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iPhone 13 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus | The Clash Of Flagship Devices!


The iPhone 13 has become a popular choice for many Apple fans due to its compact form factor and improved camera systems. While the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus also has been successful in attracting a lot of users due to its performance and premium features. While both devices provide a premium feel and superior build quality here’s how to compare iPhone 13 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus in other aspects.

- Updated: 27th Nov 2021, 03:37 IST

iPhone 13 in terms of design was not that of a big upgrade compared to the iPhone 12. You can barely differentiate between two devices by just looking at them. But under the hood, the device included a lot of new features such as 5G and a higher refresh rate display which made it a very appealing choice for buyers. 

On the other hand, the Samsung S-series has always been the line of smartphones that offers premium flagship experience to Android users and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus delivers the same experience. In terms of features both the devices are very close to each other but belong to a completely different world and the performance gap between them is narrowing down every year as a new flagship is released.

Here we do a detailed comparison between iPhone 13 Vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus.

Design: iPhone 13 Vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 

Comparing the design aspect, both the devices are very different in terms of design. The iPhone carries a flat rectangular design while the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes with more rounded off edges. The iPhone 13 carries the same notch that we have seen from the iPhone X launched in 2017 which has now been made slightly smaller. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a really small hole punch camera that you can barely notice when using the smartphone.

iPhone 13

Similar to the iPhone 12 series, all the variants of the iPhone 13 come with a flat display and aluminium body that makes the device feel premium to hold in hand. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus also features a flat display with an aluminium frame and makes the device feel premium to hold in hand.

The rear camera bump protrudes a bit more on both the devices but for iPhone 13 specifically, the camera sensors are very huge this year. The design of the Samsung S21 Plus camera is better than the iPhone 13; it looks a bit minimalistic and provides a good overall aesthetic look.

Design is important but not everyone will like the iPhone’s flat sharp edges and the diagonal arrangement of the camera module might not be something that everyone would love. And it is difficult to say which device has taken a lead here in this category. Both the iPhone 13 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus offer premium design. Although if ease of use is your priority, the iPhone 13 with a bit smaller size should be your go-to choice.

Also Read: iPhone 13 Review

Hardware: iPhone 13 Vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 

iPhone 13 comes with the latest A15 bionic processor which is a 6 core CPU with 4 core GPU and an additional neural engine for machine learning with AI. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus packs the Exynos 2100 octa-core processor which is for variants available in India. Both processes are the top-of-the-line most powerful processors available right now in their categories.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Review – Worth The Flagship Price

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus certainly comes with a larger 6.7-inch display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. On the other hand, the iPhone has a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display compared to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus’s dynamic AMOLED display.

iPhone 13 Camera

While the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max both got the 120 Hz refresh rate display, Apple didn’t introduce the higher refresh rate display in the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus the iPhone lags behind in terms of higher refresh rate display. Also, the peak brightness of the iPhone 13 is only up to 800 nits while Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus goes up to 1300 nits.

The iPhone 13 supports only 20W fast charging while the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a slightly faster 25W of fast charging. If you are buying the iPhone you also need to buy the fast charger separately. The same is with S21 Plus you’ll have to buy the charging brick separately.

Android phones usually come with more RAM compared to the iPhones but that isn’t a very important factor as the iPhone doesn’t require that much RAM. The reason being iOS is better optimized for better RAM management and the apps don’t require much resources to keep in memory.

One of the things that makes using the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus much easier is the presence of a fast fingerprint sensor provided under the display. This makes it very easier to unlock the phone without removing your face mask when you have face ID enabled. But the iPhone 13 sadly does not have any other option to unlock and you have to remove your mask or use the traditional password/pin method to unlock your smartphone. Both the phones come with IP68 dust and water resistance for up to 1.5m for 30 minutes. 

The software support for iPhones is much better compared to Android devices. Apple offers several years of guaranteed software updates (the iPhone 7 launched in 2016 still got the latest iOS 15 update) while Android manufacturers such as Samsung are only able to offer two years of promised updates.

Software experience: iPhone 13 Vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Samsung software

Software is the main differentiating factor that makes the device stand apart from each other. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus runs on Android 11 while iPhone 13 runs on iOS 15 which is the latest from Apple. Between the two operating systems iOS is much easier to use while Android comes with a lot of customization options. Android users get to choose from a variety of features to customize their device over the preferred security and simplicity of iOS.

Also read: iOS 15, iPadOS 15 Released in India: Everything You Need to Know

The Samsung OneUI 3.1 is based on Android 11 and is built around to provide smoother one-handed usage. It comes with features such as an always-on display and a newly added well-being widget on the lock screen which keeps you updated on how many times you unlock your smartphone.

iPhone 13 software

On the other hand, iOS 15 comes with a much more refined software experience out of the box. It is usually free of any vulnerabilities or bugs and provides a lot of added security features that make the iPhone one of the most secure devices to carry around in your pocket. 

Overall, in terms of software both the devices are equally good in their own category and whichever you choose you won’t be disappointed with the User experience.

Camera: iPhone 13 Vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus camera

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus includes a triple camera setup which comprises 12-megapixel primary sensor, 64-megapixel telephoto sensor, and 12-megapixel ultrawide sensor. On the other hand, the iPhone 13 includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. 

iPhone 13 camera

The cameras on the iPhone have always been impressive and make themselves stand out due to excellent hardware and software processing. This is true in the case of even the iPhone 13 but Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus also stands toe-to-toe with the iPhone’s camera quality. The company has made a lot of improvements in both software and hardware-wise therefore Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus delivers results that are pretty close to the iPhone 13. 

But if you are looking to buy a smartphone specifically for its video capabilities then I think iPhone 13 should be the best option.

iPhone 13 Vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: Which smartphone to buy?

The iPhone 13 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus belong to different market segments and both have a separate fan base. But in terms of pricing both the devices are available for quite a similar price tag. If you pick the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus which is based on Android 11 it offers the best experience that an Android smartphone can offer. There are a lot of customizations and useful features added which can deliver excellent performance on an everyday basis.

Also read: iPhone 13 Review: Get The iPhone 12 At Discounted Price Instead!

On the other hand, the iPhone 13 comes with an iOS 15 which is easier to use and designed to provide simplicity. You might not get a lot of features with the iPhone 13 but when it comes to the iPhone’s camera rarely any device can compete with the picture quality that iPhone provides. So if you are looking to purchase a smartphone made only on its cameras, the iPhone 13 can be a better choice compared to Samsung if you don’t mind paying a premium price.

Both the devices are quite opposite to each other but with a similar price tag and excellent overall performance. Comparison between two devices is tough but if you are aiming to purchase a device based only on performance and its cameras you should certainly choose the iPhone 13 as it provides the best performance and overall excellent photography and videography results.

How to sell your old phone and upgrade to iPhone 13 or Samsung S21 Plus with Cashify?

There are a lot of online and offline options to sell your old phone. But if you want to get the best value for your phone we at Cashify can help you out to get the best value for your old device. Cashify offers a very simple door-step pickup procedure. You just have to schedule a pickup and once it is picked up you’ll receive your money in your bank account. Of course, you can choose from any of the other offline or online options to sell your phone but none of them will provide a value better than Cashify. Here’s how the procedure to sell your phone on Cashify goes.

  1. The process to sell your phone begins with creating an account on Cashify if you already don’t have one. 
  2. Then visit the Sell old phone page and choose the brand of your smartphone. 
  3. Now choose the model of your phone and you will then be redirected to the ‘sell’ page.
  4. You just have to fill in a few details of your device as asked and you’ll have an estimated buyback value for your phone.
  5. Now a Cashify executive will come to your dooorstep, perform a quick quality check and transfer the amount to your bank account. It’s that simple.

Click here if you’re looking to sell phone online, or want to recycle old phone, and Cashify will help you get the process completed right at your doorstep.


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Highlights of the Story

  • The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is a well-built premium flagship phone with a top-of-the-line processor and best in class camera setup and excellent display.
  • iPhone 13 is a premium smartphone with a huge fan base that are a fan of simplicity, premium build quality and security features that Apple offers.
  • Here’s a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and iPhone 13.

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