Six ways iPhone 11 Pro bests the Galaxy S20+ -- and five ways it doesn't

in iPhone edited March 2020
Samsung's latest crop of smartphones boasts a wide array of headline-grabbing features. Apple is already able to match some with its own half-year-old iPhone 11 line, while others may have to wait a while before they show up in Apple's ecosystem.

The all-new Samsung Galaxy S20+
The all-new Samsung Galaxy S20+

Each camp has benefits to espouse, so we are wading through the marketing jargon to highlight six ways the iPhone beats the Galaxy S20+ and five ways it doesn't.

For this comparison, we are primarily looking at the iPhone 11 Pro and the Galaxy S20+ -- though there are minor differences between different models of each lineup. iPhone 11 Pro is near identical to iPhone 11 Pro Max, other than the size of the display. The Galaxy S20 range encompasses the S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra with the S20 and S20+ being most similar.

So while we are focusing on just two devices, many of the comparisons are apt across the lines. Let's jump into it.

How the Galaxy S20+ beats the iPhone 11 Pro

Kicking things off with a feature we will undoubtedly see soon on the iPhone side -- 5G. The switch to 5G is inevitable and is the heir to the 4G LTE throne. As carriers continue to roll out their new 5G networks, Samsung was one of the early few to launch 5G capable devices.

Apple is waiting for the networks to be more robust, so while the iPhone 11 Pro doesn't support 5G, it shouldn't be much longer before a new iPhone does.

Up to 30X zoom on the Galaxy S20+
Up to 30X zoom on the Galaxy S20+

The Galaxy S20+ also beats out the iPhone line with its impressive 64MP tele lens. All three of the iPhone 11 Pro's cameras are 12MP -- including the tele. Thanks to that 64MP, users can zoom in up to 30X, or three times what the iPhone can handle.

Facial recognition on the S20+ is only 2D
Facial recognition on the S20+ is only 2D

Apple endowed the iPhone 11 Pro with its best-ever Super Retina XDR Display. Where the Galaxy's OLED displays wins out though, is with pixel density. iPhone 11 Pro measures up as 2436 by 1125 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max is 2688 by 1242, each clocking in at 458PPI. The Galaxy S20+ sizes up as 1440 by 3200 which yields a pixel density of 458PPI.

Rumors preceding the iPhone 11 Pro launches were relentless, and if they were to be believed, Apple was likely to implement its version of this killer feature -- bilateral wireless charging. This allows you to charge any Qi device right on the back of the Galaxy S20+.

Wireless Powershare using bilateral Qi charging
Wireless Powershare using bilateral Qi charging

We can see this being incredibly useful and count us among the masses that were dismayed when Apple seemingly canceled its plans for wireless powersharing at the last minute.

Finally, the last significant way that the Galaxy S20+ conquers the iPhone 11 Pro is with 8K video recording. With 8K video, you can even save massive 33MP stills. It is limited to the tele lens, but that is still far above the 4K cap found on iPhones.

How the iPhone 11 Pro wins against the Galaxy S20+

That leads us to the iPhone's perks.

Each phone is equipped with facial recognition for biometric authentication, but there is a drastic difference between the two. iPhone 11 Pro is relying on Face ID which uses the TrueDepth camera system to capture a 3D map of your face. Not only is it far more accurate than the 2D image matching of the Galaxy S20+, but it is more secure than any phone's fingerprint sensor as well.

Dual SIM on the iPhone 11 Pro
Dual SIM on the iPhone 11 Pro

Apple also has set the iPhone 11 Pro up with dual SIM cards. One card is a virtual eSIM and the other a physical SIM. You can activate the eSIM at any time, even using apps in the App Store. This is a blessing for frequent travelers or those that want their work and personal lines on the same phone.

Samsung may have the edge with the 48MP tele camera, but the iPhone handily wins when it comes to night mode. Both models offer some form of low-light photography. There is a handheld mode that limits the exposure time to compensate for the subtle movements in your hand. Then when placed on a tripod, the shutter speed is increased further to up to 30 seconds for some genuinely incredible night shots.

A night mode photo taken on the iPhone 11 Pro with a 30 second shutter speed
A night mode photo taken on the iPhone 11 Pro with a 30 second shutter speed

In our tests, both handheld and on a tripod, the iPhone created substantially better images than the S20+.

Also relating to cameras is the TrueDepth camera system we mentioned above. It is used for Face ID as well as taking selfies. We prefer the looks of the iPhone's Portrait mode here compared to the Live Focus mode of the Galaxy, but the real difference is with the resolution. iPhone has a 12MP front-facing camera, and the Galaxy S20+ only sports a 10MP sensor.

The U1 chip helps prioritize AirDrop devices
The U1 chip helps prioritize AirDrop devices

Baked into the iPhone 11 Pro is an all-new piece of silicon. That's the new U1 Ultra Wideband chip. The new UWB U1 is great for precise location tracking of devices nearby. At the moment, Apple is using the U1 for assisting AirDrop transfers. As you move the iPhone around, it will identify nearby recipient devices and prioritize them in the list based on which phone you are facing.

Soon, we may see the U1 chip utilized for Apple's AirTag device trackers which should be far more accurate than generic Bluetooth trackers.

On top of creating its U1 chip, Apple also designs its processors in the iPhone. The iPhone 11 Pro has the A13 Bionic processor compared to the brand new Galaxy S20+, which has the Qualcomm Sm8250 Snapdragon 865 chip.

iPhone 11 Pro Geekbench 5.1 results
iPhone 11 Pro Geekbench 5.1 results

The A13 Bionic is a six-core processor, whereas the Snapdragon 865 is an eight-core design. Yet, Apple's iPhone 11 Pro easily beats out the Galaxy S20+ when it comes down to performance. In a Geekbench 5.1 test, the iPhone 11 Pro earned a 1341 single-core and a 3525 multi-core score. Samsung's Galaxy S20+ earned a paltry 920 and 3265 single and multi-core, respectively.

A close race

Everyone is going to have their preference when it comes to phones, often it isn't even about the specific feature, and the ecosystem one prefers.

iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 11 Pro Max

Speaking of the ecosystems, that too is one way that Apple has a large advantage. The iPhone 11 Pro works seamlessly with Apple Watch, iPad, AirPods, Apple TV, and Mac. This built-in ecosystem is something Samsung can never match.

Deals on the Samsung S20 Plus 5G & iPhone 11 Pro

There are plenty of deals available on both the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G and the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Samsung itself is offering shoppers aggressive trade-in values of up to $700 for Apple iPhone models.

Shoppers can also order the new S20+ from B&H with free expedited shipping, or grab free Galaxy Buds and a Duo Pad at Amazon.

Those looking to pick up an iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max can also find a variety of deals on the latest iPhones from leading wireless carriers starting at $0 per month with a qualifying trade.


  • Reply 1 of 12
    sergiozsergioz Posts: 338member
    I had no doubt that iPhone 11 Pro is better, faster, cheaper! 
    edited March 2020 lolliverwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 12
    knowitallknowitall Posts: 1,648member
    You forgot the most important one: iPhone has iOS.
  • Reply 3 of 12
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member
    The biggest one is iOS.

    Other big ones: Apple Watch compatibility and full AirPods compatibility.

    sergioz said:
    I had no doubt that iPhone 11 Pro is better, faster, cheaper! 

    It's more expensive?!!?! LOL

    Anyone who pays more than a few hundred bucks on a knockoff deserves to be stiffed.

  • Reply 4 of 12
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member
    sergioz said:
    I had no doubt that iPhone 11 Pro is better, faster, cheaper! 
    The S20 Plus is $1200.00 from B&H.

    The iPhone Pro Max is $1100.00 from Best Buy.

    I remember the day the iPhone X was announced and the tech blogosphere went nuts proclaiming NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would spend $1000.00 a phone and that Apple's offering was DOA. Now we have the Galaxy Fold that costs $2K. Those were the days.
    edited March 2020 king editor the gratelolliverredgeminipauraharawatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 12
    If you're going to compare screens and talk about pixel density, how can you leave out color management? Android phones lack proper color management, and as such, can never render content in the correct color space as well as an iPhone can. What's the point of a great screen if you can't be sure the colors are correct?

    5G is a minor feature at best. Nobody will ever notice their phone doing things faster because the bottleneck will still be the server delivering content and handling those millions of requests. It's why I never noticed any real improvement when switching my home from 100mbps to 1,000mbps. It's the carriers and phone manufacturers trying to convince 5G is some huge improvement so they can trick people into upgrading.

    Of course, iOS has already been mentioned which provides you with a superior ecosystem along with superior privacy and security. Tough to put a price on that.
  • Reply 6 of 12
    cmauscmaus Posts: 49member
    And: iPhong is a pocket Mac.
    That Samsung thing is just a dumb phone!
    Why would you compare a TV to a toaster?
  • Reply 7 of 12
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 3,956member
    • 5G - It doesn’t matter! There is still no 5G network to speak of, but more importantly, there is no current or even near-term use for 5G. Even the most ardent 5G fanboys can’t come up with a smart-phone use case for 5G.
    • Camera - Samsung may win the spec count in terms of megapixels, but I’ve seen the comparison shots and in the vast majority of the cases the iphone won on quality. Between specs and quality, I’ll take quality.
    • 8K video - for the majority of people, this is another spec war that is of little practical significance. 
    • FaceID - this feature rocks both in terms of security and convenience. 
    • Performance - Apple’s A13 is an awesome processor that easily wins.
    • Finally iOS - simply better

    In every area that matters, the iphone wins. It’s really no contest. 
  • Reply 8 of 12
    zimmiezimmie Posts: 651member
    If you're going to compare screens and talk about pixel density, how can you leave out color management? Android phones lack proper color management, and as such, can never render content in the correct color space as well as an iPhone can. What's the point of a great screen if you can't be sure the colors are correct?
    For most people, color management is the epitome of checklist features. It's something iPhones have and Android phones don't, but most people don't know or care about it. For them, a display which looks good is more important than a display which is accurate.

    You may as well be talking about processor clock speeds.
  • Reply 9 of 12
    pscooter63pscooter63 Posts: 1,080member
    Honest question... given human eyesight limitations, how close to that screen does one have to be, to notice the 67PPI improvement? 
    Or is this more about casting to an external display?
    [NOTE: the author of the article needs to correct their PPI calculation...]
  • Reply 10 of 12
    The in-built security of the iOS ecosystem compared to the bandit country that is Android is always undersold. Android is a nightmare in this regard.

    Also, the iPhone 11 will still be getting security and feature updates YEARS after the S20 is left withering on the vine. This is massively undersold too. 

    All you read about is spec v spec. The above is extremely important and almost never appears in reviews, especially in the non-tech press such as the BBC, Guardian and the like.
  • Reply 11 of 12
    I've already pulled 180Mbps on Verizon's LTE with my iPhone 11 Pro Max in my city. Seriously, anything touting "5G" at this point in the game is sales talk. Even by next year, reliable, nationwide 5G won't be there. My 11 Pro Max on Verizon is already faster than my home service. 
  • Reply 12 of 12
    amieamie Posts: 1member
    I have been using the iPhone for 2 years and it is still normal while for Android phones there is only 1 year and it starts to lag.
    apkafe !
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