Which Is Better, the Samsung S10+ or the iPhone 11 Pro Max?

With the introduction of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, a device even larger than the jumble of words that makes up its name, the competition between super-large and super-premium smartphones has been reignited. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is an updated version of the iPhone XS Max, adding several minor improvements while retaining most of the original design. 

The competition is now more intense than ever, and Samsung is a constant threat. In a head-to-head matchup, can the iPhone 11 Pro Max defeat the Samsung Galaxy S10+? 


The black border around the screen, or bezel, must be reduced as much as possible, and Apple and Samsung approach this challenge in very different ways.

Apple’s strategy is to place a thick notch on top of the screen but to have a uniformly thin bezel everywhere else on the device. Overall, it’s a strong strategy, and the initially intimidating notch immediately ceases to be a distraction. Furthermore, it has now been enough time for apps and games to be updated to work around the notch.

For the front-facing camera, Samsung cut a hole in the screen, and on the Galaxy S10+, the hole is double-wide. Although a little uncomfortable, it is ultimately not a problem. And the nearly full-screen face of those results is delightful. Each method is effective.

It’sIt’s all glass on the back here, with Samsung going a little flashier and Apple going a little more understated. 

Screen: Large and Commanding 

Both of these phones have plenty of screen real estate, with the Galaxy S10+ screen measuring 6.4in and the iPhone 11 Pro Max screen measuring 6.5in.

The S10+ has a QHD+ screen with a resolution of 3040×1440, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a resolution of 2688×1242. It is difficult to tell the difference in clarity between them, even up close. In any case, both of these screens are brilliant and unquestionably among the best available. 


With the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which includes an ultra-wide 12MP sensor in addition to the previously existing 12MP wide-angle and 12MP telephoto sensors, Apple has finally joined the triple-camera bandwagon.

Although Samsung also has a fourth depth-sensing camera on the back, this is comparable to the 12MP/12MP/16MP cameras on the Galaxy S10+. The Galaxy S10+ and iPhone 11 Pro Max have similar setups, making them incredibly versatile cameras capable of taking amazing photos.

During its presentation, Apple made some impressive claims regarding improved Smart HDR, neural processing, and a long-awaited Night Mode, not to mention the caliber of its 4K shooting. While both of these phones typically produce equally excellent results, the iPhone 11 Pro Max’sMax’s night time shooting is in a league of its own. The Deep Fusion neural processing feature may improve the iPhone shooting experience even further.


In Europe, Apple’sApple’s A12 Bionic processor outperformed the Galaxy S10+’s Exynos 9820 chip and the S10+’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip in the United States. So, regarding raw benchmark numbers, it’s clear that the new A13 Bionic chip in the iPhone 11 Pro Max widened the gap even further.

However, in everyday use, the Android 9-powered Galaxy S10+ feels just as quick and capable as the iOS 13-powered iPhone 11 Pro Max. Both are extremely fast and capable of handling any game, app, or task thrown at them, but the iPhone has more raw muscle where it counts.

Battery and Storage Differences 

Everyone is looking forward to seeing how the battery battle plays out. Apple claimed that the iPhone 11 Pro Max last up to five hours longer than the iPhone XS Max, with up to 20 hours of video playback.

The Galaxy S10+’s beefy 4,100mAh battery makes it a sturdy one-day phone even with heavy games or media usage – though it’s not built for much more than a day. The iPhone 11 Pro Max nearly matches the capacity at 3,969mAh, and the results are similar: either will last a full day.

Both phones support wireless charging, but only the Galaxy S10+ includes Power Share “reverse wireless charging” for charging wireless earbuds on the back of the phone. Thankfully, Apple has included a fast charger with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, as Samsung has done for years with its phones.

In terms of storage, Samsung has a clear advantage. Because Apple does not support external storage, you get either 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB of space, depending on the model you purchase. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10+ is available with 128GB, 512GB, or 1TB of internal storage, which can be expanded with inexpensive microSD cards.

Which Phone to Choose?

These phones are excellent, with little difference in features and quality. Both are high-end stunners with stunning displays, versatile camera setups, and plenty of power.

However, iPhone 11 Pro Max is preferred as it has superior camera quality, overall power, and a better app ecosystem. But the iPhone 11 Pro Max is £250, which is more expensive in terms of list price, and the Galaxy S10+ is more likely to be discounted now that it’s been on the market for a while. If cost is a significant consideration, the Pro Max is probably not the best option; instead, you can look for used iPhones at reasonable prices. And if you don’t care about platforms, the Galaxy S10+ could be the best option. 

Final Thoughts 

As it was mentioned, both phones have great features and quality. However, if you are camera-obsessed, iPhone 11 Pro Max is an excellent choice. But it is expensive, and if your budget doesn’t allow you to buy a new iPhone 11 Pro Max, you can purchase a used iPhone 11 at lower prices. 


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