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iPhone 11 vs. Galaxy S20: Apple and Samsung’s flagship phones compared

Apple and Samsung are the 2 greatest phone-makers on the planet, and their present flagship phones are a number of the greatest you should purchase. (Although the brand new Motorola Edge Plus is a worthy competitor). As the bottom fashions for his or her newest traces, Apple’s iPhone 11 and Samsung’s Galaxy S20 are additionally the least costly fashions, beginning at $699, £729 and AU$1,199 (64GB) and $999, £899 and AU$1,499, respectively. (The costs listed for the Galaxy S20 are for the 128GB mannequin with 5G — although there are cheaper 4G Galaxy S20 variants offered within the UK and Australia.) We’ll see how the rumored iPhone 12 stacks up when it’s lastly launched, potentially very soon. Apple additionally launched the extra reasonably priced iPhone SE, and Samsung just lately added the Galaxy S20 FE to its lineup, one other various for the budget-conscious.

Relying on whether or not you are an iOS or Android consumer will largely affect your desire between the 2, however if you happen to’re OS-agnostic otherwise you’re simply interested in every cellphone’s benefits and downsides, we focus on their cameras, design, efficiency, software program and further options to see how they examine. And for extra, take a look at PJDM’s iPhone 11 Pro Max versus Galaxy S20 Ultra camera comparison.

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It is not day-after-day that an iPhone is available in because the “cheaper” cellphone, however in comparison with the Galaxy S20’s beginning value, the iPhone 11 is extra reasonably priced. (Even if you happen to spring for the 128GB mannequin, it’s going to nonetheless be cheaper than the Galaxy S20, at $749, £779 and AU$1,279.) Remember, nonetheless, that it does not have as many goodies because the Galaxy S20 — like expandable reminiscence, 5G and a high-refresh show. Nonetheless, it is a quick and stylish cellphone with a top-notch digicam that takes sensible pictures and captures distinctive video.

Read our Apple iPhone 11 review.

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Sure, the Galaxy S20 is pricey. However this superbly designed handset comes full of options that are not simply nice-to-have, however truly helpful and retains the cellphone prepared for future applied sciences and developments. That features 5G connectivity, a 120Hz display screen and 8K video recording. As for the fundamentals, like a quick processor and a improbable digicam, the Galaxy S20 additionally has that coated.

Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 5G review.

How we examined

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Digital camera: iPhone’s grab-and-go method vs. Galaxy’s feature-rich digicam

Each telephones are geared up with glorious cameras, and you would be rightly glad if you happen to selected both gadget for all of your picture-taking wants. However every cellphone has options that make it excel in several methods.

The iPhone 11 has two rear cameras, which incorporates an ultra-wide lens. This lets you take sweeping landscapes photographs, or inventive closeup photos that look simply as dramatic. The iPhone 11’s Night Mode brightens and captures low-light scenes in impressively clear detail

One other digicam improve on the iPhone 11 is Deep Fusion, which improves picture high quality and optimizes particulars for photos taken in medium-light settings, like inside a constructing or room. (To see this in motion, learn PJDM’s iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR comparison.) Video high quality is easy and you may capture slow-motion video on the iPhone 11’s selfie digicam, which Apple has regrettably branded as “slofies.” 

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The cameras on the iPhone 11 and Galaxy S20.


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The Galaxy S20 has a triple-rear setup, which features a telephoto digicam. This, together with its 30x zoom, means you may zoom in a lot nearer on objects whereas retaining readability. (Although, primarily based on PJDM’s Galaxy S20 evaluation and digicam comparisons, the 10x zoom is about as shut as you wish to go for taking pictures).

The Galaxy S20’s low-light mode additionally works nice and it has a countdown clock so you understand how lengthy you must maintain the handset nonetheless to take a shot. One other software, Single Take, allows you to use a number of completely different digicam options in a single go. Simply faucet the shutter as soon as and the Galaxy S20 will seize a 10-second video. From there, you may get a bunch of curated pictures and movies, like wide-angle and an animated live-focus image and well cropped picture. Although gimmicky, it may turn out to be useful when you do not have a lot time and wish to get essentially the most out of a scene. 

What makes the S20 standout, nonetheless, is its potential to seize movies in 8K decision. When you can solely straight profit from this when you’ve got an 8K screen to view content material on, or (if you happen to’re a video editor) you wish to crop in on 8K video. Regardless, 8K is the best way units and platforms, like TVs and YouTube, respectively, are heading. Remember although that 8K video recordsdata are humongous. A one-minute video will take up about 600MB of storage.

Winner: Each telephones take lovely photos in all kinds of settings. However what cellphone fits you greatest is dependent upon what sort of photographer you’re. If you wish to take nice photographs and video with out having to assume an excessive amount of about it, the iPhone is your greatest wager. However if you would like a cellphone that is full of options and instruments you may tweak, the Galaxy S20 is the best way to go.

Design: Galaxy S20’s show is shiny and easy

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One of many extra notable design variations between the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy S20 is their shows. The iPhone 11 has an LCD display screen, whereas the Galaxy S20 has an AMOLED show. Although watching movies and flipping by means of pictures on both cellphone will look nice, colours displayed on the Galaxy S20 have the next distinction, are extra vibrant and blacks are inkier. The Galaxy S20’s show additionally has the next decision and extra pixel density, that means particulars are extra refined. The Galaxy S20 additionally has a small hole-punch notch for its front-facing digicam. The iPhone 11, in the meantime, has a a lot bigger, extra obtrusive notch, that holds the digicam and numerous sensors for Face ID.

The perfect factor in regards to the Galaxy S20’s show is its 120Hz refresh fee. Whereas most telephones, together with the iPhone 11, refresh at 60 frames per second, the Galaxy S20 refreshes 120 instances. Which means scrolling by means of Twitter and webpages, or enjoying graphics-intensive video games appear and feel smoother.

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The iPhone 11 and Galaxy S20.


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As for sturdiness, each telephones are rated IP68 for water resistance. In sensible phrases, it means they’re water-proof in as much as 6.5 ft (2 meters) of water for 30 minutes. When we dunked the iPhone 11 back in December, it survived a submersion of 39 ft (roughly 12 meters) in salt water, which is extra corrosive than freshwater. FYI, the Galaxy S20 has but to bear our excessive water exams.

In our drop exams, the iPhone 11 largely survived a three-, six- and eight-feet drop unscathed (for the final check, the iPhone 11’s again obtained a small scuff on its bumper and a scratch on the housing  of its digicam). At a top of 11 ft although, the iPhone 11’s display screen did not crack, however its rear digicam stopped working. The Galaxy S20 is more fragile. At a three-foot drop, the again of the S20 broke, with cracks operating alongside its metallic body and round its digicam module. At 5 ft, the cellphone’s display screen shattered beneath the display screen protector, which is preapplied straight from Samsung.

What’s nice about each telephones is that you simply’re not caught with the simply black or grey colour choices. The Galaxy S20 is available in pastel blue and pink, and you should purchase the iPhone 11 in inexperienced, yellow, purple and crimson. They do not have headphone jacks both.

Winner: Although the Galaxy S20 wants a case extra so than the iPhone 11, its vibrant and easy show is what will get the cellphone to win this spherical.

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Efficiency: iPhone 11 is quicker

Each telephones are geared up with top-of-the-line processors and the telephones are tremendous quick and reliably easy. The iPhone 11 has a proprietary A13 Bionic processor from Apple, whereas the Galaxy S20 has a Snapdragon 864 chipset from Qualcomm. For each day duties like launching apps, firing up the digicam and browsing the web, each telephones carried out rapidly and there should not be any discernible distinction between the 2. Nevertheless, on paper, the iPhone 11 did edge out the Galaxy S20, as these benchmark outcomes present:

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

As for battery, throughout our lab exams for steady video playback, the iPhone 11 streamed 13 hours, 52 minutes. On Airplane mode, it lasted 15 hours, 24 minutes. Anecdotally, the iPhone 11 has been lasting a few day and a half with regular, on a regular basis utilization. The Galaxy S20 streamed video for a mean of 13 hours and 45 minutes with the show set at 120Hz and day-to-day observations present that the cellphone can final from day to nighttime on a single cost.

Winner: The iPhone 11 wins for its greater benchmark scores and its slight edge over battery life.

Software program: Digital assistants, file sharing and biometric safety

As at all times, when evaluating telephones from Apple and Samsung you may must resolve which OS works higher for you: iOS or Android. Every of them have their very own benefits — iOS is safe and easy to make use of, however could be limiting to customers. Android is extremely customizable with a number of tweakable options, however the software program could be buggy at instances and is not as user-friendly.

Each telephones have digital search assistants: the iPhone has Siri whereas the Galaxy S20 has two, Google Assistant and Bixby. (For extra on the variations between the three, learn PJDM’s comparability, Siri vs. Google Assistant vs. Bixby). As a result of the telephones haven’t got bodily house buttons, their interfaces depend on swiping gestures as a substitute to change between apps.

New to the Galaxy S20 is Quick Share, which is Samsung’s reply to Apple’s AirDrop. It allows you to rapidly switch pictures and recordsdata from one cellphone to a different. However in contrast to AirDrop, which works on many iPhone fashions, Fast Share solely works proper now on the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and Extremely. 

For safety, each telephones make use of elegant, biometric options so you may unlock your cellphone with out typing in a PIN. The Galaxy S20 has an in-screen fingerprint sensor, whereas the iPhone 11 makes use of facial scanning.

Winner: Toss-up; each telephones have their very own distinctive attributes and the one you select seemingly is dependent upon what you are already snug with.

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5G and different goodies

The Galaxy S20 has 5G, although in some international locations just like the UK and Australia, a less expensive 4G-only mannequin is accessible. However earlier than you get too excited, know that the speeds you observe may not be as quick as you have been anticipating. As PJDM editor Jessica Dolcourt reported, “Aside from an unreleased Verizon mannequin, the Galaxy S20 will support the type of 5G known as Sub-6, which leads to slower peak speeds. Obtain pace will nonetheless be quicker than 4G, however not as quick because the (theoretical) peak speeds of the approaching tech generally known as millimeter wave.” And whereas the truth that not one of the iPhone 11s have 5G shouldn’t be a deal breaker, you may have to attend at least until later this year or next to see a 5G iPhone.

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At Samsung Unpacked, the place the corporate introduced the Gs20 telephones, 5G was an enormous deal.


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When evaluating the 128GB fashions of each telephones, the iPhone 11 remains to be cheaper, at $749, £779 and AU$1,279. However the Galaxy S20 additionally has expandable reminiscence as much as 1TB by way of a microSD card. That will not matter to customers who do not plan on taking a variety of pictures/movies, or depend on a cloud service to again up their telephones (Apple’s iCloud service, for instance, prices $10 for 2TB). However for individuals who like to avoid wasting their content material regionally, exterior storage is beneficial. 

One of many extra handful Galaxy S20 options is reverse wi-fi charging. Which means it may cost different telephones and equipment, like Galaxy Buds or a Galaxy Watch, by straight putting the gadgets on the telephones again. In a pinch it is tremendous helpful, and it means carrying one much less charger round.

Winner: The Galaxy S20 packs tons of additional options, however that is smart given its greater value.

iPhone 11 vs. Galaxy S20

iPhone 11 Samsung Galaxy S20
Show dimension, decision 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina; 1,792×828 pixels 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Pixel density 326ppi 563ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.94×2.98×0.33 in 2.72 x 5.97 x 0.311 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 150.9×75.7×8.three mm 69.1 x 151.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.84 oz; 194g 5.75 oz; 163g
Cellular software program iOS 13 Android 10
Digital camera 12-megapixel (vast), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)
Entrance-facing digicam 12-megapixel 10-megapixel
Video seize 4K 8K
Processor Apple A13 Bionic 64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.Zero GHz)
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB
RAM Not disclosed 12GB
Expandable storage No As much as 1TB
Battery Not disclosed, however Apple claims it should final 1 hour longer than iPhone XR 4,000mAh
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) In-screen
Connector Lightning USB-C
Headphone jack No No
Particular options Water-proof (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh fee; water-proof (IP68), wi-fi charging, reverse wi-fi charging
Worth off-contract (USD) $699 (64GB), $749 (128GB), $849 (256GB) $999
Worth (GBP) £729 (64GB), £779 (128GB), £879 (256GB) £799 (4G), £899 (5G)
Worth (AUD) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB) AU$1,349 (4G), AU$1,499 (5G),

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