You guys love it when we make comparisons of Android with iPhones, right? So, let’s see one more – one of the few brands that can fight on an equal footing with Apple Samsung makes everyone look forward to the launch of the S line every year. Therefore, you always ask us to make a clash, a comparison between the best that we have here in Brazil, and, following our combinations, today we will have the S20 Plus against the iPhone 11 Pro, two intermediaries between the tops of this brand. If you remember, recently our other two comparisons with the S20 line and the iPhone 11, we had a victory for each brand, so far the score is tied. Do you already have your guess as to who wins in which categories in this case here? So let’s follow the comparison! We start with an area where important points of difference appear, the first of which is size. 



More stretched and with more screen, the Galaxy S20 Plus is more than 2 cm taller in relation to the iPhone 11 Pro – in width, the S20 Plus is still something bigger, but it is thinner and weighs the same as the Apple device. As good expensive tops of the line, the finish of both is in metal and glass with aluminum for the S20 Plus and stainless steel for the iPhone. The latter has a rounded body, but much less than the Samsung, which even has its screen wide open against a more traditional Apple model with a less rounded edge. The iPhone 11 Pro notch is still that big module on the front, while the S20 Plus sports only a small hole. In aesthetics, Samsung does better at this point. At the rear, it was Apple who popularized the jump cameras in a geometric module, and that was imitated by the competitor – a square against a rectangle of the S20 Plus. They are quite varied in colors, while the iPhone finish is matte, the Galaxy S20 Plus it is all shiny and can have more holograms than the other, which has a practically solid color. Both provide resistance against water and dust and, while the S20 Plus brings a hybrid cradle for SIM tray, Apple has only that space for a SIM, although it has some versions with one more eSIM. Finally, Samsung installed biometrics below the screen on the Galaxy S20 Plus, while Apple has not brought fingerprint reading in a while, and relies only on facial recognition via Face ID. None of them are the king of speed. The Samsung connection is a popular USB-C against Apple’s proprietary Lightning. Both have excellent construction, but the S20 Plus takes the first point for having some better solutions. 


The screen is another point that brings marked differences between both, and each brand chose to work better in one aspect. Then it will depend on what you want: more definition and high refresh rate or more real colors and much higher brightness? Samsung has finally brought its refresh rate to 120 Hz, which only works when the smartphone is in Full HD. Still, its 2K resolution is higher than that of the iPhone, and of course, it also brings the answer of 240 Hz in a huge size of 6.7 “. It ends up being the best for games. The iPhone 11 Pro screen is smaller, with 5.8 “and brings Full HD resolution and 19.5: 9 aspect. Each has its own technology for HDR, but the iPhone can reproduce more real colors, besides having an almost 40% higher brightness and 120 Hz response on the screen. It is very attractive for those who want to reproduce media and walk with it on the street under the sun. The aspect of the S20 Plus is 20: 9, but stretched, and it also wins in PPIs, right, for having much smaller edges it also has a better screen-to-body ratio. Each has a name for its technology, be it Dynamic AMOLED for Samsung or Super Retina XDR for Apple, but in the end, both are OLED. You will have to agree that each technology addresses a different objective and for that reason, here these cell phones tie. 



And in the audio, what is the highlight of each one? Starting with the first kick, neither of these two very expensive smartphones dignify themselves with a P2 connection, so they send headphones in the box connections of the device itself. At least they are two stereo devices, and they are very competent in the quality they offer. The iPhone 11 Pro takes the lead here for having a good spatial sound, very engaging, something that Samsung was unable to repeat. In volume, they are very similar. Both headphones are the same as the previous generation – Samsung AKG in-ear headphones and the slightly more open model, Apple’s EarPods. The audio connection offers good quality for both, but the S20 Plus headphones do better in power with more pronounced bass – via Bluetooth, Samsung’s settings also stand out the best external stereo sound is Apple’s, while Samsung’s headphones stand out, and for that reason, we reached another draw.


 Here  we never rate one or the other system as the best both Android and iOS have their pros and cons and the choice of what helps most remains with the user. You prefer more simplicity and more fluid operation or more solutions and customizations with the sacrifice of fluidity? That’s the main choice here, in the case of an iPhone versus a Samsung Galaxy S. Even though it is one of the most powerful in South Korea, the S20 Plus can show some stumbles in animations although it is highly personalized and full of useful features for those who like to move a lot on the cellphone. The iPhone 11 Pro has the same system as all the others in the line, be it from 2019 or 2018, since everyone is very well updated. It is a system with high fluidity and easy to pick up since the interface has no profound changes For some time. It is easier to get used to it. Like the iPhone, the S20 Plus comes with the most up-to-date system which in this case is Android 10, in the case of Samsung, and iOS 13 for the iPhone. The S20 Plus will be upgraded to Android 11 and probably again, but the iPhone must still see updates for many years. In connections, both have the latest in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, in addition to bringing NFC and GPS This point is with the iPhone 11 Pro, for having a more fluid system and that will be updated for longer.


 In the two tops of the line, you know that you will find the best in performance, and both are really among the fastest available. The S20 Plus brings in Brazil the Exynos 990 chipset with 8 GB of RAM, while the iPhone 11 Pro comes with A13 Bionic chipset with 4 GB of RAM. In space, the S20 Plus has only a 128 GB version but it has an expansion slot with MicroSD. The iPhone is available in 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB versions, with no MicroSD slot. In the benchmarks Samsung “arrives”, with a much better score than the iPhone. In our app opening tests, things change and the 11 Pro was 8 seconds faster than its competitor, showing a lack of more interaction between the system and the hardware on the S20. For games, although the iPhone 11 Pro runs any title completely fluidly, the S20 Plus outperforms its rival for having a screen with a higher refresh rate and faster response. Not all games, of course, support this high rate, but in those who do, the difference is huge. So they tie again for being close in performance and stand out in different things. 


The size of the batteries is quite different, the duration not so much. Being bigger, the Galaxy S20 Plus arrives with 4,500 mAh against 3,046 mAh of the iPhone 11 Pro. Almost 1,500 mAh difference, and as strange as it may seem, this led to an unusual result. With better hardware worked with the software, the iPhone managed to last 1-hour longer than Samsung, it’s almost 18 hours on Apple, which also lasts an hour and a half longer on screen. Things are reversed in the recharge, where the S20 Plus takes half an hour less to reach 100% recharge even it even has a lot more battery with just over an hour in the socket. The Samsung charger that comes in the box is 25-Watt, while the iPhone charger is an 18-Watt, and both also have wireless charging. They reach a draw because while one has a longer battery life the other loads faster.


 The two manufacturers have invested in similar camera sets here. Apple has a 12 MP wide main sensor with f / 1.8 aperture, PDAF, and optical stabilization, a 12 MP ultra-wide plus a 12 MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, PDAF and optical stabilization. Samsung follows with a similar set: 12 MP wide main sensor with f / 1.8 aperture, PDAF, optical stabilization, 12 MP ultra-wide, 64 MP telephoto, and 3x optical zoom, with PDAF and optical stabilization and another 0.3 MP ToF sensor. The S20 Plus has actually had photo quality improved over its previous generation the main camera does well and Samsung got the other two right. 64 MP sensor allows 3x optical zoom and little loss of quality since he takes a big picture and cuts the approach part. The wide-angle is also one of the South Korean specialties and has little change from the wide. The iPhone’s same-use sensor is also good, but at the edges of the photos you can see some noise, some distortion. Its Telephoto is less powerful, with a smaller sensor, and you can’t do as well as the S20 Plus. In the main, the iPhone 11 Pro stands out and offers more balanced photos in color and with better dynamic range, as well as a dark mode that takes more details and preserves image quality. We got a draw again because each one stood out in one aspect. In the video camera, each one has its advantages too. 


The S20 Plus films in 8K, a novelty at Samsung which brings more details to the video but also takes up a lot of space and reduces fluidity. Still, the recording generally has good stabilization and low noise. The iPhone 11 Pro migrates very well between the set of sensors during recording. It doesn’t reach 8K, but just like its rival shoots in 4K at 60 fps So, in general, it has superior quality in Night Mode and its focus is very fast. Both have a great audio capture, but the point is the iPhone for having more technical quality here. Selfies take us to another balance – improving with each model, the iPhone brings a 12 MP sensor and a good crop of the portrait mode, bringing the color of the people more to the “tan”, but striggles in low light images. The S20 Plus has a 10 MP sensor and although it leaves the face with fewer details, it also does very good photos and brings a more neat Night Mode than Apple. We have another draw.



 Talking about the price of these two phones is no advantage to anyone. Even though they are not the most expensive of these lines that we are dealing with here, in the case of the iPhone 11 Pro Max or the Galaxy S20 Ultra, these two of our competitors are very, very expensive. In its launch events, the S20 Plus arrived from $400 while the iPhone 11 Pro had the price of arrival here in Brazil from $500. Currently, the lowest prices are just over $ 350 and the iPhone can have a large price range upwards. The S20 Plus came later and already had a very interesting price drop, as is common for Samsung, although comparatively smaller than the iPhone 11 Pro. We know that Apple is difficult to lower the price, but that we can see another fall for Samsung. then, the last point is with the S20 Plus because it is better priced and brings better value for the money. 


We ended this comparison with a draw, who knew. Leaving the final score between these two lines, as I said at the beginning, also tied. A win for everyone, and now a draw. In these two that we compared here, we have a greater balance between Samsung and Apple in those that are also the devices in the middle of each one. Anyway, the iPhone 11 Pro excels in the battery, external sound, main camera, performance and videos. The S20 Plus stands out on its screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, selfie, smarter design and headphones. Overall, both are extremely expensive and will obviously fit perfectly well the overwhelming majority of human beings who can afford them. But what about you, do you agree with this result (which seems to be always controversial here on the site)? Do you really think one is as good as the other? I obviously want to know what you think in the comments.  I’ll stick around and see you next time. 

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