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What is your choice: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra or iPhone 11 Pro Max?

In this post, I am going to compare two flagship devices (Apple and Android) – Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

First of all, I am going to consider the look and feel and build quality.  Both devices offer a premium look. The display and backside of the devices are made of glass. A metal frame is also included for more protection.  I feel that the finishing is solid and the device is durable (based on the design and build quality). Technically I don’t feel any difference in these devices from their appearance.

Next, we will compare the display of these devices.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 6.9 inch Dynamic AMOLED  screen. The resolution is 1440 x 3200 pixels.  On the other hand, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a super retina display of 6.5 inches.  There you will find the screen resolution of 1242 x 2688 pixels and 458-pixel density. Overall the display of Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has a bigger display.  It offers a clear view because of the high pixel density value (511-pixel density).  Another notable difference is the 120 Hz screen in the Samsung device.  This value is 60Hz in the Apple device.  Both devices support HDR 10,  hence the color accuracy and color quality are acceptable (both devices).

If you like to use the maximum screen then the best option is the Samsung device. As you can see, a small portion of the Apple device is reserved for the earpiece and the selfie camera. But in the Samsung device, this space has been optimized to offer the maximum area for the display.  

Now let’s talk about the operating system of these devices. The Samsung device comes with Android 10 by default. IOS 13 is the operating system of the Apple device we are considering. The Apple device is the best if you don’t want to spend a considerable amount of your time to customize the device. The user interface is simple and it offers the capability to access the widely used applications. However, the Samsung device offers a mechanism to customize the user interfaces, applications, and themes based on your exact requirements.

Another aspect is gaming.  All the Apple device doesn’t have a gaming mode I was able to experience the same speed and performance in both devices. I guess this has happened due to the hardware and software Optimisation in Apple devices.

When talking about the memory and storage capacity of these two devices, there is a clear difference in the RAM. The Samsung device comes with either 12 GB RAM or 16GB RAM.  The iPhone comes with 4GB RAM.  The internal storage of the Samsung device can be either 128GB or 512 GB. The Apple device offers a 64 GB version, 256GB version, and a 512 GB  version. If you need to extend the storage capacity provided in the device,  then you should go for the Samsung device because the Apple device does not allow you to plug a Micro SD card into it.

When talking about the user experience and the speed of the devices I observed the same level of performance in both devices.

Comparing cameras the next step. Samsung device has four cameras in the back camera setup. Also, it has a selfie camera. In the Apple phone, you can find the selfie camera and a 3 camera set up in the back.

The main camera of the Samsung devices a 108-megapixel camera.  In addition to that, it has a 48-megapixel telephoto camera (for zoom-in purposes), 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a depth vision camera.  When it comes to the iPhone you will find the 12-megapixel main camera with a 12-megapixel telephoto camera and 12-megapixel Ultra-wide camera.

The zooming capability of the Samsung device can go up to 108x while the iPhone offers 10x zooming capability. Both 4K and 8K videos can be recorded in the Samsung device but the iPhone supports only 4K video recording.

Now let’s talk about the battery capacity of these two devices.  A 5000mAh  battery is included in the Samsung device while the Apple device is powered with a 3969 mAh battery. Based on my usage I was able to use both devices for about 1.5 days. Both phones support wireless charging and fast charging.  The Samsung device can be charged rapidly compared to the iPhone because of the 45-watt fast charging support (the Apple device supports only 18-watt fast charging). 

The iPhone only offers the facial recognition facility (as a biometric authentication mechanism), it does not have a fingerprint sensor. Samsung device supports both fingerprints and Face Unlock facility.

The sound quality of both devices acceptable for day to day use.

Now I have given you all the details that can help you to make a better purchase decision. I would like to know what you are choosing.  Let me know in the comment section below.


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