iPhone XR vs. Galaxy S10E: How to choose the best phone
If you're looking for a flagship phone but don't wanna pay a flagship price, the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E are two of your best options from Apple and Samsung.
they both start at 750 dollars and both have comparable features and hardware so how do you chose if you are comfortable with iOs or android.
This is iPhone XR versus Galaxy S10E
Let's begin with their design.
The iPhone 10R has a 6.1-inch LCD display, while the S10E has a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen.
They're both water resistant with stereo speakers.
The S10E has a headphone jack, while the 10R only has a lightning port.
So you'll need to use a lighting headset, don't go all-Bluetooth headphones.
So the iPhone launched in October 2018, while the S10E is only a few months old.
But that being said, the 10R is the cheapest, and it's the newest iPhone that you can actually get for $750, unless you want to spend upwards Of a $1,000 on the iPhone XS or XS Max.
So let's chat design, Lynn, what do you like about the S10 E?
I thought S10 E looks pretty sleek, it's small which is my favorite thing because as someone with small hands, I have a really pretty much a small grip.
So this is comfortable to navigate and to stuff in like my jean pocket or purse, or something like that.
And it's basically the most elegant look you're gonna get When it comes to the S 10 phones for cheap, and I know it doesn't look as luxurious as the iPhone 10 are, but I like that the screen is flat.
I know it's kind of an old school look but I kind of just missed that look and I don't actually mind the whole OLED LCD thing I know.
Ola isn't as bright when we looked at it side by side But the blacks were really rich and dark and I really like it.
Yeah, that's interesting because like a lot of people are a little bit wary about choosing maybe an LCD over an OLED.
Really, Is there ever going to be a situation where you're looking at them side by side unless you're also are you showing friends you pictures on your own, I mean, it's not that big of a deal and I think side by side I really lacked the deep blacks from the early on the s 10 eight but i didn't miss it when i went back to the 10 hour not the 10 hour is great for exactly what it does another thing i like about the display is that it's a little bit sharper the resolution is a little bit higher and i also like the whole punch display i know it was a little quirky when we first saw it but it's kind of grown on me and it has all these wallpapers that you can play with it and have fun with.
It's cool and the notch on the 10R, I'm so used to it right now, I don't see it at all so it's no big deal for me.
When it comes to water resistance though the 10R is IP 67 nd the 10E is IP 68 I haven't dunked the 10e yet, but I really do want to.
But, I did take the 10r to depths that it was not rated for, eight times the rated depth.
It did eventually die.
but it lasted a very, very long time so I think they are tougher than they led on.
And one last thing that I really like about the S10E is that it still has a headphone jack.
I know it's an endangered species among premium phones but.
I like it because I still use my wired headphones, and I don't want to run out and buy bluetooth headphones, and I like the fact that I can charge and listen to music at the same time.
Get with the program Lynn.
Everyone's going wireless.
It's okay, you can too.
Trust me, I was like holding off for such a long time, and then I went wireless and Then my life changed.
I know, I know, I'm just delaying the inevitable.
The iPhone XR has one 12 megapixel camera on the back while the Galaxy S10E has a dual camera with wide-angle and ultra wide-angle lenses.
For selfies, the iPhone XR has a seven-megapixel true depth camera.
The S10E has a ten-megapixel camera in the screen.
But of these phones take really good photos in tha majority of situations.
I think the dynamic range is pretty good on both of them.
Sharpness is also good, and the exposure is pretty placing specially when you're just shooting in daylight in general landscapes.
Low light is a bit of a different story, the S10E is clearly stronger in this respect, Apple has a tradition of being that great with low light photography and it is the same with the [UNKNOWN] it's not bad It's just not as good as the photos you're gonna get from the S10e out of the box with the default camera app.
I agree that S10e just does kind of a better job at brightening up photos in low light.
But unlike its other Android competitors it doesn't have a dedicated low light mode that comes out of the box.
But Samsung is rolling out an update to it.
So that means later users can toggle between switching to automatic setting and to a low light setting which I'm looking forward to testing out.
Another thing about these phones is that neither of them have a telephoto camera.
So all of the zooming that they do is digital.
Which is disgusting.
Yeah, they're both kinda crap.
I mean Galaxy S10E kinda zooms in a little bit closer but both are pretty crappy at it.
Long story short, don't use digital zoom.
When it comes to portrait mode, I think the XR definitely takes this one.
Edge detection is good on both of them.
I think they both have a good idea where to start the blur on the background and where your subject is.
but it looks more natural and more like something that is from a DSLR from the iPhone XR than it is on the XE, and also, those weird kind of wacky radio blurs and motion blurs and all that on the XE, I'm not a fan of it.
They look really tacky.
Yeah, a little bit cheesy.
Yeah, and the default level blurr is also not great so sometimes just sitting there and you're taking a photo on live focus and you're like I can't tell if that is in the portrait mode, or if it's just a regular photo and it's kind of slightly out of focus in the background.
You can, of course, adjust it, but the default is not as nice as it is on the 10R.
Disadvantage with the 10R,though, in portrait mode is that it does not take photos of anything but people.
So no pets, no food, nothing else, just you and me.
That's all it can take photos of.
And that's crap, because I like pets and stuff.
I want portrait mode on everything!
Speaking of portrait mode, also the front-facing camera on both phones take portrait mode photos.
The S10E lets you toggle a bit for a wider perspective.
It also has this beauty mode on by default which I never use, don't use it.
It's weird but I agree with you, the iPhone 10R does pull off portrait mode a little bit better and I like the way it kind of warms up faces, skin tones and the blur is a little bit blurrier and it just makes it look more dramatic and just nicer overall.
So there's another element in the chemical Bixby vision, I have never used it.
No I don't.
I know you can use it to like look up landmarks and look at businesses and maybe even like translate words and it's similar to Google Lens but like Google Lens I use neither of them.
It's not a big selling point for me.
What is the big selling point is the video quality.
I think the XR takes it, but the S10 it really does give it a good run for its money.
Video has traditionally been Apple's real strong point compared to any other phone camera.
I think the Galaxy is getting fairly close.
I think the XR looks a little bit more cinematic, the stabilization is a little bit better.
And the audio is definitely great on the XR compared to the S10 But it's pretty close.
I mean I think for most purposes both of these phones do a really good job.
The iPhone has Apples own A12 chip while the S10E has a Snapdragon 855 processor.
So, while Apple doesn't disclose its iPhones battery capacity, Turnaround's report that the XR has a 2.9 after hour battery, that's 10.
He has a higher capacity 3.1 hour battery.
So this is a great example of something on paper not looking so good and then you test it out in the real world and it actually performs a lot better than you were expecting.
In the case of the iPhone XR, we do a battery test on all of our phones.
We run a movie on a continuous loop in airplane mode.
The XR got to 20 hours of playback before the battery died.
The S10E only made it to 17 hours even though the battery is technically a larger capacity battery.
So they go an extra three hours an extra three hours it's a whole movie.
You could watch on your at 10:00.
That's that's end game.
It's something I like on both phones but the SNP has an extra feature that you can directly wireless charge other things like accessories and.
I think it's pretty useful but I don't know how I feel about letting some stranger zap my battery phone life as the Samsung commercials have you too late yeah I don't know about sharing batteries and streams that hey it's good to know that you have that feature if you really in a pinch and you need it so as we performance the iPhone 10 our beats the s 10 eight into out of the three benchmark categories if you want to see all the numbers They're on the reviews on c/net.
But does that make a real difference in the real world?
I didn't find there was that much difference between them to be honest.
Yeah, I agree when it comes to like launching apps or quitting the camera or typing something on the keyboard.
I didn't really discern any speed differences.
And side by side, maybe we saw some one phone do something a hair faster than the other, but in the end, there was no consistent one.
The iPhone XR runs iOS, and it looks like just any other iPhone.
While Samsung has refreshed its interface with a new look called 1UI.
I'm very glad that Samsung decided to refresh the Touch with UY.
Right now it is called UY.
I was never really a big fan of Touch Whiz.
Then again 1UY hasn't exactly won me over.
I still kinda think it's kinda ugly.
[LAUGH] The icons are ugly.
The notifications don't really look that great, so if you're like me, I'd say
Download your own launcher, download your own scenes and themes and just make it your own and it will feel much better.
When it comes to the digital assistant Like [UNKNOWN] Versus [UNKNOWN] I don't really use [UNKNOWN] That much, at all to be honest, I'm just glad that you can remap that [UNKNOWN] Button on the S10A, that's great, because I don't wanna be calling up [UNKNOWN] Accidentally, when I press on that
I'm much rather [UNKNOWN] Something else.
We all know that Siri is not great either.
So I think the conclusion is use the Google assistant.
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There are also other factors to consider when you're making your decision on which phone to buy.
Such as storage options and mobile payment systems.
For unloking your phone, the iPhone 10i [INAUDIBLE] has face ID.
And the galaxy S10 it does has face unlock but it's not as secure as iPhone 10I which you can use to authorize digital payments.
If you wanna do digital payments on [INAUDIBLE] 10 [INAUDIBLE] luckly there is finger print reader on the side that intuitively doubles as a power button So speaking of digital payments, if you watched any of our [UNKNOWN] comparison videos before on phones and payment systems, you'll know that I do love Samsung pay a lot, just because it has the extra layer of magnetic secure transmission, or MST, which means that you can use a phone pretty much anywhere that you can swipe a credit card, even if it doesn't accept NFC payments.
The Apple Pay interface and system only works with NFC contactless payments.
Maybe it's not big of a deal to some people but for me, I really really think that that's a huge draw card of Samsung Pay, so kind of just want the iPhone with Samsung Pay.
Never gonna happen but hey, I can dream, right?
You can dream.
Another way that these phones are different is storage options
The Galaxy S10e starts at 128Gb which is twice the amount of the iPhone 10i and itr has expandable memory huge.
So if you take lot's of photos and videos this is really important because.
If you run out of storage on the iPhone 10i then you have to go and buy.
Apple iCloud and pay that monthly fee which is like luck.>> No one wants to pay extra if They don't have to love expandable storage.
Let's talk about the elephant in the room though.
I'm sorry but they are emerging on the 20 I just look like that Snapchat agenda swap filter is just so bad.
Animoji is way cuter, or memoji, way, way cuter.
You can can customize your memoji.
I don't really use it that much but I like it when I have it.
So, decision time, Lynn, you've come to the end.
End and we have to choose a winner.
Which one is it for you?
Is it the XR or is it the S10E?
I gotta go with the S10E.
I like the size of it, it's small.
I love the headphone jack and I like the storage option.
A dollar per gig, it's better in value.
And I just liked that you could change the UI.
I don't really like one UI, but you throw in your own launcher that you like, and it's great.
So for me, the simplicity of iOS I really appreciate.
I do use Android and iOS, so I'm very flexible with switching between the two.
And I think for me the 10R is The better deal.
I like the camera a lot more than the SME even though it does some great stuff.
I think just overall it's just such a good all rounder on the iPhone 10 on the design feels a lot more premium, and it's kind of tougher than I was expecting.
This is like the first iPhone I don't have to worry too much about like accidentally dropping dunking in water.
I feel like it's Almost life-proof.
So not quite.
Not quite, but it's getting there.
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