The Galaxy S21 is known to be a good phone, but the iPhone 13 comes with new attributes that make it interesting. Which of the two is better? And above all, which one takes the best photos?
For those who write this comparison, the iPhone 13 is Apple’s new base phone, because it has everything. However, the Galaxy S21 proved to be a phone with good battery, cameras, and performance.
The iPhone 13 incorporates the new A15 Bionic chip, which according to our tests has great graphics power and offers very good performance, whether for gaming or for more everyday use.
The Galaxy S21 is sold in some markets with the Snapdragon 888 processor and in others with the Exynos 2100. In general, in my tests of more than six months of use this phone has never given me any problems of use. Its chip gives a good performance in different situations and its price corresponds to what it promises.
In particular, Samsung gives 8 GB of RAM and although Apple does not share those details, sources say that the iPhone 13 would have only 4 GB.
Of course, this could raise the alarm bells, but Apple has never entered the RAM war, as the operating system is optimized to perform well, in this case with those supposed 4 GB of RAM.
When it comes to storage, Apple dropped the 64GB version and now offers 129, 256 and 512GB, while Samsung only gives the first two options.
In everyday use, the 6.1-inch OLED screen on the iPhone 13 features more detail and more vivid colors than the 5.2-inch AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S21.
This is not only because the iPhone has a higher density of pixels per inch, but also because of the feeling of fluidity, especially now that both have a dynamic screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate.
Of course, if you don’t like eyebrows, it is clear that the iPhone 13 will not be your favorite phone; Although Apple reduced it a bit, 20 percent, it is still present, while the Galaxy only has a small hole for the front camera.
Despite the eyebrow, Apple has FaceID, one of the most efficient security systems, which Samsung lacks.
Perhaps the battery is one of the most controversial aspects in this comparison, because at the end of the day it does matter. Apple offers 3,240 mAh in the iPhone 13 – again, according to external sources – while Samsung offers 4,000 mAh in the Galaxy S21.
What does this mean? In my daily use tests I found that both phones can comfortably go to the end of the day and even have battery power the next morning. You may think that it is impossible, since the iPhone 13 has less battery, but ultimately the optimization of iOS 15 and the good use of the dynamic screen means that this cell phone does not fall short of its great rival.
When it comes to charging, Samsung has more points. The iPhone 13 has fast charging of 20 watts vs. 25 from the Galaxy S21, and the Qi fast charge is 7.5 watts vs. 15 from the Galaxy. Although Apple added its Magsafe wireless charging technology, which is faster (15 watts), Samsung offers reversible charging, something the Cupertino lacks.
The Galaxy S21 has three sensors (regular, telephoto and wide angle), while the iPhone 13 only has two (regular and wide angle).
|Galaxy S21||iPhone 13|
|12 MP, f / 1.8||12 MP, f / 1.6|
|64 MP, f / 2.0 (telephoto)||12 MP, f / 2.4|
|12 MP, f / 2.2||—————|
In these photos you can see that although the Galaxy S21 gives brighter images, those of the iPhone 13 have greater precision and detail. For example, portraits have a better cutoff between focus and blur, and the phone manages to capture even more tones within the image, as in the case of the portrait of the dog in the fireplace, where various tones can be seen on the wall. .
The zoom is not the strong point of these phones, since the iPhone has a maximum optical 2x; that of the Galaxy S21 is 1.1x. In general, Apple photos look much more realistic, but Galaxy photos have a brighter conjugation of tones.
When it comes to night mode, the images captured by both phones look good: the iPhone 13 eliminated the halo of light from the main bulb in the portrait photo, but the colors of the S21 like more, moreover, the regular photo taken with the Galaxy looks more alive.
In the video that accompanies this comparison you can see the new cinematic mode of the iPhone 13 in action. Samsung has a mode called video portrait, which doesn’t automatically focus and blur people, it just tries to find the main subject and blur the background; sometimes he has some trouble doing it.
Apple’s phone performs better in this regard. In addition, on both computers the front cameras look very good; Both can record in portrait mode.
If you had to choose a phone, which one would you buy? The Galaxy S21 is a great cell phone and the iPhone 13 has many interesting improvements. Both designs are attractive and cost $ 799 (the base model).
In terms of design, you may like the back of the Galaxy S21 more: being matte, it feels better to the touch, unlike the iPhone 13, as the fingerprints stick a lot.