iPhone 14 Pro Max vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: Which Should You Buy?
The iPhone 14 Pro Max is the most specced out iPhone on the market. Its rival is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra which is the most significant and boldest smartphone from Samsung. These are also some of the most expensive phones you can buy now. Each year, the best iPhone 14 Pro Max is compared to the best Samsung Galaxies. Let’s do that again with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max and the Galaxy S22 Ultra are the greatest smartphones with top-of-the-line specs such as flagship cameras, display, battery, and much more. Plus, both smartphones are also priced pretty similarly. But how are they different and which one should you buy?
iPhone 14 Pro Max Overview
The iPhone 14 Pro Max is powered by the new A16 Bionic, has the brightest display on a smartphone, one the best battery life on any smartphone, a 48MP primary camera, and Dynamic Island. The iPhone 14 Pro Max has some unique features too. These include the new Crash Detection feature and SOS via Satellite. The new display also enables Always-On Display on the Pro iPhones. It is the best iPhone 14 Pro Max ever.
Galaxy S22 Ultra Overview
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the latest flagship smartphone from Samsung. It has a 6.8-inch Quad HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and has 12GB of RAM. In addition, the phone has a 108MP primary camera, 100X Zoom, built-in S Pen support, and the power of One UI. Plus, it’s got a large battery and has five years of assured software support. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a powerful and capable smartphone that offers a great user experience.
So which one to choose? Let’s find out with this head-to-head comparison.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: Full Comparison
- 6.7-inch OLED vs 6.8-inch OLED screen with 1-120Hz variable refresh rate.
- Face ID vs Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner
- Dynamic Island vs Punch hole
- Galaxy S22 Ultra has an S Pen
- Galaxy S22 Ultra has 100X Zoom
- iPhone 14 Pro Max has better video
- 27W vs 45W fast-charging
- iPhone 14 Pro Max has a longer-lasting battery
The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a new pill-shaped cut-out for the front camera and the Face ID sensors. Apple calls it Dynamic Island. Apple has very smartly used the ugly-looking pill-shaped cut-out for some functionality to make it seem appealing. Dynamic Island is an interactive UI element that changes according to your apps. It can be used to glance at the timer, access music controls, voice recording status, and much more. The display is also flat, and the body has flat stainless steel sides. The notch is gone and is now replaced by Dynamic Island.On the flip side, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a tiny punch hole for the front camera, which looks more modern than a long, large pill. Plus, the large display is curved, and the side frame is made of aluminium. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is also wider than the iPhone 14 Pro Max. One unique feature of the Galaxy S22 Ultra is that it has a built-in stylus called the S Pen. The S Pen is stored and charged within the phone and can be used to control the phone with air gestures and action buttons.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max and Galaxy S22 Ultra are certified to be IP68 water and dust-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about accidental water or dust with either of the phones. Moreover, the iPhone 14 Pro Max still uses the proprietary lightning connector for charging, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra uses a USB-C port. However, iPhone 14 Pro Max might be switching to USB-C very soon, perhaps with the iPhone 15 Ultra.
Regarding the display, the iPhone 14 Pro Max takes the win. It has a large 6.7-inch 120Hz screen with a resolution of 1290p and a brightness of up to 2000 nits. On the other hand, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a slightly larger 6.8-inch 120Hz resolution of 1440p and a peak brightness of 1750 nits. In addition, both screens support the latest LTPO technology that has a variable refresh between 1Hz-120Hz. This tech enables a more efficient Always-On Display.
However, the OLED technology of the iPhone 14 Pro Max is superior. The iPhone 14 Pro Max uses the latest M12 generation OLED panel, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra uses the last generation M11 panel. While the iPhone 14 Pro Max takes the lead, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is no behind. It has a higher resolution, a curved display that feels more premium, and a less intrusive punch-hole camera.
The Always-On Display on the iPhone 14 Pro Max differs from what we’ve been used to on Android and even the Apple Watch. The Always-On Display on the iPhone 14 Pro Max is an extra dim version of the lock screen. Plus, there is no customization for it. Your lock screen is your Always-On Display. Regardless, on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the Always-On Display is more practical and traditional. You can customize and add widgets to the Always-On Display on the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max uses Face ID for biometrics. The Face ID sensors seem to be the same as the iPhone 13 Pro Max. However, Face ID now works in the landscape too. As for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, you get an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. You can also use face authentication, which is not as secure as Apple’s Face ID. This is because it uses a standard picture-based recognition, unlike Apple’s IR-based recognition.
Now let’s get to the most exciting part of this comparison— performance. The iPhone 14 Pro Max comes with the latest Apple A16 Bionic, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the US and India (Exynos 2200 in Europe).
A16 Bionic vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
During the keynote, Apple claimed the three-year-old A13 Bionic is faster than the nearest competitor. This nearest competitor could be the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. However, real-world performance is very different.Undoubtedly, the A16 Bionic is the fastest chip in any smartphone. It has a faster GPU which results in better graphics performance when gaming. It is also built on TSMC’s 4nm fabrication process as opposed to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is based on Samsung’s 4nm fabrication process. For those unaware, TSMC’s fabrication process is superior to Samsung’s. This makes the A16 Bionic more efficient than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
While the A16 is the fastest chip in any smartphone, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is not slow either. It performs exceptionally well on the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
On GeekBench 5, the iPhone 14 Pro Max scores significantly higher than the Galaxy S22 Ultra. It scores 1884 in single-core performance and 5491 in multi-core performance. The scores of the Galaxy S22 Ultra are way less, with 1157 and 3307 with single-core and multi-core performance, respectively. The A16 Bionic performs 56% and 39% better in single-core and multi-core performance, respectively. Do note that GeekBench only tests the CPU performance of a chipset.
As per Phonearena, on 3DMark Extreme (High), the iPhone 14 Pro Max scores 3382 while the Galaxy S22 Ultra scores 2203, which is a huge difference. Moreover, the difference remains somewhat the same on 3DMark Extreme (Low), with the iPhone 14 Pro Max scoring 2327 and the Galaxy S22 Ultra scoring 1624. For those unaware, 3DMark Extreme is designed to test the GPU performance of a chipset.
When it comes to AnTuTu, the comparison does not make sense, as AnTuTu works differently on iOS and Android. Therefore, we wish not to include that.
5. RAM and Storage
The iPhone 14 Pro Max still has the same 6GB RAM as the iPhone 14 Pro Max 13 Pro Max. On the flip side, the Galaxy S22 Ultra offers 8GB RAM on the base model and 12GB on the highest-end model. Both perform very well in multitasking. As for storage, both smartphones offer four storage variants— 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. Neither of the smartphones supports a microSD card, so keep that in mind when making your purchase.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max runs on the latest iOS 16 and will likely receive 5 to 6 years of software support. Samsung is also not behind. Samsung has promised four years of major Android updates and five years of security updates for the Galaxy S22 Ultra. It currently runs on One UI 4.1.1 based on Android 12L and will receive One UI 5.0 based on Android 13 very soon.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a better and bigger camera sensor and better video, but the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a zoom that remains unmatched. Both phones have one of the best camera systems on any smartphone, but which one is better?
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: Camera Differences
- Primary camera: 48MP (24mm) vs 108MP (23mm)
- Ultra-wide camera: 12MP on both
- Telephoto lens: 12MP with 3X optical zoom vs 10MP with 3X optical zoom
- 10X periscope lens only on the Galaxy S22 Ultra
The iPhone 14 Pro Max now uses a 48MP sensor for the primary camera, a massive jump from the 12MP on the 13 Pro Max. On the flip side, the Galaxy S22 Ultra uses a 108MP sensor for the primary camera, which was also on the S21 Ultra and the S20 Ultra.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max takes fantastic photos and videos, but the 10X periscope lens on the Galaxy S22 Ultra is unmatched. In addition, the Galaxy S22 Ultra can zoom in 100X with digital zoom. Samsung has been improving the zoom experience on the Galaxy S22 Ultra S series every year. It is undeniably the best zoom experience on any smartphone. Nevertheless, the iPhone 14 Pro Max maxes out at 3X optical and 10X digital zoom.