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Updated January 10, 2024·

For photography enthusiasts, the iPhone 13 Pro Max offers superior still photo and video quality, making it a good choice if capturing high-quality images and videos is a priority. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S23 provides slightly higher screen quality and is a more recent model, which may appeal to those looking for the latest technology. iPhone 13 Pro Max will last slightly longer on a full charge than the Galaxy S23. The Samsung is lighter and has a smaller screen if portability and one-handed use are important. The Galaxy S23 supports reverse wireless charging, useful if you want to charge other devices wirelessly. Operating systems differ, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max running iOS and the Galaxy S23 running Android, which could influence your decision based on ecosystem preference. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Best in class display quality
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S23
  • Very good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos

Key differences

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Video Quality

8.6
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S23
7.8
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes very good videos, while the Samsung Galaxy S23 takes good videos.

Battery

9.6 Hours
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S23
8.0 Hours
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has 9.6 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S23 has 8 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a screen size of 6.7 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S23 is 6.1 inches.

Cost

$589
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S23
$679
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The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a price of $589 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 costs $679.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

8.0
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S23
8.3
The Samsung Galaxy S23 and Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max both have very good overall cameras quality.

Photo Quality

7.8
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S23
8.3
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Samsung Galaxy S23 to have very good photos, while the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes good photos.

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How the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S23 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S23
Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S23

GENERAL

Price
$589
$679
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 24, 2021February 17, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.7"6.1"
Resolution
2778 x 12842340 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
458422
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15SD8G2
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8/108.4/10
Photos Score
7.9/108.4/10
Videos Score
8.6/107.9/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
9.6 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
4352 mAh3900 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.33" x 3.07"5.76" x 2.79"
Weight
8.47 oz5.93 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66e
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)1, 7, 25, 28, 41, 66, 71, 78, 258, 260, 261

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Alpine Green, Graphite, Sierra Blue, Gold, SilverPink Gold, Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender, Green, Lime, Graphite
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoNo

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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 S23

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The Verge

Allison Johnson | February 2023
"The 6.1-inch S23 is the best reasonably sized Android phone on the market in the US, partly because almost every other Android phone sold here is gigantic. But it’s also a really good device, with a battery that gets through a full day more comfortably than its predecessor. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset responsible for some of that battery performance improvement is slightly different — and slightly faster — than the 8 Gen 2 in other Android flagships."

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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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