Tuesday, October 19

iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. Galaxy S21 Ultra: which one to buy? | Digital Trends Spanish


We know all the details about the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max is new and has a lot to offer, so we have to ask ourselves: which of the two is better? Which one has the better camera?

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is a phone that can compete with smartphones high-end Android. However, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has had enough time to show that it has a perfect balance between performance, autonomy and cameras, as well as offering the performance expected for such a robust device.

In addition, we must not forget that Samsung’s phone offers something that Apple’s does not: compatibility with a stylus (in this case, the S-Pen).

iPhone 13 Pro Max: all for performance

Both phones perform as good as you might expect from a high-end phone. An important aspect of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the new A15 Bionic chip, a processor that during testing performed as expected, not only because Apple said it is at least 50 percent more efficient than the competition, but because Both in routine tasks and under pressure – when playing games that demand a lot of graphic processing – the phone performs up to the task.

As for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, I have tested the version with Snapdragon 888 since its launch and it has proven to be a very processing power phone, which has no problem facing big challenges or processing multiple windows for multitasking.

Something that I like to consider when comparing devices with different operating systems is the symbiosis between the software and the phone, and iOS 15 is made for the iPhone. Everything is designed to maximize the use of the screen and save energy, and this is a positive point of the Apple phone. Samsung also performs well on its phones, but the symbiosis is not the same despite its layer of customization, which, by the way, is very well achieved.

If we talk about RAM, the Galaxy S21 Ultra offers 12 GB of capacity. Apple does not give that detail, but iFixit assures that it is 6 GB.

Perhaps the difference may surprise you, but Apple has never been carried away by the market trend in the RAM segment and not in batteries for a simple reason: the optimization of its operating system and its processor give it everything and more. to perform as well as your competition.

If you are interested in knowing about storage, Apple offers from 128 GB to 1 TB, while Samsung only reaches 512 GB.

I tested the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the 512GB Galaxy S21 Ultra in the last year and in neither case did it completely fill up the memory. In fact, despite taking many photos and recording many videos, I did not reach 100 GB. Therefore, my recommendation is that you evaluate the consumption you have had when reviewing your available storage; maybe a phone with twice the capacity is a good idea if you don’t plan on changing your device for a couple of years.

120Hz display: double battle

Apple finally released a phone with a 120 Hz screen, putting the iPhone 13 Pro Max to compete on equal terms with the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

In my daily use, the 6.7-inch panel of the iPhone 13 Pro Max has given me a better level of detail than its predecessor: animations feel smoother and black tones look much better. For its part, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 6.8-inch AMOLED panel and, to be honest, it works as well as the competition, although it stands out for having a higher level of light intensity.

At the end of the day, both panels feel good, offer good dark modes, and their 120Hz display with dynamic performance adapts to the activity at hand to avoid wasting battery life.

A first for Apple fans is that the iPhone 13 Pro Max reduced its eyebrow by 20 percent, although it keeps the FaceID function intact. For its part, Samsung has a screen with a hole for the front camera and its security method is the fingerprint sensor on the panel, which works well.

You will like the battery of the iPhone 13 Pro Max

The battery can be a determining factor in buying one or the other phone. Apple does not give official details, but several sources have confirmed that the battery is 4,352 mAh, a breakthrough compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Although of course, the Galaxy S21 Ultra offers 5,000 mAh.

After taking photos, playing games and making calls, with both phones I managed to get through the day and arrive the next morning with at least 30 percent charge. As always, this depends a lot on how a phone is used, but it can give you a good reference.

As already mentioned, Apple’s open secret is the optimization of iOS 15, which works in its favor to give not only better power, but also more energy to have a phone that lasts for more than a day.

Both phones offer fast charging systems, although Apple allows you to use chargers up to 27 watts and Samsung up to 25. The two phones also have Qi wireless charging, 7.5 in the case of Apple and 15 watts in the Samsung, although the iPhone adds 15-watt MagSafe technology and Galaxy reversible charging.

Cameras: the Galaxy S21 Ultra stands out

In the photographic section, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has four very well balanced sensors, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max only has three sensors … is this a limitation or does it really not influence that much?

The new Apple phone includes three 12 MP sensors (one wide angle, one telephoto and one regular), in addition to having 3x optical zoom and digital up to 10x. For its part, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has four sensors, which include a periscope camera and double 3x and 10x optical zoom, and digital up to 100x.

In testing, both phones took good portraits and daytime shots, although Samsung’s tend to come off a bit cleaner or perfect. In the dark mode, as you can see in the photos in the gallery, despite the fact that Apple included night mode in all the sensors, the Galaxy S21 Ultra continues to give more illuminated photos.

The front cameras look great and both can record portrait mode. However, the new cinematic video of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is worth noting. Here the comparison loses a bit of balance because Apple gives something totally different from what Samsung contributed at the beginning of the year.

In the video that accompanies this comparison you can see an example of the cinematic mode, with which Apple achieves better detail in the blurring of objects and people, in addition, it is capable of doing it automatically or you can even help with your finger and indicate where to focus . In the case of the video portrait mode of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, it still has cropping problems: it looks a bit fake and is poorly achieved.

Design: eye-catching but different

On the design side, the Samsung phone has a more attractive texture on the back, while the iPhone features a simpler exterior and a larger camera module. The understated tone of the Galaxy S21 Ultra stands out, but the shape of the iPhone 13 Pro Max it does not bother, so this section is a matter of taste.

To conclude, both phones have many differences from each other, starting with the operating system. In addition, they have excellent processing capacity and their prices start at $ 1,159. The decision is yours, which one would you buy?

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