Galaxy S10 Plus, iPhone XS Max, Specifications…
As of recent, there has been a lot of arguments on which is the best between Galaxy S10 Plus and iPhone XS Max and worth spending money on. So I took it upon myself to shed some light and here are the differences.
The Prices vary as it depends on the shop/store you’re buying yours.
Specs: Galaxy S10 Plus vs. iPhone XS Max
|Galaxy S10 Plus||iPhone XS Max|
|Price||$999 (128GB), $1,249 (512GB), $1,599 (1TB)||$1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB)|
|Display (Resolution)||6.4 inches (3040 x 1440)||6.5 inches (2688 x 1242)|
|Rear Camera(s)||16-MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 12-MP dual-pixel wide (f/1.5, f/2.4), 12-MP telephoto (f/2.4)||Dual 12-MP wide-angle (f/1.8) and telephoto cameras (f/2.4)|
|Front Camera(s)||10-MP dual-pixel (f/1.9), 8-MP depth-sensing (f/2.2)||7-MP (f/2.2)|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||A12 Bionic|
|RAM||8GB, 12GB||4GB (based on teardowns)|
|Storage||128GB, 512GB, 1TB||64GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|microSD||Yes, up to 512GB||None|
|Battery||4,100 mAh||3,174 mAh*|
|Biometric Security||Ultrasonic fingerprint||Face ID|
|Colors||Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Ceramic White, Ceramic Black, Prism Green (except U.S.), Flamingo Pink (except U.K.)||Silver, Space Gray, Gold|
|Size||6.2 x 2.91 x 0.3 inches||6.2 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches|
|Weight||6.17 ounces||7.34 ounces|
The Galaxy S10 Plus benefits from a lighter and more compact frame compared to the iPhone XS Max. Samsung’s phone is more than an ounce lighter than Apple’s, at 6.17 ounces versus 7.34 ounces. More importantly, the narrower body on the S10 Plus (2.91 inches versus 3.05 inches) makes it a bit easier to use with one hand. The S10 Plus also features a 3.5mm headphone jack, for those who still prefer wired headphones.
Overall, the iPhone XS Max feels a little sturdier, thanks to its stainless steel band and durable glass; it survived multiple drops in our tests 6.5″ screen, 208 g Stainless steel frame Glass front/back, Unspecified glass. While Samsung is 6.4″ screen, 175 g 7000 series aluminium frame Glass front/back, Gorilla Glass 6 it has been tested and loss to iPhone.
We do like having six colour options on the S10 Plus compared to just three for the iPhone. You can even opt for a ceramic finish if you’re willing to splurge for at least the 512GB model.
The Galaxy S10 Plus offers a sharp, 6.4-inch Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display that’s a bit smaller than the 6.5-inch OLED panel on the iPhone XS Max. Samsung’s phone benefits from a higher resolution, at 3040 x 1440 pixels, compared to 2688 x 1242 pixels on the iPhone XS Max. But the iPhone’s screen pulls ahead in other areas.
While the Galaxy S10 Plus can get as bright as 625 nits (when you shine a flashlight on its ambient light sensor), the iPhone XS Max can get to 606 nits in any conditions. As a result, the screen on the iPhone XS Max appears brighter, whether you’re indoors or outside.
Both the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy S10 Plus get plenty loud, but I prefer the audio from Apple’s device. The iPhone speakers delivered louder and richer sound when I streamed Bastille’s “Happier” on Spotify.
The vocals were better balanced with the snaps in the background. The S10 Plus sounded more like an FM radio, while the iPhone XS Max is closer to a mini Bluetooth speaker.
The Galaxy S10 Plus has one major benefit over the iPhone XS Max in that it includes an ultrawide, 123-degree lens with its rear cameras. This gives you more shooting flexibility and lets you get much more of the scene in the frame.
The Galaxy S10 Plus struggles with the sunlight, blowing out part of faces. The iPhone XS Max’s photo overcompensates a bit with its overly warm skin tones, but at least it delivers a more even exposure. The Galaxy S10 turned the tables on the iPhone with the sun in the background. Faces are much brighter, even if black jacket looks grayer.
This round is almost a draw, but the S10’s problems with sunlight give the iPhone XS a very slight edge.
The Snapdragon 855 processor in the Galaxy S10 Plus, paired with 8GB of RAM, gets the closest yet to beat the iPhone XS Max’s A12 Bionic chip. On the multicore portion of Geekbench 4, which measures overall performance, the S10 Plus notched 10,732, compared to 11,420 on the iPhone XS Max.
The iPhone XS Max also made much quicker work of our video-editing test, taking just 39 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p using the Adobe Clips app. The Galaxy S10 Plus took 2:26 on the same test, but Samsung says its phone will be optimized for Adobe’s upcoming Rush video-editing app.
The S10 Plus pulled ahead on the 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme graphics test, scoring 5,648 (on the demanding OpenGL ES 3.1 test). The iPhone XS Max came in behind that mark, with 4,339.
Overall, I felt like the iPhone XS Max was a bit more responsive when I used the phones side by side for tasks like rotating the phone to landscape mode. The Galaxy S10 Plus was a step behind.
Security and Special Features
The Galaxy S10 Plus takes a new approach to security with its ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, which is embedded directly into the display. Overall, the technology works well, so long as you don’t tap the screen too quickly. And unlike with Apple’s Face ID, you don’t have to look directly into the S10 to unlock it. But Face ID is generally more reliable, producing fewer false negatives when you go to unlock your phone.
With Wireless PowerShare, you can use the Galaxy S10 Plus to wirelessly charge other phones or gadgets, like the Samsung Galaxy Buds, simply by placing them on the back of the phone. The iPhone XS Max doesn’t offer such a feature.
The Galaxy S10 Plus has a few other features the iPhone XS lacks, including a microSD card slot for expansion and headphone jack.
This round is no contest. The huge, 4,100-mAH battery in the Galaxy S10 Plus lasted an excellent 12 hours and 35 minutes in the Tom’s Guide Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness. The iPhone XS Max, which reportedly has a 3,174-mAh battery, lasted 10:38.
Samsung deserves some credit for streamlining its interface for the Galaxy S10 with its new OneUI, which runs on top of Android 9.0 Pie. The settings menu, for example, is much less cluttered. But there’s also some needless duplication, such as having two browsers (why?) two photo apps, and two assistants with Bixby and Google Assistant.
iOS 12 on the iPhone is simple and straightforward, but there are some powerful features under the hood, such as Siri shortcuts for creating useful If This, Then That-style commands. Apple’s Memoji is also better than the improved AR Emoji on the Galaxy S10 Plus.
The Galaxy S10 Plus offers more for the money in terms of storage, giving you 128GB to start at $999, while the iPhone XS Max costs $100 more and starts with just 64GB.
You also can max out storage with the S10 Plus at 1 TB ($1,599), compared to 512GB for the iPhone XS Max ($1,449). If you’re happy with 512GB, you’ll pay $200 less on the Galaxy S10 Plus, at $1,249.
The Galaxy S10 Plus is easily the best Android phone you can buy, but it loses to the iPhone XS Max in this face-off by a couple of points. To be clear, you will love Samsung’s phone. The cameras are great, especially the ultra-wide-angle lens, and the S10 Plus soundly beat the iPhone XS Max on battery life and sheer value.
|Galaxy S10 Plus||iPhone XS Max|
|Security and Special Features (10)||9||7|
|Battery Life (15)||15||12|
However, the iPhone XS Max delivers faster performance, richer audio and more-consistent unlocking with Face ID, as well as a brighter OLED display in everyday conditions. You can also count on the iPhone getting iOS 13 on day one, while it’s hard to say when the S10 Plus will get the next version of Android.
So, after the comparisons, Apple’s iPhone wins but at the same time Samsung S10 Plus is the best Android to buy.