iPhone XS vs Galaxy S10:

The battle of the flagships


Which of these flagship phones have you picked, or are you thinking of picking up? 

I have switched back and forth between Android and Apple phones since the first iPhone came out, but I have spent much longer periods of time with an iPhone in my pocket. Here’s a short attempt at explaining why. 

You obviously don’t have to agree with my arguments, so don’t hesitate to create your own showdown by modifying this one, and giving your own opinion on this endless debate. 

It’s a really close call, but for me the iPhone wins thanks mainly to its silky smooth experience, and to how much I love the Apple Watch.

I haven’t been quite convinced by Samsung’s smartwatch OS, but if a worthy competitor to the Apple watch is released, I might just make the switch to Android once more.
Criteria and weight
iPhone XS
Galaxy S10
  • Starts at $999 for 64GB of storage
    Starts at $899 for 128GB of extendable storage
    $100 is a fairly large difference, so the win goes to Samsung. Storage doesn’t matter much to me, as 64GB is still plenty enough for my usage. 

    I don't care that much about price when choosing a smartphone though, as it's something that I really use a lot!
  • Processor: Apple A12 Bionic

    RAM: 4GB

    Storage: 64 / 256 / 512 GB
    Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

    RAM: 8GB

    Storage: 128 / 512 GB
    Specs don't say much about actual performance, and are very hard to compare, but they're still an interesting piece of information.
  • 5.8-inch 19.5:9 1124 x 2436 AMOLED

    Pixel density: 458ppi
    6.1-inch, 19:9, Wide Quad HD+, Dynamic AMOLED+

    Pixel density: 550ppi
    Both screens are produced by Samsung
    Their quality is very similar, but Samsung wins because I'm very favorable to larger screens, as long as the phone still fits in my pocket.
  • The performance of iOS is excellent, with very little discernible lag.
    It's not specific to the Galaxy S10, but Android phones tend to display a very slight stutter in some areas, for example when scrolling through a webpage.
    Every time I switch to Android, I come back to iOS pretty quickly because of its mostly lag-free experience.
  • I have an irrational attachment to the iOS rubber band scrolling effect, and I love the fact that the design is very consistent from app to app
    There's nothing I really dislike about the user experience on Samsung phones, but I always get slightly frustrated by the very linear scrolling.
  • Rear cameras: Dual 12-megapixels

    Front camera: 7-megapixels
    Rear cameras:
    - Dual Pixel 12-megapixel OIS f/1.5 – f/2.4 AF
    - 16-megapixel ultra-wide f/2.2 FF
    - 12-megapixel telephoto OIS f/2.4 AF

    Front cameras: Dual Pixel 10-megapixel f/1.9 AF
    I'm not a great photographer, so I'm quite satisfied with the quality of both of these cameras.
  • iOS delivers a very "as-is" experience, and doesn't allow much customization.
    The endless possibilities to personalize your phone with widgets, launchers, and other configuration options is a big draw, even though it can be a huge time consumer.
    A clear win for the Galaxy S10 here. For a more detailed comparison, take a look at the Android vs iOS showdown!
  • Compatibility with the Apple Watch is really important to me
  • 2 658 mAh
    3 400 mAh
    Despite the smaller battery of the iPhone XS, both should get you through a full day of intensive usage.

    Until the day when smartphones can last more than a couple of days without a charge, getting through a full day is all that really matters to me, as I rarely sleep without a charger nearby.