Samsung S22 Review. The Best Entry Level Phone?

At your risk, ignore the Samsung Galaxy S22. It's true that the Galaxy S22 entry-level phone lacks the luxury features of the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the bigger screen of the Galaxy S22 Plus, but focusing just on what the S22 lacks can be dangerous.

Consider the Galaxy S22 in terms of the value it provides. If you choose this model, you'll get the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor as Samsung's flashier S22 models. A brilliant display and the same great camera setup as the S22 Plus are also expected. All of technology is included in a package that starts at less than $800, which is $200 less than Samsung's next model.

While the Samsung Galaxy S22 resembles the S21 in appearance, right down to the contour-cut camera array, Samsung has made some changes. There are still three lenses, but the sensors that support them have changed. The 12MP ultrawide f/2.2 camera remains mostly similar, but it is now paired with a new 50MP f/1.8 primary camera and a 10MP f/2.3 telephoto lens. Although it has much less pixels than the S21's 64MP sensor, it maintains a 3x zoom (the S21 listed the zoom as hybrid; this is optical zoom). Digital zoom up to 30x is available, which is enjoyable but not as excellent as the S22 Ultra's 100x Space Zoom. Even still, having 3x optical zoom on a phone under $800 is fantastic. The 10MP selfie camera on the front remains intact from the Galaxy S21. The offered lenses are ideal for a variety of styles (wide, ultrawide, portrait, and night mode). Samsung's over-bright colors are still there; they have a propensity to make the sky excessively blue, for example, and the results rarely match what you see with your naked eye. Looking back at the photographs, you can't help but be impressed, but if you're looking for exact color accuracy, you might want to go elsewhere. A strong point is portrait mode photography, which allows you to customize the bokeh effect before or after you capture the image. For professional-looking outcomes, the program does a good job of distinguishing individuals – human or otherwise – from their backgrounds. The 10MP, 3x optical zoom performs a fine job, however its 10x and 30x capabilities are limited. We're not certain that there are enough pixels to allow this amount of digital (even AI-assisted) interpolation. The camera app has a lot of shooting settings and features, most of which are buried under 'More' (typical of an Android phone). For example, Pro mode allows you to select shutter speed, ISO (film speed in old-school camera lingo), focal point, and white balance. To use it, connect one of the two-pronged USB connections on the keyboard cord to your computer. This effectively transfers one USB port from your PC, which may be blocked by cables or shoved against a wall, to a more accessible location—ideal for plugging in your mouse or a Bluetooth dongle. When the USB passthrough port is ready to use, it glows brilliant white. The Apex Pro is smaller than comparable 104-key keyboards like the Hexgears Impulse (2 pounds, 17.25 x 6 inches) and Patriot Memory Viper V765 at 2.14 pounds and 17.2 x 1.9 x 4.4 inches (2.5 pounds, 18.4 x 6.4 inches).

I hadn't used a phone this little since the LG G8, and coming from a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, I was worried about missing out on the bigger screen. Despite being a smaller phone, the Galaxy S22's display manages to give a surprise sufficient experience for me. Although it isn't as huge or as brilliant as the Note 20 Ultra or even the new Galaxy S22 Ultra, it is still a fantastic display. The Galaxy S22 boasts a 120Hz refresh rate Full HD+ AMOLED 2X display. The display isn't QHD+, but it's still extremely crisp, thanks to the reduced size, which is one way the standard S22 outperforms the Plus. Colors are brilliant even when I set the display to "natural" mode, and it's bright enough that I don't have any trouble seeing it even in direct sunshine thanks to the variable refresh rate. The display has a maximum brightness of 1300 nits, which is 450 nits less than the S22 Plus. However, I've never found the extra brightness to be essential. I have to say, I really like how flat the display is. Curved screens irritate me, and it's my main complaint about the Note 20 Ultra. The S22's flat display is quite refreshing since it eliminates unintentional touches that would take me away from whatever I was doing on the phone. The extraordinarily thin yet symmetrical bezels, which are almost discernible, also excite me. Aside from the hole-punch selfie camera, the flat, practically bezel-less display makes watching movies highly immersive. The in-display fingerprint sensor, which works nicely, is also housed on the display. It's quite speedy and responsive, unlike a specific Google phone. Overall, you will not be disappointed by this show.


Overall, the S22 is a solid entry that can do everything a flagship phone in 2022 can. It's the cheapest member of the S22 range, with a list price of $799. If you're in the market, the Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Edition) with its 6.4-inch display, last year's CPU and camera (a 12-megapixel primary camera instead of the 50-megapixel one), and a price tag of at least $100 less could be worth considering. Of course, there's the S22+, which is even bigger, and the S22 Ultra, which is even bigger. However, if you're looking for top-notch performance in a compact Android phone, the S22 is the finest option.