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The world is preparing to splash the cash on the brand new iPhone 11 series when it launches on September 20, and to be honest, we don’t blame them.
Apple came out swinging this month with the announcement of their new smartphones, and they are now firmly placed among the top handsets on the market before they’re even released.
Which is impressive considering the competition. We recently got the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 10, an absolute powerhouse device packed full of excellent features, a super-powered camera and an efficient processor chip to keep things running smoothly.
However, does the new 11 Pro stack up against the Galaxy Note 10? Well, read on to find out.
iPhone 11 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 price: Which is cheaper?
First up, lets look at the actual cost of the two devices.
The iPhone 11 Pro has a slight disadvantage as it isn’t even out yet, so there are no deals, discounts or price drops so far, while the Samsung has been out for around a month or so.
The Note 10 at its most basic package (4G network with 256GB internal memory) is £869 from the official Samsung website.
You get the super-cool S-Pen included, as well as a charger, a USB connecter, a cover and screen protector and a pair of headphones.
There are dozens of deals on the Note 10 that you can pick from if you would rather get it from phone retailers like EE, Vodafone or Three, which you can check out here.
The iPhone 11 Pro is still up for pre-order right now and will actually release on September 20.
Typically, Apple charge a little bit more for their flagship smartphones than the rest of the market, and the iPhone 11 Pro is following that trend.
If you order through the official Apple website now, you can pick one up for £1,049 straight out for the 64GB version. So you get less internal memory for *WAY* more money up front – just depends on how much that memory means to you.
You can pay up to £1,199 for 256GB memory to match the Galaxy Note 10. However, if you’re already in the Apple eco-system, you can trade in an old iPhone and enjoy a huge chunk of cash off the asking price, reducing it down to as little as £759.
As with the Galaxy, you can pick up the iPhone 11 Pro from a bunch of other retailers, which we have written about here.
iPhone 11 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 display: Which looks best?
The Galaxy is bigger (by quite a way, might we add) but has roughly the same technology behind the display.
It has a 6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED display that houses 2280×1080 pixels. The screen stretches the entire front of the phone and doesn’t have a top notch.
The screen is super expansive and has HDR+ and a massive range of colour and TrueTone, so games, pictures and Netflix all look amazing on-screen.
On the flip-side, the iPhone 11 Pro has a smaller, more refined display, measuring 5.8-inches. Apple released a new bit of screen tech with the 11 series, bringing in the Super Retina XDR OLED display which is super impressive. It also has more pixels stuffed into it (2436×1125).
Whichever phone you choose, both are super-powered OLED displays with HDR capabilities that look bright and powerful.
Both displays will perform incredibly well no matter where you are using it, with each display capable of looking bright and clear in extreme sunlight or pitch blackness.
The iPhone 11 Pro might look a smidge clearer because of its smaller screen-size and with more pixels back in, though, so if you watch a lot of content on your phone, you might want to keep that in mind.
iPhone 11 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 camera: A photographer’s dream?
The iPhone 11 Pro has received its “Pro” status thanks to its camera, and we do feel the Apple device might just sneak as the better option if you like taking snaps.
The iPhone 11 Pro comes with a triple-lens set-up, which appears to be a trend for smartphones recently.
Each lens has 12MP: one is a telephoto with 2x optical zoom, one is a 120-degree ultra-wide-angle and the other is a wide-angle. These lenses have been given a big upgrade on the XS series from 2018.
It has a dedicated Night Mode which takes incredible photos at ultra-low-light, meaning those night-club snaps and sunset selfies will glow and look bright, without losing quality.
The lenses might be impressive, but it’s the software behind the camera that makes this smartphone impressive. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, and a new advancement called Deep Fusion will take several photos before you even click the shutter button, piecing together the best pixels from each shot to give you the most optimum picture.
We have no idea how this tech works, but we won’t begrudge this technical wizardry, as it makes pictures look incredible.
We also have the front facing camera, which allows for the super-gimmicky but fun Slofie, which is a slow-motion animated selfie. The front camera is as impressive as it was in the iPhone XS, with better depth and focus.
Taking video has also been improved on the iPhone 11, as you can film from both lenses at the same time, giving you different perspectives from the same angle. So if you are filming a football match in the stadium for example, you can use the regular wide lens and seamlessly switch to the ultra-wide without losing quality or time in the shot to get that full-pitch angle.
With the Galaxy Note 10, we have the same triple lens set-up but with slightly less in the way of mega-pixels.
We have a 12MP wide lens, a 12MP telephoto and a 16MP ultra-wide, so not that dissimilar to the iPhone. The difference with the Note 10 is that the camera can switch aperture between f/1.5-f/2.4, while the iPhone is stuck at f/1.8.
The Note 10 also has similar software features like Light Mode, but the phone has lacked quality in recent tests and doesn’t hold up as expected.
iPhone 11 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 battery: Which one lasts longer?
The Note 10 has a monstrously large 3,500mAh battery that sees it get a day’s average use. If you use it heavily with games and apps running on a bright screen you should expect around 9 hours of use.
You can wirelessly recharge that battery on both handsets, which is super handy if you need a quick burst in a pinch. The Galaxy phone also comes with a 25W charger so it will charge super-fast (you get about 50% of your battery in half an hour).
Apple are really pushing the battery power with the iPhone 11 pro, claiming it is the longest-lasting battery they’ve ever built. During the announcement, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, claimed you would get an average of four hours more battery from the iPhone 11 Pro than the previous iteration.
Apple doesn’t reveal exact details about their battery life, but its suggested the iPhone 11 Pro has around 3,190mAh, which is still a lot more than other handsets in the iPhone family.
iPhone 11 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 conclusion: So which smartphone should you get?
To be honest, we do think the iPhone 11 Pro is a better handset, whether you’re into Apple products or not.
While it is much more expensive, Apple has pulled the stops out with the new handsets and made the battle for the best smartphone much more interesting.
A bigger battery, a more compact and punchy screen and a fantastic camera make this a worthy upgrade if you have previously had iPhones.
If you want to stay loyal to Android, you will not be upset with the Note 10, as it is still the best device from that OS.
If you have budget restrictions go for the Galaxy Note 10, but if you want to treat yourself, we suggest the iPhone 11 Pro.