At the moment, the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max are the best choices if you’re looking for a flagship phone. The latest Qualcomm chip powered the Samsung Galaxy S22 and boasts a gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED screen with QHD+ resolution, standout cameras, a large battery, and an integrated stylus. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra serves as the follow-up to the Note 20 Ultra, with the only difference being that it is now sold as a Galaxy S device.
Furthermore, the iPhone 13 Pro Max isn’t short on features either; it features a 120Hz OLED screen. The A15 Bionic is possibly the fastest mobile platform available, and the cameras are better than ever. It also lasts well beyond a day with heavy use.
Since both devices are Flagship phones, let’s see what you’re getting with either and which one is suitable for you.
A stunning design is paired with incredible hardware, one of the best cameras on Android, class-leading software updates, and a large 120Hz AMOLED screen with fantastic hardware, 45W wired and 15W wireless charging. The best flagship for 2022 will be the one with the S Pen.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is essentially the same device as the Note 20 Ultra, except that it is sold under the Galaxy S label instead of as a Note device.
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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
You’ll enjoy the fastest mobile chipset on the market today, as well as phenomenal cameras, more software updates than any other phone, and all the extras with the iPhone 13 Pro Max. If you want to switch from Android to iOS, then this is the phone to get. The iPhone 13 Pro Max isn’t short on features either; it has a 120Hz OLED display. The A15 Bionic processor is arguably the fastest mobile platform available. The cameras are even better this time around, and it lasts well over a day on heavy usage.
Right now, the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max are the two best options if you’re looking for a flagship phone. The Samsung Galaxy 2022 features Qualcomm’s latest chip, a 120Hz AMOLED screen with QHD+ resolution, high-end cameras, a large battery with all-day battery life, and an integrated stylus.
|Category||iPhone 13 Pro Max||Galaxy S22 Ultra|
|Display||6.7-inch display with 120Hz OLED, 2778×1284, HDR10+ Dolby Vision with Corning glass||6.8-inch display with 120Hz LTPO AMOLED, 3088×1440, HDR10+, Gorilla Glass Victus+|
|Operating system||iOS 15.4 OS||
Android 12 OS, One UI 4.1
|Chipset||A15 Bionic, 2 x 3.22GHz Avalanche, 4 x 2.2GHz Blizzard, 5nm||
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 1 x 2.8GHz Cortex X2, 3 x 2.50GHz Cortex A710, 4 x 1.80GHz Cortex A510, Adreno 730, 4nm
|Storage||128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB||128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB, UFS 3.1|
|MicroSD slot||Not available||Not Available|
|Front camera||12MP, f/2.2, autofocus, 4K at 60fps||40MP, f/2.2, 0.7um, autofocus, 4K at 60fp
|Rear camera 1||12MP, f/1.5, 1.9um, OIS, PDAF, 4K at 60fps||
108MP, f/1.8, 0.8um, OIS, PDAF, 8K at 24fps, 4K at 60fps
|Rear camera 2||12MP, f/1.8, 120-degree with wide-angle||12MP, f/2.2, 1.12um, 120-degree with wide-angle|
|Rear camera 3||12MP, f/2.8, OIS, PDAF, with 3x optical zoom||
10MP f/2.4 1.12um, OIS, PDAF,with 3x optical zoom
|Rear camera 4||ToF LiDAR module||10MP f/2.4 1.12um, OIS, PDAF, 3x optical zoom|
|Dimensions||160.8 x 78.1 x 7.7mm, 240g||
163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm, 228g
|Audio||Lightning, stereo speakers||
USB-C, stereo speakers
|Connectivity||5G Network Sub-6/mmWave, SA and NSA, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, A-GPS, UWB||5G Network Sub-6/mmWave, SA and NSA, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, A-GPS, UWB|
|Charging||27W wired charging with 15W MagSafe wireless charging||
USB-C PD 3.0, 45W wired charging with 15W wireless charging
|Screen Lock||Face ID Unlock.||In-display fingerprint (optical) Unlock.|
|Battery||4352mAh battery.||5000mAh battery.
|Colours||Silver, Gold, Sierra Blue||
White, Black, Burgundy
iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Design
Both of these phones are large and feature familiar designs. With the Galaxy S22 Ultra, you get a large screen that’s tall and wide, similar to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
The S22 Ultra has smooth flowing curves at both the front and back, making it comfortable to use and hold. Moreover, the phone’s burgundy colour variant makes it look upmarket, and at the rear, you will find a new camera layout with individual modules sticking out directly from the chassis. Those who have used a Note phone before will immediately recognize the Galaxy S22 Ultra. While it has a dual-curved screen, the curvature is minimal, and there is more than enough room on the sides to hold the device comfortably.
From the point of view of familiarity, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a largely unchanged design from its predecessor, with a rectangular chassis and flat sides. There is a matte finish on the glass back of the case and a large island for the camera modules with three rings. You’ll notice that it’s slightly wider than the S22 Ultra (77.9mm) in daily use. Due to its curved sides, the iPhone is not nearly as comfortable to use as the S22 Ultra, and even though it weighs 240g less than the S22 Ultra, it is thicker at 7.7mm (the S22 Ultra comes in at 8.9mm).
Both the S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max feature Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus+, while the S22 Ultra uses one of the industry’s toughest versions of Gorilla Glass. During a recent test, I fell 5 feet flat onto a tiled floor with my S22 Ultra, and it remained unharmed.
iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Screen
With their vibrant screens and the latest technology, both phones have a lot to offer. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra features a 6.8-inch AMOLED panel with QHD+ (3088×1440) resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and a maximum brightness of 1,750 nits when viewing HDR content and 1,200 nits when used every day.
There is a 6.7-inch OLED display on the iPhone 13 Pro Max with a resolution of 2778×1284 and with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and 1,200 nits of brightness. In a first for the series, the phone’s screen will refresh at 120Hz and dynamically scale depending on what you’re watching.
Samsung offers a similar feature on its S22 Ultra, with a wide range of frequencies. It’s unlikely you’ll find many games that run at 120Hz, but you’ll notice a huge difference from using a phone with a 60Hz screen for your everyday use.
Stereo sound is available on both devices, and when you’re playing games, that makes a huge difference. Although the iPhone holds its own, the Samsung S22 Ultra gets a little louder and is a little more detailed.
iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Hardware and battery life
There aren’t many phones with as many features as these two, and both are expensive. As standard, both phones come with dust and water resistance IP68 and 15W wireless charging.
The hardware itself features two of the best mobile chipsets currently available. The Qualcomm 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor is a powerhouse that can handle demanding games with ease. All the best Android phones have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and the S22 Ultra meets all the hardware requirements.
Apple’s A15 Bionic offers the industry’s highest single- and multi-core scores on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which surpass Qualcomm’s best.
You’ll find two of the best OLED screens on any phone today in these two devices. Whether you’re scrolling through social media, playing games, or watching videos, you’ll enjoy both screens.
An iPhone with an always-on mode would be excellent. IOS cannot show notifications, battery life, or time when the screen is off. In addition to the A15 Bionic, the iPhone’s games are generally well optimized for iOS, and visually-intensive titles are a pleasure to play.
Samsung, however, stands out when it comes to productivity. The reason is the stylus that comes with it. It is just as notable as previous iterations as the S Pen is back. In addition to making the tablet a productivity powerhouse, the stylus lets you draw, take notes, control the camera remotely, and so much more. Samsung reintroduced the stylus with the Galaxy S series because it is a huge differentiator.
Both phones last more than a day in terms of battery life, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a distinct advantage. The reason for that is the A15 Bionic, which is more efficient, and the larger battery. You can use the device for a day and a half with a full charge.
In addition to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the iPhone 8 Plus also lasts a whole day without any trouble. However, it offers 45W wireless charging and 15W wired charging as standard, which gives it the edge on the charging front. A sign of the times, neither phone comes with a charger bundled in its box. The iPhone supports both wired and wireless charging, and the iPad supports both wired and wireless charging.
iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Cameras
Four cameras make up the Samsung S22 Ultra, including a 108MP primary lens, a 12MP wide-angle lens, a 10MP zoom lens that is 3x optical and another 10x, giving it a total of four cameras.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max features three 12MP lenses and a time-of-flight sensor. Each device offers a wide range of shooting modes. Video can be recorded in 8K on the S22 Ultra and in 10-bit HDR in 4K on the iPhone.
When it comes to photos, Samsung takes brighter images that are more detailed than those on the iPhone. Even with the Rich Contrast setting on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, colours are not as saturated as on Samsung.
When it comes to preserving natural tones and accurate colours, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the clear winner. There are some noticeable differences in portrait shots, and while the S22 Ultra is also excellent, it doesn’t quite measure up. Like the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the iPhone 13 Pro Max offers native Dolby Vision video recording capabilities.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a phone with a versatile camera, the S22 Ultra is the one to get. While wide-angle lenses are just as good on both phones, the S22 Ultra takes good shots using a secondary zoom lens, which can achieve 30x zoom, something impossible on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
These two phones have two of the best cameras available today. Both devices have high-resolution sensors that take brilliant photos in challenging conditions, and no one device stands out.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max: Software
The S22 Ultra runs One UI 4.1 out of the box, and while there aren’t many visual differences over One UI 3.1, all the features Google added to Android 12 are present. In addition, we’ve added recording indicators, a privacy dashboard, and many other features. The Samsung colour picker feature works well on Android 12.
With iOS 15.4, Apple is now bringing the iPhone 13 Pro Max up to date. A feature that has been in the works for nearly two years is the ability to use Face ID with a mask. The features in iOS 15.4 are comparable to Android, and you can take full advantage of them.
A major difference between Android and iOS is notification management; there isn’t much to it, so learning how to manage notifications will be the biggest learning curve.
With Samsung’s update guarantee, the S22 Ultra’s durability is extended. In most cases, it’s not the hardware that becomes obsolete before the software does, as the hardware on offer is designed to last several years without any problems.
Both phones are very good in their own ways. The Samsung Galaxy S22 is a good choice if you are an Android fan. For Apple fans, the iPhone 13 Pro Max will be a good choice.