If the early adopters prefer the latest flagships, others prefer to wait for the phones to drop in price before getting them. Released in September 2018 and March 2019 respectively, Apple’s iPhone XR and Samsung’s Galaxy S10 remain two reliable and essential smartphones which, today, are offered at extremely competitive prices. The apple or the galaxy? Let’s take stock before you crack …
iOS or Android: the number 1 choice
The apple or the robot? Before considering the purchase of a new smartphone, the choice of the OS is essential. Like PCs or Macbooks, our phones are indeed equipped with an operating system (operating system), a software interface allowing them to operate. The Android mobile OS, signed by Google, today dominates the market, equipping more than 8 out of 10 smartphones around the world. Apple’s, called iOS, is present natively and exclusively on all iPhones. This first decision thus conditions the type of smartphone you choose.
Different but similar, the two systems are equal and each have their fans, like their detractors … Clear, ergonomic and well thought out, the Californian manufacturer’s iOS has long been a benchmark. In addition to offering intuitive navigation, a clever design and a symbiosis with the other objects of the brand, the iOS also promises foolproof security. Lagging behind for a time, Android has since caught up, offering a more enriched, open and flexible experience than its competitor. The icing on the cake: this operating system is present on an extremely wide selection of phones. It is thus found as much on entry-level models as on ultra premium flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S10.
The iOS entry ticket has long been very expensive, with Apple’s smartphone models easily exceeding the € 1,000 mark. Released at the same time as the iPhone XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR stole the show from its big sisters in 2018. And for good reason, this model – the best-selling in the world in 2019 all brands combined – has a major advantage: a much more affordable price than usual. Despite the release of more recent benchmarks such as the iPhone 11 Pro Max, this success continues.
Design and screen: iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S10
Tastes and colors are indisputable. Perfect: the iPhone XR is available in several colors as in the days of the iPhone 5C. Yellow, coral, red, blue, white or black? Among these 6 finishes, there will necessarily be one that will please your retina. On the sides, aluminum bands complete this look. The Samsung Galaxy S10 – with its slightly curved edges – is available in different glass versions with superb pearlescent effects, reflecting light: White Prism, Black Prism, Green Prism and Blue Prism.
On the front side, the Korean manufacturer focuses on aesthetics and discretion. The screen with the 19: 9 ratio of the Samsung S10 covers more than 88% of the front surface, enough to forget the edges of the smartphone. In addition, the manufacturer managed to house the front camera in a very small, almost invisible bubble. Which is not really the case on the iPhone XR! Despite an almost borderless screen, this smartphone does indeed have a fairly large notch, too much for the taste of some …
Unlike the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, the iPhone XR does not have an OLED screen, but LCD like its successor the iPhone 11. The Liquid Retina HD thus allows to display a resolution of “only “1792 x 828 pixels. In terms of image quality, the Galaxy S10 is simply what you would expect from a top of the range of its caliber. It is equipped with a 6.1-inch Infinity-O AMOLED screen, covered with Gorilla Glass 6, guaranteeing richness in the colors displayed and impeccable brightness. Legibility guaranteed!
Two brands, two photophones
One criterion is now taking precedence over the others. It is even today decisive in the choice of a smartphone… It is indeed the photo. Manufacturers have integrated it well and have thus embarked on a race for pixels, in recent years offering models with several camera modules, for ever sharper and more precise shots. And the Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of them.
1, 2, 3 camera modules are present on the S10! With this triple photo module, this smartphone widened the gap with the competition when it was released by offering a classic 12 Mpix wide-angle sensor, a 12 Mpix telephoto lens with x2 optical zoom, but also an ultra wide angle of 16 Mpix. Enough to guarantee perfect shots day and night. Well, almost perfect. The Galaxy S10 adapts perfectly to ambient light, but may not handle night mode as well as a Huawei P30 Pro or a Google Pixel 3. Apart from this small detail, the S10 is still today one of the best camera phones on the market.
On the side of the Cupertino company, the back of the iPhone XR seems very thin with its single camera. However, if the SLR quality is not there, the photos and videos taken on this device defend themselves very well, and remain ideal for sharing on social networks.
Autonomy and performance
The batteries of the American manufacturer’s models have often been criticized, a second charge thus often becoming mandatory at the end of the day. The iPhone XR sweeps away this bad reputation with impressive endurance, superior even to the XS and XS Pro. At Samsung, efforts have been made since the almost starved autonomy of the Galaxy S9. To browse the web, make calls, watch videos or listen to music, the S10’s battery will hold enough for a day. That is to say a correct autonomy, without creating sparks for all that.
It is rather at the level of performance that the S10 excels. Embedded in an Exynos 9820 processor, this smartphone is remarkably fluid, allowing many games, videos and applications to run without weakening or slowing down. Despite its 3 GB of RAM, the iPhone XR – compatible with iOS 14, recently unveiled by the American giant – does not have to be ashamed either thanks to the power of its Apple A12 Bionic chip.
To take into consideration: the price and the resale
Sold for 859 euros when it was released in its 64 GB version (and 969 euros in its 128 GB version), the very popular iPhone XR has seen its price melt in two years … It is also now available from € 179 at SFR with a subscription of € 30 + € 8 per month, for a 24-month commitment.
The Samsung galaxy s10 was offered at its launch at € 909. Today at SFR, you can find it from € 29 only + 8 € / month, with an 80 GB internet package, over 24 months. A real good plan for this smartphone with superb finishes.
Last significant point on the second-hand market: the resale of the phone. Two years after their release, Android smartphones lose on average 75% of their value, while the iPhone loses only 55%. By buying an iPhone XR or a Samsung S10 today, they will therefore one day sell for even cheaper… But as their price is very interesting today, the percentage of loss in value will remain much lower than if you had bought them. at their exit!
Conclusion: a choice which depends on you!
Despite the technical superiority of the Samsung Galaxy S10, the choice certainly depends on your use, but also on your attachment to the phone’s OS. Now available at an affordable price, the value for money of the iPhone XR is unbeatable for those who would like to stay or join the Apple ecosystem. And if you prefer to bet on performance, the Korean manufacturer’s smartphone will hold up for a few more years …
Whatever your choice, now find the Galaxy S10, iPhone XR as well as all other Samsung and Apple models, on the SFR store.