Right now, the battle of the best big-screen phone is between the Galaxy S21 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This is a face-off that many phone enthusiasts have looked forward to, as it puts the best phones from Apple and Samsung at loggerheads.

The review of the Galaxy S21 shows the impressive features of Samsung’s flagship phone. A beautiful display in its 6.8-inch AMOLED screen, which scales from 10Hx – 120Hz. A solid 5000 mah battery and dual-telephoto zoom lenses. Also, it has the S Pen support, which is a first from a phone that is not a Galaxy Note.


On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a number one pick on many lists for best smartphones currently in the market. It features a wonderful camera system with an amazing low-light performance and Dolby vision recording for video. The display is a stunning 6.7-inch OLED screen, it boasts of the fastest performance of any phone right now, and the design is quite sleek.

So, which of these two is the best pick for you. We look into their respective area of strength to help you decide.




Samsung did well by cutting $200 off from its Galaxy S20 price, so the Galaxy S21 can start at $1,199. However, the iPhone 12 Pro Max still edges the competition here as it comes $100 cheaper at a $1,099 price.

Although it cost less to upgrade the storage of the Galaxy S21 compare to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. While upgrading to a 256GB version cost an extra $100 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, it cost only $50 to get the 256GB version of the Galaxy S21. The same goes for the 512GB version as the S21 is $20 cheaper than the iPhone 12 Pro Max.




The S21 comes in a new contour-cut camera design that fusions the camera to its glass back. The look is quite sleek but it doesn’t stop the S21 from looking solid. It is taller, heavier, and thicker compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. it weighs 8.08 ounces and measures 6.5 x 2.97 x 0.35 inches while the iPhone 12 Pro Max weighs 8.03 ounces and measures 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches.


For color options, Apple gave the option of Gold, Silver, Graphite, and Pacific Blue while Samsung offered the S21 in Phantom Black and Phantom Silver through carriers, but there is the option of Titanium, Navy, or Brown on Samsung.com.

For water resistance and durability, the iPhone has the advantage. Apple put the Ceramic Shield which is built to protect the phone from a drop, four times better than its predecessors. Samsung did not make any such claim for its Gorilla Glass screen.




The S21 edges out the iPhone 12 Pro Max here. It has an AMOLED display that can go all the way from a 10Hz refresh rate to 120Hz, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max cannot get past 60Hz. The 3200 x 1400 resolution is also sharper than the 2778 x 1284 in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The same goes for the brightness, which is 821 nits to 654 nits in favor of the S21.




This is one area that might serve as a decider for many. The iPhone has a 12MP main sensor, a 12MP telephoto-zoom lens that can reach 2.5x optical zoom, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and the LiDAR sensor that supports low-light photography.

The S21 a 108MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, dual 10MP-telephoto lenses that can go up 3x and 10x optical zoom respectively.

The camera on both phones are great but they come out on top in different aspects. For zoom performance and contrast, the S21 performs better. For vibrancy, low-light photography, and portrait mode, the iPhone 12 Pro Max appeared to perform better in this aspect.




The S21 has 12GB of RAM and a fast chip in the Snapdragon 888, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max edged the performances. For video transcoding time, graphics fps processing, and the core tests, the iPhone 12 Pro Max came out on top.


Battery life


The S21 Ultra comes back strong with its 5000 mah battery that lasts an impressive 11.25 hours during the battery test. The iPhone 12 Pro Max could only last for 10.53 hours. Although, the S21 Ultra drops in a better time when the screen is set at 120Hz, clocking slightly over 10 hours. Both phones come with fast charging.


Final Verdict


The battle between Samsung and Apple has never been this close, with the iPhone 12 Pro Max narrowly edging out the Galaxy S21 Ultra based on performance strength and a slightly better image quality. The design is also slightly durable than that of the S21 Ultra. Although, the S21 Ultra comes out top for display, battery life, and cost of an upgrade.

It is difficult to choose between both as you will get a lot no matter your option. That is why they are the two top phones currently in the market. If you choose to sell iPhone and buy Samsung Galaxy we are happy to help. We offer cash for used electronics and the fastens turnaround.