iPhone 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Similar price, so which is better?
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE and the iPhone 11 are two phones available under the Rs 50,000 right now. Looking to get one and trying to figure which one to buy? Here is an answer.
- The Galaxy S20 FE has a price of Rs 49,999 in India, but often sells at a lower price.
- The iPhone 11 is nowadays selling at a price of Rs 49,999.
- Of the two, it is the iPhone 11 that makes for a better choice.
Imagine this. Or rather, don’t imagine it. It is possible that this festive season you are looking to buy a new smartphone and you have a budget of around Rs 50,000. Now, there are a number of options available to you. The OnePlus 8T has a price between Rs 42,000 to Rs 50,000, depending on the configuration you are choosing. There is Vivo 50X Pro. There is OnePlus 8 Pro, with some discounts that come below Rs 50,000. There is the iPhone XR and the iPhone SE 2020. Then there are the iPhone 11 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, two phones creating a lot of buzz.
And because of this buzz, it is these two we are going to compare today. So, the question again is: If you are looking to buy a Rs 50,000 phone, should you get the iPhone 11 or should you buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.
The answer is simple: You should get the iPhone 11. And there are several good reasons for that. Let us explain. In a few simple points.
Case for the iPhone 11 at Rs 49,999
The one of the big reasons the iPhone 11 makes a compelling case for itself at a price of Rs 49,999, despite the fact that it is one year older, is its longevity factor. Despite its age and iPhones do age slower compared to Android phones that start slowing after six months of use the iPhone 11 is a fast phone. It is also a phone that ticks all the right boxes when it comes to basic smartphones experience.
The A13 Bionic processor used in the iPhone 11 is not only faster than the Snapdragon 865, used in top Android phones, in theory, it is also faster than the Exynos 980 chipset that is inside the Galaxy S20 FE. Though theory aside, the truth is that the iPhone 11 has better software and hardware optimization. What this means is that it is a very fast phone in use, whether you are browsing a website or playing games.
In the same, the iPhone 11 hits mark on all counts. It has a very good design, with a metal and glass frame. It looks and feels premium in hand. Like the S20 FE, it too has water and dust protection.
It’s battery life is one of the best ever seen in an iPhone, and one of the best ever in a phone. Note: The iPhone 11 currently selling at Rs 49,999 comes with a charger and earphones, but it’s a slow charger in the box.
Then, there is the longevity aspect. The iPhone 11 is going to be a phone that will get iOS updates for at least two to three years minimum, unless Apple suddenly decides to make a break from the past. It can happen but chances are slim. In comparison, the Galaxy S20 FE users will be lucky to get timely updates for a year or an update to the Android 12 next year. There is Android 11 out for months now, and there is no Android 11 update in sight for the S20 FE.
Finally, the cameras. Unlike the S20 FE, which has three rear cameras, the iPhone 11 has only two. But what counts here is how well these cameras work. The main camera on the iPhone 11 is one of the best ever put in a phone, although the 12-megapixel rear camera in the S20 FE is not exactly shabby. Similarly, in terms of pixel-peeping most users may find the performance of ultra-wide-angle cameras in the iPhone 11 and the S20 FE similar.
But there are three areas where the iPhone 11 pulls ahead: night photography, consistency and video shooting. The night mode in the iPhone 11, and other iPhones introduced last year, is the best seen in a phone. In terms of colours and exposing images, the iPhone 11 is going to get it right 18 out of 20 times, compared to an Android phone like the Galaxy S20 FE that is more inconsistent. The video performance too is going to be better on the iPhone 11, given the proven record in capturing smoother footage that iPhones have.
Screen is one area where the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy S20 FE are likely to be evenly matched. Or some people may prefer the S20 FE screen due to its OLED panel, which can show richer colours. The S20 FE screen is also marginally bigger at 6.5-inch compared to the iPhone 11 screen which measures 6.1 inches.
Galaxy S20 FE vs iPhone 11 summary
— Get the iPhone 11 if you are going to use the phone for two to three years, or more. The software support is better, and performance is going to hold up better with the iPhone 11 compared to the Galaxy S20 FE.
– Get the iPhone 11 if you want a faster and smoother feeling phone.
— Get the iPhone 11 if you want a more premium looking and better designed phone.
— Get the iPhone 11 if you want better battery life.
— Get the iPhone 11 over the Galaxy S20 FE if in general you want better camera performance, particularly in low light.
But you can get the Galaxy S20 FE if:
— You absolutely want more storage. The S20 FE has 128GB storage compared to 64GB storage in the iPhone 11.
— You want an Exynos 980 chipset or a phone with a plastic back cover. Why will you want that? Reasons. Some people do have different tastes and requirements.
— You want more RAM, although you may not know why. And you want more RAM even if it doesn’t make a difference.
— You want a slightly better screen. The OLED screen in the S20 FE will be preferred over the iPhone 11 screen by the display purists.
— You want 15W charging with the bundled charger.
— You absolutely need an additional camera with 3X zoom lens in the phone.
— You don’t mind not receiving latest software updates, and particularly if you don’t care for latest Android OS updates.
— You want a phone in which you can side-load APK. If this APK thing sounds Greek to you, then you are probably good with the iPhone 11.
— You are getting the S20 FE for less and you absolutely don’t want to spend extra.
Galaxy S20 FE vs iPhone 11: Conclusion
Given the way these two phones are priced right now, for most people, we think the iPhone 11 is a better purchase in India under Rs 50,000. The price difference between the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy S20 FE the selling price, which changes daily, as well as MRP is not that different. But in terms of what they offer to consumers differs wildly, and we feel that the iPhone 11 is a better choice. Although there are some very specific, and niche use cases, where the Galaxy S20 FE may make some sense.