iPhone packs the bags after ten years

It has happened. I’ve been struggling with it for a long time, but today is the day I officially switch to Android. In recent years, I’ve had a lot of pleasant experiences with Google’s operating system, but I kept coming back to the familiar every time. Back to the iPhone I’ve been using for over ten years. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra changes that.

For the past week, I used the new top unit from Samsung as my standard phone, and I quickly noticed that I would no longer switch. This is how the smartphone should be in my opinion.

Android vs iOS

Let me start the article right away with a big disclaimer. There is no winner for me personally in the battle between iOS and Android. Both operating systems have things in order. Where the difference was really big ten years ago, I think any consumer (who makes a little effort) can handle both systems.

Personally, I have always had a preference for iOS. As a teenager, I simply thought the iPhone was a nicer phone, and the operating system just worked for me. The adventure started with the iPhone 3GS as the market was very different. There was a big difference between Android and iOS at the time. As a result, I rolled into Apple’s ecosystem, so to speak. I bought products like iPads and Macs over the years and found myself using the system mostly as a habit.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Android iOS
Two fighters (Photo: Mark Hofman / WANT)

When I started at WANT four years ago, a whole new world opened up for me. The difference between the two systems really got smaller and smaller. Especially now that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is supported until 2027. For me, it is no longer a question of which system is best, but which one suits you best.

Until now, I have been using iOS by default. Not because I necessarily thought this was the best system. Well, because it had become a habit to use it. In that respect, the book can be closed to me and I switch. Not because of the software, but solely because of the hardware.

The best of both worlds

Along with OnePlus, Samsung has regularly made me doubt iOS and iPhone in recent years. The Galaxy Note 20, a smartphone that is already two years old, has certainly made it difficult for me. I was a fan of the design, a fan of the S Pen and a fan of the large rectangular display. In this regard, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra offers the best of both worlds.

Samsung has chosen to merge its S-Series and Note-Series. An ingenious feature, given that the top models have differed slightly from each other in recent years. This time, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has the iconic S Pen, which unlike the S21 Ultra can be stored in the device itself.

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S Pen is here! (Photo: Mark Hofman / WANT)

There will be plenty of consumers who do not use the stylus much, but for me personally it is a very nice addition. Signing documents, remotely capturing images and writing notes from the lock screen: it adds an extra dimension to your smartphone use.

A screen as it should be

As far as I am concerned, the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is an example for the rest of the market. Samsung has, of course, been at the forefront of this field for years, but with this model, it hits the outside eye. I agree with people that the more angular design should suit you, but for me personally it works well.

Thanks to the increased brightness of 1500 nits, the screen is very bright, which mainly pays off when you use the device outside. I have to admit that the lowest brightness in the dark can sometimes be a bit light, but the advantage here far outweighs the disadvantage.

To view content, scroll through feeds, and play games, Samsung uses different refresh rates. This varies from 1Hz to 120Hz so you are always in the right place.

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BECAUSE (Photo: Mark Hofman / WANT)

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the complete picture

The main strength of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is that the image is completely correct. There are few functionalities that, compared to last year’s model, stand with their heads and shoulders above the rest. The software runs well, the battery life is fine, and the camera system does its job well.

The device runs on a modified version of Android 12. One UI 4.1, as the version is called, is a wonderful layer over the operating system. It offers the necessary functionalities for comfortable use and has a nice look.

The battery in the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra can easily take you with it for a day and a half. If you really push the phone to the extreme, it will of course be a little smaller, but a wise head that knows how to drain the battery in this smartphone in just one day.

The camera system contributes to the complete picture. In terms of hardware, there is actually not much new to find, but in terms of software, Samsung takes a different approach in certain areas. This results in, for example, an improved zoom function, which increases the quality of the optical zoom.

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The optical zoom works well (Photo: Mark Hofman / WANT)

The ExpertRAW app gives you full control over the system, and the enhanced night mode makes images stand out in low light. In all fairness, I have to say that the iPhone 13 Pro is a little further in that area, but it really is a step forward for the Android market.

Not everything is cookie and eggs

The perfect smartphone has not yet been invented. In fact, I doubt we’ll ever see it. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a damn powerful and enjoyable smartphone, but in return it also has to deal with a number of drawbacks.

Let’s start with the battery. The 5000 mAh battery seems to last less with the S22 Ultra than with the S21 Ultra. The smartphone is equipped with a slightly brighter screen and has a more powerful SoC with it. This simply requires a little more of the battery and you can feel it. The difference with the S21 Ultra is present, but not so great that you have to leave the phone in front of it.

The OneUI 4.1 layer from Samsung is generally nice. However, there are times when it presents problems. In the last week, I have noticed that it sometimes affected the refresh rate negatively (the image stuttered) and it went down completely twice. A minor annoyance that can be quickly resolved with a simple software update.

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How purple is too much purple? (Photo: Mark Hofman / WANT)

Is Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra something for you?

‘Taste’. That is the word that defines this Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. This is a smartphone that you really should like. The larger (angular) design, the S Pen and the camera system: these are changes that you really have to feel something for.

If you are willing to spend € 1249 for a smartphone, you can really expect something. In my opinion, the Galaxy S22 Ultra meets that expectation. As mentioned, there are no specifications and functionalities that stand head and shoulders above the rest. The overall picture is correct, which makes it completely to my liking.

However, that does not take away from the fact that I think it is ridiculous that we have reached a certain price level. 1249 € for a smartphone? I think it’s an incredible amount of money for a phone. But that’s a discussion for a later moment.

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  • Galaxy Note is back
  • Impressive display offers pleasure
  • Interesting camera system
  • S Pen
  • One UI 4.1 is an excellent Android 12 variant
  • € 1249 is a lot of money
  • Software sometimes crashes
  • The battery lasts a little longer

If you are willing to spend € 1249 for a smartphone, you can really expect something. In my opinion, the Galaxy S22 Ultra meets that expectation. As mentioned, there are no specifications and functionalities that stand head and shoulders above the rest. The overall picture is correct, which makes it completely to my liking.

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