The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is a predictably solid affordable phone with a strong main camera and exemplary stamina, though its performance and display leave a little to be desired.
The Galaxy S22 features modest, if not earth-shattering improvements, from last year's Galaxy S21. It's the Samsung phone to get if you want premium features for less than $1,000.
There are some improvements over its predecessor. For example, the camera now takes significantly better night shots and there are now glass surfaces all over instead of a plastic back. The battery life has also improved (despite a smaller battery) as has the 120 Hz display, which achieves an image display just as good as that of the Galaxy S21, but dynamically adjusts its frame rate over a wider range and, above all, shines much more brightly.
The Galaxy S22 may look like its predecessor, but a number of changes inside make it a much more compelling option for most users.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is small, fast, and offers a clean and reliable Android experience. It's an incremental update that keeps what was good in the S21, and upgrades the camera, processor, and materials to create a solid Android device.
The Galaxy S22 isn't a huge improvement or departure from last year's phone, but just like an "S-year" iPhone, Samsung has tweaked and elevated all the phone's most critical components. You're getting a more refined design, improved performance, a sharper main cam with better low-light photography and an even brighter screen. And that's saying something from the king of mobile displays.
The entry S series flagship for 2022 banks everything on going smaller than its predecessor. This 6.1-inch flat AMOLED screen is certainly attractive, but there's less battery on board than the previous year's offering, while the just-released S21 FE may hold just as much appeal for many - bringing into question Samsung's launch calendar of late.
Hands on: For starters, the Galaxy S22 is leaning more towards being marketed as a true compact flagship, thanks to its smaller size than last year and the build to match the other two. On the flipside, the smaller battery capacity could be its most serious con.