The Samsung Galaxy S22 won me over very quickly. The phone’s aluminum frame, glass body, and overall design look fantastic, and beyond the details, it’s fast and feature-rich.
After more than 2 weeks of using the phone, I’m a big fan of the whole package, especially for those looking for a fast, smaller phone at the right price.
Is the Galaxy S22 for you?
If you like small devices, the Galaxy S22 is a great choice. The Galaxy S22 balances the bright, clear 6.1-inch display with speed, power, and features like an excellent trio of rear cameras. My main recommendation is to get the 256GB model, as there’s no way to expand the memory on the phone, and photos, videos, and apps can take up a lot of space over a few years of use.
For most users, the phone will last around 12+ hours with medium to light usage such as browsing the web, emailing, taking photos, streaming videos, gaming, and using apps. Watch my hands-on review below or on Youtube.
If you’re a heavy user and spend a lot of time streaming, gaming, and watching content on your phone, or for those looking for a bigger screen, you should consider the Galaxy S22+ or even the Galaxy S22 Ultra because they have a bigger battery and screen.
Design and display
I love the design of the Galaxy S22. The phone’s premium materials provide a unique look that’s also tougher than most Android alternatives, thanks to an aluminum frame and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the front and back to protect against scratches and cracks.
The 6.1-inch adaptive AMOLED display offers up to 120Hz refresh rate, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and the back has a gorgeous pearlescent finish that hides fingerprints and fingerprints very well. tasks.
Jumping between games, video and apps, the phone handles frame rate well and it always felt responsive and snappy, even with multiple apps running at the same time. I also like the brightness, clarity and vivid color.
The camera bump protrudes slightly, which is quite common these days, but a good case will protect it. I like the new rounded edges and overall metallic finish protecting the lenses, as it’s an easy place to damage otherwise.
When it comes to colors, I don’t normally like white, but Phantom White is amazing. the Samsung.ca Exclusive Graphite would otherwise be my top choice because it looks so clean and unique.
The Galaxy S22’s cameras are a cut above what we’ve seen from the Galaxy S21. The trio of cameras on the back of the S22 include a 12MP ultra-wide, 50MP wide and 10MP telephoto, then there’s a 10MP selfie camera on the front. Photo mode also offers a fantastic 50 MP 4:3 mode.
Three of the biggest improvements are in portrait mode, night mode and overall with video stabilization.
For portraits, the phone’s improved cameras, AI, and more powerful 4nm processor deliver more stunning results that look like they’ve come from a professional camera. Editing features also allow you to change lighting and blur for perfect results.
For Samsung’s Nightography Mode, Enhanced Night Mode uses a large pixel sensor for impressive results that are both clearer and brighter than anything Samsung has provided before. It even works for night portraits and video.
As for stabilization, I tested video in several modes, including portrait video, professional video, and director’s view, and the results were very satisfactory. Whether you’re filming action or just walking and talking, the video is incredibly stable, even when you have heavy footsteps like me.
Video Pro mode on the S22 also goes all the way up to 8K video, and in Director’s View you can now save video as two files, if you prefer.
I’m hoping that at some point Samsung will offer Director’s View, or one of the other unique video modes, with 4K resolution, but so far video still only captures in HD quality in those fashions.
Price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is available now starting at $1,099.99 for the 128GB and $1,169.99 for the 256GB. Available colors include Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, and Rose Gold, as well as Samsung-exclusive colors .ca: graphite, cream, sky blue and purple.
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