Mobile phones that were once used as mere communication tools have now evolved into smartphones that allow digital solutions for everyday needs. The devices that once only allowed voice calls and short text messages now offer features like — internet connectivity, video calls and content streaming among many others. Modern devices are adding more features that are reducing our dependency on other necessary accessories.
For example, physical wallets are needed to store cash, bank cards, IDs and other important documents, while digital wallets help in doing the same thing only with soft copies. Apart from these, digital wallets also offer users some extra features that normal wallets possibly can’t offer. Moreover, some manufacturers now include digital wallets which are integrated with their devices so that consumers don’t need to download third-party wallets to make transactions through their smartphones.
Apple Wallet and Samsung Wallet are two such digital wallets that offer several features. These two digital wallets are almost the same kind of services, however, there are a few aspects that distinguish the two apps. The differences are so narrow that users shouldn’t use them to decide upon an ecosystem.
Samsung Wallet: Details and features
Unlike the Samsung Pay app, the Wallet app is exclusive only to the company’s devices. Moreover, this app works only on some selective Samsung devices that run on Android 9 or higher. Users can download this app from the Galaxy Store to install it on handsets that support the app. The app offers a lot of features and some of them need devices that are eSE-enabled. embedded Secure Element or eSE is a tamper-proof chip that can be added to any mobile device.
The Samsung Wallet app is available only in six different regions which are — France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the US. According to a report by XDA Developers, users need to note that some of these features are likely to differ on various devices and regions. This app works on all the devices from Samsung’s latest flagship lineup, the Galaxy S22 series.
This app allows users to store important things like — banking cards, membership cards, digital IDs (Aadhar card or driver’s licence), [asswords, digital key for house or car, cryptocurrency portfolio monitoring, Covid-19 vaccination certificate and even boarding passes from Korean Air.
Apple Wallet: Details and features
The Apple Wallet app has been around for a longer time, compared to Samsung’s offering. Apple’s digital wallet also supports multiple features and can be accessed only by iPhone and Apple Watch users. Apple Wallet works with various types but most of them are restricted to a handful of markets. Apple users who don’t reside in first-world countries are unable to access most of the features that the actual Wallet offers.
Meanwhile. Apple’s digital wallet can store — banking cards that support Apple Pay, package tracking, membership cards, ID cards like driving licence, employee ID, metro card, event tickets, boarding passes, house/car/hotel keys, Covid-19 vaccination certificates and even cards from third-party platforms.
Difference between Apple Wallet and Samsung Wallet
As mentioned earlier, both Apple Wallet and Samsung Wallet are quite the same as they offer almost the same features other than just a handful of exceptions. For instance, Samsung Wallet can store passwords, whereas Apple saves them in the Settings option inside the app. Meanwhile, the Apple app supports boarding passes from several airlines including Korean Air.
However, the Samsung Wallet app has an important feature that isn’t present in the Apple app — the cryptocurrency portfolio monitoring feature. On the other hand, Apple added package tracking from chosen stores in the Wallet app with the iOS 16 update for users to get notified about deliveries, a feature that is missing in Samsung’s offering.