The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is the highest end Galaxy phone while the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the top end of the current Apple iPhone lineup. The next tier down has the S20 Plus and iPhone 11 Pro and after using the iPhone 11 Pro for six months I traded it in for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus last week.
Prior to visiting the local T-Mobile store, I tried out the Galaxy S20 Ultra that Samsung sent along for testing. That phone is incredible, but I found it to be quite large and didn't see much utility in zoom levels past 10x. As ZDNet's Jason Cipriani clearly wrote in his full review, the S20 Plus hits the sweet spot for Samsung this year and may be the best current smartphone of 2020.
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With the Galaxy S20 line now available from all major US carriers, and around the world, you may be considering a move to it from another phone. Here are seven reasons I prefer the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus over the Apple iPhone 11 Pro:
Even though the iPhone 11 Pro display has a 60 Hz refresh rate and the S20 Plus has 120 Hz, the OS makes the user experience about the same. I've been spoiled by the 120 Hz refresh rate on the S20 Plus when compared to other Android phones at 60 Hz, but the performance gains are only seen on the same platform.
Apple beats the S20 Plus when it comes to facial recognition technology, price, and consistent operating system upgrades. Samsung has vastly improved with updates and its Android security updates are release shortly after Google releases them to manufacturers.
While I am currently enjoying the S20 Plus, I do miss the S Pen in the Note 10 Plus and think I may have to start holding out for annual Note updates. The good thing about T-Mobile's Jump On Demand program is that I can keep the S20 Plus and move onto the Note 20 (or whatever it may be called) when it is released later this year.
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To be honest, I don't really miss the iPhone 11 Pro because there are so many other key features and functions the S20 Plus does better. It helps that I have one of the new entry level iPad devices to satisfy my iOS desires, but maybe I'll pop over and give an iPhone 11 Pro Max a try before the next iPhone is released.