Which Is the Better Phone: iPhone or Samsung?

There are many ways to start a loud argument. One that’s sure to polarize people is the debate over Apple’s iPhone versus Samsung’s Android-based phones. People on both sides of the debate have strong feelings towards their device of choice. Upsie offers protection plans for both, and has some ideas that can help you make your own decision.

Is the iPhone Better Than a Samsung Galaxy?

Apple created a cult-like following in the late 1970s when the company introduced the Apple II computer to an excited hobbyist crowd. Decades later, on June 29, 2007, the first iPhones went on sale. People camped out overnight as more than a thousand Apple aficionados lined up around two city blocks in New York City to buy an iPhone. The media often attributes that behavior to peoples’ admiration for Steve Jobs and his masterful way of marketing. However, those warm feelings have also been influenced by the ease, simplicity and much-celebrated quality of the entire iPhone line.
When you separate the emotional connection people have with Apple from the question, you’re left with the specs and features each product line offers. What makes one phone better than another? Is it the screen size, the cameras, the ease of use, or something else? Take a look at the specs on both phones, then – if you’re willing to decide based on facts alone – this article may help you decide which to buy.

What Does iOS Stand For?

iOS is the operating system that Apple initially designed to power iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Apple initially called it the “iPhone Operating System” but later changed its name to iOS. The current iteration of the operating system is iOS 14, which Apple announced on July 22, 2020.

What Can an iPhone Do That an Android Can’t?

iPhones get regular, scheduled operating system updates. Android phones receive updates only when the phone manufacturer decides to issue one. For instance, Lenovo, manufacturer of a “Moto G4” phone released in 2016, has updated its operating system only twice in the last four years. The last update took place in April 2018, more than two years ago.
Apple, on the other hand, schedules its new feature releases, security patches, and general operating system updates regularly. As a result, iPhones tend to be better protected against the latest threats while Android phones may be more likely to fall victim to bad actors, spam, and malware.
Apple’s tight control over the entire ecosystem surrounding iPhones further prevents privacy and security problems. Apple analyzes and vets every app released for the iPhone family to assure each one meets Apple standards.
Android apps, on the other hand, have been recalled from the Google Play store many times because they violate security and privacy standards, spam users, present fraudulent advertising, and take other nefarious actions.

Why Android Is Better Than iOS

When you turn attention to the operating systems used on almost all smartphones today, you see that both are satisfactory from the user standpoint. They’re both intuitive and easy to use. However, Android users often say that Android gives them more flexibility to set up the phone just the way they want it. For instance, you can set up the home screen with the apps you use most often – something you cannot do with an iPhone until iOS 14 is released.
Further, dozens of manufacturers load the Android O/S onto their phones. Having an entire spectrum of products to choose from, you can shop for the price and performance you want in your phone. The budget-minded buyer, for example, can pick up an Android phone for around $100-$200, whereas the economy version of iPhones running Apple iOS sells for at least twice as much.

Why Samsung Is Better Than iPhone

If you’d like to compare memory, screen size, graphic capabilities, and other features of Samsung versus iPhone, here are some key differences between flagship products from both companies.


Phone iPhone 11 Pro Max Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Remarks
Screen Size 6.5″ 6.9″
Internal Memory (RAM) 6 GB 12 GB More memory gives you better overall performance, esp. noticeable when gaming or running multiple apps at once.
Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz 120 Hz Faster refresh provides a “snappier” screen image; also good for gaming.
Pixel Density 459 ppi 509 ppi
Main Camera 12 MP 108 MP Samsung’s 4-camera array gives you endless possibilities that only a professional grade photographic system can deliver.
2nd Camera 60 Hz 120 Hz Faster refresh provides a “snappier” screen image; also good for gaming.
3rd Camera 12 MP 12 MP
3rd Camera 60 Hz 120 Hz Faster refresh provides a “snappier” screen image; also good for gaming.
4th Camera None Time of Flight
Battery 3,500 mAh 5,000 mAh 40% more power gives Samsung the edge for extended use time.
Video Recording 4K UHD 8K UHD

Why Choose Samsung Products?

Samsung, despite its early problems with lithium-ion batteries catching fire, has grown into a respected phone designer and manufacturer. The company has overlaid its Samsung One UI over the Android O/S to further improve the user experience. For instance, One UI makes one-handed operation easier by relocating icons to the center of the screen where they’re easy to reach with your thumb.

What Is the Best Extended Warranty for Phones?

Phones today are multi-function computers defined by dozens of specifications, a few of which we’ve highlighted in this article. While this discussion isn’t exhaustive and cannot possibly cover all the differences between the two phone makers, we hope you’ve found this helpful in deciding between Samsung and Apple.
As for extended warranties, AppleCare charges $269 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max noted above, with $99 deductibles. The Samsung S20 Ultra 5G rings in at $288 with the same deductible.
At Upsie, we’ve cut out the middlemen who routinely mark up extended warranties. Upsie warranties safeguard your phone for two years and provide accident protection that covers screen cracks, liquid spills, and submersion. They also cover battery failure, power failures, touch screen failure, camera, headphone jack, Wi-Fi, audio, and Bluetooth. All that starting at just $139.99 for two years with deductibles of only $49 for repairs and $99 to $149 for replacements. For approved claims, you can still use your local Genius Bar for repairs.
Call us at 877-844-7745 between 9AM and 4PM. We promise a human will pick up your call and help you find the extended warranty that gives you peace of mind at the best prices in the nation.

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