iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Samsung S24 Ultra - Let us understand both the mobiles and know which mobile is better for whom.

iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Samsung S24 Ultra

Many people are always confused about whether they should buy an iPhone 15 Pro Max mobile or a Samsung S24 Ultra mobile. Today Samsung has indeed become the biggest competitor of iPhones. We will briefly tell you the merits and demerits of each mobile, and after that, you can decide for yourself which mobile will be best for you. If you are a mobile enthusiast then our "iPhone 15 Pro Max vs Samsung S24 Ultra" blog is going to be very interesting for you.

Design and Build iPhone 15 Pro Max mobile and Samsung S24 Ultra

iPhone 15 Pro Max mobile and Samsung S24 Ultra

Look, it is clearly visible that Samsung is in a direct competition with Apple. Because both of them have finally used titanium. And both of them have this grey color.

Look, Apple's is actually more on the grey side. Whereas, Samsung has given a slight golden effect. I mean, when light hits it on S24 Ultra, there is a slight golden effect.

Personally, if I have to pick one titanium color, then the golden effect that comes on S24 Ultra, I personally liked it a lot. Should I tell you a surprising thing? I was comparing the weight of both the phones. And for the first time, it has happened that the iPhone feels lighter to use for a longer period of time.

Meaning, this S24 Ultra has a sharper corner as well. Because of this, there is a slight discomfort. It also feels a little heavy.

So, it is very surprising that there was a time when iPhones used to be very heavy. This year, the flavors have changed. If we look at it broadly, both the phones come with a unique feature.

Unique Features iPhone 15 Pro Max vs Samsung S24 Ultra

samsung speniphone action button

For example, the iPhone has an action button. If you want, you can do it on the silent ring without turning on the phone. Or you can also customize this action button.

Apple has given a lot of options here. But Samsung has given S Pen with this phone. With this, obviously, the PDF gets signed. And there is a button inside. With this, the photos in the gallery get changed with the help of gestures. And yes, there is a big feature of S Pen, which I personally use a lot.

If you keep the phone away, you are alone. You can take a photo from a distance with the S Pen. It's up to you whether you like the S Pen more or the action button.

Audio and Water Resistance

And you know what? I was testing the speakers of both the phones in great detail. Honestly, there is a difference of 19-20. Meaning, the iPhone is making a little more full sound. But I am telling you this by doing a lot of nitpicking.

But at one place, the iPhone takes a very clear win. That is the IP rating. Look, the iPhone has an IP68 rating. Which is very advanced. Meaning, the iPhone can go 6 meters deep for 30 minutes. For reference, let's talk about S24 Ultra. It can go 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes. So there is a difference.

Rest, there are very small things. The iPhone has Face Unlock. It works well to a great extent. And the Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that Samsung gives, can be opened with sweaty hands. So that is also a good thing. And for many years, Samsung had an advantage, Type-C port. Now that has come in the iPhone too. So there is a tie here to a great extent.

Display Comparison

display

Now let's talk about the display of both the phones. By the way, let me tell you that the display in both the phones is one of the best screens in the world to see content. In the iPhone, we get a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display. Whereas in Samsung, we get a 6.8-inch Quad HD Dynamic AMOLED 2X display.

By the way, both the phones have a refresh rate of 120Hz. But Samsung has two advantages in the display. The first advantage is that they have used an anti-reflective coating. This helps in cutting reflections in a major way. So if you are watching content in sunlight or if you are watching content in indoor conditions where there are tube lights etc. Then you will definitely see fewer reflections.

And the second advantage is brightness. Brightness is a place where Samsung takes a major win. Because in Samsung, we get to see a peak brightness of 2600 nits. Whereas in the iPhone, it's only 2000 nits. Look, if I tell you honestly, the outdoor visibility of both the phones is equally good. But when you play back HDR content in both the phones, you can see a difference there.

Because Samsung definitely feels brighter when you compare it to the iPhone. And I noticed one more thing. Because Samsung has a punch-hole display and the bezels are very less this time. And it's also uniform. Because of this, the experience of watching content is better in Samsung, according to me. Because in the iPhone, we get to see a dynamic island which takes up a little space. So maybe watching content isn't that enjoyable.

When we talk about content, there is definitely a con in both the phones. The iPhone can only play 720p playback on Prime Video. Whereas Samsung doesn't support Dolby Vision at all. But yes, Samsung definitely feels better in the overall display.

Battery and Charging

Look, Apple never talks about battery capacity. They always say, use our phone directly and then feel the battery backup. And do you know what I found impressive about both the phones? From day 1, both the phones give solid battery backup.

I mean, I'm telling you, since the launch of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, I've been using it as my primary phone. And since the launch of the Samsung, I've been using it as my primary phone. And there are very few phones that give solid battery backup from day 1. And since both the phones are delivering this, it's clear that both the phones justify the value.

But if I talk about the technical side, the screen-on time shows how much the phone is running. Look, I found out that Samsung gives more than 8 hours of screen-on time. Whereas, the iPhone gives more than 9 hours of screen-on time. So, I'd say the iPhone has a slight advantage. But honestly, I'm telling you honestly, when you use both the phones in real life, you'll be very impressed. Because the phone can run for 1.5 days on normal usage.

And yes, we can't avoid the charging speeds. Here, for many years, Samsung has been taking the lead. It gives 45W charging. And unofficially, the iPhone charges up to 27W maximum. I think it's high time that Apple also starts giving fast charging in their phones. Let me tell you one more thing, wireless charging is available on both the phones. But Samsung is also giving reverse wireless charging. If I want to charge my TWS or my watch, Samsung can make this possible. I wish they give this to Apple too. Obviously, it'll be a huge advantage.

Software Experience

Let's talk about the software now. Because this year, a lot of interesting things happened in the software department. Look, if I talk about the iPhone, we get iOS 17.3 here. And I guess everyone knows that when the iPhone 15 series came to the market, there were a lot of bugs & problems. But Apple gave updates & made the experience of this phone very stable.

And a general benefit of iOS is that it provides a very stable experience in the long term. By the way, let me tell you one thing, Apple's ecosystem is its biggest advantage. Because the smoothness with which all Apple devices work, no other company in the industry can do that.

In fact, Samsung's ecosystem is not able to match this level of fluidity. But you know, when we talk about unique features, iOS lags behind there. Because Samsung has gone crazy this year. The S24 Ultra comes with One UI 6.1. And Samsung is claiming that 7 years of OS updates & 7 years of security patches will also be seen. Look, this promise is definitely a good move. But the overall refinement that we saw this year, I haven't used such a smooth UI in the Android world.

And because we get to see the Galaxy AI features this year, they also make a very fun experience. Because it has happened many times that if I want to write a mail or send a text message, but I want to make the structure a little more perfect, then I can refine the structure with the help of AI. And then I can send that message easily.

And we get to see such AI features like there is Generative AI in the gallery or Note Assist is available. Basically, Samsung's One UI feels more packed & refreshing this time. But yes, I will give you one information. All these Galaxy AI features will only be free till the end of 2025. It may get paid after that. And for now, I would like to say that Apple needs to make their iOS a little more fun & refreshing.

Performance

And here you have to understand the difference between Optimization & Raw Power. In iPhone, we get to see Apple's A17 Pro chipset. Whereas, Samsung brings the latest Snapdragon 8th Gen 3. And when I said that you need to understand the difference between Raw Power & Optimization, then look at the Antutu score of both.

Camera

Both phones deliver excellent camera performance, but here are the specifics:

  • iPhone 15 Pro Max: 48MP main sensor, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto.
  • Samsung S24 Ultra: 200MP main sensor, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto, and 50MP periscope lens.
  • 5X Zoom: Samsung delivers sharper images with better low-light performance.
  • Main Camera: Both phones perform similarly with slight advantages for each in different scenarios.
  • Ultrawide: Samsung edges out slightly in overall quality.
  • elfies: iPhone offers a wider angle, while Samsung provides better color accuracy.
  • Video: iPhone still holds the upper hand in video stabilization and processing.

Price and Value

  • iPhone 15 Pro Max (256GB): Starts at Rs 1,57,000 in India.
  • Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: Base variant starts around Rs 1,30,000 and can be found for Rs 1,10,000 to Rs 1,18,000 in offline markets.

Final Verdict

For the first time, I am declaring a winner. Considering the price-to-performance ratio and overall value, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra emerges as the better option, especially in the Indian market. However, if you can get the iPhone 15 Pro Max at a lower price abroad, it becomes a competitive choice.

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