Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s application relies on new note-inspired features and advanced low-light cameras. Otherwise, it is no different from the S21 Ultra.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note is gone, but fans of the company’s giant, stylus-decorated phone shouldn’t worry anymore. The Galaxy S22 Ultra, which starts at 1,200 (£ 1,149, AU $ 1,849) and goes on sale on February 25, is a sharp sequel to the note sequel we never saw last year. It inherits the most unique features of the Galaxy Note, such as the S Pen Stylus that you can store inside the phone. Also, it has the same features that the Note and Ultra have shared in the past, such as a larger screen and a more sophisticated camera.
This new coat of paint makes the Galaxy S22 Ultra feel like a big departure from the Galaxy S21 Ultra – at least on the outside. But inside, the S22 Ultra is only a minor upgrade compared to its predecessor. It has a new chip, a camera that performs better in low light and faster charging than the S21 Ultra, but otherwise mostly the same. Still, it’s a welcome upgrade for Galaxy Note fans who haven’t had the new option in over a year.
With that in mind, I would only recommend upgrading if you have a phone older than the Galaxy S20 Ultra or the Note 20 Ultra, both of which launched in 2020. You are trying to decide if Ultra is worth buying. S22 Plus, S Pen, big screen and extra telephoto lenses should be the reason for your decision. Many other features of the S22 Ultra – such as an upgraded processor and a better low-light camera – are available in all three new phones.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a note clone, but that’s a good thing
It would be a short statement to make the Galaxy S22 Ultra look like the Galaxy Note. At the time of writing this review, I mistakenly typed “note” instead of “ultra” more times than I could count. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has the same solid, angular edges that note fans are familiar with, giving the phone a notepad-like feel.
In this case, it’s an improvement over last year’s Galaxy S21 Ultra, which in some ways felt like a bigger and heavier Galaxy S21. I’m glad that Samsung has found a way to make its top-of-the-line phones a little more distinct.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, as its predecessor, is the biggest phone in Samsung’s Galaxy S lineup. It sports a 6.8-inch screen like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, while the Galaxy S22 Plus sports a 6.6-inch display. The standard Galaxy S22 measures 6.1 inches, giving it the same size as the iPhone 13. The new Ultra is a bit wider than last year’s phone, which can make it a bit more challenging to use with one hand. It’s the same width as Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max, though Samsung’s screen is a hair’s breadth.
Samsung also said that the Ultra and Plus screens are still the brightest. I did not notice a noticeable difference when using the S22 Ultra with the S21 Ultra. Although the brightness is set at about 25% or less, it definitely looks bright enough.
The new Samsung phone has a new display feature called Vision Booster, which adjusts the screen based on your surroundings and makes it more visible in bright landscapes. I’ve noticed that websites with white backgrounds look a bit easier on the eyes and don’t look as blue in the Galaxy S21 Ultra as Apple’s True Tone feature. But wearing my sunglasses and looking at the phone in direct sunlight seemed just as easy.