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The Apple iPhone 11 128GB is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Apple iPhone 11 128GB!

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Excellence Score
90.4
87.1
Value for Money Score
60.2
57.4
Price ₹ 69,499 onwards ₹ 69,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 13Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.1 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 828x1792 pixels (~ 324 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
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 Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ Compliant, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.66 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A13 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9825Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Mali-G76 MP12
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
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 16MP + 12MP + 12MP
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: 2160p@24/30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, Video HDR, Stereo Sound rec., Time-lapse Video, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Continuous Autofocus Video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom 12MP (Wide): F/1.5-1.8-2.4 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 27mm Focal Length; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP (Telephoto): F/2.1 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length; 2x Optical Zoom, 16MP (Ultrawide): F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Continuous Autofocus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Video HDR, Dual-video Recording, Live Focus, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode
Secondary Camera 12MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, Memoji, Video: 2160p@24/30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps, HDR, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Live Photos, Retina Flash, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst mode F/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.22µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.3 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 194 gmHeavy 168 gmMedium
Width 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use 71.8 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3110 mAh 3500 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, 25W 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 In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Fast Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay
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
  • Stylish, beautiful, refined design - the “Aura Glow” version where the back reflects surrounding light transforming into all sorts of gradients, shapes and colors, looks especially mesmerizing
  • The front is really sharp looking as well with a nearly bezel free display and a center punch hole front camera
  • High quality build with glass on the front and the back, and an aluminum frame in the middle
  • This is also a phenomenally compact 'phablet' - thanks to its nearly bezel-free Infinity-O screen - in fact the most impressive thing about the Galaxy Note 10 is how it feels in your hand - at 6.3 inches, the Galaxy Note 10 has a slightly smaller screen than the 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 9, but it’s remarkably thinner and lighter - the result is a Note that is surprisingly comfortable to use one-handed - if you're especially mindful about owning a phone that slips easily into your pocket, or generally isn't cumbersome to live with, the Note 10 offers the biggest possible display in the smallest possible footprint right now
  • The power button can be programmed for long presses and double presses to launch Bixby (default) or other apps
  • Of course, one of the key highlights of the Note series is the S-Pen: it's one of those things that some people don't use at all, while some swear by - apart from taking notes, handwriting recognition (much improved), it can be used to control music, advance slideshows and snap photos via air gestures
  • Incredibly good looking, 6.3-inch, sharp AMOLED display - it has excellent outdoor legibility, displays beautiful, vibrant colors, has excellent contrast, and excellent viewing angles - it's basically as good as smartphone screens get - and even though it has a lower pixel density than it's big brother the Note 10+, but in real life, the difference is hardly discernible
  • Samsung's OneUI is one of the best custom Android skins at present - it's well optimized for single handed use with more controls in the easier to reach bottom part of the screen, looks stylish, and of course has a few useful options on top of stock Android
  • If you like the idea of using your Note 10 on a bigger screen, Samsung makes it easy with its upgraded 'DeX' functionality - all you need is the provided USB Type-C cable that comes with the phone, as well as the DeX desktop app for your Windows PC or Mac, and you can run Android applications on your computer's display and manage your files through a phone-like interface, only on the big screen
  • Top-end performance with the flagship Exynos 9825 - as expected, it's a performance beast: it flies in benchmarks, receiving top scores, and it performs excellent in games
  • The storage is also of the new UFS 3.0 standard and it is the absolute fastest storage of any phone yet - the real life implications of having such fast storage it is just that everything loads and runs faster, from large games and videos, to smaller files
  • Top-end tripe camera setup on the rear - 12MP standard + 16MP ultra-wide + 12MP telephoto
  • The camera setup continues to be one of the best in mobile - and the inclusion of telephoto and ultra-wide lenses allow for a wide range of different shots, and the hardware coupled with machine learning makes it a lot more difficult to take a bad photo
  • The live focus feature (Portrait mode, essentially) comes to video, with four different filters, including Color Point, which makes everything but the subject black and white
  • Samsung’s also brought a very simple video editor into the mix here, which is nice on the fly - it's also one of the better uses for the S Pen
  • There is also an improved Super Steady offering for videos, which smooths out shaky video, including Hyperlapse mode, where handshakes are a big issue
  • There is clever Zoom-on Mic functionality - while shooting video, pinch-zooming on something will amplify the noise from that area
  • The 10-megapixel camera for selfies is very good as well - and it also supports Live Focus so you can blur the background and it does a very good job, with a good amount of detail and with vibrant colors
  • Overall, as you would expect, this is one of the best, most versatile camera setups on any smartphone - you are going to love photography with your Note 10
  • Excellent stereo loudspeakers - they are capable of blasting music with quite the powerful punch
  • Good battery life, with a 3500mAH battery, and a 1080p display - you will get close to 1.5 days with moderate use, and 1 day with heavy use - similar to its elder brother Note 10+
  • Very fast charging with the included 25W charger (and support for up to 45W chargers) - you will get 61% charge in 30 minutes, and a full charge in 1 hour - one of the highest recorded charging speeds for any smartphone
  • Support for (fast) wireless charging and wireless power sharing
  • Samsung built the Galaxy Note brand on delivering the best big-screen phones around, but the best thing about the new Galaxy Note 10 is how delightfully compact it is - if you want the biggest screen possible in the most relatively compact size, this is it - Note 10 succeeds as both a productivity device (thanks to additions like DeX and added cross-platform functionality with Windows 10) and an everyday handset - so if you need a new phone, are looking for something big (and still compact) and flashy and are willing to splurge, the Note 10 is an excellent choice
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 ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner is not quite as fast as 2nd gen optical fingerprint readers on the likes of the OnePlus 7
  • Misses out on the fourth 'DepthVision' Camera of its elder brother, the Note 10+, that allows more comprehensive depth information capture - although it's not missed much in practical terms
  • Samsung matches the industry trend here and lets go of the the headphone jack (you do get a nice pair of AKG USB-C headphones in-box)
  • That said, the Note 10 series is no longer the 'best at everything' phones they used to be at one time - you will get a more fluid feeling experience on the OnePlus 7 Pro (thanks to the 90Hz display), an even better all-round camera on the Huawei P30 Pro or the Google Pixel 3, and some powerful 10x zoom on the Oppo Reno 10x - so there are lots of options to look around at now, many of them cheaper too
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 Galaxy Note 10 is an easy to recommend to someone looking for a compact high-end phone with a stylus - there simply isn't any other....and it's an amazing phone even if the S Pen doesn't do anything for you
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The best Galaxy phone to buy right now
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The smaller Note 10 is the best Note for most people, but it’s not worth the current price
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. It’s an excellent phone with great performance...But the cheaper Galaxy S10 makes the Note 10 a tough sell - unless you want a phone with a pen
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Galaxy Note 10 is Samsung’s easiest to use S Pen-toting phone yet
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Provides almost the same Note experience as the larger version, but in a smaller, more pocketable package....will rightfully appeal to a new kind of Note audience
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Note 10 is a very special phablet - there's never been one this compact and easy to live with, before
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Brings the S Pen to a phone size pretty much anyone can handle...but the high price makes it a tough recommendation
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Embodies the best qualities of Samsung’s power-user phone line while also being a bit easier to handle
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  14. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  15. arstechnica.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  18. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  19. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
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