Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus review

The Galaxy S22 Plus brings improved imaging with an optical zoom and iPhone-like styling

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’ve got an S21 Plus, hang tight another year. If your S20 Plus is getting long in the tooth though, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus is a perfect upgrade. It finally levels up the camera system, updates the interface, and looks much more premium. Anyone who isn’t wedded to Samsung though, you can get a comparable camera system and more bang for your buck in the Google and OnePlus camps, making the Plus a good phone that falls short of excellence in the value department. At the right price though, it could be a winner.


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    Premium styling and rich in-hand feel

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    Much improved camera system

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    Excellent quality display


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    Lacks 10x telephoto lens of Ultra

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    Lacks 108MP sensor of S22 Ultra

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    Outperformed by some cheaper competition

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    Ultra-wide lacks autofocus

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The Galaxy S22 series is a family of two halves – the S22 and S22 Plus look like traditional Galaxy S phones, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra carries forward the Galaxy Note line’s look and feel. The S22 and S22 Plus even seem to take some design cues from Apple, with flat frosted glass on the front and back and polished metal trimmings.

Samsung’s pricing is also comparable with that of Apple. The Galaxy S22 Ultra caps the series out at $1,199 / £1,149 – more than even the iPhone 13 Pro Max, while the S22 Plus costs $999 / £949 – the same price as the iPhone 13 Pro

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.