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The Apple iPhone 11 128GB is a significantly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy M51 (8GB RAM) is much better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

Apple iPhone 11 128GB  Samsung Galaxy M51 (8GB RAM) 
Apple iPhone 11 Samsung Galaxy M51
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Excellence Score
74.7
64.9
Value for Money Score
54.1
85.7
Price ₹ 54,999 onwards ₹ 21,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Sep, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 13, Upgradeable to 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.1 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 828x1792 pixels (~ 324 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 385 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features LCD, Liquid Retina HD Display, True Tone Display, Wide Colour Display (P3), Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.66 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A13 BionicRanked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Adreno 618
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP (Ultrawide): F/2.4 Aperture; 120° Field-of-view; 5P Lens, 12MP (Wide): F/1.8 Aperture; 2x Optical Zoom Out; 5x Digital Zoom; Optical Image stabilization (OIS); 6P Lens, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Panorama, 100% Focus Pixels, Night mode, Auto Adjustments, HDR, Live Photos, Red-eye Correction, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst Mode, Geo-tagging, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120/240fps, Video HDR, Stereo Sound rec., Time-lapse Video, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Continuous Autofocus Video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom 64MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72"; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 123-degree ultra-wide lens, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Camera, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
Secondary Camera 12MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, Memoji, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120fps, HDR, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Live Photos, Retina Flash, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst mode f/2.0 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.3 mmMedium 9.5 mmThick
Weight 194 gmHeavy 213 gmHeavy
Width 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use N/A
Audio Output Lightning 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3110 mAh 7000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Video playback: Upto 17 hrs, Video playback (streamed): Upto 10 hrs, Audio playback: Upto 65 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Wifi Calling; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; Dolby Atmos; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos, Siri Shortcuts, Measure UFS 2.1 Storage; NFC; FM Recording; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, premium Apple design, that's similar to the iPhone XR from last year, with a glossy back, except for the new colors, and the new camera module (a frosted glass camera square) at the rear
  • Ergonomically, it's generally a great size and it offers a lovely slim and solid design
  • IP68 water resistance, and more durable glass, compared to last year's iPhones
  • Face ID is now slightly faster, and supports more face angles too - which means you can lean over your iPhone resting on your coffee table, and it will unlock
  • Still packs one of the best IPS displays out there
  • Apple knows how to do software well, and iOS continues to be an intuitive, and smooth experience - plus of course, you get regular, and timely updates
  • Break-neck speeds with the new A13 processor - it's a bit faster in single tasking, and a bigger leap in multitasking, compared to the A12, which already was the fastest mobile chipset around - in simple terms this is the fastest smartphone out there now (along with the iPhone 11 Pro models), and of course runs butter smooth
  • iPhones have always been among the top camera phones each year (along with the Pixels, Galaxy Notes, Galaxy S, and Huawei flagships in recent times), and the iPhone 11 continues that traditions bringing in some serious camera improvements to bring at par with the best of the pack
  • The 2 key camera upgrades are a new ultrawide-angle camera and a Night Mode for low-light photography - and both work quite well
  • The ultrawide-angle camera can make for dramatic shots - you get an expanded-view viewfinder that now previews what's outside the shot, which can help you know when to use the ultrawide lens
  • Apple's version of Night mode too is excellent - it works automatically, taking an extra 1 to 3 seconds to capture more light and assemble a picture that ends up almost surreal and richly colored (you will be wowed) - it's as good as the excellent Night modes on the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro - the 2 phones that have so far been champions of night photography
  • Later this year, the iPhone 11 will also offer a new Deep Fusion feature to perform pixel-by-pixel photo processing to deliver even more detail and better textures along with less noise - again, you won't need to activate a separate mode
  • it will just kick in when you're indoors and there's a decent amount of light
  • iPhone video cameras have always been fantastic, arguably the best on any smartphone - in the iPhone 11 they have even better stabilization for smoother video, and look better in darker spaces (though the video camera doesn't use Night mode)
  • Front camera is very good too, and is wider-angled this time - it can digitally zoom in or out to accommodate a wider view that includes more people and background
  • The front camera also get a new "slow motion selfie video" feature ("Slofies") - it's a fun feature, to add some drama to selfies
  • Overall, the excellent cameras on the iPhone 11 bring it in the top bracket, on par with the other 2 top camera phones - the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro
  • Excellent audio capabilities - Apple has introduced a feature called spatial audio to the iPhone 11 models, which creates a virtual sound stage to make you believe that the sound is coming out of the screen rather than just at the end of the phone and it's actually quite impressive in action - plus, you also get Dolby Atmos support - again, this is one of the best audio setups on any smartphone
  • The new U1 positioning chip inside all of Apple's new iPhones will allow iPhone 11/Pro/Max owners to more easily AirDrop files to each other by pointing their phones at specific people - and many other interesting location based applications could follow soon
  • Very good battery life - improved significantly over the iPhone XR which itself had good battery life - with moderate usage, you should get about 1.5 days of use
  • This year's iPhone 11 is a very well executed refinement over the iPhone XR - it's more durable, faster, has better cameras, better battery life, and on top of it, cheaper than what the iPhone XR cost when it launched - there might not be any stand-out wow upgrade here but it's a very meaningful upgrade in all key areas
  • It's also much better value for money, for most users, compared to the Pro models - it's as good in all key areas - and the things that are skimped on - the telephoto lens, the OLED screen - you won't miss much
  • Sleek, classy design - the Galaxy M51 seems identical to the Galaxy A51, with a glossy polycarbonate back design - giving it a premium look
  • The front gets a new trendy look with a hole-punch display, similar to the Galaxy M31s
  • The phone feels solid in the hand - the 'glasstic back' offers better grip, and it is not as slippery as other phones with a glass back
  • The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is quick to unlock the device
  • Punchy, vivid and massive 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display - the display is one of the best in class panels with great colour reproduction and viewing angles
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Dark mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimized for large displays like this one
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black and looks great on the M51's AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Very good performance from the Snapdragon 730G - the chipset and Samsung’s OneUI optimization could take anything that you throw at it, switching across apps, moving across the UI, multitasking, and opening multiple Chrome tabs, social media is a breeze - heavy games like Call of Duty run smoothly without any lag
  • Samsung has fixed the only major drawback it had in other M-series phones with average performance, and this time the Galaxy M51 has no issue taking on the competition in performance
  • Good quad rear camera setup - 64MP main sensor + 12MP wide-angle lens + 5MP depth sensor + a 5MP macro camera - the Galaxy M51 carries the same camera setup as seen on the Galaxy M31s
  • Shots taken with the primary camera during daylight are quite satisfactory, images are detailed, especially the 64MP shots, and they showcase the good dynamic range
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any mid-range phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Photos taken in low-light looks good - switching to Night mode helps reduce grain in the output and further improves image quality
  • Live Focus shots are quite impeccable and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M31 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The macro camera takes decent shots outdoors (though, the quality dips when indoors and the output is restricted to 5MP in resolution)
  • The single take is a nice addition from the more expensive S20 series, it lets you capture multiple formats at once
  • The 32MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Overall, the cameras on the M51s are good for the price bracket, even though they are not the best
  • Mammoth, out of this world 7000mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of heavy usage easily, making the Galaxy M51 the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 25W fast charging - the phone takes around 2 hours to charge the battery completely, which is decent
  • The Galaxy M51 brings very good value as its big battery, powerful cameras, and expansive display all help make a solid argument in the device's favour - the phone's Snapdragon 730G SoC also ensures that M51 offers enough in terms of raw power to help it tackle most things you throw at it
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The large display notch is still there
  • It's not OLED though, and it's not as high resolution, as the iPhone 11 Pro models (but you will be hard pressed to find much of a difference in everyday use)
  • Siri has generally fallen behind Google Assistant now, in terms of usefulness and intelligence, so iPhones are not the best 'smart assistant' experiences now
  • Only Pro models get the 2x telephoto lens, so there is no optical zoom to be had on the iPhone 11
  • The ultrawide-angle camera doesn’t have Night Mode or OIS
  • While the phone supports fast charging, the included charger is just 5W - you will need to buy a compatible fast charger separately if you want the fast charging goodness
  • Of course, if you are not wedded to the iOS ecosystem, there are a number of Android flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, Google, Huawei, Asus, and Xiaomi - that are worthy competitors
  • The Galaxy M51 feels hefty at 9.5mm thickness and 213g weight - it is difficult to use for a longer duration for calls, streaming, or even gaming
  • The back of the Galaxy M51 is a fingerprint magnet - it can also get scratched easily since it is plastic
  • The display lags with a 60 Hz display, where competing phones like OnePlus Nord offer higher 90 Hz refresh rate
  • There's still great competition at this price and the OnePlus Nord has a lot up its sleeve with a newer processor, higher refresh rate display, and a best in class software
Expert Reviews
  1. The iPhone 11 is a very thoughtful upgrade over the XR....It has everything new from Apple, but it costs less, and the tradeoffs seem to be just right
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the price, the iPhone 11 is a perfectly good phone – and an excellent entry-level point into the Apple ecosystem
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Apple may have skipped flashy extras on this year's phones, but the iPhone 11 is the best midtier model the company's ever made
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The best new iPhone for most people
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A very good phone, even if it’s not a futuristic one
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The iPhone 11 is going to sell really well, and it should, because it’s great - and for people who want the best video and photo options, a better dark mode experience, a brighter screen - the iPhone 11 Pro is there
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The iPhone most people should buy
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. This is the one to go for if you want a good value new iPhone
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. There's a lot to like about the iPhone 11
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Slick, capable and drop-dead glorious
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A great phone...An excellent camera and strong battery life make this is an easy choice
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. This iPhone could be a winner in India
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A no-brainer for anyone who is looking to upgrade from an older iPhone
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. You cannot go wrong with this one
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. Balances price and experience, perfectly
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Absolutely superb
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. An outstanding value and undoubtedly one of the best phones you can buy
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. This is the iPhone I recommend to everyone right now
    pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. The iPhone 11 remains powerful, with great battery life and a great camera that will maintain your love for the brand and its offerings
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  20. The iPhone 11 takes some of the best technologies of recent phones and combines them into one compelling handset
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The only iPhone worth buying
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  22. The iPhone 11 is easily the best choice for most people, but if you care about display or design, skip it
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Gives people what they want: Cameras, battery life and a good price
    cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. The iPhone 11 finally redeems itself in terms of the camera and is now standing amongst the best performers out there
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. A near-perfect balance of price and features
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. The most attractive choice in Apple’s best lineup in years
    arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. The new "affordable" model in Apple's iPhone lineup is a worthy successor to the iPhone XR, featuring a new dual camera setup, faster speed, and a lower introductory price
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  28. A superb device...offers the biggest appeal in terms of technology and price point from the 2019 iPhones
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  31. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  32. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Samsung Galaxy M51 packs in a massive battery, Super AMOLED panel and Snapdragon chipset, although the stand out feature here is the battery, it won't disappoint you in any aspect
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Galaxy M51 has grabbed a lot of attention because of its big 7,000mAh battery, and it really does deliver very good battery life
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Monstrous battery life, great display
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A satisfying phone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The massive battery on the Galaxy M51 is a sure-shot advantage and other great features include a beautiful display, modern design, reliable cameras and decent performance
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Its got all the battery you need
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. An all-round mid-range phone that M-series needed
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  12. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
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  16. financialexpress.com hands-on Read Review »
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