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Updated January 10, 2024·

If a fantastic camera system is a priority, the iPhone 12 provides slightly better photo and video quality, along with more advanced features like Dolby Vision recording. However, the Galaxy S10e is lighter and offers a headphone jack and expandable storage through an SD card, which the iPhone does not. The iPhone 12 has a newer processor and supports 5G, which might make it more future-proof, while the Galaxy S10e may save you money, in turn offering slightly less battery life. The iPhone has a slightly larger screen, but you'll be paying more for these newer features. Choose the iPhone 12 for a better camera and future-proof tech, or the Galaxy S10e for cost savings, expandable storage, and a headphone jack. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 12
  • Good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos
  • Very good display quality
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S10e
  • The Samsung Galaxy S10e has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 12.

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12
Galaxy S10e
5.3
The Apple iPhone 12 has good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy S10e has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12
Galaxy S10e
5.3
The Apple iPhone 12 takes good photos, while the Samsung Galaxy S10e takes poor photos.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12
Galaxy S10e
5.5
The Apple iPhone 12 takes good videos, while the Samsung Galaxy S10e takes poor videos.

Battery

6.2 Hours
iPhone 12
Galaxy S10e
6.9 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 has 6.2 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S10e has 6.9 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S10e is 5.8 inches.

Cost

$600
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Galaxy S10e
$115
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The Apple iPhone 12 has a price of $600 and the Samsung Galaxy S10e costs $115.
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How the Apple iPhone 12 and the Samsung Galaxy S10e compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12Samsung Galaxy S10e
Apple iPhone 12Samsung Galaxy S10e

GENERAL

Price
$600
$115
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
October 23, 2020March 8, 2019

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"5.8"
Resolution
2532 x 11702280 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
460438
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14SD855
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/105.4/10
Photos Score
7.1/105.3/10
Videos Score
7.3/105.5/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.2 Hours6.9 Hours
Battery Capacity
2815 mAh3100 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.78" x 2.81"5.6" x 2.75"
Weight
5.78 oz5.29 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesNo
Bluetooth Version
5.05.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
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, 79N/A

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedPrism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Prism Green, Flamingo Pink, Cardinal Red, Cannary Yellow
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoYes

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 S10e

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The Verge

Natt Garun | March 2019
"You’re getting nearly the full S10 experience without spending as much money and in a size that’s a lot more appealing across demographics. If you’re looking for a good, small Android, this is a phone that I think most people will enjoy without sacrificing much in quality."

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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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