If you’re looking for the iPhone vs. Samsung Galaxy action, throw in two that match pretty evenly. At that time, the two titans would be the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. After testing both, it is clear that neither is bad. This article is not about dropping one device while raising another, because they are both brilliant flagship phones. If anything, this article is a staring contest between two champions, focusing only when the other is blinking.
iPhone vs Samsung Galaxy device design
Both are dust and water-resistant. The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max is made of stainless steel and glass, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is made of aluminum and glass. Considering that these are not heavy devices, they don’t really matter. Aluminum is a little lighter and steel is a little more robust, but overall, these factors make little difference.
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max measures 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.30 inches and weighs 8.46 ounces. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra measures 6.50 x 2.97 x 0.35 inches, weighing approximately 8.07 ounces. As you can see, the galaxy is a little larger and a little lighter, which is impressive. Is this a game changer? No, not really.
The days of the smallest phone, the thinnest phone, the lightest phone are generally over. People are no longer at a loss to buy the thinnest or the lightest. Today we are looking for features and performance. Still, it is impressive that the Galaxy manages to be larger and a little lighter; probably due to the fact that aluminum is lighter than stainless steel.
Name and/or naming convention
In the matter of this iPhone vs Samsung Galaxy action, both are equally silly. It seems that Samsung and Apple are going the way of men’s razors. We now have razors for men called ultra-power stealth max diamond, and somehow this theme is also recurring in the world of technology.
How can we know how the designation “Max”, “Ultra” or “Pro” is supposed to denote differences or changes? The names do not indicate the power or purpose of the device. These are just clickable marketing keywords and therefore labeled at the end of the device name. Both devices are losing points for continuing this silly trend.
iPhone vs Samsung Galaxy display statistics
Both devices have an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz, which is awesome even right now. The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1284 x 2778. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 3200.
Again, Samsung seems to come out on top in this matter, but again, both screens are excessive in terms of quality, so there is little to complain about.
The 13 Pro Max has a maximum brightness Dolby Vision, HDR10, 1200 nits, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a maximum brightness HDR10+, 1500 nits. Again, Samsung seems to be poking the Apple device at the post office.
iPhone vs Samsung Galaxy battery and performance
The Apple iPhone 13 range is powered by the six-core A15 Bionic chip, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has an octa-core Exynos or Snapdragon 888 processor. This means that Apple and Samsung are both powerful devices, but Samsung wins again if you compare them side by side.
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has storage options of 128/256/512 GB and 1 TB. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has 128/256/512 GB storage options, but does not have the 1 TB option, so Apple wins on this one if you are willing to pay the price for a 1 TB device.
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a capacity of approx. 4300mAh battery-27w wired, 15W MagSafe wireless powered. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5000mAh battery-25W wired powered, 15W wireless powered.
Samsung also seems to be winning in this matter, but it’s not a perfect victory.
Through daily use, you will find that Apple handles background activities a little better. This means that active users of any device will find that the Apple battery seems to last longer.
Again, if you just had two devices with no apps and left them running all day, they would stop working at about the same time. But, if it is used with different applications, especially with applications that concern applications, the Apple battery will last longer.
iPhone vs Samsung Galaxy-resale value
Well, the iPhone is a clear winner here. It’s no secret that Apple devices beat just about every other brand in terms of retaining resale value over time, and phones are no exception. But since the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max are quite recent phones, let’s take a look at the current prices of old used smartphone models:
- For example, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 256 GB, fully functional and in perfect condition, can be resold online.*
- A newer model, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G 256GB is currently offering an offer of up to in cash.*
- The used Apple iPhone 12 Pro 256 GB, technically an older model (released about four months before the Galaxy S20), can go up to on the other hand.*
Finally-which phone wins the day?
In this action between the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is well ahead of the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max. Even in terms of price, you are going to find many interesting offers for the Samsung device, but retailers continue to push the Apple device to its full cost. In addition to having a slightly better battery life, the Apple device plays second fiddle to Samsung’s powerful key.
However, this is unlikely to affect most Apple users, as they were born from a very zealous fan base that almost rivals Nintendo’s. That said, the Apple device is not a bad device by any stretch of the imagination, it just doesn’t appeal to Samsung.
However, if Apple is forced to adopt the universal USB-C connection in the future, instead of offering its own connector every time it releases a device, perhaps Apple’s appeal will extend to a larger crowd. Remember, this was a Titan action, not a kitten action in a bowl of strawberries. Both are good options if you are looking for a good mobile device.