The Samsung Galaxy S series is arguably the best of the Samsung series, ever. In 2020, if you’re looking for a high-end mobile phone, chances are you’re choosing between the Apple iPhone 11 or the Samsung Galaxy S10. This battle has been a regular one among the users of the different brands of phone. Both brands produce phones that are at the very expensive end of the market. Apple and Samsung are the titans of the smartphone world, but which is the best brand to go for? This article will explore the features that distinguish the two key and also recent models.
For some reason, the cameras are always judged first. Samsung is right up there when you’re talking about front runners in camera development. The S10+ made headlines for its three rear-camera lens setup. This features a 16Mp ultra wide angle lens capturing a 123-degree field of view wider than the human eye can see.
Apple was previously known for remaining steadfast with its dual rear camera setup, while some of its competitors are onto their fourth lenses. However, Apple has finally succumbed to the new standard of having multiple lenses on its smartphones. The launch of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max feature a triple rear camera lens, each lens capturing in 12Mp. You can still find a dual 12Mp rear lens on the cheaper iPhone 11.
Apple offers a range of genuinely useful and dramatic post-processing effects to enhance your photos. In the new 11 range, you’ll find features such as Smart HDR – blending multiple photos for the best shot. Samsung Galaxy comes with ‘Scene Optimizer’ which automatically adjusts and improves scene quality, as the camera recognizes the object or scene in the frame. Modes include landscape, animals, greenery, beaches and sunsets. We can say the two brands are equally top when it comes to camera technology.
Like Apple, Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones have veered away from the plastic design. They take on a sleeker glass design with a stainless-steel band connecting the front and back. The S6 Edge was the first of its models to feature its innovative ‘dual-edge’ display in 2015. Apple also decided to rid itself of the home button, which doubled as a fingerprint sensor, to provide an edge-to-edge display with only a small bezel at the top of the screen.
Operating System (OS)
Apple iPhones use the iOS operating system. iOS is owned by Apple, meaning that the manufacturer has more control over producing updates, security patches and rolling these updates out to its devices, than users of Google’s Android operating system. Samsung Galaxy devices are typically launched with the newest version of Android’s software. To optimize the use of its devices, Samsung has ‘One UI’, an operating system skin to overlay Android that offers a range of visual and functional improvements.
Quality Of Screen
The two phones have differing display types. The newest iPhones have a Super Retina XDR OLED display while Samsung’s new models come with Dynamic AMOLED displays. AMOLED displays allow control over each individual pixel, which in theory produces better picture quality. AMOLEDs also have better overall power consumption than OLEDs, but can use more power when displaying brighter colours and aren’t as visible in sunlight as OLED displays.
Personally, this is particularly why I rather use the Samsung series. If you’re concerned about hitting the storage ceiling, Samsung has more than enough capacity on its newer devices. The highest-spec Samsung S10 has 512GB, which when paired with the external storage capacity of 512GB, gives a massive 1TB of storage.
Apple users have long dealt with the woes of running out of space on their phone. The largest iPhone 11 Pro configuration does offer 512GB of internal storage. iPhones don’t come with a micro-SD card to expand internal storage, so you need to think carefully about storage configuration before you buy.
For the first time in 2018, the iPhone toppled over the $1,000 threshold, making it one of the most expensive smartphones ever made. It has maintained the same structure with the iPhone 11 series. The new series features the premium iPhone 11 Pro ($1,099) and 11 Pro Max ($1,449), while the standard iPhone 11 was released at a much more forgiving price ($699).
Samsung’s Galaxy range is a (slightly) less painful purchase. The top-tier Samsung S10+ ($999 at launch) came in at about $350 cheaper than its Apple equivalent. The cheapest S10 on offer was close in price to the older-generation Apple iPhone 8 at first launch. You’ll also find a range of affordable Samsung phones, asides from the S series; outside the top tier.