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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

89points

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Why is Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max better than Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra?

  • 25% better video recording quality (main camera)
    ?

    2160 x 60fpsvs4320 x 24fps
  • 11.11% wider aperture at minimum focal length
    ?

    f/2 & f/1.6 & f/2.4vsf/1.8 & f/2.2 & f/4.9 & f/2.4
  • 1.5mm thinner
    ?

    7.4mmvs8.9mm
  • 4.5m higher waterproof depth rating
    ?

    6mvs1.5m
  • 16.34% less body volume
    ?

    92.93cm³vs111.09cm³
  • Has an infrared sensor
    ?
  • Uses 3D facial recognition
    ?
  • Has AirPlay
    ?

Why is Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra better than Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max?

  • 35.61% more battery power
    ?

    5000mAhvs3687mAh
  • 12.45% higher pixel density
    ?

    515ppivs458ppi
  • 10GB more RAM memory
    ?

    16GBvs6GB
  • 29.19% higher resolution
    ?

    1440 x 3200pxvs1284 x 2778px
  • 1.5x faster CPU speed
    ?

    1 x 2.9GHz & 3 x 2.8GHz & 4 x 2.2GHzvs2 x 3.1GHz & 4 x 1.8GHz
  • 3.89x more megapixels (main camera)
    ?

    108MP & 12MP & 10MP & 10MPvs12MP & 12MP & 12MP
  • 3.33x more megapixels (front camera)
    ?

    40MPvs12MP
  • 1.5x faster downloads
    ?

    3000MBits/svs2000MBits/s

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User reviews

Overall Rating

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
8.8
28 User reviews
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
8.8/10
28 User reviews
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
9.3
39 User reviews
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
9.3/10
39 User reviews

Features

Build quality

9.4/10
28 votes
9.3/10
38 votes

Display quality

8.9/10
28 votes
9.7/10
38 votes

Battery life

7.8/10
28 votes
9.2/10
38 votes

Photography

9.2/10
28 votes
9.7/10
38 votes

Performance

9.3/10
28 votes
9.6/10
38 votes

Comments

Tayron

Tayron

10 months ago

1 / 10

Muy bueno en resistencia pero en general es malo

Tayron

Tayron

10 months ago

1 / 10

Pros

  • Resistencia al agua
  • Resistencia a pequeños golpes

Cons

  • Camara
  • Sensor de huella
  • Batería
  • Rendimiento
  • Precio
  • Pantalla
6 users found this helpful
Виктор

Виктор

11 months ago

10 / 10

Хороший смартфон

Виктор

Виктор

11 months ago

10 / 10

Pros

  • Качественный OLED дисплей
  • Отличная камера
  • Быстрый и очень производительный процессор
  • iOS
  • Качественная сборка

Cons

  • Батарея держит заряд лишь до вечера
  • MagSafe заряжает очень медленно
3 users found this helpful
Shakya

Shakya

1 month ago

10 / 10

After using for 6 month

Shakya

Shakya

1 month ago

10 / 10

After 6 months of daily use with this phone, I want to share my experience with it. Starting with the design, I can say that this is one of the best-built smartphones I've ever seen. The glass front and back combined with the stainless steel just make up for an amazing design. The screen also offers one of the best quality you can find in the market, I just wish it was a bit brighter for outdoor use. The performance is out of this world, no other phone even comes close to it. Social media scrolling, editing pictures, and heavy gaming are easily handled by the A15 Bionic chip. It's also extremely efficient so there are no heating or battery issues. The battery life on this phone has really impressed me, I can get 7h of the screen on time on a daily basis, which is more than I expected for this tiny battery. The only thing I dislike is the slow charging compared to other flagships on the market, but I usually charge my device at night so it doesn't really bother me that much. Lastly, I want to briefly talk about the cameras. Even though I was not really surprised at first by them, the more I use them, the more I appreciate having this device. Everything is consistent, even during the night, selfies are natural and high quality and videos are just the best you can find. Overall I'm very happy with the iPhone 12 Pro and I can recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new compact smartphone

Pros

  • Long battery life
  • Loudspeakers
  • Great cameras

Cons

  • Slow charging speeds
3 users found this helpful

Design

1.weight

228g

229g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
2.thickness

7.4mm

8.9mm

The thickness (or depth) of the product.
3.width

78.1mm

75.6mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product.
4.height

160.8mm

165.1mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product.
5.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
The first number of the IP rating refers to protection against dust, while the second number refers to protection against liquid. E.g. a first number of 6 denotes that it is completely dustproof, and a second number of 7 denotes that the device can withstand full immersion in water.
The waterproof depth rating indicates how well the device is protected against water ingress and water pressure. Devices which can withstand more water pressure are better for swimming or diving.
8.volume

92.93cm³

111.09cm³

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.
9.lowest potential operating temperature

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra)

The minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.

Display

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
2.Has an OLED or AMOLED display
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays are formed of organic materials that emit light. They have higher contrast ratios and wider viewing angles compared to LCDs. AMOLED and POLED are types of OLED displays.
3.has an IPS screen
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.
4.pixel density

458ppi

515ppi

Pixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
5.resolution

1284 x 2778px

1440 x 3200px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
The frequency at which the screen is refreshed. Higher frequency results in less flickering (less noise) and more natural movement representation in action-intense scenes.
7.brightness

1200 nits

1500 nits

A nit is a measurement of the light that a display emits, equal to one candela per square meter. Brighter displays ensure a screen's contents are easy to read, even in sunny conditions.
8.has branded damage-resistant glass
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
9.Gorilla Glass version

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max)

Gorilla Glass Victus

Gorilla Glass is one of the most popular brands of chemically strengthened glass, manufactured by Corning. Several versions have been developed, the newer ones being more durable and providing better damage resistance.

Performance

The internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
2.RAM

6GB

16GB

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
3.Android version

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: Not applicable

Android 11

A newer version of Android generally provides a better user experience. Major Android releases include new features and improvements to performance, as well as important security updates.
AnTuTu is one of the most important benchmarks for Android devices. The score reflects the overall performance of a device by summing up results of individual tests that various parameters, such as RAM speed, CPU performance, 2D & 3D graphics performance.
Wild Life is a cross-platform benchmark developed by 3DMark that tests the graphical performance of a device (using the Vulkan API on Android/Windows and the Metal API on iOS). Source: 3DMark.
Wild Life is a cross-platform benchmark developed by 3DMark that tests the graphical performance of a device (using the Vulkan API on Android/Windows and the Metal API on iOS). The Unlimited version runs off-screen so that factors such as display resolution don’t affect the score. Source: 3DMark.
7.3DMark Wild Life Extreme benchmark

2324

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra)

Wild Life is a cross-platform benchmark developed by 3DMark that tests the graphical performance of a device (using the Vulkan API on Android/Windows and the Metal API on iOS). The Extreme version is much more graphically-demanding than the standard Wild Life benchmark. Source: 3DMark.
Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's multi-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2022)
Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's single-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2022)

Cameras

1.megapixels (main camera)

12MP & 12MP & 12MP

108MP & 12MP & 10MP & 10MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
3.has built-in optical image stabilization
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
4.video recording (main camera)

2160 x 60fps

4320 x 24fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
5.wide aperture (main camera)

f/2 & f/1.6 & f/2.4

f/1.8 & f/2.2 & f/4.9 & f/2.4

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
6.Has a dual-tone LED flash
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
A dual-tone flash has LED lights with different color temperatures, delivering a better color balance to photos and videos.
7.has a BSI sensor
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
A BSI (backside illuminated) sensor is a camera image sensor which captures better quality images in poor lighting conditions, and offers better overall sharpness and image quality.
8.has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
9.Has phase-detection autofocus for photos
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Phase-detection autofocus is much faster than a contrast detection autofocus, allowing for sharper images.

Operating system

1.has clipboard warnings
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (iOS 14)
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
This privacy feature alerts you with a small notification when an app copies data from your clipboard.
2.has location privacy options
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (iOS 14)
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
This privacy feature allows you to share your approximate location with an app instead of your precise location.
3.has camera/microphone privacy options
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
You can enable or disable an app’s access to the camera or microphone on your device. There are also indication icons to show you when an app uses the camera or microphone.
4.has Mail Privacy Protection
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mail Privacy Protection is a feature built into the default email app that blocks senders from using “tracking pixels” to see when you’ve read an email. It also hides your IP address from senders.
5.has theme customization
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (Android 11)
Theme customization allows you to easily change the appearance of the user interface (UI). For example, by changing the system colors or the app icons.
6.can block app tracking
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (iOS 14)
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Some apps track your activity even when the app is not in use. This privacy feature allows you to block this tracking, either across all apps or on a per-app basis.
7.blocks cross-site tracking
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (iOS 14)
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
This setting (in the default browser) allows you to block cross-site tracking cookies and data to help protect your privacy.
8.has on-device machine learning
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (iOS 14)
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (Android 11)
On-device machine learning is used to recognize people, places, and more in the Photos app. The algorithms run on the device, where this sensitive data is then kept. Competing services upload the photos and perform this on their servers, which requires the sharing of personal data.
9.Can play games while they download
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (Android 11)
This means you don’t have to wait for the entire game to download first, as the later stages of the game download while you are playing.

Battery

1.battery power

3687mAh

5000mAh

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
2.has wireless charging
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.
3.Supports fast charging
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Fast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
4.charging speed

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra)

Charging speeds are expressed in watts (W), a measure of electrical power. A higher wattage results in a faster charging speed. In order to achieve the advertised charging speed, it is important to use a compatible charger.
5.has reverse wireless charging
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The device can be used as a wireless charging station to power other gadgets.
6.has a removable battery
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.
7.Has an ultra power-saving mode
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The ultra power-saving mode, also called low power mode, is an effective way to extend the battery life of the device. Usually, it involves limiting screen brightness and contrast, disabling location services, restricting connectivity, and turning off nonessential apps.
8.has a battery level indicator
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
9.Battery life

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max)

35.5h

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.

Audio

1.has stereo speakers
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.Has a radio
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
A built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
5.Has dedicated media keys
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Phones with physical keyboards have dedicated media keys, such as: play, stop, next, previous, volume up/down, etc.

Features

1.has LDAC
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
LDAC is a codec developed by Sony for Bluetooth audio. It is capable of a very high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high resolution audio. It can also automatically adjust to a lower bitrate of 330kbps or 660kbps to increase stability.
2.has aptX Adaptive
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
aptx Adaptive is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps), which means it can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as listening to HD audio or reducing interference from other devices.
3.has aptX HD
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
aptX HD is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It supports high quality 24-bit audio (at a bit rate of 576kbps).
4.has 5G support
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The fifth-generation wireless technology delivers higher speeds and lower latency than the previous, fourth-generation tech.
The download speed is a measurement of the internet connection bandwidth, representing the maximum data transfer rate at which a device can access online content.
The upload speed is a measurement of the internet connection bandwidth, representing the maximum data transfer rate at which a device can send information to a server or another device.
7.Has USB Type-C
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
Newer USB versions are faster and have better power management.
9.has NFC
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
NFC (near-field communication) allows a device to perform simple wireless transactions, such as mobile payments. Note: this feature may not be available in all markets.

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