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Is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G worth buying in 2022?

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

It’s Samsung’s top-of-the-range handset. So how does it stack up? And is it worth forking out for? We run the rule over the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra to find out.

Our Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review in summary

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the real deal. With an incredible 6.8-inch screen that packs the latest brightness and refresh rate tech, as well as a quad lens camera that puts all its rivals in the shade, only Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max can hold a candle to it.

Throw in the latest Samsung chipset, a spanking new Android operating system and storage up to a colossal 1TB, and it’s fair to say there’s nothing wrong with this handset.

The only downside with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the fact it can cost north of £1,000 SIM-free, although there are some excellent and affordable contracts out there.

If you love Android phones and have the cash to hand, this is the device for you.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is essentially a replacement for the much loved but now defunct Samsung Galaxy Note range.

That means a massive 6.8-inch display, as well as a best-in-class quad camera setup and ultra high brightness rating. It’s aimed squarely at Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Its overall specs are slightly better than its Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus stablemates, so it’s mobile prowess you want, this is the phone for you.

Camera

This is where the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra really comes into its own.

It comes with four lenses, making it more than a match for rival handsets from Apple and Google. In fact, we reckon it’s currently the best smartphone camera available.

A main 108MP shooter, replete with a ‘Super Clear’ lens designed to minimise reflections and glare is backed up by two 10MP telephoto lenses and a 12MP ultrawide lens.

The idea, says Samsung, is to serve up the best images available from any Samsung phone.

The selfie camera clocks in at an astonishing 40MP, making it ideal for crystal clear video calls and shooting clips for Instagram and TikTok. It’s a content creator’s dream.

The front camera can also shoot 4K video at 30 or 60 frames per second, while the main camera can even handle 8K at 24fps, as well as 4K and HDR10+.

In short, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is an imaging powerhouse that it’s impossible to find fault with.

Design

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra takes its cues from the classic Galaxy Note range and that’s no bad thing.

The huge display covers the front of the entire device, with a small hole for the front facing camera up top.

There’s a slot for a stylus, while the four main cameras take pride of place on the rear of the device.

The sleek, clean finish is in keeping with past Galaxy smartphones, with Samsung looking to make its devices as sharp as Apple’s.

While for our money the iPhone 13 Pro Max looks better, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is still a striking and smart piece of kit.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S22 comes with a stunning 6.8-inch screen packing QHD AMOLED smarts.

On a simple level, this means it is built for watching streaming video and gaming for hours on end.

With a 120Hz refresh rate, it promises to make apps, games and web pages look truly incredible.

On top of that its 1750 nits brightness rating takes it way beyond the still impressive 1,300 nits found on the Galaxy S22. Even to the untrained eye it looks utterly amazing.

Operating system and performance

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra comes loaded with the latest Samsung Exynos 2200 chipset, a match for Apple’s superb A15 Bionic processor.

It’s backed up by Android 12, the latest, slickest version of Google’s operating system.

You get 8GB or 12GB of RAM depending on the model you choose, with storage up to 1TB. 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models are also available.

All of this ensures that performance is among the best of any smartphone available in 2022.

Battery life

The Samsung Galaxy S22 comes with an enormous 5000mAh battery.

In real terms, you can easily get two days out of the device, including browsing, YouTube streaming and listening to music and podcasts.

That places it in the same bracket as the iPhone 13 Pro Max as well as Google’s Pixel 6.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra's deals and incentives

There are some excellent deals available for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, with monthly costs varying depending on what you’re willing to pay up front.

Check out Moneysupermarket’s best deal at the top of this page now.

At the time of writing, you can get the Galaxy S22 Ultra from Three for £39 a month paying £189.99 a month.

That scores you unlimited calls and texts, plus 100GB of 5G data.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra pricing

SIM free, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is very expensive. A 128GB model costs £1,149, rising to £1,249 for 256GB and £1,329 for 512GB.

At the time of writing, the 1TB model is hard to find and can cost over £2,000 from select resellers.

Pros and Cons of choosing Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in 2022

Pros

  • Amazing screen
  • Best in class camera
  • Excellent design
  • Superb performance

Cons

  • Very expensive

How does Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra compare against other Samsung phones?

The Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with a display the same size as the Galaxy S21 Ultra, 6.8-inches. However, the newer model has a brighter screen, 1,750 nits versus 1,500 nits.

The quad camera and selfie shooter offer similar specs, although the Galaxy S22’s new SuperClear function does give it an advantage in terms of how images look.

The changes are fairly minimal, but with newer Android 12 software and the latest Samsung chipset, the Galaxy S22 is still a cut above its predecessor.

Against the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, its massive screen and similar internal specs make it just about the best of the current crop.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review: Verdict

Expensive, yes. But the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is one of the very best smartphones ever made.

It has a class-leading camera, looks the part and has a screen that puts other phones in the shade.

Throw in stunning software and access to all the best apps and games and it’s hard to see past it as one of 2022’s hottest handsets.

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