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iPhone 12 vs Android phones: it’s time to switch

iPhone 12 vs Android phones: it’s time to switch

The changes, improvements and sophistications of the best iPhone make it the smartphone with the best value for money.

Along with the rest of 2020, it has been a crazy year and difficult to predict for smartphones. Samsung started the year by launching its most expensive phone in history, the S20 Ultra, and ended with one of its best bargains, the Galaxy S20 FE.

Google launched its flagship Pixel 5, it did so in the mid-range and offered its best design to date, while a OnePlus mobile managed to exceed the price of € 1,000. Also, Apple debuted its smallest iPhone since the iPhone 5. And they all came with 5G.

But among all this, which model managed to rise as the winner of 2020?

The mobiles

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is Samsung’s best mobile to date, even having a somewhat inferior camera and a slightly less powerful battery than that of the S20 Ultra.

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OnePlus 8 Pro: OnePlus gave it all this year in the mobile department, attacking both the high-end and the low-end with more models than ever. Even with the arrival of the 8T later, the 8 Pro is my preference, especially now that it is cheaper.

Google Pixel 5: Google made a radical change with its smartphones this year, but the Pixel 5 is still one of the best Android phones thanks to Android 11.

iPhone 12: You could say that the extra cost of the iPhone 12 Pro (€ 1,159 / MXN $ 27,499) is justified, but unless you take a lot of zoom photos, the iPhone 12 is your best option.

Keep in mind that the chosen Android phones are the best in the United States. That means Huawei, which continues to innovate with its cameras and speed, and Xiaomi, who impressed us with the Mi 10 Ultra, have not been included.

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iPhone vs Android: Design

The mobiles included here may not fold or turn, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own identities. They have not reinvented anything, but each one presents its unique touch that makes it stand out from the rest and stand out from the rest.

First of all, we are going to see its size and its screen.

Dimensions (from largest to smallest)

Screen-to-body ratio (from highest to lowest)

The Note 20 Ultra is undoubtedly a Samsung, with a huge curved Infinity display, an embedded selfie camera, and very slim bezels above and below the display.

Like other previous Notes, it has a very rectangular aesthetic that makes it appear more elongated than it is, while the protrusion of the camera in the right corner is somewhat large and comes out more than in any other mobile analyzed here.

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The best color is the new matte Mystic Bronze, which is a mix between gold and rose gold. But you will surely want to protect it with a cover. On the one hand, it is all glass, and on the other, its size makes it a bit difficult to hold even with two hands.

The rectangular edges, its flat surface, and the bump for its camera look nice, but when combined they make it a bit odd to grip. It is much heavier than all the other mobiles on the list.

Weight (from more to less heavy)

The Pixel 5 is not only the lightest of the bunch, but it’s also one of the prettiest. Google has done a good job with its latest Pixel phone, offering its first design that doesn’t feature huge bezels.

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In fact, it is the only Android mobile (that I know of) that has universal bezels around it, which makes the Pixel 5 have a balanced and symmetrical aesthetic, similar to that of the iPhone 12.

Beyond that, it’s like any Pixel. The silhouette is the same as the original model, and the square camera setup is pretty much the same as the Pixel 4. With very slim bezels, the selfie camera is now in the upper left corner of the screen and is virtually invisible. .

The Pixel 5 is the only mobile here that is not made of glass, but it is not aluminum either. The back is covered in an ecological resin plastic that makes the phone have a strange texture and does not seem premium. Of course, we like the Sorta Sage color and the chrome power button stands out.

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The OnePlus 8 Pro is surely the least recognizable of the bunch, but that doesn’t mean it’s bland or boring. It has a fantastic curved screen and it is the only phone here that does not have too large a camera setup.

The panel angles perfectly match the shape of the mobile, and the screen’s top and bottom bezels are extremely slim, giving it virtually an edge-to-edge screen aesthetic that is comfortable to handle.

The back is made of glass but is frosted so it doesn’t smudge fingerprints as easily as the Note 20 and iPhone 12. The two new colors, Glacial Green (8GB RAM) and Ultramarine Blue (12GB RAM) fit well to the sides of the panel and look great.

At first glance, the iPhone 12 looks a lot like the iPhone 11 it replaces, but the small changes Apple has made are significant. The most obvious is the size of the bezel. On the iPhone 11, the bezels were quite large, at 5.57mm, but on the iPhone 12, they are only 3.47mm.

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The iPhone 12 is also thinner and lighter than the iPhone 11, and since Apple has returned to the “flat” design for its edges and for the screen, the mobile has an aesthetic that makes it look and feel smaller than it is. it is.

It is also much lighter than the other glass mobiles on the list. True: its screen is smaller than that of the Note 20 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, but the difference in its weight and distribution is palpable when you hold it.

Instead, the Note 20 is quite heavy, and while the Pixel 5 is significantly lighter, it doesn’t look so much like a premium phone, but rather a cheap plastic one. The iPhone 12 strikes a good balance between balance and build quality.

The rather large notch remains, as well as the striking camera setup, but the overall design of the iPhone 12 is the prettiest Apple has produced in years. It is solid, symmetrical, stylish and stands out above a market full of curved rectangles.

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As mobiles become homogeneous with large screens and cameras, Apple continues to find a way to lead the market with smart iterations and personality.

Our pick: iPhone 12

iPhone vs Android: Screen

The screens of premium smartphones have reached a point where they all get an A + score from DisplayMate, so whichever phone you choose, you will have one of the best screens ever made.

Before we get into the size, brightness and pixel density, the main difference between Android phones and the iPhone 12 is the speed of the screen. While the iPhone 12 has a 60Hz cap, the Pixel 5 operates at 90Hz, and the Note 20 Ultra and 8 Pro have a 120Hz refresh rate.

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Higher refresh rates mean that you should be able to scroll faster or that games and videos will work better on those phones, especially going from 60 Hz to 120 Hz on the Note 20 Ultra and OnePlus Pro.

But Apple does such a good job calibrating its screen and optimizing its operating system that the iPhone 12 doesn’t seem any slower than mobile phones at 120 Hz. The same can be said about the resolution.

The iPhone 12 and Pixel 5 have Full HD + displays at 1080p, while the Note 20 Ultra and OnePlus 8 Pro have Quad HD + displays at 1440p. (One drawback, however, is that you can only use 1080p resolution with the 120Hz refresh rate on the Note 20 Ultra.)

The difference is negligible. While the Pixel 5 has its own issues with color saturation and brightness, both displays are just as sharp and have the same pixel density as QHD displays. And the iPhone 12 is just as rich and vibrant. If I hadn’t seen the spec list, I wouldn’t have known that the iPhone 12 has fewer pixels.

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Apple may not have changed the resolution for its “Super Retina XDR display”, but it has added a small change that makes it even more superior than the other phones on this list.

Apple calls it “Ceramic Shield” and it has been designed so that the screen of your mobile does not break when falling from a great distance. Luckily, I have not been in a position to check it, but after a month of using it without a screen protector, I did not see a single scratch as I do on other phones, including the most recent iPhones.

While all the mobiles on this list can be considered “large”, there is practically an inch of difference between the smallest and the largest. That may not sound like much, but the difference becomes palpable when using them.

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Screen size (from smallest to largest)

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is not only the biggest mobile here, but it has one of the most beautiful screens I have ever used. Colors are vibrant without being overly saturated, photos are rich in detail and vibrant (up to 1,600 nits), and videos are dynamic and smooth. It is difficult to find a but, except perhaps that it is too big.

That said, the OnePlus 8 Pro isn’t too smaller than the Note 20 and it’s also visually gorgeous. Like the Note 20, the edges are curved and its Quad HD + 3168 x 1440 resolution is bright and vibrant. It is clear and sharp, but in my opinion the white balance is not always accurate and has a purple hue when compared to the other displays.

And like I’ve said before, the iPhone 12’s display is impressive too. But when it comes to speed, clarity, brightness, and depth, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra stands out above the rest. Even at 1080p resolution, Apple is very close to the Note 20 Ultra. And if the iPhone 13 has the rumored 120Hz ProMotion display, it might just beat it.

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Our pick: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra