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Which smartphone to buy? iPhone 11 Pro Max or Galaxy S20 Ultra?

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Which smartphone to buy? iPhone 11 Pro Max or Galaxy S20 Ultra?

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iPhone 11 Pro Max or Galaxy S20 Ultra? – If you happen to have any money in your wallet, and you are thinking of investing in a new smartphone to spend this quarantine time in style … You probably have these two smartphones on your wish list!

But which one to buy? Apple's or Samsung's solution? After all, we are talking about a rivalry as old as the Android Operating System, a war between two giants that has been around for 11 years.

Which smartphone to buy? iPhone 11 Pro Max or Galaxy S20 Ultra?

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So, let's get serious! The choice will always depend on your use case, like any other purchase of technological products. That said, if you happen to be already in the Apple ecosystem, then I can already say that this question doesn't make any sense, buy an iPhone and don't talk about it anymore.

On the other hand, if you have spent your time on the Android side and love the Google Operating System, it is undeniable to say that the Galaxy S20 Ultra offers the best experience on the planet.

However, if you happen to be a ‘neutral’ consumer, who can either go one way or the other, and just want a smartphone that will last you at least 3 years, then the choice gets more complicated

After all, any of these devices will withstand at least 3 years of good performance, especially now that Samsung is more focused on its user interface, by switching from the renowned TouchWiz to OneUI, promising new performance improvements as well as new ones. features with each new version.

But perhaps more curious than that, in the past we could immediately present the price as a decision factor, but with the iPhone 11 Pro Max costing € 1279 and the Galaxy S20 ultra costing € 1379, we are talking about a simple difference of € 100, something that in the high range doesn’t make that much difference, since we are talking about a segment in which the budget is not so limiting. (Interestingly, it must be the first time that I make a direct comparison between Samsung vs Apple, where the apple company wins in price!)

Having said all this, if by chance you want to have the best gaming experience, as well as the best screen on the market for consuming multimedia content, it is undeniable that the S20 Ultra is the best choice (not forgetting 120Hz). However, if you happen to be thinking about betting on a smartwatch in the very near future, be aware that the best bet is in the Apple world, with Apple Watch being the best ‘smart’ watch on earth.

It would be better to go in parts. After all, any of these boys is a good choice, so let's try to separate this informal comparison into categories.

Construction and Design

Both have excellent build quality, however, it is undeniable that the S20 Ultra has a much more recent and modern design. Although not to everyone's liking, the hole in the S20 is much better than the ‘notch’ on the iPhone.

Also, in my personal opinion, the design of the iPhone 11 is basically ‘chewed meat’ at this point. The S20 Ultra wins easily in this duel.


In terms of performance, we can say that these two devices are more or less equivalent (there is a slight advantage for the iPhone 11 Pro Max side). The problem is that the performance to be equivalent is not at all positive for the S20 Ultra, since the SoC A13 Bionic of the iPhone 11 takes the advantage in almost all cases, when it already has about 6 months on the market.

Also note that the iPhone's iOS is much more efficient in resource management than Google's Android. So, in terms of fluidity and pure and hard performance, the iPhone will be better, and it is also likely to be able to offer a better experience over the years.


I have often said at Leak that there is a reason for Apple to use Samsung screens on their smartphones. Samsung is the best in this field, and as you can imagine, the best version of its screen is in its latest super high-end. Easy win for the S20 Ultra.


This is most likely the differentiating factor between the two devices. However, according to all the tests done so far, the advantage of the S20 Ultra is not overwhelming, thanks to Apple's image processing.


On paper, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra offers significantly more autonomy compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, like everyone with an ounce of sanity, they will always use 120Hz mode… The autonomy should be basically the same between two devices.


In short, although I think that both are excellent devices, and that you will not make any mistake in any choice you make. Personally I would always go for the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Or you would wait for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which should not only bring a new design to the table, but should also humiliate the SoC Exynos 990 that gives life to Samsung's latest flagship.

Furthermore, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.

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