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7 months with the Samsung Galaxy S22: I love you, neither do I

The Samsung Galaxy S22 was my daily companion for seven months. Seven months of passionate love, but also seven months of annoying frustrations. Here is my detailed feedback.

Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

In February 2022, Samsung unsheathed a new armada of high-end smartphones, which are the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra. Three smartphones in different formats – if not opposed with the Ultra and its inspiration from the Note range – and sometimes with different strengths despite belonging to the same family.

At the time, I had awarded the note of 8/10 to the Galaxy S22, ensuring that the succession was precisely assured. Several aspects of the phone particularly appealed to me, from its design to its grip, including the screen, the software interface and the photographic versatility.

Others had left me unsatisfied, starting with the autonomy, the relatively slow charge or the fluidity of certain software animations. Then I launched into a ” long-term test – which at Frandroid corresponds to use over several months. This makes it possible to check all the points raised, or even to detect new ones, over a longer period.

So here is my feedback after seven months with the Galaxy S22. A smartphone love, which I also learned to hate.

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Ultimate design and handling

The Galaxy S22 is a little gem in the hand: compact, light and with splendid finishes, it becomes irresistible “. It goes without saying that my heart was conquered when discovering and taming the Galaxy S22 last February. So much so that a score of 10/10 was awarded to it on the design part.

Seven months later, I have no regrets about this rating. In terms of handling, it has been one of my finest companions over the past few years. Its small format is very practical for using it with one hand or storing it in a small pocket, without being afraid of dropping it when climbing stairs or cycling – which I do a lot.

Its weight of 167 grams is also a significant strong point. The phone is almost forgotten when stored in your pants, and above all, it does not cause any discomfort if you use it for several tens of minutes on your sofa or lying in bed.

External opinions about its look have also been unanimous: the Galaxy S22 is not just beautiful, it is magnificent. The visual effect he gave me at the start of our idyll has not wavered for a moment over the months. It’s a phone that I still devour with my eyes, without the slightest weariness.

You still need to take care of it properly. I wrote during my first test that the S22 “is self-sufficient, and hardly deserves a hull to admire all its splendor“. In the idea, why not. In fact, the falls were numerous and the back of the smartphone did not resist the few waterfalls.

Result of the races: even the Gorilla Glass Victus+ protection gave way to make way for a fragmented back. The aluminum edges have suffered over time, as many scratches have appeared on the screen. A word of advice if you care about your S22: protect it. For the rest, in my opinion, it is faultless.

Very nice photos, an optical x3 with small onions

If there is one sensor that I like to have fun with on high-end smartphones, it’s the optical sensor offering a x2, x3, x5 or even x10 zoom depending on the model. That of the Galaxy S22 is a 10-megapixel x3 telephoto lens opening at f/2.4. It is probably this sensor that I used the most during my test.

Why ? Because it is with a sensor that I consider to have taken the most beautiful photos, whether landscapes, food or portraits, with or without bokeh effect. This optical x3 offers very good performance thanks to a very good level of sharpness retained and colors that are still just as saturated, a Samsung trademark.

The results are all the more beautiful.

The 50 megapixel wide-angle (f/1.8), the 12 megapixel ultra-wide-angle (f/2.2) and the 10 megapixel selfie sensor have nothing to be ashamed of and gave me complete satisfaction depending on the situation. where I needed them. For scenes involving a sunset, I sometimes had to go back and forth several times to adjust the focus and the level of exposure, to obtain the desired result.

Conclusion: if you are looking for good photos with a phone that is sometimes under the 700 euro mark on some e-commerce sites, you have an excellent candidate here, with photographic versatility and images that will flatter your retina. Although at this little game, the Pixel 6 Pro clearly has its say, but at a price that is a bit more elitist.

Software and performance, good and bad

The software part is provided by One UI 4, which we do not have much to complain about in terms of functionality, practicality or overall look. On the other hand, the fluidity of certain animations or the transition from one application to another sometimes lacked fluidity, especially during a multitasking session.

Overall, a hint of disappointment will stay in my throat: on a smartphone initially sold for 800 euros, I expected a 100% smooth experience, even after seven months of use. This is not entirely the case. Let’s be clear: most of the time, everything remained clear.

Where the Galaxy S22 fishes is at the processor level. The Exynos 2200 is a real thorn in the side, especially when it comes to heating. In the summer, the phone was on the verge of burning my fingers, when I used it to play music, watch a route on Google Maps and reply to friends.

Samsung Galaxy S22
The Samsung Galaxy S22 // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

In general, the S22 began to heat up much too quickly for sometimes classic tasks carried out simultaneously. The Exynos 2200 SoC doesn’t really belong in such a setting: we sincerely hope that Samsung will set its sights on Snapdragon processors for the next generation of Galaxy S.

Not being a mobile gamer, I didn’t push the chip to its climax during a sessionFortnitefor example. But according to our February 2022 test, the Galaxy S22 was clearly behind on the graphics part in particular.

Not everything is to be thrown in the trash either. It is important here to salute Samsung’s software monitoring. About every month, a security patch was deployed on my phone, which is all in all reassuring. At the end of September, however, I had still not received One UI 5 based on Android 13 in stable version,Converselyof some Oppo phones.

Autonomy and recharging, it’s a big no

So far, my feedback on the Galaxy S22 has been relatively positive. Until addressing the autonomy and charging of the phone, two big black spots that have contributed to tarnish my vision of things. As we said in our original test, this model recorded one of the worst Aim scores in recent years.

On a day-to-day basis, the autonomy of the S22 was a real problem. There have been too many times when the energy bar dangerously approached 20 or 15%… when the evening was just beginning. It’s simple: we had to adapt and adopt new reflexes by regularly going through the charging box at the end of the afternoon when going out in the evening.

The remaining 10% also tend to drain at the speed of light when in use: I happened to lose 2 to 3% of battery in the space of 30 seconds flat. In short, you better have a charger nearby to quickly plug it in in this kind of situation.

Samsung Galaxy S22
Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

Speaking of charging, it’s not time to party: what a shame, in 2022 and for such a high-end smartphone, to be limited to a power of 25 W, when most competitors climb at least at 33 W, if not 65 or 120 W. Not to mention the fact that Samsung does not provide any compatible charger in the box.

But even with a compatible block, the time spent charging your phone seems too long. A fact that is all the more detrimental in view of the starving autonomy offered here by the S22. If the battery life is low, we expect at least to charge the phone in no time. This is clearly not the case.

To sum up: the autonomy and the slow charge of the Galaxy S22 are its two main weak points, which could put off some people and some looking for more enduring phones. You can’t imagine how much the Asus Zenfone 9 – one of its competitors – gave me a nice and pleasant breath of fresh air on this criterion.

What results after 7 months of use?

The overall assessment of the seven months spent with the Galaxy S22 remains generally positive, but marred by a crippling daily autonomy and too low a charging power to start again in just a few minutes. These two points were particularly frustrating, if not annoying in the long run.

The Galaxy S22 also fails in terms of heating, which is too marked due to a processor – the Exynos 2200 – far from meeting our expectations. Luckily, the phone’s excellent grip, exquisite design, gorgeous display, balanced software experience, and photographic versatility reassure us.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 was ultimately a beautiful love story with its ups and downs. A love story that will remain engraved, but which, I hope, will be even more beautiful with its successor: the Galaxy S23 expected at the beginning of 2023.

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