Review Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: Peak Android

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I have owned the Ultra 21 for just under a week now. I have experienced terrible battery life. I've done several things in the settings to fix this but no luck. I am expecting about ten percent battery drain per hour with very light use. Others in the official Samsung forums have similar issues. A Samsung moderator posted that the adaptive battery should solve some of the issue, but some members are saying that even after a week they are seeing no change. This is something to be aware of. The issue seems to be mainly in America and Europe for whatever reason
 
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I returned my original to Samsung and purchased another from my local dealer. This one is improved but still not stellar given that it is a 5000 mAh battery.

Samsung has released an update for the Exynos version of phone designed to address the battery life issue that many have experienced. In the US, the phones use the Snapdragon version of the phone. To the best of my knowledge Samsung has not acknowledged any issues with the Snapdragon phones.
 
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Sounds like a quality control issue. If I buy from Costco, I have a 90 day return, which seems like a smart way to avoid a problem
 
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I have owned the Ultra 21 for just under a week now. I have experienced terrible battery life. I've done several things in the settings to fix this but no luck. I am expecting about ten percent battery drain per hour with very light use. Others in the official Samsung forums have similar issues. A Samsung moderator posted that the adaptive battery should solve some of the issue, but some members are saying that even after a week they are seeing no change. This is something to be aware of. The issue seems to be mainly in America and Europe for whatever reason

I joined the club and am leaving the Ultra 21 behind and we are getting our $$$ back. S10+ owner for two years and since my battery and my wife's on her S10 were starting to show signs of fading, it was a good time to jump to the S21 and S21 Ultra. Both of us experienced the battery drain on light use and both had problems with text messaging. It's not the network, I switched the SIM cards back to our S10's and the texting is fine. The side buttons , and this may be nitpicking, were awkward. Trying to do a screen shot didn't work and I can read directions. It didn't happen.

Maybe we just had a bad experience, but just on our batteries alone, I give this phone 2*'s out of 5. I read from Tom there are battery fixes in the works and as long as that and the texting work, I'd give this another look this summer. For now a hard pass.
 
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