Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs. iPhone 11 Pro: Which should you buy?

Galaxy S10+

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If any Android phone has the ability to pull a large number of iPhone users away from Apple, it's the Galaxy S10+. It has exceptional hardware, an amazing display, and piles of features that cover what Apple can do and so much more. The software is more daunting, but ultimately more capable as well. Those teetering on the fence could lean toward Samsung after using this phone.

Galaxy S10+

Android standard

Larger, industry-leading display
Fingerprint sensor
Excellent battery life
Headphone jack and SD card slot
Duplicate apps and bloatware
Low-light camera quality can't keep up

iPhone 11 Pro

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Apple's phones are keeping pace with the top-end Android phones today. Whether that means this is actually a "Pro" device doesn't really matter — the 11 Pro does just about everything the Android competition does, and has the huge draw of still offering access to Apple's software, apps and services ecosystem.

iPhone 11 Pro

Going 'pro'

Triple camera has promise
Exceptional face unlock
Simpler software experience
Access to Apple's ecosystem of apps and services
Limited software customization
No headphone jack

Though the number of people actively looking at switching between iPhone and Android isn't as big as the ones sticking in their lane, there's no better comparison to make in this arena than the latest offerings from Apple and Samsung.

What's the difference between the Galaxy S10+ and iPhone 11 Pro?

Putting aside all of the general Android versus iPhone comparisons to start, let's focus on the hardware differences. Samsung goes with a bigger display, 6.4 to 5.8 inches, and slims down the bezels in an attempt to make it manageable in one hand. Even with larger bezels, the iPhone 11 Pro is still smaller in height and width (though not weight), making it much easier to grasp in one hand — though if you see size as a benefit, you also have the option of getting the smaller Galaxy S10 (opens in new tab) instead.

The difference in usable display size will have more of an effect than the overall size.

For many people, the difference in usable display size will have more of an effect than the physical size in your hand, but that comes down to personal preference. Thankfully both phones have amazing OLED displays, with excellent colors, viewing angles and brightness. Samsung and Apple are neck-and-neck in smartphone display quality, with everyone else trailing well behind.

Elsewhere in the hardware, it's hard to find a fault in either of these phones. Samsung relies far more on glass and focuses on curves, whereas the iPhone 11 Pro is more substantial with a larger metal frame. Both have their good and bad angles (mostly the camera situations around the back), but both feel great and are worthy of the money.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Galaxy S10+iPhone 11 Pro
Operating systemAndroid 10
One UI 1.1
iOS 13
Display6.4-inch AMOLED
3040x1440 (19:9)
5.8-inch OLED
2436x1125 (19.5:9)
ProcessorSnapdragon 855
or Samsung Exynos 9820
A13 Bionic
Rear camera 112MP, OIS, f/1.5 or f/2.412MP, OIS, f/1.8
Rear camera 212MP, OIS, f/2.412MP, OIS, f/2.0
Rear camera 316MP, f/2.212MP, f/2.4
Front camera 110MP, f/1.9, af12MP, f/2.2, af
Front camera 28MP, f/2.2, afn/a
AudioStereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers
Spatial audio
Battery4100 mAh3190 mAh
Charging15W wired
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 (12W)
18W wired
Qi wireless
Water resistanceIP68IP68
SecurityUltrasonic fingerprint sensor
Face recognition
Face ID
Dimensions157.6 x 74.1 x 7.4 mm
175 g (Ceramic: 198 g)
144 x 71.4 x 8.1 mm
188 g

As is so often the case with iPhones, the specs don't really tell the whole story. Sure the iPho