iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Galaxy S10 Plus: Which is best
iPhone 11 Pro Max Vs Galaxy S10 Plus
Apple just announced the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, and of course, they look like the best iPhones to date. So it’s only natural to wonder how they stack up against the high-end offerings from Apple’s biggest competitor, Samsung. To that end, we’re comparing the new iPhones with the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+’ Let’s get started.
The name of the game right now is minimizing bezel, the black space around the screen, and Apple and Samsung have very different ways of attacking that challenge.
Apple’s approach, of course, is to put a fat notch atop the screen – but to have completely uniform, slim bezel elsewhere all around the display. It’s a strong approach overall, and the initially imposing notch stops being a distraction pretty much immediately. And apps and games have had plenty of time to be updated to work around the notch by now.
On the other hand, Samsung opted to poke a hole in the screen for the front-facing camera – and on the Galaxy S10+, it’s a double-wide hole. It’s a little bit awkward, but ultimately not problematic. And the resulting nearly-all-screen face is a delight. Both ways work well.
It’s all glass on the back here, with Samsung going a little flashier (depending on colour choice) and Apple a bit more subdued. Pick your pleasure here.
Unless size and weight are of utmost importance to you, the difference between the iPhone 11 Pro models and the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones shouldn’t factor into your buying decision.
The iPhone 11 Pro is a little shorter than Galaxy S10, at 5.7 inches to 5.9 inches. The S10 is slightly less wide (2.77 inches) and thick (0.31 inches) than the iPhone 11 Pro, however (2.81 inches wide, 0.32 inches thick). The story is similar for the S10+ and 11 Pro Max.
When it comes to weight, Samsung has a clear upper hand. The Galaxy S10 comes in at 5.5 ounces to the iPhone 11 Pro’s 6.6 ounces, and the Galaxy S10+ weighs just 6.2 ounces compared with the Pro Max’s 8.0.
Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro models feature a new OLED screen it calls Super Retina XDR. The smaller iPhone comes in at 5.8 inches with 2,436 by 1,125 pixels, while the larger 11 Pro Max comes in at 6.5 inches with 2,688 by 1,242 pixels. Both have 458 pixels per inch, as well as Dolby Vision and HDR. They’re also capable of reaching 1,000 nits of brightness, placing them among the brightest displays on the market.
The Galaxy S10 features a 6.1 inch AMOLED display with 550ppi, while its larger sibling comes in at 6.4 inches with 522ppi. Both displays are HDR10+ certified but lack Dolby Vision.
Apple has finally gotten on the triple-camera train with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which adds an ultra-wide 12MP sensor alongside the 12MP wide-angle and 12MP telephoto sensors from before.
That’s very similar to the 12MP/12MP/16MP cameras on the Galaxy S10+, although Samsung also has a depth-sensing fourth camera on the back. That kind of setup makes the Galaxy S10+ an incredibly versatile camera capable of snapping super shots, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max is now much the same.
Apple has made some lofty claims during its presentation about enhanced Smart HDR, neural processing, and a long-awaited Night Mode – not to mention the quality of its 4K shooting. And while both of these phones produce similarly excellent results in most cases, the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s nighttime shooting is in a class its own. And the incoming Deep Fusion neural processing feature could end up elevating even more of the iPhone shooting experience.
Apple’s A12 Bionic processor from last year’s phones beat the Galaxy S10+’s Exynos 9820 chip in Europe, not to mention the S10+’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip in the States. So yes, in terms of raw benchmark numbers, it’s pretty obvious that the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s new A13 Bionic chip will widen that gap further.
In terms of everyday usage, however, the Android 9-packing Galaxy S10+ feels super fast and capable, just like the iOS 13-toting iPhone 11 Pro Max is. Both are super fast and able to handle any game, app, or task thrown their way, but the iPhone has more sheer muscle where it counts.
Apple claims the iPhone 11 Pro will last 11 hours when streaming video over Wi-Fi, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max is rated for 12 hours. Those numbers bump slightly ahead of what’s on the Galaxy S10 (10 hours, 52 minutes) and Galaxy S10+ (10 hours, 58 minutes).
The iPhone 11 Pro comes in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options, while the Samsung Galaxy S10 has 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage configurations. The Galaxy phones have microSD slots for external storage, making them more flexible. If you take lots of photographs and don’t like to save them to the cloud, we recommend 256GB at the minimum.
When it comes to dollars and cents, Samsung has a slight edge. The Galaxy S10 starts at $899, while the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999. Similarly, the S10+ goes for $999 to the 11 Pro Max’s $1,099.
When you look at overall value for money, however, it isn’t quite as clear. The iPhone receives guaranteed OS updates for up to five years, making it a stronger sell in the software department than the Galaxy S line. iPhones also typically have better resell value if you like to upgrade often.
Both of these are great phones, and there’s hardly a gulf in features and quality between them. Both are super-premium stunners with brilliant screens, versatile camera setups, and plenty of power onboard.
On paper, the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max absolutely look like they can give the Galaxy S10 and S10+ a run for their money. That said, if you’re already and Android or iOS user, and you prefer to remain in the same ecosystem, we don’t see any reason why you should switch right now. And in that case, you’re almost certain to be happy with whichever phone you choose.