Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.


The Samsung Galaxy S22 isn’t the flagship it was two years ago, and while it remains an excellent compact phone with superb performance and an excellent camera, the tech is beginning to get a little old. Battery life also leaves a lot to be desired compared to newer phones.


  • Strong and versatile camera
  • Classy design
  • Excellent performance


  • Lacking battery life
  • Small size won’t suit everyone


  • UKRRP: £769
  • USARRP: $799.99
  • EuropeRRP: €859

Key Features

  • Triple camera systemThere are three sensors on the rear of this phone, including a 50-megapixel main camera, 10-megapixel telephoto, and 12-megapixel ultrawide
  • High-spec screenThe relatively small 6.1-inch panel still offers 1 20Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and 1300 nits peak brightness
  • Robust build qualityWith a Gorilla Glass Victus+ screen and an IP68 rating, it can stand up to wear and tear


The Samsung Galaxy S22 was all the rage when it was first revealed in early 2022, but how does it compare two years later? You might be surprised.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is framed as a more modestly sized and priced device that nonetheless packs a flagship chipset, an impressive screen, and a sophisticated triple-camera system. That was the case in 2022, anyway. How about in 2024?

While it’s no longer the most powerful phone around, nor can it take the very best pictures available, the S22 still offers great capabilities tucked into a neat, easily manageable package, and importantly, it’s now cheaper than ever. If you don’t mind not having the very latest tech, the Samsung Galaxy S22 could still be the phone for you.

Design and Screen

  • Elegant design
  • Compact size
  • Smooth screen

Part of Samsung’s trio of flagship models for 2022, the Samsung Galaxy S22 is the most modest of the three. It is the smallest in size and features triple rear camera sensors, compared to the S22 Ultra’s quadruple offering.

Of course, that isn’t to say that it’s a cut-price or compromised handset in the slightest; its quality is immediately obvious upon picking it up for the first time. The S22 sports a beautifully understated design, thanks to the frosted-glass rear finish and its smooth and discreet camera module. The device in for review arrived in the lush green colour, which is particularly deep and alluring.

Samsung Galaxy S22 held up outside
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Small phones such as this (it measures 146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm) have both their supporters and detractors. Some prefer the ease with which they can be used, particularly one-handed, while others miss the big-screen experience offered by the more sizeable handsets. I took a little time to adjust to the S22’s smaller dimensions, having come from using big-screen smartphones; but it soon felt natural and manageable, and I only really missed the larger display when playing mobile games.

Not only does the S22 look good, it offers sturdy protection against the inevitable bumps and knocks that such a device will receive over its lifetime. Both the front and rear panels are cast in Gorilla Glass Victus+, set between an aluminium frame, and the phone is IP68-rated against dust and water ingress. These credentials should mean that it stands up well against wear and tear.

Samsung Galaxy S22 held up landscape
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

On the other hand, if you’re looking to upgrade an older Samsung Galaxy phone following a few years of use, then you might be disappointed at the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. Of course, that’s par for the course on modern high-end smartphones, but for some customers that’s still a stinging loss.

Hopefully, though, some of those concerns can be made up for with the impressive advances in screen technology. This panel is bursting at the seams with specifications vying for your attention and, once again, this Samsung speciality makes its presence known on the S22.

Samsung Galaxy S22 home screen
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

The AMOLED panel may measure only 6.1 inches, but it boasts a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, for smooth scrolling with supported content. There’s HDR10+, too, so that compatible TV shows display some extra-punchy colours. As mentioned previously, the diminutive size of the screen does take away from its impact while gaming, but it still holds up as a decent display.

The resolution is 1080p, which isn’t the highest but still seems adequate for sharpness; images and text are clear, but they’re not dazzling in their detail.

You aren’t missing out on much by not opting for the newer Galaxy S23 or S24 either, with the same general build, design and display tech as the S22. The only notable change is the increase to 6.2 inches on the S24.


  • Very versatile
  • Bright, colourful images

On the rear of the handset you’ll find a triple-camera module, comprising a 50-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel ultrawide, and a 10-megapixel telephoto sensor that offers a 3x optical zoom. It’s a promising package that can potentially offer a good deal of flexibility when you’re shooting, but how did it perform in reality?

The following images were taken with all three sensors on default settings, standing from the same position:

Samsung Galaxy S22 ultrawide image of river in Chicago
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)
Samsung Galaxy S22 wide angle camera image of river in Chicago
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)
Samsung Galaxy S22 3x optical zoom telephoto image of river in Chicago

As you can see, detail remains strong across all of the lenses and images look consistent, too.

Samsung Galaxy S22 ultrawide image of monument in Chicago
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

The ultrawide lens, which offers a 120-degree field of view, does suffer some distortion that’s particularly noticeable around the edges; nevertheless, it remains a useful addition to your camera’s arsenal, for those needing to fit a lot more into the frame.

The main camera delivered particularly punchy, colourful and detailed shots:

Samsung Galaxy S22 main camera image of river and buildings in Chicago
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)
Samsung Galaxy S22 wide angle image of Cloud Gate
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)
Samsung Galaxy S22 image of river in Chicago with main camera
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

The telephoto sensor adds 3x optical zoom into the mix, helping you get closer to your subject. The pair of dogs in the image below were snapped at this level of zoom, and the resulting image quality is strong and punchy:

Samsung Galaxy S22 telephoto image of dogs
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

You can even push the zoom digitally to greater heights, though it’s not equal to the S22 Ultra in this area of expertise. The photo of the artifice on the tower below was taken at 10x zoom. As you can see, the results are still remarkably clear even at this level, even though some detail is inevitably lost:

Samsung Galaxy S22 10x zoom from telephoto lens
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Even when you’re shooting at night, the camera manages to retain good levels of detail and avoids too many blown-out highlights:

Samsung Galaxy S22 Night Mode Tower Bridge
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

The selfie camera has a 10-megapixel resolution, and results are once again sharp and bright, while the bokeh effect lets the subject pop right out of the frame:

Samsung Galaxy S22 selfie
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Overall, I’ve been happy with the camera’s performance; it has produced punchy images, and its adaptability is a particular strength. Whether I was taking pictures of skyscrapers in Chicago (which required an ultrawide to fit everything in the frame) or snapping photos of boats on the other side of the river (for which I required a strong zoom), I always had the tools I needed at my disposal.

While the S22 takes pictures that are sharp and punchy, you may find that colours veer towards being unnaturally vivid. While that’s arguably a strength if you’re uploading them to social media sites such as Instagram, you may find over the top for everything else, where you’d like a more accurate representation of what you actually saw.

Importantly, Samsung has retained the exact same camera hardware with both the S23 and S24, instead relying on software enhancements to improve performance. Even then, what you’ll get from the S24 isn’t that far from the S22. It’s the Ultra model that has mainly benefited from new camera tech these past few years.


  • Strong performance
  • Great gaming performance
  • Appealing user interface

The chipset onboard the Samsung Galaxy S22 is an Exynos 2200, which is Samsung’s effort at a flagship-level chipset; in markets outside of Europe, the S22 totes a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor instead. For reference, Samsung reverted to using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy worldwide with the S23, though it has once again opted for a Exynos/Snapdragon split with the S24. It’s a very confusing setup, to say the least.

Our benchmarking tests found that the Exynos 2200 is indeed a very strong processor, delivering high scores across the board for the CPU and GPU. This phone is just as powerful as other 2022 flagships including the S22 Ultra, and compares favourably to the year’s other smartphones, too, including the OnePlus 10 Pro, Oppo Find X5 Pro, and the Xiaomi 12 Pro, though it lags behind newer 2023 and 2024 alternatives.

Samsung Galaxy S22: Benchmark Test Comparison

Geekbench 5 single core
Geekbench 5 multi core
3D Mark – Wild Life

I noticed this high-level performance in everyday use, too, where the S22 was snappy and smooth-performing everyday tasks on apps, while gaming was also impressively powerful.

In terms of connectivity, the S22 comes with Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, 5G connectivity and NFC, the capabilities you’d expect of a high-end phone at this price.

Samsung Galaxy S22 app drawer
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

The software at play here is Samsung’s OneUI, layered over Android 12. This distinctive user interface does pack in a few pre-installed apps, including Facebook and Instagram, which aren’t entirely welcome; but there are a few helpful little additions to be found among them, too.

For example, there’s the edge menu that brings up a selection of recently used apps for ease of access. In addition, when taking photos of documents, you’ll receive a prompt to “scan” it, so you can cut neatly around the document if you wish to share it. Such additions aren’t game changers, but they do add some extra usefulness.


  • Underwhelming battery life
  • Fairly speedy charging

There’s only one area of the Galaxy S22 that’s a cause for concern: the battery. Frankly, it just doesn’t last long enough to make this handset hugely reliable. There were a couple of times when it ran out of juice close to the end of an evening, letting me down when I needed it. If you’re a heavy user then don’t expect to see it last the day without a top-up; even moderate users will find themselves checking the battery gauge more frequently as the day draws to a close.

In the end, for my level of typical use I found it necessary to keep the phone on Power Saving mode at all times. This caps the phone’s performance and the brightness of the screen to extend battery life; but this really isn’t something you’d expect to have to do with your brand-new flagship phone, which you may well have bought in part because of these very specs.

Streaming music, the device lost 6% of the battery over the course of an hour. When streaming Netflix, this figure was 9%.

That’s made all the more frustrating by the fact that newer phones, even the S23 and S24, don’t suffer from such poor battery longevity. This might be the one area that lets the S22 down overall.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Device Care screen
Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

On the other hand, the rate of fast charging is impressive, though certainly not class-leading. The Galaxy S22 delivers a respectable 72 minutes for a full 0-100% charging session, and 0-50% takes 25 minutes according to our tests.

Latest deals

Should you buy it?

For those looking for a manageably-sized phone that delivers fast performance and appealing photos, the S22 is a stylish choice.

If you’re looking for a phone that will get you through a busy day’s work and play reliably, the battery here is a disappointment.

Final Thoughts

The Galaxy S22 is a decent phone overall, with the limited battery life being the only major flaw in an otherwise excellent yet petite package, even two years after its initial release.

The design of this relatively small smartphone is suave yet understated, and the screen is strong and punchy – even if it isn’t as huge as its rivals.

The camera is highly versatile and very capable, while performance is superb – the S22 didn’t ever let me down during my time with it, whether gaming or performing less-intensive tasks.

Crucially, it remains fairly similar in terms of both design and specs to the newer Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S24, so you could potentially save yourself a chunk of change by opting for the older, but still capable, alternative.

Trusted Score
rating-star rating-star rating-star rating-star rating-star

Sign up for the Trusted Reviews Newsletter

How we test

We test every mobile phone we review thoroughly. We use industry-standard tests to compare features properly and we use the phone as our main device over the review period. We’ll always tell you what we find and we never, ever, accept money to review a product.

Used as our main handset during test period

Camera tested in variety of situations with all modes

Tested with synthetic benchmarks and real world use


Which colours is this phone available in?

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is available in the following colours: Phantom Black, White, Pink Gold, Green (as shown above), Graphite, Sky Blue, Violet, Cream, Bora Purple.

Does this phone have an IP rating?

Yes, it has an IP68 rating

Does this phone offer 5G connectivity?

Yes, you can get 5G mobile data on this phone as long as you have a compatible SIM card and network coverage.

Trusted Reviews test data

Geekbench 5 single core
Geekbench 5 multi core
1 hour video playback (Netflix, HDR)
1 hour music streaming (online)
1 hour music streaming (offline)
Time from 0-50% charge
3D Mark – Wild Life

Full specs

Screen Size
Storage Capacity
Rear Camera
Front Camera
Video Recording
IP rating
Size (Dimensions)
Operating System
Release Date
Refresh Rate

Jargon buster

IP rating

An abbreviation for ‘Ingress Protection Code’, which lets you know to what extent a device might be waterproof or dustproof.


The most popular and useful level of water resistance. Usually means a device can withstand dust, dirt and sand and be submerged in 1.5m of water for 30m however this can sometimes vary. Read more in our IP68 guide for more.

Refresh Rate

The number of times the screen refreshes itself per second.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.

Trusted Reviews Logo

Sign up to our newsletter

Get the best of Trusted Reviews delivered right to your inbox.

This is a test error message with some extra words