First thoughts: iPhone 11, Pro and iPhone Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+

The iPhone 11 family has been announced! How does it compare to the Galaxy S10? Here are our initial impressions!
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56 Comments

1. cheetah2k

Posts: 2254; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

So the new iphones lack 5G options, still base 64gb Storage (wtf!) and no UFS 3.0, no 90/120hz screens.. After seeing all the 2019 phones so far this year, the Apple notch is totally hideous! For the money, I have no doubts the Oneplus 7 Pro is the better value handset...

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The S10+ has two front facing cameras. Which Phonearena didn't mention it's depth sensor camera.

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1785; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Oops move on

9. ramdroid

Posts: 132; Member since: May 21, 2016

Hard to say that with the crazy low price for s10 at the moment. Plus asus rog has 120hz, UFS 3.0, better in every way hardware wise and for 500$ !!!

12. midan

Posts: 2868; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Apple doesn't use UFS. Apple storage is already super fast. Typical android user, looking one spec and makes his conclusion. For example one site just did speed comparison by converting long video with note 10 (UFS 3.0) and XS Max. With iPhone it took 40s and with note 10 1 m 20 s. There's your UFS ;)

34. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

So.. What is that "one site" that did that test.. Since in every speedtest I know, any SD855 powered smartphone BEAT XS Max in video encoding test. note10 vs XS Max speed test that I've just check, and Note10 beat XS Max. Phonebuff youtu.be/tqxA222ljFc XEETECHCARE youtu.be/gfWVLwRv6LU

41. Vancetastic

Posts: 1302; Member since: May 17, 2017

Translation: "WAHHHH!! HIM NO LIKE IPHONE MORE BETTER!!!". It's just the internet, and opinions. Jeez.

22. QuantumRazer

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

On iPhone Apple uses their own NVMe storage which is already ridiculously fast on its own. And as for the high refresh rate OLED display, I think Apple is waiting for the technology to mature, just like Samsung held back and used the conventional 60Hz display on Note 10 series.

30. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And here I am, waiting to get my hands on galaxy a90 5g for a lower price.

2. JCASS889

Posts: 539; Member since: May 18, 2018

I like how you guys put sapphire crystal lens when it been proven to scratch just as easily as regular glass. Gotta make the iPhone sound fancy huh?

3. Fred3

Posts: 521; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

As I was reading it I was trying to figure out why would it be considered as a feature

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1785; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Oh yeah. Mine has not. But that being said it did not claim either way. That’s a selling point though and Samsung’s phone does not have it.

11. almostdone

Posts: 448; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Real sapphire is more resistant but Apple uses regular glass with 1% infused sapphire and claim it's sapphire.. Apple will market any crap to the sheeps and they will believe it.

14. midan

Posts: 2868; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

iPhone camera lens is very durable, i owned 4 iPhones and use them average 2-3 years and ll of them camera lens looks like brand new while the phone itself doesn't.

16. wickedwilly

Posts: 693; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Just because you have not got any scratches does not mean it is pure saphire glass. I have seen these tested and the glass scratches at a level below that of proper saphire glass. Just like Apple says the glass used on the screen and body of an iPhone is the strongest glass on any phone it is all marketing bullshxxxt.

29. midan

Posts: 2868; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I don't know if it's proper sapphire or not, but the fact is that it's lot more durable than regular glass on the iPhone or any smartphone. Everyone here who owns iPhone can look their camera lens and i would say those look just like new. Because i have never even used case with any of my iOS devices and yet camera lens is always perfect condition while the devices itself shows marks from years usage.

40. wickedwilly

Posts: 693; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It is not proper Saphire and it gives you no more protection than other comparable phones. It scratches at a level 6 on Mohs Scale the same as glass used on its peers. If you think you can look at your lense and feel better because Apple tells you its Saphire, you a very gullible.

25. mackan84

Posts: 454; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Welcome to the smartphone-business. Haven’t they all market ai with marketing mumbo jumbo. Computational photography, screens, camera set ups. They all have fancy names for their latest gimmick and that’s what you see on display in the store. Yes Apple is probably the founding father of this but the rest of them ain’t no better.

13. midan

Posts: 2868; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

This here is pure crap! I have never had any scratch on any of my iPhone camera lens. While the phone itself has very tiny scratches there and there the camera lens looks perfect after years. It's not same and it doesn't scratch as easily. Especially now with the camera bump you would then expect the camera lens part look by far worst after use, right?

42. Vancetastic

Posts: 1302; Member since: May 17, 2017

It's what they call it. Why be upset?

5. wickedwilly

Posts: 693; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Why is the IPhone 11 biometrics more comfortable? It is slower than the S10e version, more secure yes but then you can use the more secure FPS on the Samsung. As for using it on the table, you have to lean over the get the fact in the correct position then swipe. On the 10 e just look at the phone, remember it has two options a far better solution. When holding there is no competition the FPS or face scanner is easier to use than Face ID. Add in all the other user scenarios and the Samsungs biometrics are far more convenient and flexible and no need for a butt ugly notch that takes away valuable screen estate.

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1785; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I don’t know my s max works great and is easy for me. I like my iPhone. I don’t mind the “notch” buy what you want. There both nice phones you bunch of crybabies

17. wickedwilly

Posts: 693; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

I am talking about whether they are "nice phones" or not. I am disputing the point the author claimed the IP11 biometrics are more comfortable. Both FPS and face readers have their own benefits and weaknesses, so having both is clearly the best option. This is not crying, it is pointing out the error in the article. The ones that are crying are those trying to defend yet another mediocre update.

31. midan

Posts: 2868; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"As for using it on the table, you have to lean over the get the fact in the correct position then swipe." iPhone 11 face ID works from greater angles, propably no leaning anymore. Also you don't need to wait to swipe, you can swipe before you use face ID.

43. Vancetastic

Posts: 1302; Member since: May 17, 2017

I've used faceid a lot, and you're making it sound way worse than it is. I, too, prefer a fingerprint unlock, but faceid is pretty solid, and quite easy to use.

10. drflint4u

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

I stopped reading when he said face id is more convenient than s10e side fp. Like can you unlock the iPhone from your Jacket's pocket?

21. gadgetpower

Posts: 155; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Can you unlock your phone without touching it?

26. bouraak

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 11, 2019

Of course, by Bixby ^^

44. Vancetastic

Posts: 1302; Member since: May 17, 2017

Can you? No. Still gotta swipe up, genius.

23. QuantumRazer

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

What about when you want to unlock your phone when it's placed on a table? Side facing FPS forces you to pick up your phone with rather awkward finger positions, with Face ID you just need to look at the display.
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