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Updated January 16, 2024·

The iPhone 13 Pro Max offers a larger, higher resolution screen, which could be better for media consumption, though it may make the phone bulkier. It has a slightly better build quality and its camera system might offer better image quality in certain conditions due to larger sensors. The battery capacity is lower than the Galaxy S23 FE, but iOS is known for good battery optimization. The iPhone also has a high maximum brightness, making it more usable in direct sunlight. On the other hand, the Galaxy S23 FE comes with a newer operating system version, Android, which provides more customization options. It has a higher battery capacity, which tends to mean longer battery life, but also has a slightly smaller screen which might not be as immersive as the iPhone's. The Galaxy S23 FE's camera has a higher megapixel count, but megapixels are not the only factor in camera quality. The Galaxy also supports expandable storage, in case you need more than the built-in storage. Ultimately, if you prioritize a larger screen, build quality, and potentially better camera performance, you might prefer the iPhone 13 Pro Max, whereas if you want newer software features, longer battery life, and the flexibility of expandable storage at a generally lower price point, the Galaxy S23 FE could be the better choice. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Video Quality

8.6
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S23 FE
7.2
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes very good videos, while the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE takes good videos.

Battery

9.6 Hours
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S23 FE
6.4 Hours
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has 9.6 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE has 6.4 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 FE is 6.4 inches.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

8.0
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S23 FE
7.7
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max to have very good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.8
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S23 FE
7.7
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S23 FE both have good photos.

Cost

$610
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Galaxy S23 FE
$600
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The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a price of $610 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE costs $600.

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

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Spec Comparison

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

GENERAL

Price
$610
$600
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 24, 2021October 26, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.7"6.4"
Resolution
2778 x 12842340 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
458403
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15SD8G1
Internal Storage
128 gb128 gb
RAM
6 gb8 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8/107.8/10
Photos Score
7.9/107.7/10
Videos Score
8.6/107.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
9.6 hours6.4 hours
Battery Capacity
4352 mah4500 mah
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 w15 w
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.33" x 3.07"6.22" x 3.01"
Weight
8.47 oz7.37 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)1, 2, 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, SilverMint, Purple, Tangerine, Indigo, Cream, Graphite
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoNo

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better Camera Roughly equal
Better BatteryApple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Better ScreenApple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Better performanceApple iPhone 13 Pro Max

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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 S23 FE

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Iyaz Akhtar | October 2023
"The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE is easily one of the best midrange Android phones on the market. The S23 FE has some appealing features you won't find on the Pixel 8 like a dedicated telephoto camera, a bigger screen, and the ability to use it like a computer via Samsung's Dex mode. So if productivity is more important to you than camera tricks, you won't find a better phone than the Galaxy S23 FE."

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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