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

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus vs Apple iPhone 13 rear on table


Eric Zeman / 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 both 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.

Looking for the Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max instead? We’ll be covering both brands’ ultra-premium phones in a separate showdown coming soon.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 14


Design and display

Samsung Galaxy S22 Bora Purple Hero

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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.

There’s one very big difference between the flagships when it comes to screen specs, however. 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, while the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus bring the aging notch design with Apple’s “TrueDepth” camera system for facial recognition, a.k.a. Face ID.

Apple Event 2022 iphone 14 colors

In terms of aesthetics and build materials, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are identical. The only difference is their size. The story is the same when it comes to 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. Ceramic Shield is also made by Corning, the manufacturer of Gorilla Glass. It is exclusive to iPhones, and Apple claims it’s stronger than glass protection on all other phones.

Samsung and Apple both offer flagship phones with premium materials and top-tier durability ratings.

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 when it comes to 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, really. 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 reare on carpet

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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. Apple hasn’t declared the RAM size, but reports suggest that 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 on days of heavy usage, we found the battery lacking. 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 both 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.

Apple doesn’t declare numbers but claims that the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus can last 20 hours during video playback. The iPhone 13 offered solid all-day battery life thanks to the A15 Bionic’s excellent power management skills. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus should outdo that since Apple claims they offer longer battery life compared to their predecessors. We’ll obviously test this out when we review the new iPhones. For charging, Apple claims both phones can charge up to 50% in around 30 minutes using the 20W adapter that has to be purchased separately. Both models support MagSafe wireless charging up to 15W and Qi wireless charging up to 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.

We haven’t tested the cameras on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, but we sure do know the configuration. Apple has equipped the phones with a 12MP main camera and a 12MP ultrawide camera. That’s one less rear camera than the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus. There’s no telephoto shooter on the phones, but they offer up to 5x digital zoom. Up front is a 12MP selfie camera. Apple says it has improved low light performance on the phones using a feature it calls Photonic Engine. Essentially Apple’s image processing tech will now work faster than before and produce better colors to ultimately improve nighttime photography. Once again, we’ll have to test this out when we get our hands on the phones.

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

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  • 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 iPhone 14 iPhone 14 Plus colors

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.

Samsung Galaxy S22

12%off

Samsung Galaxy S22

Comfortable design
Stunning camera features
Unequaled software and OS update development

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

First rate hardware
Top software support
Long battery life

Apple iPhone 14

Apple iPhone 14

Upgraded camera hardware
Connects to SOS satellites
Affordable iPhone

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
2532 x 1170p/ 2778 x 1284p
1200 nits peak brightness
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Processor

Apple A15 Bionic

Storage

128GB
256GB
512GB

Battery

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 4×4 MIMO8
Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA8
Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2×2 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?

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus vs Apple iPhone 13 front on tabtle

Eric Zeman / 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.


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