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Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 14: Which should you buy?

The flagships are similarly priced, but which is the right phone for you?
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January 11, 2023
iphone 14 pro vs galaxy s22 plus displays
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Apple launched the iPhone 14 series on September 7, 2022, with four new phones in the lineup. The standard iPhone 14 is the smallest (no Mini model this time!) and the least expensive iPhone of them all. Naturally, it goes head-to-head with its biggest rival in the Android world, the Samsung Galaxy S22.

Apple and Samsung are two of the biggest competitors in the smartphone space and are constantly trying to one-up each other with their flagship phones. Given that the iPhone 14 and Galaxy S22 are two of the most talked-about premium devices launched this year, it’s only natural to consider them for your next smartphone purchase. The Samsung vs Apple conundrum is also made more complicated this year with the return of Apple’s “Plus” line with the iPhone 14 Plus, which goes toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S22 Plus.

So how do the two stack up against each other, and which is the right buy for you? Let’s dig into this Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 14 comparison to help you decide.

Are you looking for a showdown of both brands’ ultra-premium phones instead? Then check out the Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.


Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 14


Design and display

 

samsung galaxy s22 standing by fern
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

When comparing display sizes, the Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are nearly the same as the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. The standard iPhone 14 features a 6.1-inch OLED display, the same as the Galaxy S22. Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Plus gets a 6.7-inch OLED screen, a tiny bit bigger than the 6.6-inch Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus.

However, there’s one very big difference between the flagships regarding screen specs. While the Galaxy S22/S22 Plus and iPhone 14/14 Plus boast HDR displays with similar peak brightness values, the Samsung phones outdo Apple’s devices with their faster refresh rate panels.

It's 2022 and Apple is still sticking to 60Hz displays. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22 series goes up to 120Hz.

Just like their predecessors in the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have 60Hz displays. In contrast, the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus offer smooth and snappy 120Hz displays. If you want that on the latest iPhone, you’ll have to consider spending a lot more to get one of the iPhone 14 Pro models that boast 120Hz “ProMotion” screens.

The front camera placement is also starkly different on both sets of phones. The Samsung Galaxy S22 pair gets a punch-hole, center-aligned selfie shooter. At the same time, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus brings the aging notch design with Apple’s “TrueDepth” camera system for facial recognition, a.k.a. Face ID.

Apple iPhone 14 on desk
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are identical in aesthetics and build materials; the only difference is their size. The story is the same regarding the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. They share the same build, albeit for the display and battery size.

Samsung and Apple both went with glass backs and aluminum frames on their phones. However, the Galaxy S22 series features Gorilla Glass Victus Plus coverage on the front, while the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus get Apple’s “Ceramic Shield” for damage protection. Corning, the manufacturer of Gorilla Glass, also makes Ceramic Shield. It is exclusive to iPhones, and Apple claims it’s stronger than glass protection on all other phones.

Another design feature the Galaxy S22 and iPhone 14 share is IP68 water and dust protection. So if you pick up either phone, know that you’re getting some of the best in the business regarding durability on mainstream flagship smartphones.

All-in-all, both Samsung and Apple have solid, premium designs backing their devices. It comes down to personal preference here. Whichever one you choose, you’ll have a good-looking phone in your hands.


Hardware and cameras

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus vs Apple iPhone 13 rear on table
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powers the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus in the US, while some countries get the Samsung Exynos 2200 variants. Both phones offer 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of storage.

The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus use Apple’s proprietary SoC. You get the A15 Bionic processor under the hood, the same as 2021’s iPhone 13 series. Apple’s processor slightly outperforms Qualcomm’s SoC in benchmark tests for CPU scores. That said, you shouldn’t have any issues with real-world performance on both sets of phones. Both the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus get 6GB of RAM. You can, however, opt for higher storage on the iPhones that offer a 512GB model at the top end.

Over on the battery side of things, the Galaxy S22 offers a 3,700mAh bank, while the S22 Plus packs a larger 4,500mAh unit. The former had no trouble lasting beyond a day during our testing, but we found the battery lacking on days of heavy usage. This issue didn’t exist on the Galaxy S22 Plus, which offered us slightly better battery life than the more premium Galaxy S22 Ultra. The Galaxy S22 Plus and Ultra models also charge faster than the Galaxy S22, with 45W charging compared to the 25W wired charging speed of the vanilla model. Both phones get 15W wireless charging.

The iPhone 14 has a slightly smaller 3,279mAh battery, lasting up to 20 hours during video playback. However, in our testing, we did experience issues regarding slow charging. Limited to 20W charging via USB and an adapter to be purchased separately, it took about 30 minutes to reach 50% capacity, and the wireless Qi charging was noticeably slower at 7.5W.

The cameras are usually what make or break people’s buying decisions. The Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus get a 50MP primary camera, along with a 10MP telephoto lens and a 12MP ultrawide shooter. The selfie camera is a 40MP unit. The megapixel count may be different, but the results from the main camera on the smaller S22s are practically identical to those of the S22 Ultra’s 108MP primary camera. Pictures display great colors and plenty of detail. All three sensors do a fine job, even at night. We can confidently say you’re getting some of the best camera phones in the business.

All three camera sensors on the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus do a fine job.

Apple has equipped the iPhone with a 12MP main camera and a 12MP ultrawide camera. That’s one less rear camera than the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus. While there is a larger main camera sensor and a wider aperture for selfies, you won’t notice much difference between pictures taken with its predecessor, the iPhone 13. There’s no telephoto shooter on the phones, but they offer up to 5x digital zoom.

Apple says it has improved low light performance on phones using a feature it calls Photonic Engine. We found the phone handles low light reasonably well, particularly with Night Mode enabled. But again, there’s not a night-and-day improvement over the previous generation’s pictures here, and some snaps still come out too dark. But overall, most of the phone images look pretty sharp.

There’s one hardware-based feature that the iPhone 14 has that the Samsung Galaxy S22 does not — satellite connectivity. The new iPhones support an emergency messaging service that can come in handy when you have no cell signal. Imagine being lost in the woods without being able to reach emergency services. When activated, Apple’s new Emergency SOS feature uses the phone’s antennas to connect to satellite frequencies. You can then pass messages to emergency services in times of need. This is perhaps the only feature the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have that the Galaxies can’t compete with.


Price and colors

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus family colors on wood
Eric Zeman / Android Authority
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 (8GB/128GB): $799
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 (8GB/256GB): $849
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8GB/128GB): $999
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8GB/256GB): $1,049
  • Apple iPhone 14 (up to 512GB): Starts at $799
  • Apple iPhone 14 Plus (up to 512GB): Starts at $899

The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus come in several colorways, including Midnight, Purple, Starlight, Product Red, and Blue. You get even more options with the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus that are available in Phantom Black Green, Phantom White, Pink Gold, Graphite, Cream, Sky Blue, and Violet.

Apple Event 2022 iPhone 14 colors
Apple

The vanilla iPhone 14 is the same price as last year’s iPhone 13. It costs $799, the same as the starting price of the Galaxy S22. Apple charges extra if you want more storage, but we don’t have pricing for all the iPhone 14 storage variants just yet. The Galaxy S22 Plus is $100 more expensive for the base variant than the $899 iPhone 14 Plus. So Apple clearly has an advantage here. That said, you get more RAM on the Samsung phones in any scenario, but the iPhones give more storage going up to 512GB.

$699.99 at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy S22
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Samsung Galaxy S22
Compact design
Impressive camera setup
Unrivaled software support
$699.99 at Samsung
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$999.99 at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Excellent display
Powerful camera package
Top-notch performance
$799.00 at Best Buy
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
All-day battery life
Capable cameras
Great software support
$899.00 at Best Buy
Apple iPhone 14 Plus
Apple iPhone 14 Plus
SOS satellite system
Updated 12MP camera
Larger display base model iPhone

Specs

Galaxy S22Galaxy S22 Plus
Display
Galaxy S22
6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Flat display
19.5:9 aspect ratio
FHD+ resolution (2,340 x 1,080)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (10Hz to 120Hz)
240Hz touch sampling rate
Galaxy S22 Plus
6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Flat display
19.5:9 aspect ratio
FHD+ resolution (2,340 x 1,080)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (10Hz to 120Hz)
240Hz touch sampling rate
Processor
Galaxy S22
US: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Global: Exynos 2200
Galaxy S22 Plus
US: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Global: Exynos 2200
RAM
Galaxy S22
8GB
Galaxy S22 Plus
8GB
Storage
Galaxy S22
128GB or 256GB
No microSD card support
Galaxy S22 Plus
128GB or 256GB
No microSD card support
Power
Galaxy S22
3,700mAh battery
25W wired charging
15W wireless charging
No charger in box
Galaxy S22 Plus
4,500mAh battery
45W wired charging
15W wireless charging
No charger in box
Cameras
Galaxy S22
REAR:
- 50MP wide (1.0μm, ƒ1.8, 23mm, 85-degree FoV)
- 12MP ultrawide (1.4μm, ƒ2.2, 13mm, 120-degree FoV)
- 10MP telephoto (1.0μm, ƒ2.4, 69mm, 36-degree FoV, 3x optical zoom)

FRONT:
- 40MP wide (ƒ2.2, 23mm, 80-degree FoV)
Galaxy S22 Plus
REAR:
- 50MP wide (1.0μm, ƒ1.8, 23mm, 85-degree FoV)
- 12MP ultrawide (1.4μm, ƒ2.2, 13mm, 120-degree FoV)
- 10MP telephoto (1.0μm, ƒ2.4, 69mm, 36-degree FoV, 3x optical zoom)

FRONT:
- 40MP wide (ƒ2.2, 23mm, 80-degree FoV)
Video
Galaxy S22
REAR:
- 8K at 24fps (main lens only)
- 4K at 60fps (all lenses)

FRONT:
- 4K at 60fps
Galaxy S22 Plus
REAR:
- 8K at 24fps (main lens only)
- 4K at 60fps (all lenses)

FRONT:
- 4K at 60fps
Audio
Galaxy S22
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
Galaxy S22 Plus
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
Connectivity
Galaxy S22
5G (mmWave + sub-6GHz)
Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Dual Band
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
Galaxy S22 Plus
5G (mmWave + sub-6GHz)
Wi-Fi 6E (6GHz)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
Ultra-wideband support (UWB)
Security
Galaxy S22
Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor
4 x 9mm size
Galaxy S22 Plus
Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor
4 x 9mm size
Software
Galaxy S22
Android 12
One UI 4.1
Galaxy S22 Plus
Android 12
One UI 4.1
S Pen support
Galaxy S22
No
Galaxy S22 Plus
No
Materials
Galaxy S22
Gorilla Glass Victus Plus front and back
Armour Aluminum frame
Galaxy S22 Plus
Gorilla Glass Victus Plus front and back
Armour Aluminum frame
Durability
Galaxy S22
IP68 certified
Galaxy S22 Plus
IP68 certified
Dimensions and weight
Galaxy S22
146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm
168g
Galaxy S22 Plus
157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm
196g
Colors
Galaxy S22
Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold

Online exclusives: Cream, Graphite, Sky Blue, Violet
Galaxy S22 Plus
Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold

Online exclusives: Cream, Graphite, Sky Blue, Violet
SpecsApple iPhone 14/iPhone 14 Plus
Display
6.1 inches/6.7 inches
Super Retina XDR display
2,532 x 1,170/ 2,778 x 1,284
1,200 nits peak brightness
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Processor
Apple A15 Bionic
Storage
128GB
256GB
512GB
Battery
3,279mAh/4,323mAh

Video playback: Up to 20 hours/Up to 26 hours

Audio playback: Up to 80 hours/Up to 100 hours

Fast-charge capable: Up to 50% charge in around 30 minutes
20W adapter or higher (available separately)

Cameras
REAR
12MP Main: 26 mm, ƒ/1.5 aperture, sensor‑shift optical image stabilization

12MP Ultrawide: 13 mm, ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view, five‑element lens

FRONT
12MP
ƒ/1.9 aperture
Connectivity
5G (sub‑6 GHz and mmWave) with 4x4 MIMO8
Gigabit LTE with 4x4 MIMO and LAA8
Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2x2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.3
Ultra Wideband chip
NFC
Sensors
Face ID
Barometer
High dynamic range gyro
High-g accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Dual ambient light sensors
Software
iOS 16
Durability
IP68
Ceramic Shield
Dimensions and weight
iPhone 14: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.80mm, 172 grams
iPhone 14 Plus: 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.80, 203 grams
Colors
Midnight
Purple
Starlight
(PRODUCT)RED
Blue
Safety
Emergency SOS via satellite
Crash Detection

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 14: Which should you buy?

iphone 14 pro vs galaxy s22 plus lock screen
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

We’re not here to settle the iOS vs Android debate. Your choice between the Samsung Galaxy S22 and iPhone 14 will obviously come down to your operating system preference, and that’s for you to decide. If you’re a long-time Android user, it’ll do you good to stick with the Samsung phones. They offer the best-in-class performance and sport a versatile set of cameras that take great pictures. They also feature better displays and larger batteries than the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus feature better displays and larger batteries than the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.

However, if iOS isn’t a deal breaker for you and you don’t mind 60Hz displays, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus make for compelling alternatives to the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus. Apple’s A15 Bionic chip may be from last year, but it’s still very powerful. Photography has improved on the new handsets over the iPhone 13 series, and that’s a good thing since the latter already took very good pictures. Satellite connectivity is also an added advantage for those of you who like to get adventurous outdoors.

Another big plus for the iPhones is that Apple supports all its phones for years with major OS updates. Samsung is also one of the best in the software update department and promises its flagships four years of Android updates and five years of security patches. However, Apple still has Samsung beat in this regard.


See also: Google Pixel 7 vs iPhone 14: Which should you buy?

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