Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review: With great power comes great financial responsibility – review

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a device that asks you to forget about money in exchange for the ultimate mobile experience. It’s flashy, hugely powerful and offers some of the highest spec available in any category… but with a price tag of over £1,100, is this luxury worth the price?

We’ve spent a month with the phone to answer that exact question, testing our use of Samsung’s flagship and its high-end specs, wondering if that high-end Android experience is worth your time. .

Using the S Pen

The first picked that any Samsung fan will notice here is how much the Galaxy S22 Ultra resembles the now-discontinued Note series. To many expected, it’s the spiritual successor, blending the S and the note into one.

The Note series was a line of handsets that were powerful, tall, wide and came with an included stylus – think of it as Samsung’s attempt at a phone for creative people or those who need a productivity powerhouse.

Along with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, it has the same shape and body as the Note 20 Ultra, and its size is just as huge. This is great news for those who liked the Note design, and especially for those looking for a big phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with S pen

However, the most obvious feature that makes it somewhat of a Note is the S pen stylus – a beloved feature of the Note. Back inside the phone, you just have to press the end of it and the stylus will come out.

The stylus is definitely a love it or hate it feature and for me, I barely touched it. While it often felt more like a downside to me, or completely forgot about it, there are some really smart things you can do with it…if you take the time to learn them.

Beyond the obvious scrolling and drawing, the S Pen can be used to create gifs, take photos, crop and save specific photos of your screen, extract large chunks of text, edit photos and even perform shortcuts by waving your stylus in some wizards. movements.

Become a camera pro

Now that every smartphone is powerful like a mini-DSLR in your pocket, it can be hard to notice differences in camera quality between devices. The S22 Ultra, on the other hand, clearly stands out.

Turn the device over and you will see a lot cameras, four to be exact. This includes a 108MP wide lens, two 10MP telephoto lenses, and a 12MP ultra-wide lens.

The main trick of the device lies in its zoom functions. You can zoom up to 100 times. While this isn’t new – Samsung has been able to do this on previous devices – the technology has been improved on this model. Image stabilization means that even when you zoom in extreme far, you’ll be able to stay steady with the phone taking control and focusing on a target.

I tested this at a concert in a stadium where, although very far away, I could still take close-up and fairly solid photos, pretending that I was much closer than my cheap seats. When the lighting was better, I could get shots of distant buildings, focusing on clear quality features or details.

Wide and ultra-wide lenses deliver equally impressive photographs. Thanks to a feature called Adaptive Pixel, Samsung is able to take 9 pixels of information and combine them. This allows for better color and contrast in your photos. There’s also an added boost in terms of focusing thanks to the laser autofocus sensor on the back of the phone. This, combined with the phone’s powerful processor, enables fast, high-quality photos to be taken in most situations, especially during the day. However, Samsung does tend to use a bit of saturation and color, so expect your photos to sometimes look like they’ve been slapped with an Instagram filter.

Powerful internals and sleek designs

Considering the price, it’s no surprise that every part of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is premium.

The body of the device is made of strong armored aluminum which feels tough and could take some strength. Without a case, the phone has a smooth back that’s surprisingly resistant to fingerprints.

The Ultra comes in at a whopping 6.8 inches and is rated thick. While that weight makes it sturdy and well made, it’s hard to hold and will be an absolute nightmare for those with small hands. I’m used to larger smartphones, but I often find it sticking out of the top of my pocket or having to move the phone around to reach certain parts of the screen.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The screen is AMOLED and supports a resolution of 3088 x 1440. This means that if you are willing to sacrifice battery life, you can enjoy higher resolution and brightness recorded for the best smartphones. However, you can lower this resolution at any time.

Zooming inside the handset you’ll find a 5,000mAh battery which, while impressive in size and capacity, often drains at surprisingly fast speeds, often only giving you a day’s worth of use. It’s not the end of the world but it’s a shame for such an expensive device.

As for processing power, Samsung uses its own Exynos 2200 chipset. This is one of the most powerful options for smartphones, which means you will find few tasks that will give you trouble. Demanding games, editing software, and other important tasks, all run stutter-free. In fact, in the month we’ve had the phone, there’s never been a time when the cracks started to show for performance, delivering a fast and smooth experience at all times.

Is this the phone for you?

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a double-edged sword. He does nothing in half measures. It all depends on the camera, the design, the materials, the processor, the battery and, of course, the price.

Do you need the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra? Realistically, no. It’s an all-luxury Android experience, testing what happens when you throw cash at a smartphone to create the full package.

If you love phone technology and are looking for the best of the best, you’ve come to the right place. If to you, a price tag above £1,000 seems insane, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are plenty of other fantastic Android devices among those who choose (some of which are better below), all at slightly more affordable prices.

Alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

iPhone 13 Pro Max

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iPhone 13 Pro Max © Apple

If you’re ready to switch sides, Apple is actually the best alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: the iPhone 13 Pro Max. This handset has a more powerful processor, a better camera (although it doesn’t have the same zoom features) and a battery that can last longer.

Of course, you won’t get the same Android experience as with Samsung’s flagship, and Apple still has the black bar at the top of the screen, but it’s otherwise Samsung’s biggest competitor for the best. market smartphone.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

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Google Pixel 6 Pro © Google

Google is slowly improving its smartphones and with the Google Pixel 6 Pro it seems to be the closest to Samsung. Much cheaper (and easier to hold), the Google Pixel 6 Pro doesn’t feel quite as overwhelming.

It has a powerful camera setup that, while lacking the Ultra’s zoom functionality, is one of the best point-and-shoots around, still delivering great photos.

While battery life is slightly lackluster, it’s otherwise a fantastic choice for the price.

OnePlus 10 Pro

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OnePlus 10 Pro © OnePlus

In looks, overall feel, and power, the OnePlus 10 Pro looks like the closest competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, and it’s priced much lower.

It offers great battery life and a powerful processor, a premium display to rival the Ultra, and it even offers super-fast charging, taking your device from dead to fully charged in just an hour.

However, where it failed was in its camera performance. Despite a collaboration with the legendary Hasselblad, the OnePlus 10 Pro fails to get the same kind of shots as its competitor.

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