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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a high refresh rate and versatility in cameras, including the quality of photos and videos, the Samsung Galaxy S23 could be a better choice, especially since it's priced lower than the Apple iPhone 15. However, if you are invested in the Apple ecosystem and prefer the brand, the iPhone 15 with its powerful A16 processor might be the way to go, despite it having a lower refresh rate and a heftier price tag. Both phones have a similar screen size and resolution, and their battery life is comparable, so your decision could be influenced more by camera preferences and price considerations. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 15
  • Best in class performance
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S23
  • The Samsung Galaxy S23 has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 15.

Key differences

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Video Quality

9.1
iPhone 15
Galaxy S23
7.8
The Apple iPhone 15 takes excellent videos, while the Samsung Galaxy S23 takes good videos.

Cost

$829
iPhone 15
Galaxy S23
$550
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The Apple iPhone 15 has a price of $829 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 costs $550.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

8.6
iPhone 15
Galaxy S23
8.3
The Apple iPhone 15 and Samsung Galaxy S23 both have very good overall cameras quality.

Photo Quality

8.5
iPhone 15
Galaxy S23
8.3
The Apple iPhone 15 and Samsung Galaxy S23 both have very good photos.

Battery

8.0 Hours
iPhone 15
Galaxy S23
8.0 Hours
The Apple iPhone 15 has 8 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S23 has 8 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 15 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S23 is 6.1 inches.

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How the Apple iPhone 15 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 15Samsung Galaxy S23
Apple iPhone 15Samsung Galaxy S23

GENERAL

Price
$829
$550
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 22, 2023February 17, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.1"
Resolution
2556 x 11792340 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
461422
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A16SD8G2
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8.7/108.4/10
Photos Score
8.5/108.4/10
Videos Score
9.2/107.9/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
48 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
3349 mAh3900 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.81" x 2.82"5.76" x 2.79"
Weight
6.03 oz5.93 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.35.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66e
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)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
Yellow, Pink, Blue, Green, BlackPink Gold, Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender, Green, Lime, Graphite
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoNo

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TechRadar

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 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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