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iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Galaxy S21 Ultra: Spec Comparison

How does Apple’s newest iPhone Pro Max stack up against the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G? Let’s break it down, spec by spec. Subscribe to CNET: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram: Follow us on TikTok: #iPhone13 #S21 #vs

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How does Apple’s newest iPhone Pro Max stack up against the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G? Let’s break it down, spec by spec.

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  1. JAVIER CARDENAS

    September 16, 2021 at 12:32 am

    First

    • Calvin Green

      September 16, 2021 at 12:40 am

      So close, but nope…

  2. Alejandro Vasconzuelo

    September 16, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Nice

  3. Options Theta

    September 16, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Third ill remember this in 2021

  4. TrendvillesTEDTALKS

    September 16, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Iphone 13 looks a bit bad but its still good

  5. BowlTM

    September 16, 2021 at 12:38 am

    for me, I’m an android guy, the iphone 13 is a good looking phone, sure.

    but it’s the same thing as last year.

    I won’t discount the fluidity of the iphone

    but it just doesn’t feel complete, you know what I mean?

    not that I’d consider switching anyway. the s21 rocks, but the iphone is still a solid phone, just not an upgrade worth the money

    • Andrew Coles

      September 16, 2021 at 12:42 am

      Pretty much. The main thing I like about the 12 and 13 is the build quality, and sharp / flat sides. When you’re holding it, it feels like its a very high quality device.

      With all that being said im still on a Galaxy S9. Some day one of these new phones will make me upgrade. Still waiting for a more substantial climb.

    • BowlTM

      September 16, 2021 at 12:49 am

      @Andrew Coles yeah for me it was a deal to get $800 off an S21 Ultra 5G when I traded in my S10

    • Jacqueline Payne

      September 16, 2021 at 1:22 am

      I finally took the Apple plunge and the “only” thing they do well is the fitness and HeartWatch. But I have to have the phone for the watch 🤮. So I’m dumping my 8+ for the Samsung Note. It seems that it will be the final one in the lineup. I just got tired of arguing with the Genius Bar non professionals. Regurgitation of crap that doesn’t address your phone issues.

  6. J yoo

    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Once you get the actual iphone 13 pro max, can you discuss if the phone is ok for people who has pacemakers?

    • Colors 66

      September 16, 2021 at 12:50 am

      Hi. I don’t know the answer to your question.

  7. Arlene Espiritu

    September 16, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Samsung s21 is better

  8. Andrew

    September 16, 2021 at 12:41 am

    iPhone is the same Underpar garbage at a premium price….

  9. VOLTRON

    September 16, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Ah man.! I Guess I’m keeping my 8 plus for another year. Nothing worth upgrading to. I want onscreen fingerprint reader.

    • Ni Se

      September 16, 2021 at 12:51 am

      Probably will never happen. Maybe they will go with an Fingerprint reader on the Power Button but onscreen is not seamless enough for Apple Standards.

    • cedrick305

      September 16, 2021 at 12:51 am

      Omg same here, I’m hanging onto mine either until they decide to either put the fingerprint under the screen or do something so crazy that you’d have no choice but to get it.

    • Robert Kester

      September 16, 2021 at 12:51 am

      You’ll be lucky lol not gonna happen

    • cedrick305

      September 16, 2021 at 12:54 am

      @Robert Kester
      I’m hoping maybe the next year they might pull it off because they brought Touch ID back for the IPad.

    • ??????

      September 16, 2021 at 1:24 am

      iPhone 14 is speculated to be a big upgrade

  10. Amo_res

    September 16, 2021 at 12:45 am

    i think i like Apple better. its more premium

  11. t3true Designs

    September 16, 2021 at 12:47 am

    These phones are going to morph into slrs with text capabilities, and maybe some social media.

  12. Youtube Account

    September 16, 2021 at 12:49 am

    How can u compare a phone that doesn’t practically exist yet

    • Mr. James Cagney

      September 16, 2021 at 1:23 am

      because we know its specs…

  13. DurgaPrasad Samantula

    September 16, 2021 at 12:52 am

    So
    Everyone is saying “like the iPhone s21 ultra has also adaptive refresh rate “…I think we have to change the phrase because it is the Apple who did it last.

  14. Organic Methamphetamine

    September 16, 2021 at 12:59 am

    people still comparing a company that literally manufacture everything (even tanks ) to apple?

    • ??????

      September 16, 2021 at 1:06 am

      Samsung only makes the display

      And maybe some other small niche thing I don’t know about

    • Ricky235 R

      September 16, 2021 at 1:11 am

      They make them but didn’t design them…

  15. L. rodriguez

    September 16, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Samsung the best

  16. Press Kevin To Continue

    September 16, 2021 at 12:59 am

    I can smell a bias toward the apple product

    • Denis Lara

      September 16, 2021 at 1:20 am

      yeah… that’s CNET’s trademark

    • Press Kevin To Continue

      September 16, 2021 at 1:25 am

      @Denis Lara Yeah, just unsubbed 😀

    • Denis Lara

      September 16, 2021 at 1:28 am

      @Press Kevin To Continue I like the car reviews

  17. shahid hasand

    September 16, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Apple show that performance is more important than useless design

  18. audiogo

    September 16, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Both are good phones 👍👍

  19. Nemo Ciau

    September 16, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Stop putting iPhones against Samsung. There are so many better androids. Example: Xiaomi mi 11 ultra.

  20. Sodak Publicity

    September 16, 2021 at 1:17 am

    It can’t be compared unless done physically…not on a spec sheet talk. It doesn’t really make sense to compare it this way

  21. Nabil P

    September 16, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Thurdeen

  22. Effie Soleil

    September 16, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Xiaomi mi 11T pro still way way better than the trash iPhone 😂 and 400$ cheap too

  23. Sandi Hermana

    September 16, 2021 at 1:24 am

    galaxy S21 Ultra has the clearly winner all they have even zooming the S21 ultra can shoot up to 3x 10x even 100x space zoom they already macro shot from same way that is from ultra wide lens

  24. Bholu Whoop

    September 16, 2021 at 1:26 am

    A spec sheet talk is useless….

  25. ??????

    September 16, 2021 at 1:27 am

    The Sierra blue is great and all, but I feel like pacific blue just looks more “pro” IMO and I think looks better

  26. Shay Poetic

    September 16, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Awwwww Samsung had to use a 108mp camera to try to keep up with Apples quality and it still didn’t work

    • Mito

      September 16, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      You dont even know why they use a huge 108mp sensor. Go be ignorant somewhere else

  27. Rafael Nogueira

    September 16, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Samsung being more expensive then Apple we are in different times

    • Mito

      September 16, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      Price globally dropped to 999$ because samsung didnt release note this year, this channel doesnt research more than 5 min apparently.

    • The Dark Knight

      September 16, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      @Mito then it’s not a value phone if a buy it for 999 then 4 months later it will drop to 500$. Just an overpriced piece of glastic garbage

    • Mardoche Julien

      September 16, 2021 at 9:58 pm

      @The Dark Knight He said 999 not 499.

    • TeecueDee

      September 16, 2021 at 9:59 pm

      The cheapest (128gb) 13 pro max has video features removed. It’s still gonna be a great phone but let’s be fair now.

  28. JD M

    September 16, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    I would much rather get a Pixel 6. No bloat ware!

  29. roger castellanos

    September 16, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    They didn’t tell us that on a s21 you can use a micro ssd up to 1TB, this is not avaliable on any iphone

    • Sagar Sanjay Shenoy

      September 16, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      But you can’t. Maybe you forgot that Samsung has also started removing features….

    • Sagar Sanjay Shenoy

      September 16, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      It has no expansion slot this year

  30. 9goke

    September 16, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Why do people care about Cameras so much

    • Ordinary

      September 16, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      Because there is nothing else to improve on. It’s just a phone all you do is call, browse internet and watch youtube. A phone from 2015 can do that perfectly. I will not upgrade until the phone has foldable screen + atachable joycons, rtx 3060 inside and cross platform support.

  31. Kanna

    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    They both suck. Chinese phone gang wya? OnePlus, Huawei, Xiaomi Bois please rise

  32. Victor Perez

    September 16, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Nothing interesting and new. This video is pure spec sheet and nothing more.

  33. Amadeus Luciiann

    September 16, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Galaxy is a older phone and still has a macro camera 😂😂😂

  34. 1993rufus

    September 16, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    1:33 that is not “Apple’s!” It’s a Samsung panel, the correct words are, new pro motion display, made by Samsung! Also, Samsung has a macro mode too!

  35. iLLBiLLsRoastBeats

    September 16, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Presale starts tmrw 9/17 at 8:00 am and phone drops on 9/24

  36. DIY Art and Crafts

    September 16, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    I hope,,,,,,,,,,,l will buy this phone.

  37. Thomas CROWN

    September 16, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    I remember the days when I complained about phone company requiring min 2 year contract with discounted iPhone for $300. Now they want you pay $30 per month for 36 months (3 years) How is this better?

    • Rio Mendoza

      September 16, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      That’s why you should buy your phones unlocked like I do. Stop being a sucker.

  38. Paul Chong

    September 16, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Galaxy s21 ultra is still better than Iphone.

  39. Jacques Ferreira

    September 16, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    S21 Ultra all the way. That notch looks like 2001.

    • James Carvill

      September 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      My S21 Ultra screen went out after 4 months and it took Samsung over two weeks to make good on it. 2 weeks to get a phone to a customer? I switched to Apple for the service if nothing more..

  40. Gianlu Ca

    September 16, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Happy with my S21 Ultra 512/16, I use a lot the S-Pen, split the screen using two apps, the 240mm lens (x10) and the 108mpx, its fast usb c 3.1, Samsung Dex and the amazing compatibility with Windows 11. A good change from my previous Note 9, only missing 3,5 jack, internal S-Pen and SD slot, but hey, Bluetooth earphones (pairing 2 together), external S-Pen and enough memory can solve this 1st world problem. People should try it before to decide which is better for them! ✌🏼

  41. joemarie gellecanao

    September 16, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    if the price are not far from each other better to choose Iphone instead.
    Andriod phone the price is very fast to depreciate then after one year if you want to sell it in order to upgrade your phone you can only sell it maybe around 30-40% of the original price unlike IOS you can still sell it around 70-80% .
    Im using android for 10 years after i realize after all.

  42. Afrim Hoxha

    September 16, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    When mentioning macro mode for iPhone, do the same for the ultra since it had it before the iPhone. Also Samsung has portrait video which with just one small update it could be similar to cinematic mode of iPhone ( automatic change of focus, or manual)

    • Wolfgang Gunterberger

      September 16, 2021 at 6:40 pm

      S22 in Jan 2022 coming and will have something new once again will leave them behind. I’m not an samsung big fan, however i can’t understand Apple policy, everyone who wnats to buy that is stuck with 2 years old tech and locked system bit sad. Maybe is true only poeople who use Snapcaht and Insta wants only iPhone. This year phones like last year nothing new basically same phone just software added new features. No more Magic like it was when jobs was at scene. Yeah photos are comparable and videos nowdays so i mention other features that showed up already on 2019 competitors to Apple.

  43. Manuel Massa-Ortiz

    September 16, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Samsung > Apple

  44. Israel Ramirez

    September 16, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Switched to samsung after using iphone since 2012 and its probably the best phone i ever had🔥so many features and the customization to make the phone exactly how you want it 🙌

  45. nuyou21

    September 16, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Face it, sales of the killer iPhone 13’s with that insane A15 Bionic are about to make poor Samsung’s S21 so-called Ultra look like an even bigger embarrassing flop. 💯😂

    • TeecueDee

      September 16, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      Fan boys trying to dunk on the other side sound so hilarious 😂 I have an s21 ultra and everything I do on this phone is as fast as literally instant. They’re both good phones, and in 2021 in real world use you aren’t missing out on anything by getting one over the other. Enjoy the 13 my friend, I hope it delivers all you could want from a phone.

    • Whiplazh

      September 16, 2021 at 9:59 pm

      I can’t stand the isheep in the comment section both phones are good end of story

  46. StorresJayrMx

    September 16, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    No hagan comparaciones si no tienen los dispositivos, como nada más hacen videos para poder comer 🍽

  47. Hafiz Yaakob

    September 16, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is better 👍🏻

  48. Jean Virginio SAINT GEORGES

    September 16, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Samsung forever ✅💥💥💥💥💥💥💥 please don’t compare the fly with the lion

  49. Arif Ramzan

    September 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I’m pre ordering the 13 Pro Max 1tb in Sierra Blue later on today (Friday) I’m in the UK 🇬🇧

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