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
|Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1750 nits (peak brightness)
|1440 x 3088 pixels
|Yes (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+)
|Android 12, One UI 4.1
|Exynos 2200 (4 nm)
|108 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide)
|40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide)
|Under Display Finger Print
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
|Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, 1000 nits (peak brightness)
|1284 x 2778 pixels
|No (Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating)
|Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm)
|12 MP, f/1.5, 26mm (wide)
|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.
How big is the screen on the iPhone 13 Pro Max compared to the S22 Ultra?
The iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are two of the latest flagship smartphones on the market. Both phones feature large, high-quality displays packed with top-of-the-line features. But when it comes to sheer size, there are some key differences.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2778×1284 pixels. This gives it a pixel density of 458 ppi (pixels per inch). The phone features Apple’s Super Retina XDR display technology with a typical maximum brightness of 1000 nits for HDR content.
In comparison, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has an even larger 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a resolution of 3088×1440 pixels. This equates to a pixel density of 500 ppi. The screen can also reach a peak brightness of 1750 nits in direct sunlight when using the phone’s High Brightness Mode.
Here is a summary of the key screen specifications:
|iPhone 13 Pro Max
|Galaxy S22 Ultra
As you can see, while the iPhone offers an impressively large display, the screen on the S22 Ultra inches it out in terms of pure size and resolution. The higher 1440p resolution and pixel density of the S22 Ultra also makes content appear sharper on the screen.
However, both displays utilize high-end OLED technology with support for HDR content and adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz for smooth scrolling and animations. So while the Galaxy S22 Ultra wins out numbers-wise ever so slightly, buyers are unlikely to be disappointed with the stunning display and visuals on the iPhone 13 Pro Max either.
Ultimately, both phones have exceptionally large, gorgeous displays that excel when watching videos, viewing photos, playing games and more. But the S22 Ultra squeaks ahead as far as outright screen real estate. Factoring in actual visible area without curved edges or notches, the experience of using these two big screens feels quite comparable overall despite the minor spec advantage for the Samsung device on paper.
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.