The iPhone is undoubtedly the king of the smartphone brands globally and every new flagship release is invariably compared to the latest iPhone. However, over the past few years Samsung has been consistently delivering some great top end smart phones that just cannot be ignored. The latest trail blazer from Samsung is their Galaxy S22 Ultra which is once again set to make its mark on the industry.
To make a fair comparison, let us first see the main features of the two phones:
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Specifications
|Display Size||6.8 inches|
|Display Type||Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1750 nits (peak brightness)|
|Display resolution||1440 x 3088 pixels|
|Gorilla Glass||Yes (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+)|
|Operating System||Android 12, One UI 4.1|
|Processor||Exynos 2200 (4 nm)|
|Camera setup||Quad Cam|
|Main Camera||108 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide)|
|Selfie Camera||40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide)|
|Security||Under Display Finger Print|
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
|Display Size||6.7 inches|
|Display Type||Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, 1000 nits (peak brightness)|
|Display resolution||1284 x 2778 pixels|
|Gorilla Glass||No (Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating)|
|Operating System||iOS 15|
|Processor||Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm)|
|Camera setup||Quad Cam|
|Main Camera||12 MP, f/1.5, 26mm (wide)|
|Selfie Camera||12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide)|
Now let us review the key differences between the two smartphones
The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a larger screen and is also brighter than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. This means that both the phones can provide a great indoor experience for media consumption but the Galaxy S22 Ultra is a more versatile device and is more convenient to use in outdoor conditions as well. The Samsung phone also has a bigger resolution and pixel density with HDR 10+ while the iPhone only has HDR 10 support. Overall, the S22 Ultra has a better display compared to the iPhone.
The iPhone makes a comeback in this regard. The A15 bionic chip is way ahead of the Exynos in terms of both single thread and multi thread operations. In fact, the A15 bionic is even better than the current Snapdragon flagship. It is also more efficient in terms of energy consumption as thus could offer a better battery life to the iPhone.
This is the area where it boils down to subjective opinion. While the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a bigger lens with a 108 MP camera, the picture quality in both of the phones is identical. The night mode is better on the Samsung while the daytime photos are much better on the iPhone. The colour accuracy is also better on the iPhone than on the Samsung phone. Both of the cameras have OIS built in for stabilisation, but in terms of video quality, the iPhone gives a better and more fluid experience. On the other hand, the iPhone offers only a 10x digital zoon functionality while the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra offers up to 100x digital zoom. However, at this stage, either of those cameras have gone to such quality that it really doesn’t matter which one you pick.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra comes in two variants. The 12GB/256GB variant is priced at Rs. 1,09,999 while the 12GB/512GB variant is priced at Rs. 1,18,999 in India.
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max in India starts from Rs 1,39,900.
On a price consideration, the Galaxy does offer a greater value for money here in India.
Now this is the most subjective part of the review. This depends on what you have been used to your entire life. The iOS and the Android operating systems while performing basically the same tasks, do offer vastly different user experiences. Both Samsung and Apple have their own range of accessories as well which create a wonderful ecosystem. So, this decision needs to be made based on your own choices, and your own preferences.
Both the phones are great at what they do and will provide you with a buttery smooth experience. However, based on the price, the display quality, user experience and the camera, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra offers a lot more value for the buck than the iPhone Pro Max. Also remember, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with a stylus included at no extra cost.