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iPhone 11 vs Android’s best: An underdog does just enough to take down the champ

It’s time to check Apple’s iPhone to the main Android handsets, and it needs to be a detailed race. From the launch of the primary folding cellphone to the rise of 5G, twin screens, waterfall shows, and cameras, cameras, cameras, 2019 has delivered a dizzying array of recent options. Apple could have stunned everybody with a value minimize to its entry-level handset, however can it stack as much as the most effective Android has to supply? Let’s undergo the key specs and discover out. 

The telephones

Three telephones compete towards the iPhone 11 this yr:

Samsung Galaxy S10+: I selected this mannequin as a result of it’s cheaper than the official flagship Be aware 10+. Additionally, in comparison with the S10, it is a) solely $100 extra, and b) geared up with a a lot greater battery. 
Google Pixel Four XL: The most recent Pixel cellphone has a laundry checklist of points, but it surely’s Google so it will get the nod. Plus it has a greater display screen and greater battery than the smaller one.
OnePlus 7T: OnePlus is on a roll. The 2 telephones launched in america in 2019, the 7 Professional and the 7T, raised expectations for what an inexpensive mannequin can ship. The newer 7T presents killer specs and a value that undercuts the iPhone 11’s.


Whereas Samsung pushed design boundaries with a powerful reimagining of the Galaxy S10, the iPhone is beginning to really feel a bit of stale. It’s extra symmetrical than the opposite telephones right here, however the notch, the thickish bezels, and the screen-to-body ratio depart a lot to be desired. It’s additionally the thickest of the bunch at 8.3mm.

The large sq. digicam is a polarizing look, and it makes the iPhone 11 wobble when it rests on a desk. The digicam bump matches your chosen handset colour, and whereas he new purple and inexperienced are good, the shiny again picks up fingerprints early and sometimes. Rumors counsel that Apple could dump the notch and make different modifications for the iPhone 12. I hope that’s the case.

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The Pixel Four XL (left) and iPhone 11 have very related digicam stylings.

If the iPhone 11 is bland, the Pixel Four XL is simply plain blah. It loses final yr’s notch for a large brow, a small chin, and chunky facet bezels. Like Apple, Google has added a sq. digicam array within the higher left nook, however the Pixel 4’s bump is black no matter physique colour.

I do like Google’s alternative of supplies, nonetheless. The luxurious frosted glass now covers the whole again of the cellphone, and it resists fingerprints, scratches, and smudges. The brushed-aluminum sides echo the frosted look, and the colour choices—which provides orange this yr to the classics black and white—are interesting. I really like the coloured accent button. If Google ever decides to get critical about smartphone design, it ought to begin with the supplies and work backward.

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The Pixel 4’s orange energy button stays my favourite characteristic about Google’s design.

Samsung’s S10+ continues to refine the Galaxy look. The highest and backside bezels are barely-there slivers, bringing the screen-to-body ratio near 90 p.c, but it surely seems like extra as a result of the perimeters of the display screen drape over the edges. The again of the S10+ is simply as pleasing, with a horizontal digicam array set towards a glass accessible in implausible colours. Sure, it’s a fingerprint magnet, however so is the iPhone’s again. And sadly the dearth of bezels brings visible and useful issues that Samsung isn’t but ready to handle.

The oddball is the selfie digicam. Missing sufficient bezel to cover sensors, Samsung opted for a “hole-punch” digicam actually embedded within the show, peering by means of a black circle within the higher proper nook. Its off-center placement and funky design make it an eyesore.

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Surprisingly, the iPhone 11 (far proper) is barely thicker than the opposite telephones right here, however solely by a tenth of a millimeter.

The OnePlus 7T could lack the pop-up selfie cam and edge-to-edge display screen of the OnePlus 7 Professional, however its tiny “teardrop” notch, slim bezels, and skinny physique steal the present. Just like the iPhone, the steel sides match your chosen colour (blue or silver), setting off the all-black entrance properly. The bezels aren’t a lot thicker than these on the S10+, and I choose the flat look over the S10+’s infinity display screen.

If the brand new pattern is to highlight the digicam bump slightly than attempt to conceal it, the benefit once more goes to OnePlus. The 7T’s big round digicam array is exclusive, plus it is the one cellphone right here that may lie on a desk with out wobbling. I hope it stays a design factor on future OnePlus telephones.
Winner: OnePlus 7T


With such skinny bezels on all besides the Pixel Four XL, the show instructions your whole consideration. All the OLEDs listed here are provided by Samsung, whereas the iPhone 11 makes use of an LG LCD. All of them characteristic HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient, and are impressively calibrated out of the field.

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The OnePlus 7T (backside) has the smallest digicam cutout.

However they’re not created equal, particularly in refresh charge. The usual is 60Hz, which is the default for all 4 telephones, however the OnePlus 7T and Pixel Four each characteristic 90Hz choices. The additional 30 frames per second means scrolling and swiping really feel sooner, particularly on the 7T. Google hamstrings the Pixel Four XL considerably by limiting this characteristic to display screen brightnesses above 75 p.c, although an upcoming software program replace will allegedly repair it.

Display screen velocity isn’t the one space the place the 7T excels. The quad HD Galaxy S10+ could win for crispness and vividness, however the 7T remains to be daring, shiny, and straightforward on the eyes. Just like the iPhone 11’s, the OnePlus 7T’s show is one thing of a testomony to how a lot you actually need in a cellphone. It’s “solely” full HD, doesn’t have curved edges, and lacks ambient and always-on choices, but it surely nonetheless makes a powerful displaying.

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The iPhone 11, OnePlus 7T, Galaxy S10+, and Pixel Four XL (left to proper) all have top-notch shows.

As the one LCD of the bunch—and a 720p one at that—the iPhone 11 loses relating to depth. The blacks of an LCD can’t match these of an OLED, which is especially evident when switching on the brand new iOS darkish mode.

Apple has finished a implausible job with the calibration on the iPhone 11’s show. Colours are wealthy and vibrant, although I would really like an always-on or ambient possibility, particularly at night time when the entire show must gentle as much as test the time.

In terms of brightness, the iPhone 11 shines, although the 7T was just a bit higher. Nonetheless, in my testing with a easy white background, the 7T was additionally probably the most inconsistent.

Max brightness (nits)

  • OnePlus 7T: 825
  • iPhone 11: 765
  • Galaxy S10+: 715
  • Pixel Four XL: 650

I’m assured in saying Google has delivered its greatest show within the Pixel Four XL, however that’s primarily as a result of those that got here earlier than have been so disappointing. It nonetheless has Google’s trademark dullness, and an general lack of punch when left in Pure mode. However even when switched to Boosted, the Pixel Four XL simply has a flatter really feel when in comparison with the opposite telephones right here.

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The OnePlus 7T (proper) bested the iPhone 11 when it got here to brightness

The Pixel Four is especially lackluster when positioned subsequent to the Galaxy S10+. However to be honest, most cellphone shows are. The Galaxy S10+ just about set or broke each show report there may be. There aren’t sufficient adjectives or superlatives to explain simply how attractive the S10+’s display screen is. My solely need is a better refresh charge—and I’ve to imagine that’s coming with the S11.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10+


Every cellphone has a good battery, however the S10+ is the clear standout on paper:

  • Galaxy S10+: 4,100mAh
  • OnePlus 7T: 3,800mAh
  • Pixel Four XL: 3,700mAh
  • iPhone 11: 3,142 mAh

The actual-world outcomes don’t fairly match up, nonetheless. In my testing and real-world use, the S10+ bested its opponents, however not by a lot, whereas the iPhone 11 vastly outperformed its capability. The one one which persistently struggled to make it by means of a full day of use was the Pixel Four XL. The iPhone 11 and 7T profit from their lack of an always-on show, however some (together with me) will miss that characteristic.

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The iPhone 11 (left) has the most effective battery life, however not by a lot.

The Pixel Four XL was probably the most disappointing. The identical OS possession that offers Apple a ridiculous edge ought to propel the Pixel Four XL to heights unseen by different Android telephones, however the actuality would not ship. The dearth of optimization is extraordinarily irritating.

For instance, I performed a two-hour film at max brightness with all ambient and adaptive brightness toggles turned off, and that is how a lot battery every cellphone used:

  • OnePlus 7T: 17%
  • iPhone 11: 19%
  • Galaxy S10+: 19%
  • Pixel Four XL: 21%

The outcomes are fairly shut, however these share factors add up over the course of a day, particularly as a result of most individuals received’t be utilizing their telephones to observe movies for 10 hours straight. And look what occurred after I ran the identical video a second time with auto-and adaptive brightness turned on for all three telephones, monitoring the battery drain:

  • iPhone 11: 13%
  • OnePlus 7T: 18%
  • Galaxy S10+: 19%
  • Pixel Four XL: 20%

Apple’s benefit comes into play when iOS begins working its magic. Even with a considerably smaller battery, the iPhone 11 is ready to last more than any of the telephones right here. All 4 handsets have heaps and plenty of pixels to energy right here, so decrease brightness is unquestionably your buddy. On the finish of the day, the iPhone 11 persistently had probably the most juice left—and the Pixel Four XL was all the time closest to the crimson—however each cellphone ought to get you thru a standard day of use.

android vs iphone screens Christopher Hebert/IDG

With big screens and plenty of pixels, the OnePlus 7T (left), Galaxy S10+ (heart), and Pixel Four XL (proper) all have big batteries.

It’s arduous to crown a champion right here, so I’ll say this: The iPhone 11 and the Galaxy S10+ will final the longest, the OnePlus 7T is only a tick under, and the Pixel Four XL will continually fear you. But when battery life is your deciding issue for any cellphone, go together with the iPhone 11.
Winner: iPhone 11/Galaxy S10+


We now not want to attend hours to cost our telephones—assuming you could have the suitable charger. With a useless cellphone and the charger that’s included within the field, right here’s how a lot juice you’ll have after an hour of charging:

  • OnePlus 7T: 100%
  • Pixel Four XL: 77%
  • Galaxy S10+: 74%
  • iPhone 11: 33%

Two issues right here: The OnePlus 7T’s unimaginable Warp Charging, and the iPhone’s not-incredible 5W charger. Whereas Apple’s “Professional” telephones take pleasure in a swift 18W USB-C charger, the iPhone 11 remains to be saddled with a Lightning-based 5W plug. So in case you purchase one, you’ll need to decide up a method greater third-party charger.

Talking of massive, the OnePlus 7T’s Warp Cost 30T is well the most important of the bunch, taking on the higher of two shops when plugged in—and also you’ll be utilizing it on daily basis, as a result of the OnePlus 7T is the one cellphone right here that lacks wi-fi charging. The opposite three telephones all supply it, although the highest speeds differ barely:

  • Galaxy S10+: 12W
  • Pixel Four XL: 11W
  • iPhone 11: 7.5W

Mockingly, the iPhone 11 wirelessly costs sooner than it does with its bundled charger. Some individuals may scoff at wi-fi charging as a motive to purchase a cellphone, however I’d have a tough time with out it. So the OnePlus 7T loses main comfort factors, even with the stellar Warp Cost.
Winner: Galaxy S10+

Learn on for comparisons on efficiency and extra.

Newton Allan
Newton Allan is an expert of Apple and has started as a journalist for us (Trevino). He currently contributes for Trevino by writing about the latest happenings in the Apple INC.


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