Review iPhone 13 Pro Max review: The best phone period

Sep 21, 2021
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Nice review, thanks. I'm excited to receive my 13 Pro Max Friday. I appreciate the detail in your camera section. Great job.
 
Sep 23, 2021
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This and the "Best Phones" list makes me really mad. The S21 Ultras bad things are no charger and no microSD. The iPhone has neither, and also bigger problems. Still, its 1st on the list, even though the Samsung has faster charging and better cameras. (Not to mention higher res screen, S Pen and more smaller things) Also, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a good alternative. The only real advantage the iPhone has is performance, but very few people actually need S21U performance on a phone, so even more is overkill and no reason to place the iPhone higher up. This whole website feels really biased towards Apple.
 
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Sep 21, 2021
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.... The only real advantage the iPhone has is performance, ...
Well, that's debatable. Many prefer the iPhone camera, and almost everyone prefers the iPhone's video capabilities. iOS stability, OS updates, integration with the ecosystem, iMessage, and more are things many people prefer on iPhones. I've owned about 5 Samsung phones (Notes) and loved them. I have an iPhone now and I prefer all of the above on the iPhone.

I wouldn't get to worried about reviews, they are opinions. We all have them, right? :)
 

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Thanks for your comment. You're wrong about the S21 Ultra cameras. We tested them side by side and iPhone delivers better image quality in most situations. As of now the S21 Ultra has a better zoom and that's pretty much it. But that could change with the S22.

As for S21 Ultra cons, we're comparing microSD to previous Galaxy phones and it's something that was taken away. The iPhones never had them.
This and the "Best Phones" list makes me really mad. The S21 Ultras bad things are no charger and no microSD. The iPhone has neither, and also bigger problems. Still, its 1st on the list, even though the Samsung has faster charging and better cameras. (Not to mention higher res screen, S Pen and more smaller things) Also, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a good alternative. The only real advantage the iPhone has is performance, but very few people actually need S21U performance on a phone, so even more is overkill and no reason to place the iPhone higher up. This whole website feels really biased towards Apple.
 
Sep 22, 2021
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This and the "Best Phones" list makes me really mad. The S21 Ultras bad things are no charger and no microSD. The iPhone has neither, and also bigger problems. Still, its 1st on the list, even though the Samsung has faster charging and better cameras. (Not to mention higher res screen, S Pen and more smaller things) Also, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a good alternative. The only real advantage the iPhone has is performance, but very few people actually need S21U performance on a phone, so even more is overkill and no reason to place the iPhone higher up. This whole website feels really biased towards Apple.
See my comment on the iPhone 13 Pro review by Tom's guide:

https://forums.tomsguide.com/threads/iphone-13-pro-review-one-of-the-best-phones-ever.491651/post-1974436

I have a feeling you will agree with a lot of the statements. By the way, the same things outlined there apply to the 13 Pro Max review as well.
 
Sep 22, 2021
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Thanks for your comment. You're wrong about the S21 Ultra cameras. We tested them side by side and iPhone delivers better image quality in most situations. As of now the S21 Ultra has a better zoom and that's pretty much it. But that could change with the S22.

As for S21 Ultra cons, we're comparing microSD to previous Galaxy phones and it's something that was taken away. The iPhones never had them.
I have no doubt that the 13 Pro Max delivers better camera performance in quite a few situations. However, a lot of camera comparisons can be subjective and in some cases come down purely to preference.

I mentioned a lot of this in a comment on Tom's Guide's 13 Pro review, but I would like to repeat it here too. (Link to that comment):

https://forums.tomsguide.com/threads/iphone-13-pro-review-one-of-the-best-phones-ever.491651/post-1974436

In both your 13 Pro reviews, you neglect to mention that the S21 series ISN'T the iPhone 13 competitor. The S22 series is the iPhone 13 competitor. You are highlighting how the iPhone 13 Pro Max beats a last generation Samsung phone. It should do this easily, it is no miracle feat.
The S22 is touted to have very impressive performance, courtesy of the Exynos 2200. By the way, to illustrate my point above even more clearly; the Exynos 2200 graphics are outperforming the A14 Bionic by over 50% while under throttling. I know... new gen vs last gen. Unfair, right?

Please in your future reviews of ANY phone include some information about the device's competitors, unreleased or not.
 
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