It’s been months since Samsung and Apple introduced their latest software for Galaxy/iPhone users. While Samsung’s One UI 5.0 relies on Android 13 OS, Apple has its own iOS 16 software. Both One UI 5.0 and iOS 16 come with multiple advanced features and improvements, let’s discover what’s new these two have when it comes to the phone’s Security and Privacy.
One UI 5.0 Security and Privacy:
As it does every time, Samsung has majorly focused on enhancing its Galaxy devices’ security and their users’ privacy with the latest One UI 5.0 software. One UI 5.0’s newly added Security and Privacy Dashboard feature make data safety even easier to manage. Users can now decide who can see their data and how they will use it.
The new software further offers Galaxy customers instant access to data and safety. The new privacy hub has options like Lock Screen, Accounts, App Safety, and more so users can instantly access and get informed through different alerts and indicators.
On the other hand, if you are an avid shopper, One UI 5.0 will allow you not to be inundated by targeted advertisements with the “Delete AD ID” feature. Moreover, the previous mic and camera access indicators are also getting improvements, you can now revoke them from certain apps and ensure that your face and voice are secured.
Most importantly, the new Security and Privacy Dashboard in Settings further allows Galaxy device users to see what apps have tracked their location in the past 24 hours. The interface lets users choose to share locations with different security options.
Other than these, Samsung has added the Lockdown mode feature to the Galaxy devices with One UI 5.0 software. It restricts others from unlocking your phone when you are sleeping or insensible by disabling face unlock and fingerprint unlock.
Last but not least, the One UI 5.0 software also brings a solution for the problem that certain apps keep tracking your location and data continuously even if you have not used it for a long.
iOS 16 Security and Privacy:
For security purposes, Apple has also added so many tools to the iPhones through its latest iOS 16 software. The iPhone’s Settings app now has a new “Security Checkup” feature, which is designed to make it easier for people to quickly reset all the data and location access they’ve provided to other people.
Its Emergency Reset feature immediately stops sharing everything with all people and apps while the Manage Sharing lets you see an overview of what you’re sharing so you can’t be secretly tracked using location sharing, shared albums, or others.
Next, it contains the hidden and recently deleted albums in the Phone app. These albums cannot be opened without biometric authentication via Face ID, Touch ID, or passcode. On the other hand, the Landscape Face ID allows the iPhone to be unlocked whether it is in portrait or landscape orientation.
Apple iOS 16 further adds the Rapid Security Response function which lets the company send security updates without updating the entire operating system. Whereas, with the new Pasteboard Permissions features, your apps will require explicit user permission before accessing the clipboard to copy and paste content.
With iOS 16, Apple is adding Passkey which is designed to replace the traditional password when signing in to a website or app. Lastly, the latest Apple software comes with Lockdown Mode, which has an extreme level of security for activists, journalists, and others targeted by sophisticated cyber attacks.
One UI 5.0 vs iOS 16 – Security and Privacy:
Being a Samsung fan, I didn’t want to say this, but the truth is that One UI 5.0 lags behind Apple iOS 16 when it comes to the security and privacy of the device and its users.
iOS 16 has so many advanced security-related features that I feel Samsung should implement in its software. On the other hand, Samsung One UI 5.0 features are praiseworthy as well.
Samsung Galaxy A54 already kills the Google Pixel 7a
Google is about to introduce the Pixel 7a, a new affordable smartphone to its Android portfolio. The Pixel 6a made excellent profits for the OEM, which is benefiting fruitful upgrades on its sequel, however, Samsung Galaxy A54 is still a great choice over the Google Pixel 7a.
Samsung Galaxy A54 is way better than Google Pixel 7a, let’s compare key specs.
Google’s upcoming Pixel 7a reportedly brings a 6.1 inches OLED display, with a 90Hz refresh rate, up from 6a’s 60Hz. While the Pixel 7a is getting an upgrade to a 90Hz panel, Samsung’s Galaxy A54 is already equipped with a pro-grade 6.4 inches 120Hz Super AMOLED screen.
Pixel 7a is also getting upgrade in the main camera as a new 64-megapixel sensor, which features optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus technology. On the flip side, the Galaxy A54 brings a 50-megapixel primary camera, which delivers stunning images anytime, anywhere.
Moreover, both smartphones come with a 12-megapixel ultrawide image sensor with the same f/2.2. While Google’s upcoming phone is capped at two sensors for imaging, the Galaxy A54 features a 5-megapixel macro lens so you can capture close-up shots, such as nature, too.
Samsung’s best 2023 mid-range phone is equipped with a 32-megapixel front camera, while Pixel 7a reportedly brings a 10.8-megapixel lens for selfies and video calling. Notably, both phones promise great AI capabilities to let you shoot in the nighttime too.
Both phones feature matching designs as Samsung and Google’s flagship portfolios. The Pixel 7a brings a horizontal bar on the camera lenses, which expands from the left to right end, which seems thin compared to Pixel 7. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A54 has the same design as the Galaxy S23 flagship.
The Galaxy A54 runs One UI 5.1 out of the box, while the Pixel 7a runs Android 13 in its purest form. Google owns Android, but the real and longest support provider is Samsung. With A54, you will get OS upgrades up to Android 17, while Pixel 7a will stick to Android 16.
Performance & Battery
Samsung’s own-made Exynos 1380 5nm processor powers the Galaxy A54, which is an octa-core chip featuring 4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 and a Mali-G68 MP5 GPU.
The Pixel 7a brings 5nm Tensor G2 processor, featuring 2×2.85 GHz Cortex-X1 & 2×2.35 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55 and Mali-G710 MP7 GPU.
In terms of battery and charging, the Galaxy A54 is packed with a 5000 mAh battery, supported by 25W fast charging. Pixel 7a, on the other hand, has a slightly smaller, 4500 mAh battery, which can be charged through a 20W charger along with wireless charging that Galaxy A54 lacks.
One UI 5.1 Vs Android 13 – Ultimate battery widget comparison
Battery Widget is the biggest and most noticeable addition to the One UI 5.1 software. Samsung phones just got the new battery status widget, while Android 13 already has one, which is somehow better than the One UI 5.1, let’s dive into the ultimate comparison.
Battery Widget: One UI 5.1 Vs Android 13
Showcased at the SDC 2023, Samsung’s Battery Widget arrive on Galaxy devices with the One UI 5.1 update in February. Galaxy users after upgrading their phone to the One UI 5.1 version can use the feature to get updated with info about how much juice is left in their devices.
One UI 5.1’s battery status widget introduces two different styles including a “Circles” 4×1 and a “List” 4×2. You can expand the area by two times vertically, while it’s not possible to reduce the occupation area, which is the worst thing I noticed.
On the other hand, the Android 13 battery widget has just a single choice but it’s way too advance, as compared to the One UI 5.1. The widget takes size as per the number of devices paired with the smartphone, if you don’t have any, it will remain single-linear.
One UI vs Android
Not that all, the widget is interactive as the system Settings’ battery tab gets opened as soon as you tap the widget. Similar to One UI 5.1, the Android 13’s widget adapts to system settings whether it’s in Light mode or Dark mode for a well-optimized home screen appearance.
Earlier, we compared the Battery widget of One UI 5.1 and Apple iOS 16, which was a tough fight between both. However, the One UI requires work on optimization and usability improvements are necessary to make it better than rivals including Android and iOS.
Since One UI 5.1’s battery widget is just the initial version, we believe Samsung will work on it and make notable improvements. The One UI 6.0 will be the next major version for Galaxy devices, likely to release later this year, you can check our features wishlist below.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs S22 Ultra: Camera Design
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a camera beast and brings a massive upgrade in features as compared to S22 Ultra but the design of this successor needs to be explored. In that case, we’ll have to do a comparison.
For your information, this comparison will look into the structure, layout, shape, lens count, and some key specifications of the rear camera module.
First comes the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which features a quad camera including a laser autofocus sensor and an LED flash. This system has two columns, the left side starts with a 12MP ultra wide-angle camera, followed by a 108MP wide-angle/main camera and the third one is a 10MP 10x periscope zoom camera.
The second column consists of a laser autofocus, an LED flash, and a secondary telephoto camera, capable of 3x zoom. Actually, the S22 Ultra resembles the S21 Ultra but without that large camera bump.
(Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra – Left, Galaxy S22 Ultra – Right)
If you look closely at the S23 Ultra, the difference between the camera structure and the aesthetics is barely noticeable. Because the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra willfully carries the camera design and layout from the S22 Ultra. Specifically, the first and second columns are identical in both devices. This is causing a variation in opinion among consumers who were expecting a major makeover.
Speaking of major, this flagship stands as a 200MP camera powerhouse. Using a super-resolution sensor, Samsung promises high-quality photography and robust optical image stabilization in videos.
Aside from the layout and lens, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra brings a brand-new silver outsole ring. This tweak makes the entire module big, bulky, and elegant as compared to the past version.
In terms of appearance, this premium device strikes full marks for those new optimizations and it will definitely catch your eyes on the first look.