Samsung Galaxy S22 Review – Better than the Ultra?
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is probably the best S22 series to buy. A device is just as powerful as the S22 Ultra in a more portable and sleek form. While most are focused on its more expensive and bigger siblings, it is easy to miss just how good the base S22 is. In this article, we will explain to you why?
It’s been over a month since the S22 series was launched, and this one has been with me for just a week. Depending on your region, you’ll get the Exynos 2200 or Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Samsung Galaxy S22 price in Pakistan starts at Rs. 179,999 for the base version.
Compared to its siblings, one of the most interesting things about the S22 is its size. When smartphones are reaching for the biggest screen size possible, some of us still appreciate a portable device that can be operated with one hand without stress. The Samsung Galaxy S22 comes portable at 6.1 inches. Its design, similar to the S21, is flatter, and despite its flat design profile, it feels lovely and comfortable on the hands.
The frame is not flat enough to stand without support like the iPhones. The S22 comes in a couple of attractive colors, and this green is nothing short of gorgeous. You get Gorilla glass victus plus on both the display and the rear, tough glass, but you should probably still use a case cos it is still glass and can break.
If you are in Pakistan, though, there is a Samsung care plus offering where you get complimentary screen repair within the first year if you accidentally break your screen, so you might want to take advantage of that just in case. The S22 display is easily the best-looking display on any smartphone, not just for its display quality but its slim bezels with perfect symmetry.
It is a Full HD dynamic AMOLED display that can get bright with up to 1300 nits of peak brightness. You will also appreciate that variable refresh rate 120hz experience as the screen goes from about 48 to 120hz, depending on what you have on your screen.
As we have seen from the most recent Galaxy devices, when you buy the S22, you will only get a charging cable in the box. The S22 supports 25watts charging and charges quickly if you use the recommended charger. There are concerns about its battery being just 3700mAh, but it seems pretty well optimized and gives up to 6 hours of screen-on time on a full charge, and its 25 Watts fast charging is pretty fast, getting you from 0 to 100 within an hour.
Of course, it is still quite early to conclude its battery endurance. The software on the Samsung Galaxy S22 is Android 12 and OneUI 4.1, which is quite stable and gives you that lovely feature-packed One UI experience with some Material U customizations.
Samsung has promised 4 years of major OS upgrades and an extra year of security updates for this, more than Google is offering for the Pixel devices. That is to say, you can use the S22 for up to 4 years and not be bothered about outdated software.
That’s Android 16 guaranteed; now that’s awesome. It might be the most portable and base variant of the S22 series, but the Galaxy S22 packs as much power as the S22 Ultra. As a device that packs the latest hardware and processing power in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200, depending on your region, the S22 will give you the performance worthy of a flagship device in all aspects.
It comes at a base of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which you sadly can not expand, but you can purchase the higher 256GB version.
Thanks to One UI 4.1, if 8GB of RAM is not sufficient, you can always use RAM Plus to extend it by an additional 4GB or even up to 8GB. RAM plus is pretty much the device using from available internal storage to support the device’s RAM for an improved multitasking experience. You will find performance to be mostly fluid on the Galaxy S22, and you can expect it to handle whatever you throw at it without stress.
That it’s a portable device doesn’t mean it can’t handle gaming. It is capable of playing the most demanding games just fine if you ever need it to. But speed, design, and gaming are not all there is to the Samsung Galaxy S22.
Thanks to its image processing, it packs a well-optimized camera system that will give you great-looking photos even in tricky lighting conditions. While this does not have that 100x zoom like the Ultra variant, 30x zoom is pretty good enough if you ask me, and Samsung’s image processing on the zoom photos is quite impressive. Whether it’s selfies or portraits you’re capturing on the S22, you will be satisfied with your results.
The edge detection on portraits looks flawless, even on portrait video. With advanced auto framing, the Galaxy S22 can adapt, keep focus, and frame the subject correctly while recording video without any added effort from the user.
Taking pictures or even videos at night won’t be a problem on the Samsung Galaxy S22 as Samsung has improved a lot in that aspect. Still, on the camera optimizations, it works better with apps like Snapchat, Instagram, or TikTok.
There’s plenty to talk about when it comes to the cameras of the Samsung Galaxy S22; It has super high res 8K video recording, great image stabilization, and plenty of others that will require another video to cover it properly, but to summarise, you really can’t go wrong with the S22 when it comes to the cameras.
The only downside to this device is the lack of expandable storage, and if you’re a heavy user, you might need to charge at least once before the end of your day. But for the average user, this is perfect and will only get better with continuous software support.