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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a higher quality camera and newer technology in your phone, the Apple iPhone 15 would be the better option, but it comes at a premium price. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is more budget-friendly and has a larger screen with the benefit of a curved edge, which might be more immersive for media consumption. It also has a higher refresh rate which makes for smoother scrolling and a sharper display due to more pixels per inch. However, the Note20 Ultra is older and may not match the performance or camera quality of the iPhone 15. The iPhone 15 has an iOS operating system while the Note20 Ultra comes with Android, which could be a deciding factor based on your preference. Additionally, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra offers an S Pen for productivity tasks, which the iPhone does not have. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 15
  • Very good for taking photos
  • Excellent for recording videos
  • Very good battery life
  • Best in class performance
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 15.

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

8.6
iPhone 15
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
7.3
The Apple iPhone 15 has very good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

8.5
iPhone 15
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
7.3
The Apple iPhone 15 takes very good photos, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra takes good photos.

Video Quality

9.1
iPhone 15
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
5.9
The Apple iPhone 15 takes excellent videos, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra takes poor videos.

Battery

8.0 Hours
iPhone 15
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
6.4 Hours
The Apple iPhone 15 has 8 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has 6.4 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 15 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is 6.9 inches.

Cost

$829
iPhone 15
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
$450
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The Apple iPhone 15 has a price of $829 and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra costs $450.
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How the Apple iPhone 15 and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 15Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Apple iPhone 15Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

GENERAL

Price
$829
$450
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 22, 2023August 21, 2020

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.9"
Resolution
2556 x 11793088 x 1440
Variable refresh rate
NoYes
Pixels Per Inch
461496
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A16SD865+
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8.7/107.4/10
Photos Score
8.5/107.3/10
Videos Score
9.2/106/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Super Telephoto
Main Camera
48 megapixels + OIS108 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours6.4 Hours
Battery Capacity
3349 mAh4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.81" x 2.82"6.49" x 3.04"
Weight
6.03 oz7.34 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
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, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 40, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Yellow, Pink, Blue, Green, BlackMystic Black, White, Mystic Bronze
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoYes

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Apple iPhone 15

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Lance Ulanoff | September 2023
"Apple finally waves goodbye to the notch in favor of the Dynamic Island on all phones in its new lineup, and on the iPhone 15 that versatile screen technology is paired with new materials, lovely contoured edges, a powerful A16 Bionic CPU, and, yes, the new USB-C port. Even the photography has been leveled up, with a 48MP camera and new portrait processing capabilities."

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

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Matt Swider | July 2021
"The Note 20 Ultra has it all – almost: a big screen, superb camera, high refresh rate, the S Pen, in-screen fingerprint sensor, super-fast specs, 5G speeds, a fancy curved display. This phone is built for power users who want everything but the fastest charging speeds."

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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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