Samsung has just delivered a keynote packed with new devices, including a brand new Galaxy S10 lineup and the exciting Galaxy Flex, the first collapsible smartphone. But are some of them worth considering for an iPhone fan?
We've compared all four of Samsung's new devices with the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR to see how they stack up. If you want the best screen, cameras, security or performance, we can help you choose the right phone for you.
Galaxy S10 vs iPhone
Samsung produces some of the best smartphone displays you want to see on the market today, and six of these phones carry them. IPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and obviously all the new Galaxy devices have Samsung OLED displays.
They are all super-sharp, edge-to-edge and brilliantly beautiful. They have pulsating colors, good brightness and incredible contrast ratios. They can only be the best screens you want to see anywhere. In fact, Samsung is sure it can't be beaten.
The new Dynamic AMOLED screen has a contrast ratio of 2 million to 1, and they are the first to receive HDR10 + certification. By comparison, the iPhone XS and XS Max supports older HDR10 and has 1 million to 1 contrast ratio.
But there are also other big differences.
Samsung is known to screw up the saturation on the screens, so that light colors have a little more pop. It's great if you like that look, but that means iPhone displays tend to be more colorful out of the box. However, this cannot be the case with the Galaxy S10 setup.
Samsung says the new screens are the most color quality displays you want to see on a mobile device. Plus, it usually gives you the ability to tone down the display sentence in the software – we assume it will do the same with its new galaxies – while stuck with the setting Apple decided with the iPhone.
Apple makes it by giving us True Tone, which adjusts the color temperature based on the ambient light around you. It's a great addition, and when you're used to it, without real tone just doesn't look so easy on your eyes.
The other big difference is here in the notches: The latest iPhone series carries the same notch as the iPhone X. It is not too thick, but it is long and leaves only a small room each side. The new Galaxy series uses much smaller scraps.
That means Samsung's new devices will eat into your content less than iPhones do. Their screens will not get in the way as much as you surf the web, watch videos or play games.
The iPhone XR has a major disadvantage in the display category. The view, even though it is good enough, is not as near as impressive. It does not pack so many pixels, the contrast ratio is only 1400: 1, and it does not support HDR10.
The display on the iPhone XR also uses LCD technology, which means it has a dedicated backlight. It cannot brighten individual pixels as OLED displays can, so it tends to eat more power and blacks are not completely black.
There is a good chance that the iPhone lineup will be a bit faster than the latest Galaxy phones – both in references and daily use. Apple's A-series chips tend to exceed the competition because of the way they are designed, although they usually have fewer cores and lower clock speeds on paper.
A12 Bionic is particularly impressive. It features a quad-core, Apple-designed GPU that makes mobile gaming better than ever, and has a groundbreaking Neural Engine that can handle a staggering 5 trillion operations per second.
Samsung uses brand new chips that haven't been put through their steps yet, so they could surprise us. We have to wait and see how they perform when the Galaxy S10 and its siblings reach early adopting next month.
No matter which of the six phones you choose to spend your money on, though, you are almost guaranteed good performance. Each one packs the fastest and most powerful hardware available today, plus good RAM for mobile tasks.
Brilliant battery life
The latest iPhone series offers the best battery life we have ever had from Apple phones. Apple says you get around 12 hours of internet usage out of iPhone XS, around 13 hours out of XS Max and 15 hours out of XR.
iPhone XR has especially been wowing owners with its endurance in between costs. Few complaints that you need to charge your device before the end of the day, while some can get two days of use before you have to fill up.
It is not yet clear how Samsung's new phones will compare. Samsung says you get battery life all day, and we don't doubt it, but until the new devices are put through their real-world steps, we can't tell how they actually do.
The good news is that all six support fast charging and wireless charging. In fact, the Galaxy S10 wirelessly charges 36 percent faster than the Galaxy S9 – which was already faster than the iPhone – and can wirelessly charge other devices.
The biggest smartphone manufacturers have done different things with their cameras in recent years.
Google's Pixel 3 phones are widely regarded as the best smartphone players, even though they only have one camera lens. Apple has been supplying two in its most expensive offer for several years. Now Samsung has a third.
The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 + feature triple camera systems that combine a 12 megapixel wide-angle everyday photography lens, a 2 megapixel optical zoom of 2x optical zoom, and a 16 megapixel ultra-wide lens for stunning landscapes.
We have to wait and see how these cameras perform, but Samsung is sure they will impress.
iPhone fans are used to Face ID now and you find very few who do not like it. It's more convenient than Touch ID and much safer, and in Apple's latest handset it's even faster than it was in the iPhone X.
Samsung has chosen not to copy Face ID, and instead offers the world's first ultrasound fingerprint scanner. built into the Galaxy S10 screen. To use it, simply place your finger on the screen.
Samsung says this fingerprint scanner offers "vaulted security" that cannot be fooled by 2D or 3D replicas. But it has made similar claims about previous systems, such as iris scanning, which proved to be false.
Again we have to wait and see how the Galaxy S10 stacks up, but we're sure Face ID will be hard to beat.
None of these phones will suit buyers on a tight budget. They are some of the most expensive smartphones on the market today, so you need to carefully consider which one is right for you before you host money.
Some offer better value for money, however. The iPhone XR is almost considered a steal for Apple fans, delivering the same performance as the XS, even better battery life, and a possibly better camera for $ 749.
For the same money, you can get a Galaxy S10e with a second rear-facing camera , a sharper screen with HDR10 + support, two-way wireless charging, expandable storage, better water resistance … the list goes on.
Then the Galaxy S10, which for $ 100 less than the iPhone XS, gives you much more. It still has a headphone jack, it has an even better screen, a third rear-facing camera, and all that is mentioned above.
What about Galaxy Fold for $ 1,980? We would not recommend it.