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Choosing Between iPhone or Samsung

Written by: Emma Morris



Choosing Between iPhone or Samsung


Do you need help deciding between an iPhone or Samsung? You're not alone.

Whether it's for their operating systems, display quality, or camera capabilities, iPhone and Samsung phones have vied for the title of the best phone since their initial release, making the decision even more confusing.

However, once you cut through the noise, everything becomes simpler; it all depends on your individual needs.

Keep reading to find out more.

Or, explore our range of refurbished iPhones and refurbished Samsung Phones at UR.co.uk today. Enjoy great features without straining your wallet.

Key Takeaways:

  • Price: Want a higher resell price? Consider an Apple iPhone. On a budget? Samsung Galaxy devices are your best bet.

  • Operating System: The Apple iPhone has reigned supreme with its excellent features, but this has begun to change with newer Samsung Android phones.

  • Refurbished Phones: You can gain all these excellent features with a refurbished device. It's just knowing where to look.

The Difference Between Apple and Samsung

Before we get started, you might want to know the differences between the Apple and Samsung companies and their relationships with their phones.

Well, as a general overview, the first iPhone was released in 2007 with a promise to revolutionise the phone industry by offering features five years ahead of its time.

Ever since, the popularity of these phones has expanded over several countries, taking up nearly 50-65% of the market shares in regions like Denmark, Australia and Japan.

On the other hand, the first Samsung phone arrived on the scene two years after 2009, offering a diverse range of phones, from the most affordable to the most luxurious.

Like the revolutionary Apple iPhone, the Samsung phones have spread worldwide, becoming the most popular phone in countries like Korea.

Note: If you're concerned about the electronic waste caused by all these sales, you might want to look into refurbished devices and join a commitment to sustainability instead.

Positives and Negatives of Each Phone

The phones from each brand generally come with some positive and negative aspects. Explore the table below to find out more.

Brand Positives Negatives
  • Greater range of inexpensive options
  • Excellent performance on new high-tier phones
  • Range of customisation options
  • Expensive new high-tier phones
  • Lower resell price on some Samsung phones
  • Great long-standing features
  • Holds their value longer
  • Easy to use interface
  • Generally more expensive
  • Non-expandable storage
  • Limited customisation in older generations

All these factors remain constant regardless of whether the device is refurbished or brand new. So join the Samsung and Apple ecosystem today and gain all the best features without sacrificing your wallet.

Differences in Price Point

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Comparing the price point between an Apple iPhone and a Samsung isn't as straightforward as it appears.

Here are a few things to consider.

Model vs. Price Point

The price of both Samsung and Apple phones largely depends on where the device stands in their range.

For example, you can expect to pay more for a refurbished iPhone 14 Pro Max than a normal refurbished iPhone 14, as the former has more features.

Plus, despite claims to the contrary, a scan over the pricing of each brand will reveal that Samsung devices aren't necessarily the cheaper option out of the two - a factor demonstrated in the pricing of Samsung's newer, high-end phones like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra upon its release.

The differences, however, lie in what you are after.

Right off the bat, even when considering Apple's budget-friendly alternatives like the iPhone SE, lower-range phones in Samsung's Galaxy line up are generally less expensive than Apple iPhones.

On the other hand, the Apple iPhone typically has a higher resale value and a better range of features across each model, not considering Samsung's latest flagship phones.

So, if you want a budget-friendly phone, go for a Samsung. Want a phone with great features and a higher-resell price? iPhone is your best bet.

Interest to compare Samsung and iPhones even more? Explore our article on Samsung S23 Ultra vs iPhone 14 Pro Max today.

Performance of Both Devices

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Similar to their price point, the performance of a Samsung and Apple phone changes significantly depending on their model.

Here's what you need to know.

Dispelling Myths

Whether the device is a Samsung phone or an Apple iPhone, a phone will experience lagging over time if it's poorly looked after or if the operating system becomes outdated.

Plus, there's a whole range of specs to factor in when considering its longevity, such as the phone's initial specs and the amount of battery health left after prolonged use, which can affect the system's overall performance.

So, remember this when you're navigating the sea of Apple and Android users, each claiming one brand of phone is more prone to slowing down than the other.

It might prevent what's standing between you and the perfect phone for your needs.

Overall Performance

In various tests, however, high-range iPhones generally operate at a higher benchmark than some Samsung phones.

Some could say this was until the release of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and its new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which has been shown to perform nearly at the level of Apple's iPhone 14 Pro Max when undertaking high-graphic gaming.

But, again, overall performance and battery life efficiency depend on the individual model.

While Samsung phones generally operate on a bigger battery, Apple iPhones also come with a great iOS operating system that arguably makes up for the difference.

In short, it's best to ignore brand-related myths and compare the models separately to ensure you get the best results.

Note: All refurbished devices from us come with at least 80% battery health, so you can have excellent battery life that'll last you years to come.

Quality of Refurbished Options

Wondering if you'll gain the same features with a refurbished option?

Well, lucky for you, you will!

Refurbished devices often get a bad rap due to the plethora of poor-quality options out there, which often lack a PhoneCheck certified certificate that ensures the longevity of the phone's features.

But you don't have to worry about this when you buy a device from us, and here's why:

  • 90-Point Phone Check: Each one of our devices undergoes an in-depth 90-point phone check to ensure each feature is working as expected. So, you can expect a device that'll last you for years to come.

  • Excellent Customer Service Team: Hate talking to a robot? We're not the only ones. At UR.co.uk, we also have an excellent onsite customer service team who will help guide you through the buying process, should you need it. Give them a ring if you have any questions!

Plus, the best part of buying refurbished is gaining all these features for a fraction of the original retail price.

Note: All refurbished devices from us come with a range of choices to suit your every need. The options are aplenty, with different colours, storage capacities, and Wi-Fi + cellular capabilities.

See for yourself and take a look at our iPhone 14 Pro Max 128GB refurbished, or Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 512GB refurbished today.

Final Thoughts on Whether to Buy an iPhone or Samsung

To sum up, deciding which is better, iPhone or Samsung, isn't as straightforward as it seems.

Both brands offer great phones with features that'll last you for years.

While Samsung phones have more inexpensive options, Apple iPhones also provide great features with a high resale price.

But, at the end of the day, it largely comes down to what you want out of a phone, so it's best to explore each device individually and see which one suits you, rather than relying on popular myths surrounding each brand.

What we do know is that you'll gain a great device with a refurbished phone. Take a look at UR's collection today and join our circle of good karma in the process.

Happy shopping!

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Emma Morris

Emma crafts insightful and informative articles about refurbished phones for ur.co.uk. Her expertise guides readers in making the smartest choices for their tech needs.