and is powered by Snapdragon 765G 5G Processor.

It comes in only one Mostly Black color, it also has only one variant 128GB/6GB RAM.  

6. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G

Design 55%
Camera 90%
Battery 60%

Best Flippable Phone

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Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is one of the best phones because it is much more affordable than the other foldable smartphones in the market. This phone was launched on August 11, 2021.

The phone has a 6.7″ inches Dyanamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz screen, and a 1.9″ inches Super AMOLED cover display at the back. The main drawback of the phone is the smaller battery of 3,300 mAh. It supports 15W fast charging and 10W wireless charging. It has a 12MP main sensor and a 10MP selfie camera.

It starts at $999 for 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. You can check out the prices by clicking on the below buttons.

7. Asus ROG Phone 5

Design 85%
Camera 65%
Battery 85%

Best Phone for gaming

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Asus ROG Phone 5

The ASUS ROG Phone 5 can be a great choice for all those gaming enthusiasts. This is one of the best gaming phones of 2021.

This phone carries a 6.78″ inches AMOLED display with a 144Hz screen. The phone is packed with a 6,000mAh battery with 65W fast charging to fulfill your need for gaming in a day. It also offers 8GB or 12GB or 16GB of RAM, triple camera setup with 64MP of main sensor, and is powered by Snapdragon 888 processor. It comes in only two colors Storm White and Phantom Black. 


We hope you liked our top 7 best smartphones on the 2021 list. We tried our best to make this list as useful as possible. This list contains the best smartphones of 2021 under $999 which you can buy right now.

Should I upgrade?

According to data by ‘HYLA Mobile’ a normal smartphone user spends 2.8 years with the same smartphone. A person can easily spend 3 years with the same mobile phone.

So, if you have already upgraded your smartphone in 2020, then I will not recommend you for coming for an upgrade to any of the above phones.


  • Abdullah Munir is a Content Creator, who makes Tech videos on YouTube and Instagram and writes articles on GetTheTechNow. He's also the founder of GetTheTechNow.

Abdullah Munir

Abdullah Munir is a Content Creator, who makes Tech videos on YouTube and Instagram and writes articles on GetTheTechNow. He's also the founder of GetTheTechNow.

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