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Updated January 12, 2024·

If you value a better camera and are willing to pay a higher price, the Apple iPhone 12 might be a better choice. It delivers high-quality photos and supports advanced video features like Dolby Vision. On the other hand, if battery life and a larger screen are more important to you, and you would like to save money, the Samsung Galaxy A53 could serve you well; it offers a bigger battery and a slightly larger display than the iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 has a more premium build with glass, whereas the Galaxy A53 has a plastic build. Both devices provide OLED screens for sharp and vibrant visuals, but the Samsung has a higher refresh rate for smoother scrolling. Keep in mind, the operating systems are different, with the iPhone on iOS and the Galaxy A53 on Android, which could influence your app preferences and user experience. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12
Galaxy A53
5.9
The Apple iPhone 12 has good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy A53 has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12
Galaxy A53
6.2
The Apple iPhone 12 takes good photos, while the Samsung Galaxy A53 takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12
Galaxy A53
5.2
The Apple iPhone 12 takes good videos, while the Samsung Galaxy A53 takes poor videos.

Battery

6.2 Hours
iPhone 12
Galaxy A53
8.0 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 has 6.2 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy A53 has 8 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Samsung Galaxy A53 is 6.5 inches.

Cost

$600
iPhone 12
Galaxy A53
$372
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The Apple iPhone 12 has a price of $600 and the Samsung Galaxy A53 costs $372.
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How the Apple iPhone 12 and the Samsung Galaxy A53 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12Samsung Galaxy A53
Apple iPhone 12Samsung Galaxy A53

GENERAL

Price
$600
$372
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
October 23, 2020March 24, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.5"
Resolution
2532 x 11702400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
460405
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14E1280
Internal Storage
64 gb128 gb
RAM
4 gb4 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/106/10
Photos Score
7.1/106.3/10
Videos Score
7.3/105.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Macro
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS64 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.2 hours8 hours
Battery Capacity
2815 mah5000 mah
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
15 w0 w
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.78" x 2.81"6.28" x 2.94"
Weight
5.78 oz6.67 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesNo
Bluetooth Version
5.05.1
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
65
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 48, 66, 77, 78, 260, 261

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedBlue, White, Black
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoYes

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better CameraApple iPhone 12
Better BatterySamsung Galaxy A53
Better performanceApple iPhone 12

Shopping

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Apple iPhone 12

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Pocket-lint

Stuart Miles | March 2022
"The iPhone 12 offers many of the important things that you want from the iPhone: a decent camera, 5G, great screen, fast processor. For the group of people who want a new iPhone without the price tag of the iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 13 range, this is a great choice. There's no settling for second best with this smartphone."

Samsung Galaxy A53

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Android Authority

Ryan Haines | May 2023
"Samsung’s quartet of rear cameras delivers the goods, both day and night, with the only blemish being the lack of 4K/60fps video recording. The large, 6.5-inch, 120Hz AMOLED display is crisp and smooth, making video streaming enjoyable. You should have no issues pushing the 5,000mAh battery to its limits and it’s not too slow to charge relative to its competitors in the US."

About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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