iPhone 14 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: key differences to expect

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Say you want the biggest and worst phone in the world and you really don’t care if it runs on iOS or Android? Well, there’s a good chance that these two devices will be at the top of the list: the upcoming Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Both fit perfectly: they’re big, they have huge batteries and long battery life, they have an excellent camera… or in other words, these are simply the worst phones in the world!

But how are they different? Is the iPhone 14 Pro Max better because it has longer software support from Apple? Or is the Galaxy S22 Ultra preferred for its extra features like a built-in S Pen and incredible 10X zoom camera?

Well, here’s what we’re here to find out based on the leaks and rumors leading up to the iPhone release and we’ll dive into the details, but first these are theā€¦

iPhone 14 Pro Max vs Galaxy S22 Ultra in a nutshell:

  • Large OLED screens on both with a refresh rate up to 120 Hz
  • iPhone has Face ID, Galaxy uses a fingerprint scanner
  • Galaxy has S Pen
  • Similar three main cameras, but Galaxy also has 10x zoom
  • Similar prices
  • iPhone battery expected to last a little longer


Design and display quality

Want a wider phone with an S Pen? Or a narrower one with rounded corners?

Speaking of design, these two are premium through and through: they are both solidly put together, but also different. The Galaxy has a wider aspect ratio than your average phone and sharp corners that look distinct but make it a little less comfortable in a pocket. On the other hand, the iPhone is rumored to have a slightly higher aspect ratio and more rounded edges. And in terms of materials, both are a sandwich of glass and metal, with an aluminum frame on the Galaxy, while the center of the iPhone is made of heavier stainless steel.

Both are IP68 waterproof and dustproof, so you don’t have to worry if you end up in the rain with either one.

The Galaxy charges through a USB-C port, of course, while the iPhone is reportedly sticking with the proprietary Apple Lightning connector (the iPhone 15 could make the switch to USB-C, though).

You should also not be surprised by what is in the box, or rather what is NOT in the box. There is no charger on either, they only come with a charging cable, but not the charging brick that you would have to buy separately.

You do get a slightly different screen size: 6.7″ on the iPhone and 6.8″ on the Galaxy, so the S22 Ultra does indeed have a larger screen area. It also has the slightly higher resolution of 1440p versus 1284p on the iPhone, but it’s not a huge difference.

And of course it’s that new i-shaped Face ID system on the iPhone that really stands out, while the Galaxy has a much more discreet punch hole for the front camera.

In terms of technology, both are OLED displays with excellent brightness and both support HDR video.

Interestingly, the Galaxy has a dynamic refresh rate that modulates between 1Hz and 120Hz, while the iPhone would only add this feature (the previous generation Pro Max came with a 10-120Hz display).

The two are also protected differently: the iPhone uses Face ID, a highly secure, 3D form of facial recognition, while the Galaxy relies on an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner as its main biometric security tool. The Galaxy also supports facial recognition using the front camera, but it’s just a 2D, image-based recognition that’s much easier to fake and certainly not as secure as Face ID.

Don’t forget that the Galaxy also comes with an S Pen inside for quick notes or sketches. It’s a boon for artists and those who like to use it, even if it’s not for everyone.

Performance and software

Apple silicone molds to remain the fastest in the industry

Under the hood, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is expected to debut with the brand new Apple A16 Bionic chip, while the Galaxy is based on a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor (outside the US, it’s powered by Samsung-made Exynos). 2200 chip).

Even compared to the 2021 iPhone 13 Pro Max, the Galaxy can’t quite match the performance of the Apple silicon, and we expect even more gains from the A16. One thing that rumors suggest is that the A16 will be built on the finer 4nm process node, which should contribute to more power and efficiency.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is rumored to also have 6 GB of RAM (LPDDR5), while the Galaxy will be offered with 8 GB in the base model, while a souped-up version is also available with 12 GB of RAM.

In terms of storage, both phones start at 128GB and then you can scale up to 256GB, 512GB and even 1TB for the most demanding users. Neither phone supports expandable storage (no microSD card slot on either), so keep that in mind.


The iPhone brings a bigger camera sensor, but doesn’t answer the 10X zoom on the Galaxy

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is the first in years to be expected to get a higher-resolution sensor for the main camera, and that’s very exciting. Apple is rumored to be adopting a new 48MP sensor for the main camera, a change from the current 12MP sensor. On the other hand, Samsung has been using an even higher-resolution 108-megapixel sensor for the main camera for a few years now.

Where Apple hasn’t come close, however, is the 10X periscope zoom on the Galaxy, which allows you to achieve incredible quality at great zoom distances, and digital zoom lets you zoom up to 100X, while the iPhone is said to max out at 15X or 20X zoom. .

Here’s a quick rundown of the camera specs on the iPhone vs Galaxy:

  • 48MP vs 108MP main sensor, 26mm lens vs 23mm lens
  • 12MP ultra-wide angle on both
  • 12MP 3X zoom on iPhone, 10MP 3X zoom on Galaxy
  • 10X zoom only available on Galaxy
At the same time, Apple arguably has the better optimized camera app and a few features like photographic styles that the Galaxy just can’t match.

On the video front, the Galaxy has had support for 8K video for several years now, and this could be the year the iPhone catches up, as the new 48MP sensor enables 8K video recording for the first time. We have yet to see that.

We’re also expecting improvements to Cinematic Mode, the Apple feature that blurs the background in video but had issues with artifacts and was only available at 1080p resolution.

Audio quality and haptics

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has average-sounding speakers, and that’s one area Samsung can definitely improve on. We don’t know yet if the 14 Pro Max will be able to improve on the 13 Pro Max speakers, but those were some of the best we’ve heard with deeper bass than your typical smartphone and a richer sound profile.

Unfortunately, there is no headphone jack on any of these phones.

When it comes to the haptic feedback, both have a nice and sharp vibration motor, but we’d still give Apple a slight edge in this one area.

Battery life and charging

Both have large batteries, but only one has a longer battery life

With a massive 5,000mAh battery inside, you’d expect the Galaxy S22 Ultra to easily outlast iPhone counterparts that don’t even reach a 4,400mAh capacity. And indeed, we expect the iPhone 14 Pro Max to stick to a 4,400 mAh battery. However, that may not be the case at all.

Judging by the great performance of the current iPhone 13 Pro Max, we can see how the Apple iOS platform does a much better job of keeping excessive battery usage at bay.

Of course, we’ll have to wait for our independent battery benchmarks to get a clear picture of battery life, but the iPhone is expected to have longer battery life than the Galaxy.

On the charging side, the Galaxy supports speeds of up to 45W, while the iPhone goes as fast as 27W. And there is indeed a big difference in how quickly these two charge, as the Galaxy takes just over an hour for a full charge, while the iPhone charges almost twice that! It took almost 2 hours for a full charge.

Interestingly, it is the Galaxy that allows you to use its charge to give to a third-party device via reverse wireless charging. Enable the feature, place something like a smartwatch or compatible wireless earbuds on top of the phone and they will miraculously recharge, a trick the iPhone can’t do.

Specifications comparison:

*Information in the table above is based on leaks and rumors and is not final or official.

Summary and final verdict

So let’s summarize! The iPhone has the following benefits: a faster chip, slightly longer software support, the iOS ecosystem, as well as expected longer battery life and superior video quality, while the Galaxy just gives you a ton of extra features like an S Pen, faster rechargeable long-range telephoto lens, and that’s just on top of its solid base.

Which one should you go for?

Well, our advice is to see what you like most in a phone? Does it have a free and open platform? Go for the Galaxy. Is it just pure performance and battery life in a slightly less gigantic phone? Get the iPhone.

So which one would you choose? And is there anything the other manufacturer can do to convince you to ever switch sides?

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