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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you place a high value on camera performance, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a superior camera system that offers better photo and video quality. However, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, while cheaper, offers respectable camera capabilities that might suffice for regular use. The iPhone will give you a larger screen and much longer battery life, which is important if you use your phone heavily throughout the day. The tradeoff is its higher price. The Galaxy S21 FE is more budget-friendly and still delivers adequate performance, making it a good choice if you're looking for savings and don't require the top-end features of the iPhone. Each phone runs a different operating system, with the iPhone on iOS and the Galaxy on Android, which might factor into your decision based on your preference. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Excellent for taking photos
  • Best in class for recording videos
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best in class display quality
  • Best in class performance
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
  • The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

9.2
iPhone 14 Pro Max
Galaxy S21 FE
7.0
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max has excellent overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

9.1
iPhone 14 Pro Max
Galaxy S21 FE
6.9
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max takes excellent photos, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

9.5
iPhone 14 Pro Max
Galaxy S21 FE
5.9
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max takes best in class videos, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE takes poor videos.

Battery

10.0 Hours
iPhone 14 Pro Max
Galaxy S21 FE
6.7 Hours
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max has 10 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has 6.7 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max has a screen size of 6.7 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is 6.4 inches.

Cost

$1,000
iPhone 14 Pro Max
Galaxy S21 FE
$600
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The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max has a price of $1,000 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE costs $600.
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How the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 14 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S21 FE
Apple iPhone 14 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S21 FE

GENERAL

Price
$1,000
$600
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 16, 2022January 29, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.7"6.4"
Resolution
2796 x 12902400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
460401
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A16SD888
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
9.2/107.1/10
Photos Score
9.2/106.9/10
Videos Score
9.5/105.9/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
48 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours6.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
4323 mAh4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.33" x 3.06"6.13" x 2.93"
Weight
8.47 oz6.24 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.35.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 70, 77, 78, 79 (SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)41, 66, 71, 260, 261

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Deep Purple, Gold, Silver, Space BlackGraphite, Lavender, Olive, White, Navy Blue
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoNo

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Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

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Britta O'Boyle | March 2023
"The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max is not just big in form, it's big in character. There's a refreshed design that's really striking, especially in this larger format, coupled with performance enhancements, battery improvements, camera improvements, the Always-On Display and the Dynamic Island feature. It will be too big for some, but if you're looking for the best iPhone Apple has made to date in the biggest possible format, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is definitely the one - it is excellent."

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

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Tom's Guide

Philip Michaels | March 2022
"The Galaxy S21 FE is a fine addition to Samsung's S21 lineup, retaining the very best features of those flagship phones for a more modest price. This is a solid phone, matching the performance of the top Android flagships from a year ago and delivering photos that hold their own against some of the best camera phones we've tested."

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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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