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The Nokia G21 is HMD Global’s bet for the mid-range handset segment, with good value for money. But he is challenged to face one of his main competitors in the market, the Galaxy M32.

Can the Finnish smartphone beat what the Korean one delivers? Let’s find out the answer now, here at TechSmart.

Comparison Index
  • design
  • Multimedia and Resources
  • Performance
  • Drums
  • Camera
  • Price
  • Conclusion
Design and connectivity

Nokia G21

We started with the design with two models made entirely of plastic. If in the construction they do not excite, in the finishing they look for some appeal to attract the consumer. The G21 opts for the textured matte cap to help with grip and prevent fingerprints. The M32, on the other hand, uses mirror painting and vertical chromatic lines, which give the impression of metal.

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The Nokia comes with an oval camera block in one glossy piece, with a more modern style than the Galaxy’s outdated cooktop module. At least, the Samsung device has a more compact and lighter body than its rival.

Samsung Galaxy M32

Both phones deliver a drop-shaped notch, typical of more basic segments, and do not offer any certification to protect against liquids and dust. Their biometric reader is integrated into the power button.

They provide support for microSD card memory expansion via the dedicated slot on the triple drawer. In connectivity, no difference between them. We found Wi-Fi in the AC standard, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC, for approximation payments.

On the one hand, a more modern Nokia look. On the other, the most compact and lightest Galaxy body. We started with a draw.

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best construction

None

more modern look

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Nokia G21

Is the slot hybrid or dedicated?

Both

Best notch solution

None

Best biometrics solution

None

Best Endurance Certification?

None

Which is more compact and lighter?

Galaxy M32

Do you have NFC?

Both

Multimedia and Resources

Screen


HMD has been more modest with its smartphone and has only put a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen in this mid-range. The size is still larger than the Galaxy, but the Korean has the best frontal use.

This is mainly due to the Super AMOLED material present in the M32. It brings a higher brightness level and a superior contrast, compared to the competitor. Apart from the Full HD+ resolution, better than just the G21’s HD+.

At least, the duo has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, to come with more fluidity in the system’s animations. Only Samsung has inserted Gorilla Glass 5 into its phone for extra protection from scratches.

This is an easy point for the Galaxy M32.

best screen technology

Galaxy M32

best screen brightness

Galaxy M32

more accurate colors

Galaxy M32

best screen resolution

Galaxy M32

bigger screen

Nokia G21

Best screen/body ratio

Galaxy M32

High Hz screen?

Both

Gorilla Glass Protection?

Galaxy M32

Overall screen quality

Galaxy M32

Sound

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None of the manufacturers decided to improve the audio on these devices. Therefore, you will only have a mono sound system on both, which comes with a single speaker. This ends up compromising the user’s immersion in music and videos, for example.

The M32 has a more powerful sound than its rival, but it distorts more at maximum volume. They don’t offer a good balance of frequencies, as the highs in both end up standing out more than the mids and bass.

Both Finnish and Korean contain a standard headphone jack, but only Nokia sends the accessory in the package.

Sound a little more powerful, against having the phone next to the device. One more draw here.

Sound is stereo?

None

Do you have P2 input?

Both

Greater frequency balance

None

sound power

Galaxy M32

Do headphones come in the box?

Nokia G21

System

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Both the G21 and M32 still come out of the box with native Android 11. Manufacturers promise at least two software updates for the “little robot”, but don’t expect to always have the current security package.

You will find a satisfactory fluidity in these smartphones, mainly due to the high refresh rate of the panel. On the mobile network, they disappoint by the lack of 5G support, which leaves the mobile network limited only to the fourth generation.

Moving on to features, Nokia’s clean interface provides just the basics without major customizations. On the other hand, Samsung’s One UI stands out for functions such as the Edge Screen shortcuts, in addition to being able to take advantage of the dark mode to save battery.

Galaxy’s most complete system gives him the point.

Well-updated system?

None

Will the system be updated in the future?

Both

Which system or customization has more and better features?

Galaxy M32

Missing connections? left?

None

More fluid software

Both

Performance
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Nokia G21
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Samsung Galaxy M32

We arrived at performance with a Unisoc T606 platform on the G21, against MediaTek’s Helio G80 on the M32. In this duel of different chips, which one wins? Our speed tests indicated an advantage of around 55 seconds for the Galaxy. He had the biggest difference taken mostly in the second round, when multitasking weighs the most.

The benchmarks also give a victory to the Korean model, but the distance here is smaller between them. In games, they are not impressive and are in medium to high quality, depending on the title played.

For being the fastest of the duo, the M32 scores this time.

Who does better in the opening test?

Galaxy M32

Who wins in the most demanding games?

None

Who has the best benchmark numbers?

Galaxy M32

What is the most up-to-date processor?

Nokia G21

Which has better RAM/processor balance?

Galaxy M32

Which has more storage?

None

Drums
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Nokia G21
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Samsung Galaxy M32

In terms of battery, we have a capacity of 5,050 mAh in the G21, a little higher than the 5,000 mAh present in the Galaxy M. And this minimal difference does not seem to influence the practice. We saw in the standardized tests that both yield practically the same time, in the range of 28 hours and 40 minutes total.

The tiebreaker is due to loading. Samsung’s 15 W adapter allows it to reach 100% in approximately 2 hours. It is much less than the almost 3 hours taken by Nokia with its 10 W charger.

So the M32 scores again.

Which one has more battery?

Nokia G21

Which recharges faster?

Galaxy M32

Which lasts longer according to the TC battery test?

Both

Do you have wireless charging?

None

Camera

Nokia brings a triple set of rear cameras, against four lenses in the Galaxy module. The Finnish’s 50 MP main takes photos below the segment and lacks sharpness and colors. Something that the 64 MP of the Korean doesn’t do and still fancies in HDR. At night, you’ll also get less noise from the M32’s logs.

Their macro has limitations due to low resolution, in addition to the absence of an autofocus. Samsung’s blur has fewer errors than the rival smartphone. The Galaxy M still comes with the ultrawide sensor differential, to capture much more of the scenarios, with colors close to the main one.

Superior overall, the Korean notes another point.

Best rear camera set

Galaxy M32

best night photos

Galaxy M32

most versatile set

Galaxy M32

best ultrawide

Galaxy M32

best telephoto

None

best macro

Both

better depth

Galaxy M32

Photos taken with Nokia G21

Their camcorder only supports Full HD videos at 30 fps. The quality is pleasant in general, the focus is agile and the sound capture does not suffer from wind noise. What will differentiate in the recording of these two is the presence of stabilization only on the Galaxy M32.

In other words, it’s one more point for the Samsung model.

Do you have optical stabilization?

None

Do you have electronic stabilization?

Galaxy M32

more agile focus

Both

Do you record in 4K at 30fps?

None

Better audio capture

Both

best video quality

Both

Photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy M32

The Galaxy comes with a higher resolution front camera, but that doesn’t make much of a difference in practice. Both are able to capture high-quality selfies during the day, with a slight advantage over the M32. In dark places, the G21 gets the better of losing less detail than its rival. Both get it right in portrait mode and shoot head-on only in Full HD at 30 fps.

One gets the better of it by day; and the other at night. One point for each.

Best front camera set

Galaxy M32

Front camera records in 4K?

None

best selfie of the day

Galaxy M32

best selfie at night

Nokia G21

Price

These intermediaries officially arrived in Europe. The Nokia G21 came at a suggested price of R$1,750, while the Galaxy M32 was launched at a cost of R$2,000. In the current scenario, both can be found for lower prices, but the R$ 1,400 charged by the Finnish is still below the R$ 1,700 found in the Korean.

Thus, Nokia takes the last point of the duel.

Which one had the best launch price?

Nokia G21

Which is currently the best value for money?

Nokia G21

Conclusion

The clash between intermediaries ended up with a leftover from Samsung. The Galaxy M32 proved to be the most complete option, with superiority in virtually every aspect. It has the most compact and lightweight body, the AMOLED screen for the highest quality, the most powerful sound, the system with superior features and the fastest performance.

The battery of both yields the same, but the Korean has the fastest charging. He still excels in photos with the rear set, in addition to videos with stabilization. Daytime selfies are superior on the Galaxy, but at night the Nokia does better. The Finnish also offers the most modern design and sends headphones in the box.

If you’re not a very demanding user, you can settle for the G21 and pay less for it. However, the advantages present in Samsung’s competitor may be worth the extra investment, to have greater peace of mind in slightly more intense use.

RESULT

Nokia G21: 4 SPOTS

  • more modern design
  • earphone in box
  • Front camera with best selfies at night
  • Lowest price in the current Europeian market

Samsung Galaxy M32: 9 POINTS

  • More compact and lightweight design
  • Brighter AMOLED screen with better colors
  • more powerful sound
  • System with more features
  • faster performance
  • Faster recharge battery
  • Rear cameras with ultrawide sensor and best main
  • Videos with electronic stabilization
  • Front camera with best day selfies

Do you think the M32 is so superior to the G21? Do you prefer to pay less for Finnish, or do you think Korean pays more? Tell us everything in the comments below!

  • The Nokia G21 is available from Submarino for BRL 1,376. The cost-benefit is medium. There are 24 better models.
  • The Samsung Galaxy M32 is available at Americanas for BRL 1,689. The cost-benefit is medium but this is the best model in this price range.
(Updated October 1, 2022 at 5:08 pm)
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