Although the Galaxy Note is no longer available, lovers of Samsung's large-screen smartphone parked with a stylus need not be concerned. The Galaxy S22 Ultra announced recently and will hit the market from February 25 appears to be the Note's replacement we never saw last year. It has many of the same features as the Note, such as an S Pen with a housing provision inside the phone and a crisper design. It also showcases a larger screen display and a more advanced camera.
The price starting from $1,200 for the US, £1,149 UK, and AU$1,849 Aus., puts it at par with S21 Ultra of 2021. All of these changes mean that Samsung has done an outstanding job of making the best smartphone stand apart from the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus. The tech firm has equally displayed its master of the craft by acknowledging that better cameras and larger screens alone aren't always enough to convince consumers to splurge on a $1,200 phone. Now, Samsung is adding the S Pen as an innovative addition. Again, the audience for high-end phones that cost more than $1,000 may not be big enough to justify offering both the Note and S Ultra options.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is currently going through checks and observation to understand it better. However, the improved low-light cameras and rugged appearance confirm the firm is on the right track forward. Even said, it's worth noting that same night photography enhancements are also applicable to Samsung's less expensive Galaxy S22 phones. That means we expect Galaxy S22 Ultra to deliver a lot more to justify its hefty price tag.
It would be an understatement to say that the Galaxy S22 Ultra resembles the Galaxy Note. I can't tell you how many times I inadvertently typed "Note" instead of "Ultra" while writing this review. The Galaxy S22 Ultra features the same angular, sharp edges that Note aficionados are used to, giving the phone a notepad-like feel. It's an improvement over last year's Galaxy S21 Ultra in this regard, which in some ways felt like a larger and heavier Galaxy S21. I'm glad Samsung found a way to make its top-of-the-line phone stand out a bit more.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the biggest handset in both size and other features in the Samsung's Galaxy S series, just like the S21 Ultra of last year. It boasts a 6.8-inch screen, identical to its immediate predecessor, a 6.6-inch display on the Galaxy S22 Plus, and a 6.1-inch display on the normal Galaxy S22. It's also a little wider than the Galaxy S21 Ultra from last year, making it a little more difficult to use with one hand. By comparison, the S22 Ultra has a similar width as iPhone 13 Pro Max; however, Samsung's screen is somewhat massive. Samsung also says the screen on the Ultra and the Plus are its best so far. As I earlier identified above, the phone is still undergoing a test to prove the claims from the company, but I've had the brightness set to about 25% or less and it still feels luminous enough.
The presence of the S Pen, however, genuinely gives the S22 Ultra that feeling of a better successor to the Galaxy Note. Samsung claims to have enhanced the S Pen by lowering latency, which means it should be better at anticipating where you'll doodle next. I haven't used an earlier S Pen stylus in a long, but the Galaxy S22 Ultra seems responsive and fluid. So far, my team and I only used it to jot down reminders and lists of things to do, and it feels almost identical to writing on paper. However, editing a Google Doc with the S Pen can still be awkward. When I tried using the handwriting-to-text tool in Google Docs, I noticed that words weren't spaced properly unless I tapped the space bar after each word, which doesn't feel natural when you're handwriting.
However, because the phone can function as a notepad even when the display is turned off, the S Pen is still handy for writing down fast not. Although this isn't a new feature (the Galaxy Note had it as well), it's, however, a welcome development. I've used the S Pen to jot down quick impressions and thoughts while away from my computer while writing this review, which has been useful. The S Pen can also be used to annotate screenshots and documents, which is beneficial for users who need to study papers on their phones.
However, considering that many employees are going to switch to hybrid or remote work, I'm still unsure how helpful the S Pen is. The S Pen came in helpful when testing Galaxy Note phones in the past for scribbling fast notes during meetings or interviews. However, I now conduct most meetings remotely via my laptop, which has a full keyboard in front of me for taking notes.
So far, the S Pen appears to be a "nice-to-have" rather than a "must-have" function. But, given that the price of Samsung's Ultra variant hasn't increased since last year's S21 Ultra — which didn't contain an S Pen — that's ok by me.
An Excellent Camera Shots in Low Light Situation
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 108-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultrawide sensor, and two 10-megapixel telephoto lenses, just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra from last year. The tech giant claims, however, that it has made some under-the-hood enhancements that should improve the Ultra's ability to take images in low-light situations and process detail. Samsung claims that the new cameras can record four times as much data as previous models.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra delivers fantastic images when it comes to low-light photography. tIn my side-by-side tests with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Galaxy S22 Ultra outperformed its predecessor in low light conditions.
But, what's different now? The Galaxy S22's cameras have been improved to process images in low-light circumstances Pixel binning, which fuses data from multiple pixels into one gigantic pixel to enhance brightness, can be used on all multiple new phones to combine the resolution from the camera's main sensor with a process known as pixel binning, which puts together data from multiple pixels into one giant pixel to improve brightness. Pixel binning isn't new to Galaxy phones, but the option to combine it with the primary sensor's better resolution is unique.
The photo samples from the Galaxy S22 Ultra demonstrates the improvement on the camera. They're more vivid and detailed than those taken with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, if you have the two to compare. The photos on the S21 Ultra are brighter, but they aren't as sharp or bold. It's easy to observe the difference between the two top-end Samsung Galaxy S series phones.