Build and Design
Both Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro Max are quite big phones, and they weigh almost the same.The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is slightly bigger in terms of the dimensions.The designs of both phones are quite familiar, with the S23 Ultra looking a lot like the S22, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max looking like the iPhone 13 Pro Max.The iPhone 14 Pro Max is available in four colors: silver, gold, space black, and deep purple.The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra comes in four colors: phantom black, cream, green, and lavender.
There are four additional exclusive colors available for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra on samsung.com: graphite, sky blue, light, and red.The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a stainless steel frame, while the S23 Ultra has an aluminum frame.The S23 Ultra is one of the first devices in the world with Gorilla Glass Victus 2 in the front and back, which helps improve drop performance on rough surfaces like concrete.The iPhone 14 Pro Max has Ceramic Shield.Both phones have matte finishes across the board for all of the different colors, which looks much better than glossy.
Both phones are using OLED technology, which means colors really do pop, and both have an adaptive refresh rate which goes all the way up to 120 hertz, making things very smooth.The S23 Ultra has a slightly higher resolution than the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which means things are going to be slightly sharper.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a slightly brighter display, with a peak brightness of 2,000 nits versus 1,750 nits on the S23 Ultra.When it comes to screen-to-body ratio, the S23 Ultra has more screen because the borders are slimmer and because of the curve, they look even slimmer, and we’ve only got a small punch out for the front-facing camera.On the iPhone 14 Pro Max, we do have a center cutout which is called the Dynamic Island.The S23 Ultra has a slight curve on the edges, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max has rounded corners.Both devices have great always-on displays.
The S23 Ultra has an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. This is the 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2, and it is personally one of SuperSaf’s favorite fingerprint scanners on any smartphone.The iPhone 14 Pro Max has Face ID, so all of the sensors are behind the Dynamic Island.
SuperSaf has made a detailed camera comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the iPhone 14 Pro Max.The comparison is 18 minutes long and covers all aspects of the cameras.Both devices take great photos and videos.Both have an ultra-wide camera, primary camera, and telephoto.However, the S23 Ultra has two telephoto cameras, giving it better extended zoom.
The S23 Ultra has a better ultra-wide camera, and its primary camera has a much higher resolution of 200 megapixels, giving more detail.But there is quite a bit of shutter lag on the S23 Ultra, making it difficult to take pictures of kids and pets.The iPhone 14 Pro Max is better for taking pictures of kids and pets.The iPhone 14 Pro Max has better video overall, including better cinematic mode and stabilization.The S23 Ultra has 8k at 30 frames per second, which is great for lots of detail.But overall, SuperSaf would prefer the iPhone 14 Pro Max for video and the S23 Ultra for photos.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max is powered by the A16 Bionic chip, and the S23 Ultra is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, a custom chip.In SuperSaf’s experience, both devices have been really, really good and handled anything that he’s thrown at them.The iPhone 14 Pro Max has less RAM than the S23 Ultra.The iPhone 14 Pro Max is quite aggressive with its RAM management, which is noticeable when uploading stories onto Instagram.
The S23 Ultra can post and do something else, and it will carry on in the background, whereas the iPhone 14 Pro Max requires you to stay there until it’s fully uploaded.The iPhone 14 Pro Max has iOS 16.3, and the S23 Ultra comes with Android 13 out of the box with One UI 5.1.Both operating systems are some of the best examples that we have.Samsung has made a big commitment to provide four Android OS updates as well as five years of security updates, which is really impressive.The iPhone 14 Pro Max will receive updates for potentially even longer.
S23 Ultra has universal USB Type C port.iPhone 14 Pro Max still has the outdated lightning port.Apple may be forced to use USB Type C or go port-less in the futureS23 Ultra gets an advantage for having a more universal port.
Battery size and performance
S23 Ultra has a larger physical battery than the iPhone 14 Pro Max.Battery size is no longer relevant since both are running different hardware and software.iPhone 14 Pro Max has great battery life.S23 Ultra is keeping up and giving similar battery life to iPhone 14 Pro Max.S23 Ultra has a consistent and efficient chip set, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.Both have excellent battery life.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs iPhone 14 Pro Max Additional Features
The S23 Ultra has something that you’re not going to get on any iPhone, and that is the S-Pen.
- The S-Pen gives you a level of precision that you’re just not going to get, and it’s just got 2.8 milliseconds of latency.
- With the S-Pen, you can jot down some quick notes, do doodles, edit some images, sign documents, and use it as a remote trigger for the cameras.
- The S23 Ultra also comes with DeX, which will allow you to have a full desktop experience wirelessly from your smartphone onto a big screen and also allow you to control the mouse using your device as a touchpad.
- The iPhone 14 Pro Max has some additional features that you don’t have on the S23 Ultra.
- The first is crash detection, which can contact emergency services on your behalf if you are involved in a car crash.
- The iPhone also has Emergency SOS via satellite, which can connect onto satellites if you’re out in the middle of nowhere and you lose signal completely and need to contact emergency services.
- Both devices have stereo speakers that sound really good.
- The S23 Ultra has one feature that the iPhone 14 Pro Max does not have, and that is the S-Pen.
S23 Ultra supports faster 45 watt charging.iPhone 14 Pro Max can only do around 20 watts.50% charge time is around 30 minutes for iPhone 14 Pro Max and 20 minutes for S23 Ultra.S23 Ultra gets advantage for charging
S23 Ultra supports up to 15 watts of Qi wireless charging.iPhone 14 Pro Max can charge at 15 watts with MagSafe.MagSafe is proprietary.S23 Ultra also supports Wireless PowerShare, which allows power sharing with other devices including iPhone 14 Pro Max.It can be useful if you want to top up your earbuds or other devices.
Storage and pricing
S23 Ultra starts at a higher base model of 256 GB compared to the 128 GB of iPhone 14 Pro Max.Both go all the way up to one terabyte.Neither have expandable storage.The iPhone 14 Pro Max comes at a higher price compared to the equivalent storage models of S23 Ultra in the UK and other regions.Samsung is offering the 512 GB version for the price of the 256 GB version.You can also get up to $150 of instant Samsung credit by using SuperSaf’s affiliate link in the description.Overall, you will be paying less for the S23 Ultra compared to iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Both devices have advantages and disadvantages.It comes down to personal preference of operating system.He likes both devices and has done a detailed camera comparison between them in another blog.both devices are good.it is depend on your pocket.