Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

This post is to compare the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Why? Because we all know that when it comes to flagship smartphones, its going to be between Samsung and Apple.

No offence to other brands, but when it comes to stature, these are the two brands every smartphone brand want to beat.

That said, here’s my comparison of both the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Screen & design

The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a rather boxy design which is rounded off by a shiny stainless steel frame while the S22 Ultra gets an Aluminium frame instead.

Both smartphones have a nice matte glass back with the iPhone being protected by Ceramic Shield, while the S22 Ultra protected by Gorilla Glass Victus Plus.

They are both IP68 rated, and are almost equally sized.

Despite the slight difference in size, both the smartphones use AMOLED screens which support up to 120Hz refresh rate, with the S22 Ultra having more screen to body ratio, and brighter display as compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The iPhone’s screen is flat with sharp edges, while the S22 Ultra’s screen is curved.

Personally, I do not like the sharp edges of the iPhone 13 Pro Max because it makes it rather hard to use, but the flat screen of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is better if you are fitting a screen protector.

The ease benefits of the flat screen of the iPhone was also echoed by SuperSaf in his review of both smartphones which you can view below.


Specification wise, it does seem that the S22 Ultra is better than the iPhone 13 Pro Max, especially since it has a 10MP Periscope lens.

The S22 Ultra also has a 40MP selfie camera which dwarfs the 20MP selfie camera on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Anyway, while the Samsung smartphone produces better and crispier images, it’s frame rate is slightly slower than what the Apple smartphone offers, which is something I find very important especially when I like capturing candid moment or moving objects.

Aside from that, the iPhone 13 Pro Max remains better when it comes to capturing videos, being able to autofocus even in low light conditions.


Performances of a smartphone is rated by two things, the software and also the hardware.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max uses Apple’s latest A15 Bionic chip which is paired by 6GB of RAM, while the Samsung S22 Ultra is powered by either the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Samsung Exynos 2200 which is paired with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM.

Both devices are super fast and super smooth, but using the S22 means you get an S-Pen, which to me holds a great advantage over the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

With the S-Pen, you can draw and write on you S22 Ultra with ease as it has been improved to latency of just 2.8miliseconds.

Apple usually prides itself by constantly updating its software and keeping its iPhones working for years to come, but Samsung isn’t that far off with the Korean company also pushing software updates as frequent, although my experience says that it won’t be as long as what Apple is offering for their iPhones.

Both Samsung and Apple still includes a lot of it’s own software into their phones, but I’ve always found the iOS to be more novice friendly as it automates almost everything for its users.

Also, apps seem to work far better on the iOS if compared to Android, and this is very true when it comes to social media apps.

That said, if you are a fan of customisation, Samsung’s S22 may be the better choice, but if you prefer more automation when using your smartphone, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the better choice.


Both smartphones offer a very powerful and crisp sound but rating the S22 Utra speakers as being louder than what the iPhone 13 Pro Max had to offer.

You can see the test results below.

Battery and power

When it comes to battery life, the iPhone Pro Max simply outshines the S22 Ultra despite the fact it packs a smaller4,373mAh battery as opposed the 5,000mAh battery the S22 Ultra has.
This was proven by a test by XEETECHCARE which you can view below.

In the video, the iPhone 13 Pro Max defeated the battery life of the S22 Ultra by over an hour.

When it comes to replenishing power, the S22 Ultra can get the smartphone juiced up faster if you buy a 45W charger, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max needs longer time to juice up with its maximum 20W charger. Both smartphones do not come with a charger so you need to buy them separately.

They both also support Qi wireless charging as well, with the S22 also supporting reversed wireless charging.

Where to buy:

Both smartphones are available online (sometimes with promotion) via their respective official stores listed below:

Which is better: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The better smartphone will depend a lot on your preference.

If you like changing smartphone every couple of years, the Samsung S22 Ultra would be the wiser choice in my option, but if you are one of those who prefer to keep with something familiar for years to come, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the best option.

Either way, both smartphones are pretty grand devices and would be good to use regardless of which side you are for.