While some categories definitively tip in favor of one over the other, there are plenty of grey areas to sort out that may be the difference-maker between you choosing the Galaxy S21 Ultra or the iPhone 13 Pro Max.iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. Galaxy S21 Ultra: price and value. The iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099 for a 128GB model with 6GB of RAM. You can upgrade to 256GB, 512GB or a new 1TB option. It’s an extra $100 for the 256GB model, which is necessary for the new ProRes video feature coming to iPhone 13 Pro Max later this year. Add another $200 for the 512GB and 1TB options, maxing the phone out at $1,599.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is our preferred high-end Android phone for 2021, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a worthy opponent with a nearly equal screen size and support for 120Hz refresh rates. While Samsung’s entry into the foldable world offers fans a new choice, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the strongest competitor to the iPhone 13 Pro Max for those searching for a regular flagship. Both cameras improved significantly this year, resulting in slightly distinct advantages that may tip the scales depending on your preferences.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at $1,199 for the 128GB model with 12GB of RAM. For $1,249, you can bump up to 256GB, and the top-end 512GB model, which also boasts 16GB of RAM, is $1,379. The price difference quickly becomes a wash once you move beyond the base storage tier, which I would recommend doing for both of these phones. It’s also worth noting that, as the Galaxy S21 Ultra has been available since January, discounts are often available. In contrast, the iPhone 13 Pro Max discounts are strictly for trade-in deals.