March 8, 2019
Samsung’s newly-released Galaxy S10 Plus is set to do battle with Apple’s biggest ever iPhone, the XS Max. Both feature price tags around $1,000, both use 6-inch plus displays and both are positioned as the best phone that each brand has made to date.
However, we reckon that, despite their apparent similarities, the S10 Plus is set to be a better phone than the XS Max in almost every way.
Our assessment is based on a full hands-on review of the XS Max, against a preview of the S10 Plus – we’ll update with our full test verdict on the Samsung phone as soon as possible. Based on the S10 specs, plus our tests of the Samsung Note 9 and S9 that preceded it, we give our overview of how Samsung’s latest stacks up against Apple’s greatest.
|Samsung Galaxy S10||Apple iPhone XS|
|Screen size (in)||6.4||6.5|
|Dimensions (HxWxD mm)||157.6×74.1×7.8||157.5×77.4×7.7|
|Storage sizes (GB)||128/512/1,000||64/256/512|
|Battery size (mAh)||4,100||2,658|
|Rear cameras (Mp)||12 + 12 +16||12 + 12|
|Front camera||8 + 10||7|
|Price||From $999||From $1,099|
|Buy now||Buy from Samsung||Buy from Amazon|
Looking at the specs alone, the S10 Plus certainly seems to represent the better value option. Samsung packs in superior features for much the same price.
However, specs aren’t everything. So, on the rest of this page we’ll be taking a closer look at:
- Samsung S10 Plus vs iPhone XS Max – Which phone is best?
- Samsung S10 Plus – Highlights, pros and cons
- iPhone XS Max – Highlights, pros and cons
- Best Screen – Samsung S10 Plus
- Best Cameras – Draw
- Best Battery – Samsung S10 Plus
- Best Processor – iPhone XS Max
- Best Value – Samsung S10 Plus
- Samsung S10 Plus vs iPhone XS Max – The Verdict
- Big, bright, and sharp screen
- Dual front cameras for better selfies
- Headphone jack, memory card support and wireless powersharing make it very usable day-to-day
- Cheaper than the XS Max
- Samsung bloatware wastes some storage space
- Might be too large for some people
- Big screen is impressive
- Powerful A12 Bionic processor
- Clean operating system and seamless integration with Apple ecosystem
- Apple’s brand kudos still counts for something
- Very expensive
- Very large
- Not a huge upgrade over the regular XS
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