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Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Apple iPhone 14 comparison: 5 differences you may not know

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 and Apple iPhone 14 are the regular models from both brands’ flagship series. Even though the more premium and flashy Ultra and Pro models take most of the public attention, these standard variants tend to be more accessible. They offer most of the top-end features and don’t cost you a bomb. What’s also interesting is that these phones are very similar in many aspects. So, it’s obvious you may feel confused about which one to pick. Here, we will go through the nitty gritty and make the Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Apple iPhone 14 comparison easy for you.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Apple iPhone 14: Specs comparison

We will just be taking a look at what sets apart both of these phones in different aspects:

1. Design

This is a very subjective thing but Samsung Galaxy S23 has a design revamp over its predecessor while Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 look identical. One area where Apple phone has a theoretical edge over Samsung is in its IP rating as the iPhone 14 claims water resistance up to 6m for 30 mins while Galaxy S23 is certified for 1.5m for 30 mins.  

2. Display

Samsung has a brighter screen at 1750 nits of peak luminance while Apple offers 1200 nits only. 

Samsung also equips its phone with a 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate while Apple sticks to a 60Hz panel. This should also contribute to a much more power-efficient Always-On display at a 1Hz refresh rate. Apple has made AoD exclusive to its iPhone 14 Pro models.

The iPhone 14 screen has a tad more pixels at 1170 x 2532 resolution and comes with 460 PPI density.

3. Performance

Samsung has armed the entire Galaxy S23 series phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Apple, on the other hand, used a gen-old A15 Bionic chip on the iPhone 14. 

On the software side, Samsung Galaxy S23 boots with Android 13 with One UI 5.1 whereas Apple iPhone 14 comes with iOS 16.3. 

We won’t get into the Android vs iOS comparison as that’s subjective.

Apple tends to roll out at least 5 years of platform updates while Samsung is catching up with 4 years of generational updates and an additional year of security patches.

4. Power

Samsung has a bit of a bigger battery at 3900mAh with 25W wired and 15W Qi (USB-C 3.2) wireless charging support.

Apple, on the other hand, arms the iPhone 14 with a 3279mAh battery, 20W wired charging (lightning and based on USB 2.0 standard), 7.5W Qi charging and 15W MagSafe (proprietary) charging support.

Samsung Galaxy S23

5. Camera

Comparing the two phones’ camera specifications, you will find Galaxy S23 has an upper hand over Apple iPhone 14 in terms of zoom shots thanks to its 3x telephoto sensor.

As for how they perform in both photography and videography isn’t an experiential thing and not something you can gauge from a spec comparison.

Before we wrap up, note that the Samsung Galaxy S23 ships with an ultrasonic, under-display fingerprint reader and Samsung Pay.

While Apple lacks a fingerprint reader, the Face ID is very reliable and on the newer iPhones, it also works with a mask on. The iPhone 14 also brings unique features like Ultra Wide Band, Emergency SOS, and Car Crash Detection. Some of you may hardly ever notice these features but it’s anyway good to have them around. 

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