S20 Ultra vs 11 Pro Max – Real Differences after 1 Week!

S20 Ultra vs 11 Pro Max – Real Differences after 1 Week!


In this video I’m skipping the specs and
focusing on the real world difference after switching from my beloved iPhone 11 Pro Max
to the S20 Ultra for 1 week and there are two specific reasons that make me want to
stay using it and finally ditch Apple which I’ll talk about in just a bit. This was the first phone I used a case on
in many years, and I hate using cases because it covers up the amazing build quality and
makes them thicker and heavier. Unfortunately even though the S20 Ultra is
both taller and thicker than the Pro Max the camera bump is even thicker. Not only does
the phone sit really crooked on a desk but holding it in my hand my finger kept being
cut into by the camera module which doesn’t happen with my iPhone or the note 10 plus. It was also pretty much impossible not to
get fingerprints on the camera when holding horizontally which isn’t an issue with most
new phones. * Did I get used to the the large size? Surprisingly,
Yes.. but afterwards going back the 11 Pro Max the phone seemed so thin and small which
is something I never thought I would say about it. Next, the auto brightness is stupid. Maybe
it’s only because it’s been a week but its constantly either too dark or at times too
bright whereas the iPhone gets it right most of the time. I also really missed face ID. Face ID just
works so well and its so fast that I don’t notice it most of the time. I mostly used
the fingerprint sensor but I did try face unlock for 1 day. Of course it isn’t as secure
but I wanted to see if it’s just as convenient and it’s not. You do have more options but it takes longer
to unlock your phone especially in lower lighting and at times it doesn’t even work. Thankfully the fingerprint sensor has been
much improved since the S10 and Note 10, it works fast and pretty much every time but
its still not as convenient as face ID. I especially missed it for authentication in
apps or sites where Face ID is just automatic. Now the screen is gorgeous, especially in
1440P mode. It is really really nice for watching movies, honestly the best phone ever and definitely
trumps the iPhone Pro Max. First off I love having that 1440P option
in Youtube that is noticable more detailed than 1080P. The next one is HDR. This is the first time
that HDR shows a huge noticable difference compared to good quality SDR on a phone, it’s
really impressive and is clearly better than the iPhone. Not only that but the speakers are quite a
bit louder as well. I’m glad that Samsung has really stepped
up its speaker game the last 2 years. I usually run the iphone at 90% or so but the S20 was
just fine at 70%, and in those cases where you have a quiet video or you’re in a loud
room and want to share a video you found that extra volume is so nice to have. The only downside with speakers is you really
feel the case of the phone vibrate when running above 70% which can be annoying if watching
a long video where the iPhone is solid. During this week I also used the Galaxy buds
plus exclusively and they worked extremely well. They paired instantly, sounded great,
and I even used reverse charge once which was convenient and overall you’re not missing
much other than hands-free hey siri which I like. I also love the split sound adjustments, and
the mode that allows notifications to come through the phone and not the bluetooth speaker
you’re connected to. I really wish my iPhone had these along with other Android features
such as picture in picture youtube video, chromecast controls, and notifications sticking
in the top bar until I clear them so I don’t forget things. Now the killer feature of the display is that
120hz paired with fast animations and man do I love it. I especially love it when scrolling
through websites where the lack of motion blur looks really nice and going back to my
iPhone it feels so slow and laggy. Now there are downsides, and it’s not just
battery life which of course is affected. If you’re using 120hz you have to be in
1080P and I have to say I did notice it. If this was a 5.5 inch screen I may not have
but being that this thing is almost 7” you can clearly see it especially in text. There were a few times where I was doing a
lot of reading where I was compelled enough to switch back to 1440P. It almost seems like
the S20 uses some kind of text smoothing then sharpening to get rid of pixelation which
just looks off being much worse than reading text on the iphone where the high rez looks
fantastic. Now the other downside is of course battery
life. This is the first time in a while where I’ve had to top off every evening which I’ve
only done on my Pro Max if I forgot to charge the night before. I would have to say for my usage pattern and
background apps it’s a difference of about 2 hours of screen on time in the 120hz mode,
and that’s using the default optimized power mode and without the always on display. If you’ve never experienced the freedom
of not having to worry about your battery life that the 11 Pro Max offers then you might
not understand it, but its freaking amazing and going back to having to top off throughout
the day or in the evenings is a bigger deal than I expected. Once I knew I had to top off the phone anyway
I switched to high performance mode and turned on the always on display feature which I personally
really like and wish my iPhone had, even if it used an extra battery. I really wish Samsung had the Promotion tech
of the iPad pro where it could jump from 120hz down to 60hz or even to 24hz depending on
what your doing which really helps save battery life.
Most of our youtube videos are at 24fps and in that case the GPU and screen have to put
out 5 times more frames than necessary needlessly draining that battery. I also wish that we had the option to use
120hz at 1440P even if the battery life would be horrible I would be charging up in the
day time anyway. Hopefully the iPhone 12 will have the Promotion tech of the iPad and at
full resolution. And now onto what probably loved the most,
and where i noticed the biggest difference between my iPhone 11 Pro Max and the S20 Ultra
and that is … The data speeds and reception. Samsung has been ahead of apple in LTE speeds
for a while now which I loved with the Note 10 but the S20 ultra takes it to a whole new
level. Now it does depend on what provider you use and where you live but I use t-mobile
and they have sub 6 5G across the US. This isn’t the millimetre wave insanely fast
5G but one that penetrates building better. I routinely got 1 or 2 bars more with the
S20 which is great but what’s even better is the speeds which were routinely 2 to 3
times faster than my iPhone. During this testing I got the fastest speed I’ve ever seen on
my iPhone which 65mbps download but in that same scenario the S20 got 162, and the download
speed was 49 instead of 19. The test before that my iphone got 25 and
the samsung got about 95, and during peak time with lower reception the samsung got
27 while my iphone got 9. Now these are just numbers, but what does
this mean in the real world, well, a whole lot actually. When i’m using LTE I often have to limit
youtube video to 720P or else I get pauses where the samsung plays back smoothly at 1440P
and initial buffering of video is almost unnoticeable with the S20 where I have to wait on the iphone. You also notice a difference when loading
website and apps that pull from the web, and especially if you’re downloading apps and
other media. This is especially noticeable if your constantly in steel or concrete buildings
or basements and ultimately it could make a difference between having service and not
having it. I really really really hope we get a 5G option
on the upcoming iphone and if we don’t at least a much better modem because the difference
is huge and for some people this alone is enough to switch brands. Call volume is noticeably lower especially
if the person on the other side talks quieter. I found myself really pressing the phone into
my ear and checking if the volume is up all the way. I think this might be because of
the top speaker being slim and hidden in the frame. Now lets touch on the cameras. I really enjoyed
using the Note 10 camera but the S20 Ultras had me missing the iPhone. There are two big
features, the 108 MP main camera and that 100X zoom but just because we have these big
specs to flaunt doesn’t mean that they actually work well. The autofocus is garbage. I haven’t seen this
poor performance in so many years, if ever. The new sensors are much bigger but have much
less focus pixels so its slow at focusing and also randomly hunts where the iPhone is
ultra fast, smooth, and accurate. In good lighting I love the 48MP zoom lens
which has so much detail but because it lets in so much less light at F3.7 in medium and
low lighting the quality is worse than Apples 12MP 2x zoom cropped in which is effectively
a 6megapixel image. There’s also major limitations for portrait
photos and video, and after testing 8K video, I have to say it’s just a marketing tactic
and in many cases iPhones 4K looks better than 8K. There’s so much more to talk about in terms
of camera performance both good and bad, so I’m going to save that for the full detailed
S20 Ultra review so make sure you’re subscribed. Now the other thing I absolutely loved and
made me want to switch brands is the RAM. With the 11 Pro, I often try to reopen something
I was doing a half hour ago and its closed. This is so annoying especially for apps where
you have a video or document open. Not once did I have this issue with the S20.
I routinely opened apps the next day and everything was as I left it. At one point I had 18 apps
running and I opened the oldest one in the list, vainglory, and it was right where I
left off 18 hours ago. Apple please stop barely bumping up ram especially
if you’re adding software that uses more of it. So overall how was the experience switching
over, and will I stay with the Samsung? Honestly overall it was great, definitely more positive
than negative and I do wish I could switch but I can’t. The iPhone is good hardware wise, but its
the software that really sells. I missed iMessage and other things like Airplay which is better
than chromecast, controlling my Apple TV, airdrop, continuity, and of course using my
Apple watch which I love. Some software things just didn’t work as well like voice recognition
for texting and siri reading my messages and allowing me to reply hands free. These are the things that still hold a lot
of people to the iPhone, but if Apple doesn’t keep innovating and trying to keep up with
things like RAM and 5G along with faster refresh rates then I may have to take the plunge and
move over to Android. Let me know what you think down below and
click above to subscribe to see our full review. If you want to see our detailed photo or video
comparisons they are right over there, this has been Max with Max Tech and I’ll see
you in the next video.

100 thoughts on “S20 Ultra vs 11 Pro Max – Real Differences after 1 Week!

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  2. Yeah Apple will bring you a fold-able display in about 2097, 100hz in about 2098 and 5G in about 2099.

  3. Apple will also have support easily for 5 years where Samsung won’t. And yes 5g is faster than 4g that’s a given. And Samsung needs 12gb of ram to keep up with apple’s 4gb because iOS is so optimized.

  4. As an European, we don't see many iPhones at all. Close to nobody uses iMessage here. Well, at least where I work we don't. I'm an Engineer and work at a company with over 3000 employers and hardly anyone has an iPhone. Within my network, iPhones belong to a small minority of people that use it. However, what I also noticed is that iPhones are very popular with non-tech people that are heavily into creating media for social media. Till tis day, video-recording on an Android is laggy in both Instagram and Snapchat while it is buttery smooth on an iPhone. That alone is more than enough reason for such people not even look back at the so called 'lag-droid.'

  5. LOL he is saying he can't switch because of the "awesome" Apple software and then he talks about his apple watch, AppleTV and his Macbook….

  6. You hit the nail on the head. Yes you love some of the advanced features available on the S20 but at the end of the day, Apple ecosystem is > a few extra features on the phone. If history is any indication Apple will swing back hard and probably check off most of the s20 advantages and more than likely have a better implementation.

  7. how about pro video mode??
    nobody talks abt it

  8. What about 60hz on the s20? How does the battery life compare?

  9. 6:48 LTE and 720p? Well it's definitely not the iphone's problem, I can watch 1080p even with 3G and it's buffering only when it's scrolled

  10. Why Samsung Ultra screen is covered with running lines?

  11. So basically the other phone has everything better but i would still go for the iPhone bcz I'm dumb like that.Cool.

  12. Paid review…thats why low subs

  13. 2:20 Bulgaria!

  14. Just take the plunge now 🤷🏽‍♂️

  15. Great review, really didn't have to spoil it by making it into a commercial for apple's ecosystem

  16. My sister and I have the Note 9. Her speakers are loud and clear. Can barely hear mine

  17. Quick tip, if you're showing a comparison of text at different resolutions. Please use the same resolution as the highest one

  18. Google assistant is WAYYYYYY better than siri bro!!

  19. lucky that apple has improved their cameras to become a little bit on par with android flagships….
    otherwise it was as always another big flop and overhyped and overpriced piece of crap for very important people

  20. Dont kid yourself that you'd ever change. "If Apple dont innovate then…..". Apple don't innovate, ever. They iterate.

  21. Honestly I have 5 hours and 14 minutes of screen on time with 44% left with the 120hz on optimized. My battery life is pretty great

  22. Night mode on the ultra is amazing

  23. I can say that the ultra is the best phone samsung has ever made. Deff no complaints

  24. I have 11 Pro and LTE and don`t have the streaming issues that you are complaining about .. and i`m on one of the worst mobile carriers in the country (in terms of signal)

  25. If apple had high ram………

    SHIT-

  26. i tried an iphone they are far too restrictive i like the quality,look and feel of iphones well the plus sizes anyway but i couldn't make the switch from a samsung note phone to an iphone but i enjoyed your review can't wait to see this years i assume galaxy note 20.

  27. 11 pro 🔥

  28. Makes me cringe that ppl pay 1500 for the trial run Sammy flagship and were in February comparing the king to a 2019 phone . Your 1500 dollar ultra will be second fiddle to then Note 20 in less than siix months 😂 selling my iPhone PM for the 12 and will get almost the same I paid for. This will be 700 bucks in September

  29. Nice man but how bought that Z Flip though

  30. Ecosystem is to good on Apple to leave … I’ve noticed you were wearing a Apple Watch … are you going to get galaxy watch?

  31. Long time android user here, thinking if I should switch to iphone………. Hmmmmmm

  32. Why are you comparing software that has been updated over the last 6 months compared to software that has not yet been fine tuned?
    This comparison makes more sense to do in May or June when all updates have been done to both.

  33. I watched a few youtubers do a comparison and yours is the best. You give a "user's" comparison as opposed to an "influencer's" comparison. Great video.

  34. The S20 Ultra is thinner than the Pro Max… Not sure what phone you've been using.

  35. MAX TECH its ok, its ok, picture in picture mode is coming to the iphone. Us apple sheep are finally getting some features that android has had for years. You also forgot to mention that the 1400.00 dollar S20 Ultra will only be worth 500.00 in 5-6 months.

  36. I’ve never used iPhone but after using iPhone 11pro max I won’t never return to samsung..use the Samsung 1 year and search for another battery

  37. meh, i'll stick with my S10+

  38. You have to adjust your settings, the Samsung should give you more battery life

  39. I'll be getting the s20 ultra with exynos and I'm sure the battery is going to be a trash like my s10+ exynos):

  40. Auto brightness will get better after learning your pattern. Battery will be better if set it at FHD and 60Hz just like iPhone. But you choose to use 120Hz and complain about the battery life. We all know new phone will get better after software update, and users already said autofocus improved a lot on s20 after update. And I saw your camera comparison video, taking photo at night using 108MP is totally wrong use of the camera. You should use 12MP as it combine 9 pixels into 1 for better quality. You will say DSLR is worst than iPhone too if you didn't adjust the setting accordingly.
    Lastly, it is hard to compare a new device with bugs to an old device that already underwent serial bugs fix update. iPhone has lots of bugs too when first released. Give it a month or 2, surely most bugs will be killed.

    We all know you are big Apple user after seeing your previous video, thanks for doing a video on S20 ultra anyway. Telescope lens surely will be available in future iPhone too, the thickness of the camera is unavoidable.

  41. I've noticed the faster you place and remove your finger from the FP reader the faster. I had a tendency to hold my finger there.

  42. You need the watch active 2

  43. Are u sure he isn't just a apple fanboy

  44. I'm very happy with S20 ultra battery getting beyond 8hrs / day

  45. Nice phone. To bad as per jerryrig Samsung forgot or just didn’t put thermal paste on cpu. Happy overheating Samsung lmao.

  46. more bigger the memory iphone, system memory taking place too much more than a half of its memory, why ?

  47. What is your final decision? 10 Pro Max or S20 Ultra?

  48. My brother uses the 120hz on his s20u and it lasted for like 7hrs screen on time so its basically it depends on how the person use it.

  49. S20 face recognition takes Longer too open up…..phone opens right up🤔

  50. This is what can we can expect from a apple fanboy

  51. Just install gcam and youll be happier 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  52. Samsung screens are looking ahead of Apple here with that 1440p awesome mode and Samsung s20ultras 108 megapixel vs iPhone 11 pro 12 megapixel sensor Samsung won it by not a big margin but won it fair and square i guess 🙂 👍👍

  53. Dont do the parsiality between samsung and iphone.
    We know that you are fanboy of iphone.

  54. oh Samsung.. the leader in marketing hype.. and gimmick.. if it wasn't because of my company keep providing me samsung phone, i would have stopped using it. let me tell you about Samsung phone, numbers on paper does not mean or explain everything.

  55. just go with plus its a phase detect cam

  56. Can I have your iPhone 11 pro max?😭💖

  57. One of the best honest comparisons I've seen you do 🙂

    I'm still rockin my Note 10+ 5G on T Mobile tho lol. Absolutely love it

  58. Unless I use "Pro" mode, video looks horrible on the S20.

  59. The 8k video doesn't support tracking auto focus.
    Like so he can see
    But the normal photo mode focus needs to be fixed

  60. iPhone is so behind 😁should cost $300 maximum

  61. If you are getting pauses while watching Youtube @ 720p on LTE, it's time to ditch T-Mobile. VZW is a no brainer. I never understood why people complain about cost on something you rely on every single day. You get what you pay for. Cut cost somewhere else in your life. Pay the money for a good carrier. Cool vid though.

  62. How do u get the 1440p option on yt?it dosnt show for me when im on wqhd

  63. Get the s10 instead

  64. Get the s10 instead

  65. One of the worst 😭 reviewer…

  66. Your just hating on the iphine

  67. With all time gaming iam getting around 6 .5hrs so i dnt agree with battery info here.

  68. I am not worried about 5G since it's not available everywhere. I would go for a better modem though. Qualquam Snapdragon is a much better modem

  69. I also want to be able to costumize my iPhone like you can with android

  70. Thanks for your input much appreciated. Will you do a compare on the One Plus 8 Pro with Samsung S20 ultra combined with Huawei Pro 40 and the IPhone 11 Pro Max & 12. Hopefully

  71. Fake video quality lol

  72. How to use your phone horizontally
    Nobody:
    0:50

  73. Man your words don't match, on your comparison videos, you tols 8k on s20 had more detailed, now you say the 4k of iphone is better, i disliked that

  74. Google and Bixby both read the messages out to u. Half the time Siri didn't hear me either lol

  75. Samsung was the worse experience ever. Tried the note 10 plus for a month, couldn’t be happier back with Apple

  76. How you face unlock with a mask 😷 🤔

  77. My dad has s20 plus. We drive around and his videos buffer and pause when playing music. But this guy said the s20 has better internet speeds than the pro max. Yea buddy take that test to real life and find out..

  78. Yawn🤔🤔 so the phone "wobbles" on a table …….big deal who cares🙄🙄

  79. Apple are rubbish end of android is killing it and will continue to do so Iphone is junk

  80. I never watch youtube on my mobile data because I'm not a rich guy with 3-digit data plans. So 5G is no big deal for me. It just makes phones hundreds dollars more expensive.

  81. Whenever he says "What would happen in real world" I remember I can't even afford to watch this video at 360p.

  82. Grown people love iMessage 😒. Ok dude lol

  83. good you dont wait the samsungs software update lol

  84. Have you compared movies ? Try the same movie from Disney+ on both phones.

  85. Android all the way.. always.

  86. How da hell do people expect a battery to last when they have 10+ apps open in the background 🤦🏿‍♂️ 😂😂😂

  87. Please test snapshat app on S20 ultra and iPhone and if you like to add more apps thats will be amazing!!

  88. Owner of s8+, delight with new s20 but 2 years warranty android upgrade for a 1400 phone? No, thanks
    I'm still angry to see my s8 doesnt have more updates.
    Clearly apple support their devices while Samsung not

  89. Hate the face id on my iPhone XR, miss a fingerprint censor

  90. Comparing last years iPhone to this years Samsung is such a drag.

  91. Iphone is history pro, i switch iphone to Samsung was last iphone 6 plus

  92. I easily get through everyday with at least 40% battery left with 120hz. I haven't charged my phone at night some nights because my charge cable fell behind my bed.

  93. Great review! I wish I could test phone just like you, seem really funny and interesting

  94. There are several things to consider. To name a few :
    1. If you already own 11 Pro Max it would be idiotic to change to 20 Ultra. Camera is not in any case so much better, has AF issues and in many cases it is even subpar to iPhone. Battery autonomy is another. Downside though is you are missing this state of the art screen of 20 Ultra and 120Hz refresh rate and 5G which is not important for me at the moment to upgrade. So for me these reasons are nowhere near worth it to change if you have 11Pro Max. It would make more sense to wait for iPhone 12 and Note 20 or even Pixel 5 and take it from there.
    2. If you don't own an iPhone 11/Pro and want to upgrade then 20 Ultra is a serious consideration though. Otoh 1400usd for a Samsung device that would lose 20-30% of its price until summertime is a thing to consider if you are not "burning" for an upgrade. It would make much more sense to get 20 Ultra later when Note 20 will be here if you absolutely need android and a device like this.
    3. Ecosystem. I'm not so sure Galaxy 20 Ultra,Galaxy watch & buds will offer me the same experience as my 11 Pro Max,Apple watch & Airpods pro do as we speak. I know Samsung has taken major steps in improving their overall experience but I'm not sure they are anywhere near the apple experience in this whole ecosystem thing. Samsung is prone to not delivering the experience as a whole ecosystem in general from my personal experience. Two years ago I owned several Galaxy flagships in a row for years and galaxy watches. And even if they managed to get close to Apple experience I'm not sure it's worth it to spend so much money and ruin a perfectly good working ecosystem just for the hype of a great phone which at least for me does not offer vastly greater experience to be honest and worse in other aspects.
    It would take a really amazing phone in all aspects to change. Better battery life, fix the mediocre (for the h/w given) camera software, give 120Hz @1440p (can't stand using 1080p if I have the option of 1440p) and maybe Note 20 will be my next phone if iPhone 12 will not be something special 😉

  95. I think we all know that Samsung has surpassed Apple in the smart phone game… However Apple is still Apple. I'll never buy a Samsung. It's just not the brand Apple is & that Apple ecosystem is a juggernaut.

  96. You forgot about charging power…nowadays the average is 45W while iphone11 comes with 5W pro max is 18W (huawei had 22.5W in 2017)

  97. these comparisons are so 🙄 you have to wait for the iphone 12 like 😒

  98. Most reviewers only stay with iPhone cause of the ecosystem. If you only had a iPhone and no other Apple products would you switch then?

  99. this video is sponsored by Apple

  100. But why dont you put it in dark mode??? It gives you so much more battery life and yes the 120hz will drain the battery alot. Put it on whd 1080p, dark mode, and medium power mode and its bound to last all day no problem. On top of that, the charging speeds are remarkably quick for a 5000mah battery. Way faster than the 11 pro max.

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