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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you place a high value on camera performance and battery life, and don't mind paying more, the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max is an excellent choice, boasting better photo and video quality and longer battery life. However, if you prefer Android as an operating system and are looking for a more cost-effective option, the Samsung Galaxy S21+ will be a solid phone at a more affordable price, although its camera and battery performance are not as strong as the iPhone's. Both phones have a similar screen size, but if you need top performance and are prepared to invest in it, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the more premium choice. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Best in class display quality
  • Very good performance
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S21+
  • The Samsung Galaxy S21+ has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

8.0
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S21+
7.2
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has very good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy S21+ has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.8
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S21+
7.0
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S21+ both have good photos, though the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes somewhat better photos.

Video Quality

8.6
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S21+
6.6
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes very good videos, while the Samsung Galaxy S21+ takes only fair videos.

Battery

9.6 Hours
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S21+
8.0 Hours
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has 9.6 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S21+ has 8 hours of battery life.

Cost

$639
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S21+
$340
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The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a price of $639 and the Samsung Galaxy S21+ costs $340.
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Key similarities

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Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a screen size of 6.7 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S21+ is 6.7 inches.

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How the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S21+ compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S21+
Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S21+

GENERAL

Price
$639
$340
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 24, 2021January 29, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.7"6.7"
Resolution
2778 x 12842400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
458394
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15SD888
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8/107.2/10
Photos Score
7.9/107/10
Videos Score
8.6/106.6/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
9.6 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
4352 mAh4800 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.33" x 3.07"6.36" x 2.98"
Weight
8.47 oz7.05 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
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, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Alpine Green, Graphite, Sierra Blue, Gold, SilverPhantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Gold, Phantom Red
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoNo

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Tom's Guide

Mark Spoonauer | March 2023
"The iPhone 13 Pro Max is that rare phone that gets a 5-star rating from us. You get blistering performance and a very responsive 120Hz display. Plus, the battery life is among the best we’ve seen from a 5G flagship. Some may simply prefer the iPhone 13 Pro because it’s smaller and lighter, as there are no other functional differences between the two handsets. But if you prefer a bigger screen, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the closest thing to perfect you can get in a phone."

Samsung Galaxy S21+

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Jordan Palmer | May 2022
"All told, Samsung nailed it with the Galaxy S21 Plus. It has most of the strengths of the smaller S21 in a bigger package. It’s got a lot going for it. If you’re coming from an older device, like the Galaxy S10 series, this is a solid upgrade."

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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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