Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: Powerful and Attractive

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: If we just considered the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s cameras, we’d call it the best smartphone ever. This Samsung Galaxy Series-Galaxy Note hybrid is a fantastic, but huge Android device that checks all the major boxes and provides more capabilities than you may ever want or need.

The design echoes Samsung’s latest Note handset but is more forward-leaning. Hybrid. The ultra-high-resolution, 6.8-inch screen produces stunning colors and fluid animation at 120 Hz, but can be slowed down to 1 Hz to preserve battery life.

Prices of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

ConfigurationUS priceUK priceAU price
8/128GB$1,199.99£1,149$1,849
12/256GB$1,299.99£1,249$1,999
12/512GB$1,399.99£1,329$2,149
12GB/1TB$1,599.99£1,499$2,449

Design and Display of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: The 6.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra looks different from the Galaxy S22 Plus due to its Note heritage. It uses premium materials to improve on the original Galaxy Note 10 design.

Armor Aluminum frame resists bending. The metal is sandwiched between two Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ plates. Both the high-gloss front and satin rear glass resist fingerprints well. IP68-rated body easily resisted water.

Phantom Black, Phantom White, Burgundy, Green, Graphite, Sky Blue, and Red. Our test device’s Phantom Black is removeier than the dark green.

This phone is large. It’s taller than a 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max, but lighter at 229g. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is difficult for little hands. The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s curved sides make it easy to handle, but the absence of borders makes it slippery – although a hard glass and metal fish.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Cameras

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: “So, it’s a new Samsung Galaxy Note, right?” We must turn the phone over to show them the camera array, which is identical to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s.

This isn’t a Frankenstein phone. Because Samsung removed the contour box from the S21, the S22 Ultra’s five lenses fit flawlessly.

They’re virtually identical, not just similar-looking. One is f/2.4 with a 36-degree FOV while the other is f/4.9 with an 11-degree FOV. The 12MP ultrawide camera has a 120-degree FOV, while the 108MP primary wide camera has an 85-degree FOV.

The lenses’ technology has improved. Samsung has improved optical and digital picture stabilisation (for a better Super Steady system) and image processing since the S21 Ultra. All lenses perform better, particularly zooms.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra‘s Pen

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: Aside from the great cameras, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s S Pen is the major draw. The light and adaptable pen is concealed within the phone’s body; it’s tiny, thin, and so easy to lose that you’ll wish there were magnets in the S Pen and on the phone’s body to keep them together when you don’t slide the stylus inside.
With the S Pen, you may write notes on a lock screen (white ink on a black backdrop) or access a slide-in menu of eight customisable choices.

Taking notes, viewing them, making smart picks, sketching on a screen capture, live messaging, doodling in augmented reality, translations, and PenUp, a community environment where you can learn to draw with the S Pen and share your creations.

All of these capabilities function as stated and give quick methods to capture, mark, and share material.
Despite its diminutive size (for this reviewer’s hands), the S Pen is an excellent drawing tool. We like Sketchbook because the pen and screen understand pressure and angle.

The S Pen boosts productivity. We scribbled in Samsung Notes and let the machine translate them to text. It was perfect.

Most of us will use 20% of the S Pen’s functionalities 80% of the time.

Specs and Performance of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

  • The majority of the world’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 devices have a 4nm CPU.
  • Australia and the UK will get the Samsung Exynos 2200 processor.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra never failed throughout a week of testing. Fast and strong. In our test phone, it’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset; the UK and Australia will have Samsung’s Exynos 2200. Raw Geekbench results don’t reveal the whole picture.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 5,000mAh battery and wireless charging. In our testing, the battery lasted a whole day (7am-11pm) but not much longer (this was the same for mid-range and high-resolution screen settings).

We were startled when a huge battery didn’t last two days. Maybe Samsung’s 4nm chip isn’t as efficient as expected.
The phone includes heat-sync and vapour champer. Even so, the rear of the phone became heated during online surfing, taking photos, and gaming for long durations. We wonder whether Samsung’s software can enhance battery life.

As mentioned above, the phone doesn’t arrive with a charger, only the USB-C connection to connect to one. Also, the in-box packaging no longer includes earphones. While this makes sense, given the phone no longer has a 3.5mm headphone socket, you feel like Samsung is charging you more for less.

Purchase it if..

  • You’re a productivity junkie: You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more competent phone than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
  • You’re a compulsive note-taker or artist: The S Pen is flexible enough to allow scribble-to-text conversions, fine art production, basic doodling, and markup.
  • You love photography: The camera array and zoom allow you capture what your eyes see.

don’t purchase it If…

  • You thought you’d get two days of battery life: So is the phone’s 5,000 mAh battery. The screen and mobile CPU may be power-hungry. Sunrise till well after dark is a full day of activity.
  • You have tiny hands: Large phone. Curved edges don’t reduce size. Also, it’s slick.
  • You’re a fan of wired headphones: This phone doesn’t support wired 3.5mm headphones. Samsung deleted the headphone jack (and does not ship with a wired set of headphones). The phone works with Bluetooth earbuds.

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Phil has been an avid gamer ever since he was a kid, and he now spends most of his free time reviewing and testing video games and other forms of consumer technology. When he's not out and about in Los Santos, that is.

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