New iPhone 11 Pro vs. Galaxy Note 10 – Which is Better?

09/20/2019     Author: Billy Gray

With a new iPhone about to hit the shelves and a new Galaxy Note already out, we compare these two mega-smartphones to see which one is a better bang for your buck.


If you’re looking to buy one of the very best smartphones on the market right now, then you’re either looking at the latest flagship from Apple or Samsung. These two smartphones are by far the best out there right now for hardware and internal smarts.


We would put the Huawei P30 in this category, too, but seeing as the US ban on Huawei products has led Google to remove essential services from them, we simply can’t put it in here in good conscience. It’s a shame, because the latest Huawei smartphones are actually incredibly good apart from this one major problem.

So, in this post, we’ll compare the iPhone 11 Pro the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to see which of these devices is better and which one you should ultimately spend $1000 on.

Android 10 vs. iOS 13

The first thing to consider when you’re deciding between these two phones is whether you’d prefer to have Android 10 or iOS 13. These operating systems are very different and they ultimately dictate your user experience with the phone. It’s worth considering this when you’re choosing which phone to ultimately purchase.

If you choose to buy an iPhone 11 Pro, then it’ll come kitted out with iOS 13 – Apple’s latest update to their operating system. This update features a whole bunch of cool new setting such as dark mode, gesture typing, and faster performance for most apps on the device. This is Apple’s best iOS release yet and the tech community has been very excited for its release this year. While the iPhone 11 might not add many new features to the range, iOS 13 certainly does.


Android 10 is the latest version of Google’s operating system that comes with an updated interface and does away with Google’s tradition of naming their Android updates after desserts. One of the main features of Android 10 is also a system-wide dark mode. It seems that everyone is finally realizing that most people have an unhealthy habit of using their phone in bed and that this isn’t going to change any time soon.

Other features brought to the table by Android 10 are gesture controls, updated privacy settings, and a ‘focus mode’ which means you can shut off notifications when you’re busy working. This last one is actually our favorite addition to the new Android system as it just seems long overdue – especially now that there are so many constant pings on our phones!

Galaxy Note 10 vs. iPhone 11 Pro design

When it comes to good looking phones, you’d be pressed to find better than the iPhone and the Galaxy Note series. While the latter isn’t quite as sleek as the former, it still turns heads thanks to its unique pointed edges and smart pen.

The new iPhone 11 Pro keeps much of the same design as the iPhone XS Max, although the rear of the device is noticeably different. The addition of a matte finish really makes the device look more premium than those that came before it, while the massive camera lenses give off a bold statement – and certainly make you wonder about the kind of photos the device is capable of capturing.


Apple’s decision to essentially stick with the design of the previous model of iPhone has caused some to suggest that the company is running low on innovation. It does indeed give off the impression that the iPhone 11 is simply an update to the iPhone XS series.

That being said, the Galaxy Note 10 does essentially the same thing – copying the design of their previous device in the range and being little more than an update. This does beg the question whether the smartphone industry – or, at least, the major players within it – are beginning to run out of steam.

The Galaxy Note 10 is a big phone – so is the iPhone 11 Pro. They’re both essentially phablets, but the Galaxy Note 10 comes with the iconic smart pen which allows you to do much more with its massive screen.

Galaxy Note 10 vs. iPhone 11 Pro specs

Real beauty lies on the inside, though, right? If that’s the case, then this is where you really want to start paying attention. The Galaxy Note 10 has the best internal specs of any of the Note series so far, with US customers getting the now infamous Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, while those in the rest of the world get Samsung’s very own Exynos 9825 chipset. Both of these are formidable and guarantee that the smartphone will be able to handle any task that you throw at it.

The iPhone 11 range is using the new A13 Bionic chipset – which is considered to be the most powerful internal processing chip every used in a smartphone. This, of course, has a win over the Note 10.

The Note 10 also has 8GB of RAM – something which can’t actually be compared to Apple because the US company never releases the amount of RAM they use in their iPhones. It’s likely that the iPhone 11 Pro has around 6GB of RAM.


The Note 10 comes in one size with regards to storage – 256GB. If you want to get more, then you’ll have to get a Note 10 Plus, which comes with double the storage capacity. The iPhone 11 Pro comes with 64GB to begin with, then jumps to 256GB, with a 512GB version also available for a hefty price tag.

Neither of the phones come with 5G support at this time – it’s likely that they’re both waiting for the technology to become more widespread before implementing it in their devices. This saves you having to spend money on a technology that you might not even be able to use yet, depending on where you live.

The verdict

With the iPhone 11 Pro coming in at $999 for the 64GB version, while the Note 10 is just $945, we think that the ultimate decision will come down to two things: design and operating system. We personally think that the iPhone 11 Pro is the sexier looking device, although it hasn’t changed much from the previous Apple release. Whether you want an Android or an iOS device should be your main consideration from this point onwards. At the end of the day, both of them are stunning phones with heavy-hitting internal specs.

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