The Apple TV 4K (Apple site here) comprises a 98mm square set-top box and a minimalist Siri remote. It plugs into a spare HDMI port and adds Apple content as the Google TV Chromecast dongle (and many more Android TV streamers) for the Android world.
Content comes via subscription services, including Apple TV+ (aggregates content for various TV networks and streaming providers), Apple Arcade (gaming), Apple Fitness (workouts) and Apple Music. It also can act as a HomeKit hub and AirPlay streamer. GadgetGuy review (here 8.6/10)
32 or 64GB storage
BT 5.0 (for BT keyboard)
HDMI 2.1 CEC eARC (claimed – see notes on Dolby Vision below*) for Dolby Vision or Atmos content (if your TV and soundbar supports it) – cable at extra cost
Also supports HDR10, HDR, HLG, SDR and as low as 480p content
Wi-Fi AX or Gigabit LAN
IR/BT receiver (lightning charge port)
32GB $249 and 64GB $279
iFixit’s comments relate to hardware, and they were surprised to see a large fan cooking the A12 Chip (2018 iPhone is passively cooled) under the top plate and only 3GB RAM.
* But the major discovery is that it does not implement HDMI 2.1 standards. If you want true Dolby Vision and Atmos, beware that Apple claims it has HDMI 2.1 48Gbps port. iFixit states the Chip is a Kinetic Technologies MCDP2920A4 DisplayPort 1.4 to HDMI 2.0 converter outputting 2.0, 18GBps ARC (not eARC) compressed lossy Dolby Vision/Atmos at a maximum of [email protected] (Full reference here). This may not meet your Dolby viewing expectation.
Most consider the Samsung S21 Ultra 5G (website here) as the world’s best Android phone. Well, at least in the glass slab, candy bar format. GadgetGuy’s review (Australian Exynos processor model 9.7/10) shows there is a lot to like with this phone. Apart from the processor, there is little performance difference between the models.
Base specs (Australia)
Exynos 2100 eight-core 2.2/2.8/2.9GHz
12GB RAM and 128GB/256/512GB storage, no MicroSD but USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps data transfer rate
4G and 5G (sub-6Ghz) Sim and eSim
6.8” 3200 x 1440, 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 16M colours, 400-1500nit, DCI-P3, S Pen support
Rear Camera: 108 + 10 + 12 MP + 10 MP (OIS, binned) up to [email protected], 3/10/100 optical/hybrid/digital zoom
Front camera: 40MP (binned)
Wi-Fi AX, BT 5.2, NFC, Dual-band GPS, UWB
165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm x 227g x IP76
5000mAh battery (no charger supplied but 25W capable), Qi 10W, 5W wireless reverse charge
Stereo sound, Dolby Atmos decode
Android 11 with 12 and 13 to come
Missing Qualcomm aptX, microSD
Price: 128GB $1599 256GB $1699, 512GB $1899
iFixit says it is a subtle but significant upgrade from the S20 Ultra but it still scores 3/10 for repairability.