What phone would you rather have — Note 20 Ultra or iPhone 12 Pro Max?

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

2020 is quickly nearing an end, meaning that all of the major phone releases have come out. There's plenty to look forward to in 2021, but if you're in the market for a new device right now, you have tons of great Android phones to decide between.

One of our users in the AC forums finds themselves in this very situation, as they're currently trying to pick between the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both are top-notch smartphones with similar price tags, so making a decision like this isn't all that easy.

Other members quickly chimed in with their own take, with some of them going as follows:

I.have the note 20 ultra and it is an absolutely fantastic device. You won't be sorry.

Robert Sisson

I think the biggest differentiators between the 2 devices comes down to the S-pen and the zoom lens capabilities. I do alot of mobile photography and can't count the number of times I wished I had a camera phone that could zoom beyond the traditional 2x optical zoom. I also make use of the S-pen for everything from text translation to remote activation of the camera so the Note 20 Ultra was my...


I'm using an iPhone 12 Pro Max and a Note 20 Ultra. They both have their own strengths and weaknesses. The big things for me against the Iphone are lack of wallpapers that I normally use on the Note, and the inability to change notification sounds for most apps. I like to know what app is sending notifications. The camera on the iphone is definitely better.


I have both as well and the Note is definitely a better device overall. The iPhone camera system is definitely better but I only notice it when it comes to taking photos of my kids or people in general with the whole skin softening nonsense Samsung does. Also the iPhone takes photos faster as well and can keep up with my kids better. Battery life is also better on the Pro Max. I don't care what...


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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Neither. I want the future which is the fold2
  • Personally and I'm a Samsung fan using Note 20 Ultra, I don't get the fold thing? yes it's nice when it opens but have you used one when closed? The tiny front screen is actually terrible to type on with the on screen keyboard.
  • N20U. That's what I'm using now. The IPhone may very well be a great phone, I like a stylus and use it a lot for work.
  • Couldn't afford to purchase either of them. I'll stick with my Nokia.
  • Odd question for Android Central.
  • I would rather have the Note 20 ultra than any other phone on earth. The Note 20 ultra is transcendentally more functional that the iPhone 12 pro max. Nothing comes close to the functionality of the Note because of the S Pen. People have no idea how useful the S Pen is, they think it's just for artists.
  • I have and use both. They both have their merits.