If you are on the lookout for a flagship cellphone however do not wish to pay a flagship worth, the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E are two of your finest choices from Apple and Samsung. Having launched in October 2018, the iPhone XR is the newest and least costly iPhone you may get in comparison with the $1,000 iPhone XS and $1,100 iPhone XS Max. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10E got here out this yr, and is one among 5 Galaxy telephones Samsung unveiled in February. Compared to the $900 Galaxy S10 and the pricier $1,980 Galaxy Fold (which does not but have an official launch date due to display screen points), the Galaxy S10E is the most cost effective out of the group.

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iPhone XR vs. Galaxy S10E: How to decide on one of the best cellphone

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Both the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E begin at $750 and have comparable options and hardware. So in the event you’re comfy with each iOS and Android, how do you select what cellphone to get? We break down the professionals and cons of every in terms of their design, digicam prowess, battery and processing efficiency, software program options and additional goodies.
Design: iPhone’s class vs. Galaxy’s basic options The Galaxy S10E has a 5.8-inch AMOLED display screen and appears nice. It’s really probably the most elegant design you are going to get from Samsung with out paying an excessive amount of in comparison with the opposite Galaxy S10 telephones. And whereas it does not really feel as luxurious because the iPhone XR, its small measurement is comfy to carry. The cellphone’s flat display screen offers it an old-school look and is harking back to telephones just a few years in the past, earlier than Samsung curved the facet edges of its Galaxy telephones. Meanwhile, the iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD show. Unlike previous iPhones, the iPhone XR feels pretty sturdy and we felt much less afraid to drop it. We do not advocate you do, however in case you are curious, that is what occurred after we dropped a unadorned iPhone XR on the sidewalk. Also, when each telephones are on most brightness, the iPhone is far more vibrant, particularly off-axis, or if you view the cellphone from its sides. However, the Galaxy S10E’s OLED display screen means blacks are a lot darker and inkier. The cellphone additionally has a better decision and a better pixel density than the iPhone XR, however you actually cannot discern a lot of a distinction except you maintain the telephones side-by-side.
Another distinction between the 2 is how they deal with the front-facing digicam. The Galaxy S10 has a “hole-punch” digicam within the display screen. While it regarded odd at first, over time we acquired used to it. There are additionally some inventive wallpapers you’ll be able to obtain that play with the hole-punch. The iPhone XR, alternatively, has a black notch up high that homes the TrueDepth selfie digicam. Once some extent of competition when it first debuted with the iPhone X in 2017, we have gotten used to it at this level. Both telephones have stereo audio system, however the Galaxy S10 additionally has a headphone jack so that you can plug in your wired headphones and take heed to music or make calls with. This is helpful when you do not wish to purchase Bluetooth headphones otherwise you wish to take heed to music and cost your cellphone on the similar time. The iPhone XR solely has a Lightning port. These days, nevertheless, an absence of a headphone jack is not thought-about a lot of a deal breaker; certainly preferring the beloved however endangered headphone jack may be delaying the inevitable as increasingly cellphone makers resolve to lop it off their handsets. Finally, the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E are rated IP67 and IP68, respectively, for water resistance. On paper meaning the Galaxy S10E can survive a barely deeper depth underwater, however after we examined the iPhone XR, it really survived at a depth nearly 8 instances it was rated for.  Winner: The iPhone XR appears and feels extra premium to us, however we love the S10E’s nice OLED show and headphone jack which supplies it a transparent advantageWhat cellphone takes higher images and video?
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Camera: Are two lenses higher than one? The iPhone XR has one 12-megapixel digicam on the again, whereas the Galaxy S10E has two: a 12-megapixel wide-angle shooter and a 16-megapixel extremely wide-angle lens. Both take improbable images and you may learn a deep-dive digicam comparability between the 2 right here. In normal although, the Galaxy S10E’s Scene Optimizer could make colours look over-the-top and coloration accuracy on the iPhone XR is healthier in daylight and indoor lighting. When it involves low-light, the iPhone XR is not dangerous, nevertheless it does not look pretty much as good because the Galaxy S10E, which takes brighter, extra detailed low-light pictures. Interestingly, in contrast to a few of its Android opponents just like the Pixel 3 and OnePlus 7 Pro, the Galaxy S10E does not have a devoted digicam mode for low-light out of the field. Instead, the cellphone optimizes settings every time it auto-detects a dim scene, however customers cannot manually change this on. Samsung is rolling out an replace for this although, and whereas our Galaxy S10E does not have it but, we’re trying ahead to testing it. Both telephones take portrait images, which blur the background for a dramatic look. We a lot want the portraits from the iPhone XR. Edge detection is healthier and the falloff between the fore- and background appears extra pure than the Galaxy S10E. Subjects additionally look sharper and the dynamic vary seems to be wider. Portrait mode on the iPhone XR solely works on human faces, although, so you’ll be able to’t flip it on for pets or inanimate objects. Portrait images taken with the iPhone XR (left) look extra pure than the Galaxy S10E (proper), however you’ll be able to’t apply it to non-human faces.
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The iPhone XR (left) didn’t expose the blue sky in addition to the Galaxy S10E (proper) on this image.
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The reds and greens within the iPhone XR’s picture (left) is far more vibrant and wealthy than the Galaxy S10E (proper).
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Portrait images is known as “Live focus” on the Galaxy S10E. The default impact is delicate and we’re not followers of its completely different blur designs, just like the radial blur (it is form of cheesy.) You can modify the blur after the shot has been taken on each telephones, however the impact appears most pure from the iPhone XR. For selfies, the iPhone XR has a 7-megapixel TrueDepth digicam and the Galaxy S10E has a 10-megapixel digicam. Both can take portrait footage. The Galaxy S10E helps you to toggle to a barely wider perspective and there is a Beauty Mode that is on by default. While the Galaxy S10E pulls off strong portrait footage, we nonetheless want the hotter pores and skin tones on the iPhone XR and the softer background. The iPhone XR’s selfie portraits (left) are hotter than the Galaxy S10E (proper).
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As for video, the standard from each is nice, with a well-exposed picture. The Galaxy S10E additionally has the added benefit of HDR10+ assist when recording to assist steadiness out dramatic shifts between shadows and highlights. Video from the iPhone XR, nevertheless, appears extra cinematic by way of stabilization and the way the publicity adjustments extra easily to compensate for lighting situations. Audio recording on the iPhone XR can also be higher to our ears — it simply picks up extra element. Winner: Tie. The S10E has the benefit of a wide-angle lens and superior evening images, however the XR has a greater portrait mode and video
Battery life and efficiency: The iPhone XR beats the Galaxy S10E The iPhone is powered by Apple’s personal A12 Bionic processor whereas the Galaxy S10E has the Snapdragon 855 chipset. The iPhone XR gained three out of 4 benchmarks however with every day utilization you do not really feel a lot of a distinction between the 2. The iPhone XR is absolutely responsive and is fast to launch the digicam, focus and take images. Then once more, the Galaxy S10E is zippy too with day-to-day duties like opening apps, scrolling by webpages and launching the digicam. Side-by-side there have been instances when one cellphone did one thing a hair quicker than the opposite, however there was no constant winner. While Apple does not disclose its iPhone’s battery capacities, teardowns report that the iPhone XR has a 2,900mAh battery. The Galaxy S10E has a barely greater capability of 3,100mAh. Both clocked in strong instances in our lab assessments, however the iPhone XR lasted longer regardless that it has a smaller battery. When we performed a video on a steady loop in Airplane Mode, the iPhone XR lasted almost 20 hours whereas the Galaxy S10E lasted 17 hours. This is an efficient instance of how one thing won’t look nice on paper (for instance, the iPhone XR’s battery capability), however real-world testing reveals in any other case. Both telephones even have wi-fi charging, however the Galaxy S10E has an additional nifty characteristic referred to as wi-fi energy share. This helps you to wirelessly cost telephones, earbuds, wearables and different equipment immediately on the again of the cellphone. It’s undoubtedly helpful if you wish to cost your personal issues wirelessly, although we’re not too positive about permitting strangers to zap your cellphone’s battery like Samsung would have you ever consider in its commercials. Winner: iPhone XR3DMark Slingshot Unlimited

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Software: iOS or Android? The iPhone XR runs iOS and whereas it appears identical to another iPhone, we respect its clear user-friendly look. Both telephones haven’t got a bodily residence button, that means you may should depend on gestures or digital again buttons to navigate. We want the iOS gestures on this respect, particularly for multitasking and app switching as a result of it’s extra fluid and simple to grasp than the Android rendition. The iPhone XR additionally has iMessage and FaceTime in the event you’re speaking to different customers with an Apple ID, which is a seamless expertise in comparison with the extra fragmented world of Android messaging. The Galaxy S10E’s new interface, OneUI.
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Meanwhile, Samsung refreshed its interface with a brand new look referred to as One UI. We’re glad Samsung determined to refresh its UI as a result of we had been by no means large followers  of TouchWiz to start with. The interface nonetheless hasn’t gained us over, since we discover the icons and menu structure unappealing. Of course, in the event you hate the UI of an Android cellphone you’ll be able to all the time customise the cellphone’s look by altering the launcher, which we closely advocate. In addition, the Galaxy S10E has a remappable Bixby button. This is nice as a result of we’re not large followers of Bixby (or Siri for that matter), preferring as a substitute to make use of Google Assistant due to its better talent set on Android specifically and its exact responses to our queries. For extra information, learn CNET’s comparability of Siri, Google Assistant and Bixby. Winner: Tie. Other options to contemplate There are additionally different components you may want to consider if you’re making your choice on which cellphone to purchase: Biometric authentication: For unlocking your cellphone, the iPhone XR makes use of FaceID, which is quick, comparatively clean and safe sufficient for digital funds. The Galaxy S10 additionally has face scanning however you’ll be able to’t use it to authorize funds. For that you need to use the fingerprint scanner situated on the cellphone’s edge. Payment methods: The Galaxy S10E has a giant benefit with Samsung Pay which lets you use your cellphone to faucet and pay at nearly each retailer, no matter whether or not or not they’ve NFC or contactless assist. The iPhone XR has Apple Pay, which requires the retailer to have an NFC-compatible terminal. iOS’ quirky Memoji
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Storage and reminiscence: The Galaxy S10E begins with 128GB, which is twice the quantity on the iPhone XR. That means the Galaxy cellphone is a greater worth by way of dollar-per-gig. It additionally has expandable storage as much as 512GB, whereas the iPhone has none. This might be essential in the event you take a number of images and video. If you are an iPhone consumer and want extra reminiscence, you may have to enroll in Apple’s iCloud service, which expenses a month-to-month fee. For extra on this, learn our storage breakdown of the iPhone XR and different telephones right here. Memoji vs. AR Emoji: While that is 100% a novelty, we nonetheless want the lovable, user-generated digital avatar of your self referred to as Memoji on the iPhone XR to the AR Emoji on the Galaxy S10E. It simply appears loads higher. The finest cellphone depends upon your priorities
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Both telephones are excellent, however deciding which cellphone is finest for you’ll depend upon what you want. The Galaxy S10E is right if you would like a small cellphone with a headphone jack. The incontrovertible fact that it has extra reminiscence is vital too, particularly in the event you all the time end up taking pictures a number of images and operating out of area. Despite Samsung’s OneUI being so-so, the truth that the Galaxy S10 is an Android cellphone means you’ll be able to change the launcher, customise the look and actually make the cellphone your personal. And the comfort of Samsung Pay is compelling as a result of you’ll be able to successfully go away your pockets at residence and pay together with your cellphone nearly anyplace. On the opposite hand, the iPhone XR is extra of an entire package deal. The digicam is a good all rounder that excels for each nonetheless photos and movies, and the general feel and appear of the cellphone is extra premium. It additionally gives nearly every thing you might need from the dearer iPhones for lots much less money.

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