Ever since the invention of the modern smartphone, there has been a debate over which brand is better, Samsung or Apple. From style, camera, and perhaps most importantly battery life, there are lots of aspects to consider when deciding which one is better, especially when the interpretation of ‘better’ differs from each individual person’s needs and wants. With phone prices continuing to rise and with most of us spending more time on our phones than ever before, it is vital we invest in a mobile phone that is best suited for us. In this article, we will attempt to answer which brand of phone is best suited for you.
What you may not know about Samsung is that the brand actually started life as a traditional grocery store. It was opened by Lee Byung-Chull in Korea in 1938. When the Korean war ended, he expanded his business by beginning to trade in textiles on top of groceries. It wasn’t until 1969 that the company would start to trade electronics. Throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s the company expanded into the global powerhouse it is today. During the 2000s they started making the smartphones that they are most well known for.
The younger of the two companies, Apple was created by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in 1976. Although only two weeks after the company was created Wayne left, selling his stakes in the company back to Jobs and Wozniak. Jobs and Wozniak wanted to make a computer for ordinary people designed for everyday use to be used at home, an idea which was mocked at the time. Their first product the Apple I computer was first sold in 1976 for $666.66. With the invention of the Apple II and Apple III by 1981 only five years after the company’s formation, it had already become one three largest microcomputer-making companies in the world. The first iPhone was released in 2007.
There are many different ways to compare battery life. It can be hard to compare the companies on the entirety of their smartphones so comparing them on a case by case basis using phones released at similar times can be a more reliable way of measuring battery life.
For example, both the Samsung galaxy s5 and the iPhone 6 were released in 2014. The battery for samsung galaxy s5 should last for twenty-four hours whereas the battery for an iPhone 6 would only last for eleven hours. When comparing these two phones there is a clear winner for which has the better battery life with the Samsung galaxy s5 lasting over twice as long as the iPhone 6.
These examples are from a few years ago, however. If we look at both the brand’s most recent phones, the Samsung galaxy s21 and the iPhone 12, the results are still in Samsung’s favor but not by much with the Samsung galaxy s21 lasting on average eleven hours and the iPhone 12 lasting just over eight. These days the average battery life for a smartphone is eleven hours. So, if you want one with longer battery life, then it might be wise to invest in an older model instead. But then this would run the risk of having more faults in other areas of the phone due to outdated software. It is also important to keep in mind that we use our mobile phones more frequently than we did even five years ago with larger leaps in the quality of video playbacks and advanced apps, so this could be a factor in the recent reduction in battery life we see in modern smartphones.