Galaxy S22 test (review): Is Samsung out of breath?

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Galaxy S22 test (review): Is Samsung out of breath?

Like last year, Samsung anticipated Mobile World Congress by launching its new Galaxy S a few weeks before the show. And at the beginning of 2023, the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra still have the heavy responsibility of driving Samsung's sales while waiting for the S23 – and therefore to make people forget the iPhone 14, among other major competitors.

If Samsung is redesigning its Ultra model by adding the attributes of the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy S22 and S22+ are a continuation. Samsung takes a design that we know well, adds a latest generation chip and improves the photographic equipment. Is this enough to justify the 859 euros requested when they are released? We did a comprehensive review of the Galaxy S22 and S22+ to verify.

Summary

  • The Galaxy S22 review in video
  • Galaxy S22 price and release date
  • How the Galaxy S22 design looks like  ?
  • Is the Galaxy S22 screen size enough?
  • Is the Galaxy S22 good for photos?
  • Red card for the Exynos 2200…
  • … and “fast”charging
  • Galaxy S22+ : the right balance ?< /li>
  • Our opinion after the Galaxy S22 test

The Galaxy S22 test in video

Below, you can discover our test of the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra in video. Otherwise, our written impressions are just below.

Galaxy S22 price and release date

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The Galaxy S22 is the most affordable of Samsung's 2022 generation of premium smartphones. It is marketed from 859 euros in the 8/128 GB version. It is also available in an 8/256 GB version at a price of 909 euros.

Samsung offers a multitude of colors: black, white , green and pink at its partner distributors as well as sky blue, red and gray exclusively on its website. The Korean also offers some exclusive advantages directly on its official store.

At the beginning of 2023, before the release of the S23, the prices have already dropped significantly, whether on the standard S22 or the other models. Great opportunities to seize on this latest model!

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The Galaxy S22 + also comes in two versions 8/128 GB and 8/256 GB at the respective prices of 1059 euros and 1109 euros. The same colors are offered. Both models have the same repairability rating as the Galaxy S22 Ultra (8.2/10) and they are available on the Samsung store with various advantages.

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What does the design of the Galaxy S22 look like? ;?

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Unlike the S22 Ultra, the Galaxy S22 looks like two drops of water to its predecessor. Always dressed in a polymer protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass Victus (front and back), this model also has a matte coat that is just as attractive.

On this version, Samsung keeps the photo module plunging on the edges of the chassis. This touch of originality makes it easy to recognize. Moreover, we regret that the Korean did not keep this same design on the S22 Ultra.

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The compact dimensions of the Galaxy S22 make it one of the most pleasant smartphones to use on a daily basis. Light and thin (168 grams for a total of 7.6 mm thick), it can be forgotten in your pocket and allows comfortable one-handed use.

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It's hard not to fall for this mini format at a time when most smartphones easily exceed 200 grams on the scale and require both hands for the slightest manipulation.

We have to admit it, this Galaxy S22 won us over during the test. And if we had to choose a model among the new Samsung devices on the sole criterion of design, it is this same model that would obtain all our favors.

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Finally, the Galaxy S22 seems to be just a exact copy of the S21 that we already appreciate for these same qualities. This is true if viewed from behind, but not from the front. Indeed, this year Samsung has chosen a flat screen whose integration is just perfect.

Is the screen size of the Galaxy S22 sufficient?

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Yes, in 2022 a 6.1″ can be called “small”. To compensate, the size/screen ratio must then exceed 90% in order to maintain a compact format. The Galaxy S22 meets these conditions and its screen perfectly matches the four edges. A detail for some and yet, obtaining such a result (especially at the level of the chin) requires very high precision engineering work.

Here, Samsung opts for a Dynamic AMOLED 2X flat panel with a frequency refresh rate varying from 48 to 120 Hz depending on the content displayed. Most observers will notice that these characteristics are exactly the same as those of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. It’s almost true.

Indeed, the only small difference between the screen of the Galaxy S22 and that of the S22 Ultra lies in the brightness of the panel. Samsung announces 1,700 nits for the Ultra model against only 1,300 nits for the S22. Concretely, the human eye, however sharp it may be, does not distinguish any difference.

The screen technology being the same, our conclusions of this test will therefore be identical: the screen of the Galaxy S22 is wonderful. Quite simply.

Is the Galaxy S22 good at photography?

We know Samsung's expertise in photography. The manufacturer's ability to equip the Galaxy S22 with such comprehensive photographic equipment in such a limited format commands respect. The Galaxy S22 has the same module as the S22+:

  • a 50 Mpxl sensor (1/1.57″; 1 µm) with wide-angle lens (f/1.8 (85° field of view), optical stabilization
  • a 12 Mpxl sensor (1/2.55″ ; 1.4µm) with ultra-wide-angle lens (f/2.2 – 120° field of view)
  • a sensor 10 Mpxl (1/3.94″ ; 1 µm) with telephoto lens (f/2.4 – 3x zoom), optical stabilization, Dual Pixel AF

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You may notice that the Galaxy S22 and S22 Ultra share two common lenses: ultra wide-angle and 3x zoom. No telephoto lens with 10x zoom for the S22/S22+, nor a 108 Mpxl main sensor reserved exclusively for the Galaxy S22 Ultra. A choice that is very easy to understand: on the one hand the S22 does not have enough space to accommodate all these sensors, on the other hand Samsung must clearly justify the move upmarket.

Observers will also note that the Galaxy S22 uses the exact same configuration as its predecessor with the exception of the main sensor of 50 Mpxl (against 12 Mpxl for the previous generation). Also note that – like the S22 Ultra – the sensors have larger photo-sites which, in theory, allows them to capture more light and be more effective in low light. In addition, Samsung ensures that the photo quality of this new generation is improved thanks to more efficient digital processing (thanks to the Exynos 2200).

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In our Galaxy S22 review, let's start with what doesn't change – or little. The telephoto lens with 3x zoom is still just as effective, the hybrid zoom impresses (thanks to the software optimization) and the ultra-wide-angle module is still just as convincing. The portraits are still improving a little with a more precise outline and, above all, an increasingly natural bokeh.

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The most visible improvements mainly concern the main sensor. By opting for a 50 Mpxl sensor, Samsung significantly improves the sharpness. The Korean manufacturer is also making its little revolution by completely revising its way of managing colors.

While its signature was based on saturated, flattering but unrealistic colors, Samsung chose to return to a more natural rendering. Thus, the shots shot with the Galaxy S22 are closer to those of the iPhone than those of the old S21. A good point for amateur photographers or professionals for that matter.

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Samsung is also introducing a new night mode that accompanies other optimizations to improve results in low light. Concretely, the Galaxy S22 does a little better than its predecessor but does not yet reach the level of market references in dark environments. Attention, the results remain correct during our various tests.

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Impossible to conclude this part without addressing the video quality of the Galaxy S22. If it does not reach the level of an iPhone 13, it is still a serious alternative. The videos shot with the S22 shine with their very good stabilization. The multitude of features (simultaneous forward/reverse turning, for example) give it welcome versatility.

Without imposing itself as the absolute reference in the field, the Galaxy S22 remains an excellent photophone. By its format, it embodies the heritage of the compact cameras of the great era. This is a model that will undoubtedly appeal to a general public target (with a substantial budget).

Red card for the Exynos 2200…

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As we mentioned in our Galaxy S22 Ultra review , European customers inherit models equipped with an in-house chip. This year, Samsung is therefore betting on the Exynos 2200, its first chip engraved in 4 nm, competing with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or the A15 Bionic.

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To play in the big leagues, the Korean had to finally deliver a processor capable of competing with those of Qualcomm (Snapdragon) and Apple both in terms of performance and energy consumption. Unfortunately, 2022 will not be the year of the technical revolution at Samsung. And the Galaxy S22 is arguably the hardest hit victim of the Exynos 2200's weaknesses.

The smallest of the family does not escape the heating problems suffered by the Ultra version, quite the contrary. The space available under the shell being very small, heat dissipation is difficult. Also the rise in temperature is even more noticeable. This is the case during photo shoots that are too long, prolonged gaming sessions or photo editing.

Exynos 2200 also rhymes (alas) with high energy consumption. Delivering good performance is one thing, being able to do it all day is another. Samsung also had the bad idea of ​​integrating a smaller battery in the Galaxy S22, which did not help our test.

Heavy users will end the day with great luck or by using power saving modes. For versatile use, we can hope to last a whole day, but no more. Performance unworthy of a high-end smartphone sold for close to 1,000 euros.

… and “fast”

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We could console ourselves if Samsung provided a fast charger in the box. This is not the case since the Korean has decided to no longer put a charger in the boxes of its smartphones for questionable (not to say ridiculous) ecological reasons. Even so, the Galaxy S22 is only compatible with a 25 W charge. This is too little in 2022 to deserve the qualifier of “fast” since it will take an hour to recharge a 3700 mAh battery.

To the question, “why not make it compatible with the same 45W charging as the other two models?” Samsung does not mention technical reasons. Right in his boots, the Korean assumes to want to justify an upgrade, understand “pay more if you want a correct charge. Obviously, at Samsung, 859 euros is a price that does not justify a charging system worthy of the name.

Let's not repeat it, but manufacturers offer models half as expensive with much faster charging systems (and they even provide the charger). This stinginess that we also find at Apple is very annoying. Oppo stands out on this point.

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Galaxy S22+ : the right balance&nbsp ;?

Galaxy S22+ Rating: 8.7/10

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The Galaxy S22+ shares the vast majority of features with the Galaxy S22 . Nevertheless, its larger size allows Samsung to bring a better balance to the whole.

A larger smartphone is often also a larger screen. With its 6.6'' panel, the Galaxy S22+ is positioned between the Galaxy S22 (too small for a multimedia experience worthy of the name) and the S22 Ultra (too massive for a comfortable grip). Thus, the S22+ is the perfect compromise between display comfort and pleasant handling.

Its large size also allows it to contain a larger battery. This slightly improves the autonomy of the beast. The screen being larger, the 4500 mAh battery allows use for a day and a half at most. It's already much better than the short day of S22. Above all, the S22+ is compatible with 45W fast charging, the same as that of the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Finally, the little extras provided by Samsung on this larger model make a big difference on a daily basis. If the S22 disappoints with its autonomy and its fast charging system, the Galaxy S22+ fixes these main problems. More durable, it also heats up a little less since the space under the shell allows better heat dissipation.

For all these reasons, the Galaxy S22+ is, according to our test, the most balanced model of this new generation.

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Our opinion after the Galaxy S22 test< /h2>

With its Galaxy S22 Ultra, Samsung demonstrates all its technological know-how and takes the opportunity to wink at fans of the Note range. The Galaxy S22 and S22+ are aimed at a wider audience and at those who want a complete smartphone (but not necessarily the most complete).

Due to its contained format, the Galaxy S22 is logically aimed at lovers of compact smartphones. Easy to handle, it is a compendium of technology. Unfortunately, when it was released, Samsung made unforgivable errors for a product sold from 859 euros: heating problems, poor autonomy and too slow charging are crippling faults for many users.

This is all the more regrettable since Samsung has seen fit to follow Apple in its great stinginess and limit the load to 25 W to encourage customers to opt for a more expensive model. A policy that we consider questionable for a leading company in its sector. Even more for high-end products.

Fortunately, it is now available at a price attractive enough to make up for most of these flaws at the start of 2023. The Galaxy S22+ also restores the brand's image by establishing itself as an advantageous alternative. Larger than the S22, it better meets the standards of 2022/2023 and corrects the shortcomings of the smallest of the family. While we wouldn't recommend the Galaxy S22 to everyone, we have fewer reservations about the S22+ which we believe is the most balanced model of this infernal trio.

Galaxy S22

From €859

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    Performance and interface

    7.0/10

    Range and recharge

    4.0/10

    Camera

    9.0/10

    Value for money

    7.0/10

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      We love

      • Compact and elegant design
      • Magnificent screen
      • Very good in photos
      • Very good in video
      • OneUI still as pleasant

      We like less

      • Heats too much
      • Mediocre battery life
      • Recharge much too slow (shameful upgrading policy)
      • Price too high compared to these crippling defects

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