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iPhone or Samsung: Which smartphone should you choose in 2022?


The Apple vs Samsung debate goes far beyond the simple choice of a smartphone. Choosing an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy is also choosing an ecosystem, a particular user experience with its privacy features, or its update policy. This article aims at informing you of all the necessary elements required before settling on a decision that will suit you best.

On the other hand, the purpose of this article is not to settle a debate of “Samsung vs Apple, who is the best?” Rather, we want to help the average user or questioning geek make an informed choice between a Samsung smartphone and an Apple iPhone in 2022.

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iPhone or Samsung: Catalog range and prices

Apple is known to be very different from its competitors. While brands like Oppo or Xiaomi have confusing ranges with plenty of the models having almost identical specifications, the Cupertino giant has always insisted on having the leanest catalog possible. Thus, this year is no different with eight models on offer in its store.

The unique thing about the iPhone 14 range is how the Mini variant of the previous two generations has been replaced by a Plus model, with Apple having turned its back on fans of compact smartphones to satisfy phablet enthusiasts.

Samsung’s advantages over Apple:

  • Huge catalog of devices.
  • More affordable handsets.

Apple’s advantages over Samsung:

  • Clearly-defined product range.
  • Older models are still competitive in terms of features and performance.

In recent years, the number of products from Apple’s smartphone line has increased a little, with the arrival of the mini variant while maintaining a long software update policy for older iPhones. This makes the iPhone product range the smallest among the top five smartphone manufacturers today.

Apple’s iPhone catalog and prices

As mentioned above, as of September 2022, Apple’s catalog includes eight models, five of which were launched in 2022, two in 2021, and one in 2020. In addition to its new iPhone 14, the manufacturer has retained its iPhone 12, SE (2022) as well as the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini in the catalog, without reducing the price of the latter.

The exception would be the iPhone SE (2022) in March 2022, which doubles up as an entry-level handset while offering specifications that are on par with the once-flagship iPhone 13 at a far more affordable price point.

  Standard iPhone model (2022) Plus iPhone model (2022) Pro iPhone model (2022) Pro Max iPhone model (2022) Standard iPhone model (2021) iPhone Mini Standard iPhone mode (2020) Affordable iPhone
Product
Price from $799 from $899 from $999 from $1,099 from $799 from $699 from $699 from $429
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Apple iPhone 14 Plus
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 13
Apple iPhone 13 Mini
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone SE (2022)
Technical data Display: 6.1 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2532 x 1170 pixels (460 dpi); SoC: Apple A15 Bionic, 5G; Storage:
128 / 256 / 512 GB
Dual Camera Module:
12 MP wide-angle camera
12 MP ultra wide-angle camera
Released in September 2022
Display: 5.4-inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2340 x 1080 pixels (476 dpi); SoC: Apple A15 Bionic, 5G; Storage:
128 / 256 / 512 GB
Dual Camera Module:
12 MP wide-angle camera
12 MP ultra wide-angle camera
Released in September 2022
Display: 6.1-inch, OLED, 120 Hz
2532 x 1170 pixels (460 dpi); SoC: Apple A16 Bionic, 5G; Storage:
128 / 256 / 512 GB/ 1 TB
Triple Photo Module:
48 MP wide-angle camera
12 MP ultra wide-angle camera
12 MP telephoto lens
Released in September 2022
Display: 6.7-inch, OLED, 120 Hz
2778 x 1284 pixels (458 dpi); SoC: Apple A16 Bionic, 5G; Storage:
128 / 256 / 512 GB/ 1 TB
Triple Photo Module:
48 MP wide-angle camera
12 MP ultra wide-angle camera
12 MP telephoto lens
Released in September 2022
Display: 6.1-inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2532 x 1170 pixels (460 dpi); SoC: Apple A15 Bionic, 5G; Storage:
128 / 256 / 512 GB
Dual Camera Module:
12 MP wide angle-camera
12 MP ultra wide-angle camera
Released in September 2021
Display: 5.4-inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2340 x 1080 pixels (476 dpi); SoC: Apple A15 Bionic, 5G; Storage:
128 / 256 / 512 GB
Dual Camera Module:
12 MP wide-angle camera
12 MP ultra wide-angle camera
Released in September 2021
Display: 6.1 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2532 x 1170 pixels (460 dpi); SoC: Apple A14 Bionic, 5G; Storage:
64 / 128 / 256 GB
Dual Camera Module:
12 MP wide-angle camera
12 MP ultra wide-angle camera
Released in October 2020
Display: 4.7-inch, LCD, 60 Hz
1334 x 750 pixels (326 Dpi); SoC: Apple A15 Bionic, 5G; Storage:
64 / 128 / 256 GB
Camera:
12 MP wide-angle camera
Released in March 2022
Good
  • Top performance level despite last year’s chip
  • Very high quality workmanship
  • Improved image and video quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great display for movies & games
  • Very good battery life
  • Action mode and 4K cinema mode
  • Useful extension of the iPhone catalog
  • Dynamic Island is much more than a gimmick
  • Excellent display
  • A16 Bionic SoC is incredibly fast and comparatively easy on the battery
  • 48-megapixels camera performance
  • Very bright and well-calibrated screen
  • The Dynamic Island feature
  • Performance worthy of a gaming smartphone with impressive stability
  • Responsive and efficient 48 MP camera lens
  • Very decent battery life
  • iOS 16 with exclusive features and Apple’s update policy
  • OLED screen with deep blacks
  • Good battery life
  • Good quality main camera
  • IP68 certification
  • Smarter iOS 15
  • Fantastic size for everyday use
  • Good photo quality
  • Very good video quality
  • High-performance level
  • Insane performance level
  • High-quality workmanship
  • Surprisingly good photo and video performance
  • Solid battery life that lasts up till late at night
Bad
  • Hardly any innovations
  • Charging takes too long for 2022
  • 60-hertz display looks antiquated
  • Pro models offer significantly more
  • Satellite emergency call only for the USA
  • Charging takes too long for 2022
  • The Always-on Display is a bit annoying (but can be turned off)
  • No fast-charging
  • No SIM card slot
  • Far too expensive for a non-folding smartphone
  • The zoom is not the best at 3x
  • 20W charge is too slow
  • The Always-on Display is too cluttered
  • Zero effort on design originality
  • 60 Hz refresh rate
  • FaceID is unwieldy to use while wearing a face mask
  • 20W charging speed
  • Battery life could be better
  • Display stuck at 60 Hertz
  • No memory expansion options
  • Lightning connector is annoying (to me)
  • Display is simply outdated
  • Too few camera functions
  • Low storage space in the base model without expandable memory
  • More expensive than predecessor at market launch
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With the launch of the iPhone 14 line, all eight models are 5G compatible. In addition, all models except the iPhone SE (2022) feature an OLED display.

Samsung’s smartphone catalog and prices

Like many Android manufacturers, Samsung has a very comprehensive range of smartphones that covers all price segments. You will find how the South Korean manufacturer offers entry-level smartphones from $100 onward to premium foldable smartphones that cost a whopping $1,799 a pop. These smartphones cover from the bare essentials to highly sophisticated models with support for features such as the S-Pen stylus and foldable displays.

Samsung’s line of smartphones is made up of the Galaxy family, which also includes wearables, headsets, tablets, notebooks, and other gadgets. The family is divided into categories such as:

  • Galaxy Z (foldable phones)
  • Galaxy S (premium handsets)
  • Galaxy A and M (entry-level and mid-range models)
  • Galaxy XCover (rugged handsets that target the corporate segment)
  Note by another name S22 with a bigger display 2021 flagship     Foldable with a big display Compact foldable     Affordable flagship The popular mid-ranger
Product
MSRP $1,199.99 $999.99 $799.99 $1,799.99 $999.99 $699.99 $449.99
Picture
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
Samsung Galaxy A53
Technical specifications 6.8-inch, Dynamic AMOLED
3200 x 1440 pixels
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200
128 / 256 / 512 / 1024 GB ROM
8 / 12 GB RAM
Quadruple camera
Main camera: 108 MP
Ultra wide-angle: 12 MP
Telephoto 3x zoom: 10 MP
Telephoto 10x zoom: 10 MP
5,000 mAh
February 2022
6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixels
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200
128 / 256 GB ROM
8 GB RAM
Triple Camera
Main: 50 MP
Ultra wide-angle: 12 MP
Telephoto: 10 MP
4,500 mAh
February 2022
6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixels
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200
128 / 256 GB ROM
8 GB RAM
Triple Camera
Main: 50 MP
Ultra wide-angle: 12 MP
Telephoto: 10 MP
3,700 mAh
February 2022
7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED
2208 x 1768 pixels
6.2 inch, Super AMOLED
2268 x 832 pixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1
256 / 512 GB / 1 TB ROM
12 GB RAM
Triple camera
Main: 50 MP
Ultra wide-angle: 12 MP
Telephoto: 10 MP
4,400 mAh
August 2022
6.67-inch Dynamic AMOLED
2640 x 1080 pixels
1.9 inch, AMOLED
260 x 512 pixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1
128 / 256 / 512 GB ROM
8 GB RAM
Dual camera
Main: 12 MP
Ultra wide-angle: 12 MP
3,700 mAh
August 2022
6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixels
Snapdragon 888
128 / 256 GB ROM
6 / 8 GB RAM
Triple Camera
Main: 12 MP
Ultra wide-angle: 12 MP
Telephoto 3x: 8 MP
4,500 mAh
January 2022
6.5-inch Super AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixels
Exynos 1200
128 / 256 GB ROM
4 / 6 / 8 GB RAM
Quad Camera
Main: 64 MP
Ultra wide-angle: 12 MP
Macro: 2 MP
Depth: 2 MP
5,000 mAh
March 2022
Good
  • Excellent 120Hz QHD+ display
  • Very elegant sleek and square design
  • More consistent S Pen integration
  • Still the champion when it comes to versatile photos
  • Unrivalled Android update policy
  • Solid design and excellent materials
  • IP 68 certification
  • Mature software and great update policy
  • Versatile camera configuration
  • Really nice to look at
  • Great display
  • Adequate performance
  • Excellent cameras
  • The selfies are just right
  • Four years of OS updates and five years of security patches
  • The hybrid tablet/smartphone form factor remains relevant
  • Neat design and excellent finish
  • More discreet and rigid hinges
  • Efficient and versatile triple 50 MP camera module with 3x optical zoom
  • Very solid battery life
  • Good performance
  • 4 Android updates and 5 years of security updates
  • IPX8 rating
  • Amazing form factor
  • Incredibly small and handy
  • Improved durability and IPX8 rating
  • 120 Hz AMOLED screen is shiny
  • Great improvement in battery life
  • Bright, smooth and responsive 120Hz AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 888 performance without overheating issues
  • Neat and modern design (despite all the plastic)
  • Convincing wide-angle and 3x zoom camera module
  • Night Mode works great
  • 3 major Android versions and 4 years of security updates
  • IP68 certification
  • Good AMOLED display
  • Good performance
  • Decent battery life
  • The best software support in the category
Bad
  • Disappointing Exynos 2200 performance
  • Poor battery life
  • Fast recharge is not fast enough and the $60 charger is not included
  • Expensive price
  • Basic 8 GB RAM/128 GB storage configuration is too limited
  • Limited battery life of only one day
  • Slow charging capability
  • Dysfunctional shape
  • Heats up easily
  • 3700 mAh is not enough
  • Very slow charging
  • Few changes from the S21
  • Under display selfie camera is disappointing
  • HD+ resolution of the cover screen is too low
  • Cover screen is still a little bit too narrow
  • 25W wired charging is too slow
  • No 3.5mm audio jack
  • A dragon on a leash (a.k.a. limited performance)
  • No telephoto camera
  • Slow charging solutions
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Archaic 25-watt fast charging
  • No microSD port or 3.5mm audio jack
  • Charger is not included in the box
  • Price is not competitive
  • Slow charging
  • No headphone jack
  • Non-competitive price
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Since Apple doesn’t offer entry-level and mid-range smartphones, the Galaxy A, M and Xcover ranges do not compete directly with the brand’s models. Therefore, for this comparison, we have only considered models that are in the same price range as the iPhone range sold by Apple. These are smartphones with beautiful OLED screens, SoCs that allow you to play demanding games, a versatile camera module with several cameras, or support for 5G.

In 2022, the pricing argument is not as relevant as it used to be, as Samsung is marketing smartphones that are almost as expensive as Apple’s. However, while the prices of Apple’s models usually remain stable until a new generation is released, Samsung’s smartphone prices normally drop far too soon after their release. This makes the iPhone a pretty good purchase by any standard.

This has an impact on the depreciation and resale price of its devices, which in the case of iPhones, as they normally receive new operating system versions and security updates for a longer period of time, a gap something which Samsung has been trying to narrow in recent months

iPhone or Samsung: Quality-to-price ratio (hardware)

Let’s say it right from the start, Apple is clearly not a champion when it comes to value for money. The Cupertino-based company is known for offering smartphones that doesn’t push the envelope when it comes to new technologies as their competitors but at higher prices. As for Samsung, even if prices have risen in recent years to approach those of Apple, the brand strives to offer the latest technological innovations in each new generation of flagships.

For example, if we were to compare the technical specifications of the latest “vanilla” flagships of Apple and Samsung, i.e. the Galaxy S22 and the iPhone 14, we can clearly see that Samsung offers a much more interesting smartphone, whether it is the screen, camera, or the fast charging capability.

However, we have to admit that the technical specifications are not everything and that shows with the software optimization performed on the Apple iPhone. Anyway, the most important thing is to understand the price positioning of each manufacturer for its products.

Technical specifications compared
Model
Image Apple iPhone 14 image produit Samsung Galaxy S22
SoC Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm)
Hexa-core:
2x Avalanche @ 3.23 GHz
4x Blizzard
Apple GPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
1x ARM Cortex-X2
3x ARM Cortex-A710
4x ARM Cortex-A510
Qualcomm Adreno
Storage 128 GB
256 GB
512 GB
128 GB
256 GB
Expandable storage No
Screen 6.1-inch OLED (Super Retina XDR)
1170 x 2532 pixels, 460 dpi
60 Hz refresh rate
1200 nits maximum brightness
6.1-inch OLED (Dynamic AMOLED) 2X
1080 x 2400 pixels, 421 dpi
120 Hz refresh rate
Maximum brightness of 1300 nits
Camera 12 MP main camera: f/1.5 aperture / Dual Pixel PDAF / sensor-shift OIS
12 MP ultra wide-angle camera: f/2.4 aperture / 120° FOV
12 MP selfie camera : f/2.2 aperture / 1/3.6″ / 120° FOV
50 MP main camera: f/1.8 aperture / Dual Pixel AF / OIS / 85° FOV
12 MP ultra wide-angle camera: f/2.2 aperture / 120° FOV
10 MP telephoto camera: aperture f/2.0 | OIS | 3x optical zoom | 36° FOV
10 MP selfie camera: f/2.2 aperture | 80° FOV
Video 4K at 24/25/30/60 fps / 1080p at 25/30/60 fps / 720p at 30 fps
HDR / Dolby Vision HDR / Stereo Sound / Cinematics Mode / OIS with Sensor Shift
8K at 24 fps | 4K at 30/60 fps | 1080p at 30/60/120 fps | HDR10+|.
Selfie sensor: 4K at 30/60 fps | 1080 at 30 fps
Battery 3279 mAh
Wired charging 20 W USB PD 2.0
Wireless charging 15 W Qi/MagSafe
Charger not included
3700 mAh
Wired charge 25W USB PD 3.0
Wireless charging: 15W Qi
Reverse wireless charging: 4.5W
Charger not included
Audio Stereo
No headphone jack
Price from $799 from $799
Technical specifications in comparison
Model
Illustration Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max image produit Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
SoC Apple 16 Bionic
Hexa-core:
2x Avalanche @ 3.23 GHz
4x Blizzard
Apple GPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
1x ARM Cortex-X2
3x ARM Cortex-A710
4x ARM Cortex-A510
Qualcomm Adreno
Storage 128 GB
256 GB
512 GB
1 TB
128 GB
256 GB
512 GB
1 TB
Expandable storage No
Screen 6.7″ OLED “Super Retina XDR”
2796 x 1290 pixels, 460 dpi
120 Hz refresh rate
Maximum brightness of 2000 nits
6.8″ OLED “Dynamic AMOLED 2X”
1440 x 3200 pixels, 515 dpi
120Hz refresh rate
Maximum brightness of 1750 nits
Camera 48 MP main camera: f/1.78 aperture / Dual Pixel PDAF / Sensor Shift OIS
12 MP ultra wide-angle camera : f/2.2 aperture / 120° FOV / PDAF
12 MP telephoto lens: f/1.78 aperture / PDAF / OIS / 2x zoom
LiDAR sensor
12 MP selfie camera
: f/1.9/ 1/3.6″ aperture / 120° FOV
108 MP main camera: f/1.8 aperture / PDAF / OIS
12 MP ultra wide-angle camera: f/2.2 aperture / 120° FOV / Super Steady Video
10 MP telephoto lens: f/4.9 aperture / PDAF / OIS / 10x zoom
10 MP telephoto lens: f/2.4 aperture / PDAF / OIS / 3x zoom
40 MP selfie camera : f/2.2 aperture / Dual Pixel PDAF
Video 8K at 24/30 fps / 4K at 24/25/30/60 FPS / 1080p at 30/60/120/240 fps (selfie)
ProRes / HDR / Dolby Vision HDR / stereo sound / OIS with Sensor Shift / Cinematic Mode, Action Mode
8K at 24 fps | 4K at 30/60 fps | 1080p at 30/60/120 fps | HDR10+|.
Selfie Sensor: 4K at 30/60 fps | 1080 at 30 fps
Battery 4352 mAh
Wired charging 20 W USB PD 2.0
Wireless charging 15 W Qi/MagSafe
Charger not included
5000 mAh
45W USB PD 3.0 wired charge
15W Qi Wireless Charging
4.5W Reverse Wireless Charge
Charger not included
Audio Stereo
No headphone jack
Price from $1,099 from $1,199

After adopting the 120 Hz refresh rate with its ProMotion mode in 2021, Apple marked the occasion this year with a new camera and the disappearance of the notch, replaced by the Dynamic Island on its iPhone 14 Pro (Max). The new iPhones thus offer a design a little bit more and also a new main camera that is closer to those of the main competitors, at least in terms of the resolution count.

While Samsung stands out with superlative figures in its extravagant specs, Apple’s strong point would be the integration of its components, especially its SoCs. Apple’s iPhones are regularly the most powerful on the market and the brand does not hesitate to show it by comparing its SoCs with the competition. For example, the new A16 Bionic is touted to be 40% more powerful than its direct Android competitor (presumably the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC).

iPhone 14 vs. Samsung Galaxy S22

Graphics benchmarks
Test Apple iPhone 14 Samsung Galaxy S22
Geekbench 5 single/multi Single: 1,699
Multi: 4,817
Single: 1,158
Multi: 3,414
3DMark Wild Life Too powerful 5,374
Wild Life Stress Test Best loop: 9,761
Worst Loop: 8,321
Best Loop: 5,581
Worst Loop: 3,537

In short, the best smartphone is not necessarily the one with the best technical specifications, because having the latest fashionable components is not always enough. This is also true for the price because the most expensive flagship is not always the best. The 128GB iPhone 14 is similarly priced to the Samsung Galaxy S22, but not drastically better.

At the top end of the market, Apple and Samsung offer more or less the same. It is especially in the mid-range that Samsung has a clear advantage since… Well, since Apple is not well-represented in that segment at all. And where does the iPhone SE 2022 stand in all this? I don’t really consider it a mid-range/entry-level device like the Galaxy A53, so it is a moot point.


Conclusion

Samsung’s advantages over Apple:

  • More advanced specifications.
  • A powerful and more affordable mid-range device.
  • Better screens for all its smartphones.

Apple’s advantages over Samsung:

  • Not excessively higher prices at the top of the range segment.
  • Performance is often better than the technical specifications suggest.
  • The most powerful smartphones on the market, all brands included.

iPhone or Samsung: The user interface

The user interface has always been Apple’s strong point in its battle against Samsung. iOS is praised for its very good optimization and its almost perfect integration with the Apple ecosystem. By buying an iPhone, you will benefit from the successful interconnectivity between the different Apple products.

On the other hand, over the years, Samsung has caught up with Apple and now offers an ecosystem that while not as well developed, but is still functional and efficient. Thanks to elements such as your Samsung account, SmartThings, or even exclusive features for its devices such as Dex mode, Samsung tries to offer a similar experience to Apple but with a slightly less closed ecosystem.

These days, Apple and Samsung are moving in similar directions and users from both camps can enjoy a great software experience on either brand’s products.

In 2022, depending on whether you choose an iPhone or a Galaxy, you’ll be integrating with iOS 16 or One UI 4. Both OSes offer well-thought-out user experiences that are quite popular with fans of each side. iOS 16 continues what iOS 15 started by bringing, among other things, improved widgets, a new lock screen, and Always-On-display.

Captures d'écran montrant comment créer un écran de verrouillage sur iOS 16
iOS allows you to add widgets on your lock screen. / © NextPit

Apple has thus caught up with Android and as usual, the Cupertino company has taken its time but has managed to implement in a very appreciable way, features that have been available on Android for a while. I invite you to read our complete guide to iOS 16 to learn more.

As for One UI, it’s one of the most popular Android skins along with Xiaomi’s MIUI. For example, it is more widely used than stock Android, Google’s original Android interface. Visually, One UI is quite a departure from stock Android and is a rather heavy skin, but it is very complete.

One UI 5 Beta Captures d'écran
Samsung’s One UI is much more colorful. / © NextPit

Samsung’s One UI offers a good multitasking experience thanks to features like split screen, floating windows, or the ability to clone applications to have two accounts. To learn more about its features, read our full review of One UI 4.

iOS and One UI are starting to get more and more similar, so the final choice will ultimately boil down to your personal preferences. Do note, however, that iOS is exclusive to Apple while One UI depends on Android updates, so you will not receive the latest version as quickly on a Samsung compared to an Apple iPhone.


Conclusion

Samsung’s advantages over Apple:

  • More customizable interface.
  • Much more advanced multitasking optimization.

Apple’s advantages over Samsung:

  • Smooth and frictionless experience within the Apple ecosystem.
  • Very high data protection.
  • High-quality native applications.
  • Clear and uncluttered design.

iPhone or Samsung: Update policy

The update policy was one of the main selling points of Apple’s iPhones, but over the years, Samsung has also been able to improve on this aspect to by reducing the gap. The iPhone is generally kept up-to-date for 5 years and all models receive the update almost at the same time. Samsung now offers 4 years of Android updates and 5 years of security patches for its flagships.

Apple’s update policy

According to the official Apple page, we can see that iOS 16, for example, is available for even the iPhone 8/8 Plus which were released in 2017. These models have therefore received 5 new versions of iOS since their launch (not counting the version present by default at release). No Android manufacturer offers such extensive software maintenance.

iPhone vs Samsung Mises à jour
iPhone vs Samsung Updates. / © NextPit

The graph above illustrates this gap quite well, although the methodology used to count the duration of software maintenance is erroneous. Indeed, the graph assumes that one year is equivalent to one update. This works for iPhones since each new model is released at the same time as each new (major) version of iOS. But for Samsung, its flagships are launched at the beginning of the year with the previous year’s Android version and then updated within the same year once a new Android version is released.

Samsung’s upgrade policy

In recent years, Samsung has made great strides with its update policy. While most Android manufacturers are content to offer 2 or rarely 3 versions of Android and 3 years of security patches, the South Korean manufacturer offers 4 years of Android updates and 5 years of security patches for its high-end smartphones.

So, with a Galaxy S22 for example, you should be able to receive Android 16 in 2025. However, this promise mainly caters to high-end models only. Indeed, mid-range models like the Galaxy A53 and A33 should receive 3 versions of Android and 4 years of security patches.


Conclusion

There are no real pros and cons here since Apple’s update policy is simply better than Samsung’s. But, it should also be noted that Samsung is the best among all Android manufacturers.


iPhone or Samsung: Data protection

iOS is more secure than Android, that’s a fact. Data protection is one of the points where Apple is ahead of Samsung, but it should be noted that in recent years, thanks in particular to the advances of Android 12 in terms of data security, the gap has narrowed.

When it comes to security, the number of criteria to be taken into account is far too large for the scope of this article. That’s why I’ve limited myself to the privacy and security features of each manufacturer.

Samsung’s privacy features

One UI 4 quickly introduced the new features found in Android 12, including the new privacy controls. The privacy panel is accessible from the privacy menu, and like iOS 15 (and MIUI before both), you’ll be notified whenever apps use features like geolocation, camera, and the microphone.

Not immediately enabling background activation of geolocation is also a plus. It must be performed from the page dedicated to the application in question from the system settings. Additional steps that are supposed to discourage or at least make you think twice before letting an application track you even while you are not using it makes things safer.

Scoped storage (launched on Android 10) which allows you to compartmentalize data based on the different applications was interesting. This means one app has access to a particular silo without another app sharing the same space. In practical terms, this limits app access to only a few folders in internal storage, so apps can’t see your other files.

Android 12 Confidentialite
Android 12 Privacy Panel. / © Google

For file managers, One UI 4 has brought a new permission “Access to all files”, which allows them to work as in previous versions. However, the application must meet certain conditions to receive this permission. All other applications are limited to “Access to media only”.

One UI 4 also allows you to give only your approximate location. So when an app first asks for permission to access your location, in addition to choosing when the location can be shared, you will be able to choose not to share your precise location. However, the application will be able to request permission to access the precise location for a given purpose later.

Samsung also offers its Secret Folder which allows you to store all your photos, videos, files, applications, and data away from prying eyes in a folder secured by a password or the fingerprint sensor. This folder is protected by Samsung Knox which guarantees that your data is protected against any malicious attacks.

Also, One UI 4 offers a handy feature in the Samsung browser. Indeed, Samsung Internet automatically starts in private browsing mode if you have used this mode during your last browsing.

Apple’s privacy features

Apple has also put a lot of emphasis on security recently with the ATT or App Tracking Transparency which strictly controls the access of third-party and native applications to your personal data. You can learn more by reading our tutorial which shows how to activate the ATT function on your iPhone.

iOS 15 introduced several other new privacy-related features. I invite you to read our full guide to iOS 15 to learn more about it if you haven’t already.

With iOS 16, Apple has continued its momentum by launching Safety Check and automatic verification. With Safety Check, Apple wants to offer more control to users who share passwords or access to certain apps and data like geolocation. Safety Check helps combat abuse in toxic relationships by quickly revoking access to data and the location that were previously shared with others.

Automatic verification is a new feature from Apple that bypasses CAPTCHAs, those annoying verification tools that make sure you’re not a robot. To do this, iCloud automatically verifies your Apple ID and device in the background, so you don’t have to fill out a Captcha when authenticating to a website or app.


Conclusion

Both iOS and Android/OneUI have come a long way when it comes to data protection. Manufacturers understand that more and more users value it and make it a purchase criteria for their new smartphones.

But in any case, no matter how much control an interface gives you over your data, the level of threat depends on factors beyond your control, such as the irregularity of updates and the ease and speed with which hackers can exploit vulnerabilities.

Apple offers more frequent and regular updates for all its devices, a closed ecosystem that is harder to penetrate, and an app store with a stricter verification process. All these factors are still missing in Android. While the balance of power is not as greatly skewed as it was in the past, Apple is still a step above.


iPhone or Samsung: Resale value

When choosing a new smartphone, it’s important to bear in mind when you’re going to part with it one day. The average user keeps his or her smartphone for 2 to 3 years before reselling it to finance the purchase of its replacement.

According to a study commissioned and published last January by Bankmycell, Android smartphones shed an average of more than 33% of their value in 2020, compared to about 16% for iPhones. This decline accounts for over 50% of its price for a mid-range/entry-level smartphone.

Price drops for Android and iPhone
Android flagships lose more than 30% of their initial value one year after launch / © NextPit

Android smartphones drop in price much faster than iPhones. Indeed, iPhones retain their value better over time than Samsung’s Galaxy range. You will be able to resell an iPhone for a far better price than a Galaxy smartphone. However, this is not a bad thing in itself.

To buy the latest Samsung flagship, you usually only have to wait a few months to see its price drop, while to replace your iPhone with the latest model, you have to wait much longer for its price to drop.


Conclusion

Advantages of Samsung compared to Apple:

  • Possibility to find smartphones at a better price only a few months after their release.
  • Flagships experience nice price drops unlike iPhones.
  • The second-hand market forces e-tailers to make promotions regularly.

Advantages of Apple compared to Samsung:

  • Possibility to resell your iPhone at a good price one or two years after purchase.

So, for the few of you who read this article to the end, I hope that these comparison elements between Apple and Samsung were useful to you. Don’t hesitate to give me feedback on this format, tell me what you think about it, or if you would like to have this kind of guide for other brands. I’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible without writing a 50-page book either. If I’ve missed something critical or made a mistake, please let me know in the comments.


Please note that we updated this article in October 2022. Older comments may therefore appear out of context.



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