You know, looking at the battery capacity, you might not expect much difference between the Galaxy S21’s 4,000mAh cell and the 4,080mAh pack in the Pixel 5. But using is believing, and the Pixel 5 routinely proves to be much more resilient. Google’s phone can easily make it through a full day without breaking a sweat, while the S21 cuts it close by bedtime some days, and may require an early evening top-up if you’re planning a late night out.
Sadly, the Galaxy S21 doesn’t even come with a wall charger, while the Pixel 5 still does. Both phones can be wirelessly charged (the resin backing on the Pixel 5 makes it possible), and both handsets let you “reverse” charge wirelessly-chargeable devices to share your juice with accessories or your mates’ phones.
The Pixel 5 comes with 128GB standard, while the Galaxy S21 is available in 128GB and 256GB options. Neither phone supports expandable storage – a surprise for Samsung given pretty consistent past microSD support – so that’s a bummer on both ends.
Verdict: Google Pixel 5