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iPhone XS Max vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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If you are familiar with the mobile market, you will know that there is a huge competition going on between the iPhone manufacturer and the Samsung mobile manufacturer. It is without a doubt that this is the biggest competition in the mobile industry, and it doesn’t look like stopping any time soon.

This article will be comparing two smartphones with a flagship power and goes for a relatively similar price. But it is important you know that these phones don’t have much in common aside from their prices.

On the contrary, they are different in many ways than one. The Apple iPhone XS Max and Samsung Galaxy s10 plus are two of the biggest flagship phones you will find in the market. And, they are relatively cheaper when you compare them with other flagship phones from other brands.

Performance

iPhone XS Max comes with an Apple A12 Bionic processor with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with no expansion. This gives you so much power on your fingertips. While the Galaxy S10 Plus comes with a new Snapdragon 855 and a memory of 8GB RAM and 128GB storage space.

Although both phones handle memory differently, so the difference in RAM size may not be noticeable. However, that extra bit a memory that Galaxy S10 Plus offers may come in handy to some people.

When the overall performance was measured on the multi core portion of Geekbench 4, Galaxy S10 Plus scored 10,732 which is lower compared to 11,420 on the iPhone XS Max. Overall, the iPhone XS Max appears to respond faster when compared to the Galaxy S10 Plus. In terms of performance, iPhone XS Max gets the nod ahead of the Galaxy S10 Plus.

Winner: iPhone XS Max

Battery life

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus comes with a battery capacity of 4,100mAh, while the iPhone XS Max comes with a battery capacity of 3,174mAh. It can be seen from the batteries that Galaxy S10 Plus should have a better battery performance.

But we don’t want to make any assumption, so both phones were put to a test using Tom’s Guide Battery Test. The result shows that Galaxy S10 Plus lasted for 12 hours and 35 minutes which is excellent when you consider the fact that the test involves continues web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness.

While the iPhone XS Max came up short, last for 10 hours and 38 minutes on the same test.

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Samsung Galaxy S10

They are both different when it comes to battery charging. Samsung Galaxy S10 still uses QuickCharge 2.0, commonly known as fastcharge. This falls a bit short when compared to iPhone XS Max. However, you will still need to buy a fast charger for the iPhone XS Max because it doesn’t come with one. They both come with Qi wireless charging.

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In terms of battery life, it is a flawless victory for Galaxy S10 plus.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Design

The Galaxy S10 Plus has a beautiful design which includes a hole-punch camera display. Which means the front of the phone is almost an entire display, with a single cutout for the dual front cameras. While the iPhone XS Max comes with a notch for the TrueDepth camera, with other sensors.

The Galaxy S10 Plus is lighter and more compact frame compared to the iPhone XS Max. fortunately, the narrower body on the S10 Plus (2.91 inches versus 3.05 inches) makes it a bit easier on the hand.

The iPhone XS Max comes with a stainless steel band and durable glass. The 512GB and 1TB models of Galaxy S10 Plus comes with a ceramic backplate, rather than glass. The Galaxy S10 comes with six color options compared to just three for the iPhone.

Galaxy S10 comes with six color options

Winner: Tie

Display

Display

The Galaxy S10 Plus comes with a sharp, 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 3040 x 1440 pixels. While the iPhone XS Max come with the 6.5-inch OLED panel with a screen resolution of 2,688 x 1,242-pixels.

The Galaxy S10 Plus is the first phone screen to be HDR10+-certified, it filters blue light, and offers incredible color accuracy. The screen on the iPhone XS Max appears brighter compared to that of Galaxy S10 Plus.

There is no doubt that the iPhone XS Max has a beautiful display, but the Galaxy S10 Plus could be seen to be on a different level.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Cameras

Samsung Galaxy S10 Camera

The iPhone XS Max comes with two rear-facing cameras, which are both 12 megapixels. While the Galaxy S10 Plus is packed with a triple lens camera (a 12-megapixel lens with variable aperture, 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens).  

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus comes with a front camera of two lenses (a 10-megapixel and an 8-megapixel lens). While the iPhone XS Max comes with a 7-megapixel TrueDepth front camera which is also great for selfies.

You can capture 4K video using the rear camera of the iPhone XS Max. However, but the front and back camera of the Galaxy S10 Plus can capture 4K video. Camera specialist DxoMark has awarded the Galaxy S10 Plus the highest rating for selfies, and also placed the rear cameras at the top along with the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro.

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Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Special Features

The Galaxy S10 Plus still uses the fingerprint scanner, which has been embedded directly into the display and uses ultrasonic technology. The iPhone XS Mas use Face ID facial unlocking, which is fast and secure due to the True Depth camera. Face ID is said to be more reliable and produces fewer false negatives when you try to unlock your phone.

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus offers a wireless charging, which can charge your gadgets e.g. Galaxy Buds by simply by placing it on the back of your phone. This feature is not available on iPhone XS Max. More so, the Galaxy S10 Plus also comes with a microSD card slot for expansion of memory, while the iPhone XS Max doesn’t.

Overall, I would have given it to the Galaxy S10 Plus, but due to the more reliable facial unlocking, I’ll call it a draw. Both come with IP68 water resistance, however, you should consider using a case of both due to the glass and ceramic back on iPhone XS Max and Galaxy S10 Plus respectively.

Winner: Tie

Software

The Galaxy S10 comes with a new OneUI, which runs on Android 9.0 Pie. While the iOS 12 is on the iPhone. The iOS 12 is simple and straightforward compared to the Galaxy S10 Plus UI on the Galaxy S10 Plus. Apple’s Emoji is also regarded to be better than the improved AR Emoji on the Galaxy S10 Plus.

Apple's Emoji

Winner: iPhone XS Max

Value For Money

The iPhone Max is available at a starting price of $1,100 for the 64GB. The Galaxy S10 Plus 128GB model is at a $100 less and goes for a starting price of $999. The Galaxy S10 Plus 1 TB model has a starting price of $1,599 compared to $1,449 for the iPhone XS Max 512GB model. Overall, the Galaxy S10 Plus offers more value for money in terms of storage.

Winner: Galaxy S10 Plus

Release Date

The iPhones XS Max was first released on September 21, 2018. While the Galaxy S10 Plus was launched on March 8, 2019, but Pre-orders started on February 20, 2019.

Overall Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

This is more a matter of personal interest than anything else. The iPhone XS Max will give you a faster performance, and more reliable unlocking with Face ID, as well as a brighter OLED display. But the Galaxy S10 Plus just gets the nod for me.