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Samsung Galaxy S21 vs iPhone 12 Pro: which is better?

We compare the Samsung Galaxy S21 against the iPhone 12 Pro, which phone is better?

Just a few days ago Samsung, which is currently the most important brand on the Android scene, presented its new line of high-end terminals, The Galaxy S21. Following the same line as its predecessors and with hardly taking risks, the South Korean firm wants to continue maintaining the good results obtained in 2020 also this year 2021.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is the first high-end smartphone presented this year and although its specifications are the best we can find, The truth is that he will not have anything easy to win the competition, especially against one of the most popular phones of last year.

S21 vs iPhone 12 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S21 or iPhone 12 Pro? Which is better?

Because on the other side of the ring is one of his main rivals, Apple iPhone 12 Pro, one of the best terminals of 2020 and that today remains a safe bet for those looking for a powerful and fairly balanced smartphone. South Korean vs American, Android vs iOS, which phone is better?

Design and display: a top of the range in plastic? 120 Hz or 60 Hz?

Galaxy S21 Plus screen

This is the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S21

Both the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the iPhone 12 Pro they are not overly large for high-end phones, something that we sincerely appreciate. While the measurements of the Samsung terminal are 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm, the iPhone has them of 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm. In weight they differ since the Galaxy weighs 169 grams compared to the 189 grams of the iPhone, although of course, everything has an explanation.

Because the Samsung Galaxy S21, despite being a high-end and despite costing more than 800 euros, has a rear made of plastic as was the case with other models of the firm last year, such as the Note20. Obviously it is not the same plastic that we find in terminals of 200 euros, but it is still plastic.

On the contrary, Apple's iPhone 12 Pro maintains its bet on glass, which is obviously much less resistant to falls and shocks, but much more premium when taking it in hand. Matter of taste.

In another vein and referring to the screens of both terminals, the Galaxy S21 mounts a 6.2-inch AMOLED panel and 1080 x 2400 resolution while the 6.1-inch iPhone "Super Retina" and 1170 x 2532 resolution . Although the panels of both terminals look great, the main difference is found in relation to the refresh rate of the panel, de 120 Hz on the Galaxy S21 and 60 Hz on the iPhone 12.

Plastic or glass? 120 Hz or 60 Hz?

Cameras: you will enjoy taking pictures

iPhone 12 Pro Blue

The iPhone 12 Pro is one of the phones with the best camera on the market

If you were thinking of finding significant changes to the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S21 compared to the S20, I am sorry to disappoint you. Samsung has followed that philosophy of "if something works, don't touch it" so we don't find many surprises. A 12-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 64-megapixel sensor that acts as a telephoto.

On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro has a triple 12 megapixel camera (wide + ultra-wide + telephoto) with 2.5 optical zoom, which substantially improves the photographic section of the normal iPhone 12.

In the absence of being able to compare both models in depth and with the iPhone 12 already surpassing the Samsung Galaxy S21, We can conclude that the iPhone 12 Pro has a better photographic section Thanks to a more natural and consistent image processing in most scenes, without forgetting that if you use Instagram a lot, the iPhone is the best phone for it.

However, both terminals take excellent pictures So regardless of the mobile you have in your hand, you will undoubtedly enjoy both cameras.

Drums - Sometimes numbers aren't everything

Samsung Galaxy S21

The S21 is the first top-of-the-range smartphone of 2021

Samsung Galaxy S21: 4,000 mAh battery, 25W fast charging and 15W wireless charging. iPhone 12 Pro: 2,815 mAh battery, 20W fast charging and 15W wireless charging.

Reviewing the numbers we see that the Samsung Galaxy S21 wins by a landslide. Better battery and better fast charging. However, Numbers are not everything.

Apple has managed to make its terminals consume less than Android phones and that is why they do not require so much battery to reach the end of the day. The autonomy of both terminals is quite similar despite the numbers (4,000> 2,815) so we will not have a problem with any of the terminals.

What could we have demanded from Samsung a little more battery in its Galaxy S21? Well, for the price it has and the rest of its specifications, it would not have been bad at all.

Processor: everything stays at home

With each new high-end model that Samsung brings to the market, the same controversy always arises. While in some countries such as the United States or South Korea, Samsung bets on Qualcomm and its Snapdragon, in the rest of the countries we have to settle for the Exynos 2100, processors manufactured by the brand itself whose performance is more than remarkable but that it is far from the results of the most "top" processors from Qualcomm.

Apple also equips its iPhones with home-made processors. In this case, the iPhone 12 Pro mounts an A14 Bionic chip and for many It is the best processor on the market in terms of performance and power..

Conclusion? Both terminals are beasts in terms of performance and honestly in daily use the difference is little noticeable. Both can run any application or game and with neither we will notice any slowdown.

The difference between the two terminals, as we will now see, does not lie so much in the type of processor it mounts (let's be honest, something shows too) but in the operating system. Android and iOS.

Operating system: is Android much better than iOS? Or vice versa?
iPhone 12 Pro Blue

The iPhone 12 Pro in blue is really beautiful

The usual battle. Is Android better than iOS? It depends.

Android has better things than iOS and iOS has better things than Android. To this day the truth is that both operating systems are quite even And although Android has always been said to have more freedom when it comes to customization, iOS has greater stability.

Be that as it may, both operating systems are in practice almost the same. The two have practically the same apps, services and tools so choosing between one or the other only depends on personal tastes.

It all depends on whether you prefer to join the Apple ecosystem and have sublime integration between devices or if, on the contrary, you prefer the - less and less - freedom that Android offers its users. Whatever you choose, you will get it right.

Samsung Galaxy S21 or iPhone 12 Pro, which is better?

You're not really thinking of choosing between the Samsung Galaxy S21 or the iPhone 12 Pro, but between Android and iOS. Both terminals are two of the best options that one can take and that is that both are two very great high-end smartphones both in performance, design and camera.

If we had to choose between the two, we would surely opt for the iPhone 12 ProNot only because we like the performance of the A14 Bionic better compared to Samsung's Exynos, but also because it has a somewhat higher photographic quality.

In spite of everything, you must bear in mind that the main difference of both smartphones is the operating system and the first thing you have to do is assess the positive and negative of each of them. Yes, neither phone will let you down.