Samsung ships the Galaxy S21 or the Galaxy S21 Plus smartphones without the charging adapter, earphones, or a back case. Yes, you do get the charging cable, but that's about it. Hence, it goes without a doubt that should you want to get it charged. You must invest in some quality accessories. Also, the phone alone doesn't make the whole experience. You must have the right accessory by your side to add to your experience. After all, you have the 2021 Samsung flagship in your hands.
And that's the reason we have compiled a list of the best accessory for the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus smartphones. From dual wireless charging pads to smart trackers, we have attempted to cover the bare minimum required to get the most out of your smartphone.
So, if you have bought the Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone (or planning to buy one), here are the accessories that you should buy to boost the experience.
Are you bored with regular charging? If yes, you must check out Samsung's 25W charger. This one uses the USB Power Delivery standard and gets you fast charging on your Galaxy smartphone, including the Galaxy S21 series. And for phones that don't support USB PD3.0 standard, this charger will get as much as 15W of juice.
25W of power means the charging speed will be significantly faster and several users have backed this claim. They were able to fast charge their Galaxy S20 Plus fast to 100 percent in about an hour. Of course, a lot depends on the USB-C cable that you are using. Hence we would recommend going with the cable that comes with the device.
The 25W charger is PD-compatible meaning that it plays well with other devices such as Google Pixel or your tablet.
If you have treated yourself to the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 along with the Galaxy S21 phone, then the in-house Wireless Charger Duo Pad makes for a good buy. As suggestive of its name, this one bundles two wireless charging pads, thereby letting you juice up your phone and smartwatch simultaneously.
The clean look means you can fit it just about anywhere, be it your office desk or your bedside table. Besides, you do not have to mount or thread any cable at the bottom.
The Wireless Charger Duo Pad bundles Fast Charge 2.0 and can provide up to 12W on select phones and reverts to 7.5W. The only thing you need to keep in mind is to use the in-box cable to power it. Since it's a wireless charger, you will have to be careful when placing your phone on it, as the wrong alignment can cause the charging cycle to break.
It has earned its fair share of reviews, with users liking it for the convenience it brings to the table. However, note that even though it's a premium product, some users have complained of its durability.
Alternatively, you can check out the Nanami Qi wireless charger. Though it won't bring the convenience of charging both your phone and smartwatch, it will do well for your Galaxy S21.
Do you have the habit of misplacing items like a phone, wallet, or house keys? If yes, smart tags like the aptly named Galaxy SmartTag can help you save your time while hunting for them. This tracker works over Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE to help you detect and locate misplaced items. It's small, compact, and emits a high-pitched noise when triggered. And needless to say, it's this ringtone that helps you locate it easily.
It works in conjunction with the Samsung SmartThings app, and you will need to log-in to your Samsung account to get it working. After that, you can hook this to your keychain, Galaxy Buds Pro case, or put it inside your wallet to track it later. At the same time, you can also use this tracker to program some smart house appliances. For instance, you can program the tag's single-press action to switch off smart lights or compatible ACs. Cool, right?
The only catch is that the Galaxy SmartTag works with Galaxy smartphones.
If you are want to step around this limitation, you can't go wrong with the Tile Mate tracker. This one works across Android and Apple smartphones and is available almost in the same price bracket.
Sure the new Galaxy Buds Pro earphones are cool and come with a whole array of exciting features. But if you are looking for a complete Active Noise Cancellation experience to go with your Galaxy S21 smartphone, they may not be the right fit since it leaks a considerable amount of noise. So if ANC is your top priority, you can't go wrong with Bose's QuietComfort Earbuds. Like the Buds Pro, these truly wireless earbuds have a slim form factor and fits easily into the canal of your ears.
But where it manages to stand apart is the sound department. The QuietComfort Earbuds deliver a dynamic soundstage with a richer and pronounced bass. At the same time, the ANC delivers a quiet experience and hushes the ambient noise without ease. You can select the level of noise cancellation through the app.
The fit is comfortable and they manage to stay anchored to your ears no matter how much you move. And this feature makes them apt for the gym or when you workout. Do note that these earphones do not have the same Ingress Protection (IPX4) rating as the GalaxyBuds Pro (IPX7) and the companion app lacks a little in the customization department.
Another accessory that goes well with the Galaxy S21 Plus if you travel a lot is the PortaPow 3rd Gen USB Data Blocker. As suggestive of the name, this device blocks the data pins on the USB port of your charging cable, thereby eliminating the chance of data flowing from your phone. In short, it acts as a firewall between your phone or laptop and the (public) USB port.
Devices like the PortaPow USB blocker have a small build and easily fit into your purse or wallet. So the next time you will be using a public USB port to charge your phone, you have to hook it to your phone's charging cable and plug it in. The only catch is that it only accepts USB-A cables, so if you have a USB-C to USB-C cable, you will need to find a replacement for it.
The PortaPow data blocker is one of the most popular devices out there. This one has its share of intelligence as well. For one, it bundles a built-in chip that's designed to detect the device connected, and it optimizes the current flow based on its reading. Cool, right?
Quite naturally, you won't get high-speed charging speed on your smartphone since it supports only 2.4A charging.
If you want the convenience of wireless charging on your car as well, the iOttie Wireless Car Charger makes it possible. This one bundles an adjustable foot designed to accommodate bigger phones like the Galaxy S21 Plus, the neat mounts at the bottom ensure that the phone remains stable to ensure a smooth charging process. Above all, this wireless charger packs a discreet design and sits atop your car's dashboard, or you can choose to fix it on your car's windshield as per your state's rules.
The highlight of this wireless car charger is its highly flexible mount and arm. The telescopic arm can extend up to 8.3-inch, and that's not the end of the story. It can even rotate, thereby letting you adjust its footing as per your preference.
Secondly, it comes with an auto-sensing tech. This one allows the arms to close into the phone when you place it in the cradle.
The iOttie Wireless Car Charger is popular on Amazon and has received its share of positive reviews from its Samsung user base. People like it for its easy installation process and the convenience it brings to the table.
With phones becoming bezel-less by the day, a phone case is a must-buy, especially if you want to keep your phone in pristine condition. The Spigen Tough Armor makes for a good buy for it has a solid build. It has a dual-layered design. While the form-based inner layer absorbs the brunt of falls and drops, the hard outer layer keeps surface abrasion and scratch marks off the phone.
At the same time, the Tough Armor case looks stylish and modern. And the dual-color look helps its case. The buttons are covered, and the raised lips along the screen's edges and the camera module keep the lens and the phone's screen safe from micro scratches.
To add to it, Spigen also bundles a small kickstand at the back.
The Ringke Fusion is a clear transparent case for the Galaxy S21 and helps you flaunt the looks of your phone in all its glory. The highlight of this case is the grippy exterior and the soft tactile buttons. After using Fusion case with Galaxy S21 for the last few days, we can confirm that it brings quite some value to the table.
You will find the same bells and whistles like raised lips around the screen and the camera module. The cuts are precise and to the point, whether it's the charging port or the cuts around the speaker.
The Fusion case comes with protective films on both sides to prevent the case from getting scratched during transit. And, this is a huge plus. After all, nobody would want to end up with a scratched case, right?