Best Phone Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs S21 Ultra – Should you Upgrade?
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is available. Online How does it compare to last year’s Samsung galaxy S21 Ultra?
What’s up guys. Saf here on MS TV life. And that’s exactly what we’ll be finding out in this Article. We’re going to be doing a side by side comparison, And we’ll be trying to answer the question.
If you’ve got the S21 Ultra right now should you upgrade to the S22 Ultra? And if you’re new in the market, which one should you buy?
I want to initially kick off by talking about the design. Now I’m going to just go ahead and say this in my personal opinion,
I think the S21 Ultra is a better looking device
thanks to this console cut camera module which blends into the edges. This is a really unique design and the S21 Ultra
was my favorite-looking smartphone of 2021.
And it still holds up. The S22 Ultra is not bad by any means. We’ve got these individual camera rings, which do look pretty good.
I just prefer the contour cut camera module.
They’re both roughly about the same when it comes to the size and weight.
But the thing to note is that the S21 Ultra is a
lot more curved on the edges versus the more squared edges on the S22 Ultra.
And you guys probably already know this, but this is because the S22 Ultra is following the design language of Note devices that we’ve had previously, compared to S devices.
I’d also say that the S21 Ultra overall is a little bit more comfortable to hold. Thanks to these curves on the edges versus the more pokey sides of the S22 Ultra, but the S22 Ultra is
available in more colors. So the S21 Ultra is available
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in a phantom black and a phantom silver. It was also available in a few exclusive colors
which you can no longer from samsung.com.
The S22 Ultra comes in four colors. We’ve got a phantom black, a phantom white,
a burgundy as well as a green. And there are three additional exclusive colors available
from samsung.com. We’ve got a red, a graphite
as well as a sky blue. If you’re interested in
picking one of those up you can use my link in the Article and that’s also going to give you $50 of credit.
And both devices are really premium. And we’ve got an aluminum armor frame with Gorilla Glass Victus on the S21 Ultra, and Gorilla Glass Victus Plus on the S22 Ultra.
This is apparently 12.5% stronger. I’m not sure how they’ve reached this number and I’m not somebody who does drop tests, but the S21 Ultra has been quite durable in my experience.
And I expect the S22 Ultra to be the same or even better. Both devices do have IP68
water and dust resistance. And let’s now move over to the front. So both are following the Infinity-O designed with small bezels and a punch out.
Both devices are also curved on the edges.
However, the S22 Ultra does have more of a pronounced curve compared to that on the S21 Ultra.
Both devices have a 6.8 inch display with Dynamic AMOLED 2X technology Quad HD Plus resolution with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hertz, making everything really smooth.
Now, let me just go ahead and say that the S21 Ultra had one of the best displays of 2021, and it still holds up today. It’s still one of the best displays on the smartphone market,
but of course Samsung has improved a few things here on the S22 Ultra. Firstly, the adaptive refresh rate can go all the way down
to just one Hertz. Whereas the S21 Ultra can only onto 10 Hertz. This is going to make
the S22 Ultra display a little bit more efficient.
And we also had a higher peak brightness
on the S22 Ultra all the way up to 1,750 nits
compared to the already very bright display
on the S21 Ultra with 1,500 nits. So realistically speaking, both of these are excellent displays
and you can’t go wrong with either, but yes the S22 Ultra does have some improvements.
Both also have an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. This is the Qualcomm
3D Sonic Gen 2 sensor. So that’s not a change.
This works really well. I like it and I really do prefer it to optical in-display fingerprint scanners which shine a big light whenever
you’re trying to unlock. Let’s now talk about the cameras, but just to quickly remind you.
Now I know a lot of you guys are interested
in the camera setup and what the differences are. I’m going to try to break everything down for you as best I can with some samples as well.
Now on paper, they seem pretty much exactly the same. We’ve got a 40 megapixel selfie camera with a quad rear-facing camera setup and laser auto focus.
You’ve got a 12 megapixel ultra wide camera
and generally speaking, you get some great results with both of these excellent dynamic range with lots of detail. Then we have the 108
megapixel primary cameras. Now the S22 Ultra does have larger pixels around 1.2, three times.
So in good light, I think they are still pretty much neck and neck. But when it comes to low light, I’ve noticed that on the S22 Ultra you don’t have to keep the shutter open for as long as you have to do on the S21 Ultra.
Also, when it comes to extreme low-light situations I did find that the S22 Ultra performed better. And one of the other new
features that we’ve got on the S22 Ultra is detail enhancer at 108 megapixels.
Now, once again the S21 Ultra still takes great images at 108 megapixels. But, if you look really, really close you might notice that’s
with the detail enhancer on, you are just going to ge some more crisp details on the S22 Ultra.
Now, when it comes to the zoom cameras, both have a three times as well as a 10 times optical zoom camera. And to be fair, the S21 Ultra still holds up. But thanks to the improvements
on the image signal processor and software,
the S22 Ultra was a tad sharper, I found. And when we zoom in at 10 times, again they’re very close, but when we get to 30 times
you will start noticing that on the house the lines are just a little bit more defined on the S22 Ultra compared to the S21 Ultra. And when we go in all the way to 100 times zoom
which is super creepy, again, the S21 ultra is still holding up. But the S22 Ultra just has some nice refinements. Again, those lines are just
clearer on the S22 Ultra. Now one area where I definitely did notice an improvement
on the S22 Ultra is when it comes to portrait.
So Samsung is using a new AI depth mapping algorithm and this is really good
at detecting edges. So although the S21 Ultra
still does pretty well you’ll notice in these
examples that the S22 Ultra is just better when it comes to edge detection.
Now on the S21 Ultra you can take portraits
at one times, two times, as well as three times.
On the S22 Ultra, you can only take portraits
at one times and three times. Now, I’m really not concerned about this because when you are at two times on the S21 Ultra,
it’s actually using digitalzoom because the S21 Ultra does not have a two times dedicated optical zoom camera. And this results in very soft images at two times anyway. For video, both can record at 8K 24 frames a second
and 4k 60 frames a second across all cameras.
But we do have some new features on the S22 Ultra. Firstly, thanks to that depth mapping technology the portrait video is better, and you can also do portrait video with both
one times as well as the three times optical zoom camera on the S22 Ultra. On the S21 Ultra, you can only do it at one times. The S22 Ultra also has a new feature called Auto Framing.
This is where it’s going to take a wide angle view and then zoom into subjects. I mean, this does work. It’s not something I can see myself using too much. So generally speaking
although there are some improvements here on the S22 Ultra, I still feel that the S21
Ultra has excellent cameras which still do hold up. Let’s now talk about the performance. So the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with last year’s chip sets.
We’ve got the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or the Samsung Exynos 2100, depending on your region. The S22 Ultra comes with the latest
Qualcomm snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or the Samsung Exynos 2200. Now, it’s really difficult
to talk about performance
because having tried both of these out they do handle everything that I’ve thrown at them.
Now I’m not somebody who games too much on my smartphone but my buddy Thunder E from Booredatwork is a gamer.
And in his testing, he did find that the S22 Ultra
did maintain slightly lower temperatures
when gaming for a longer period of time.
And it was also more efficient over time. So after say an hour of gaming he did lose less battery life on the S22 Ultra compared
to the S21 Ultra.
if you want to check that out. But generally speaking, yes the S22 Ultra is going to give you a slight edge in terms of performance.
But the S21 Ultra is still really, really good. Now for Ram, the S21 Ultra does have more Ram compared to the S22 Ultra. You’ve got either 12 or 16 gigabytes. The S22 Ultra has eight or 12 gigabytes. Now, in my day to day I really did not find much of a difference.
There’s also a feature called Ram Plus which is going to give you some more virtual memory that it’s going to take from the Ram. Honestly speaking, everything that I tried worked absolutely fine on both of these devices. And I didn’t really notice too much of a difference. Sure,
if you’re going to be switching through many, many apps then the 16 gigabyte Ram version of the S21 Ultra might give you a slight edge. I personally don’t have that with me. So I can’t test that out, Unfortunately. Now for software, both devices currently have Android 12 with one UI. We’ve got one UI 4.0 just updated on my S21 Ultra. On the S22 Ultra, it comes with one UI, 4.1 out of the box.
Samsung has been really good with updates and they are also supporting their devices for quite a bit longer compared to many other competitors. But being the new device the S22 Ultra is obviously going to have updates for a longer period of time compared to the S21 Ultra. Now, before we talk about the batteries let’s talk about the feature that makes the S22 Ultra unique and different to the S21 Ultra. And that is the enclosed S Pen.
So the S21 Ultra does have support for the S Pen. However, this is something that’s not enclosed within the device and it’s something that you have to buy separately. Now, I did try the S Pen on the S21 Ultra last year but because there wasn’t really somewhere to house it, you’d have to get a bulky case or something. And I really found myself not using it at all.
However, with the S22 Ultra, it is carrying over that Note DNA and having the S Pen enclosed within the device really makes a big difference. So if you are somebody like me who uses is the S Pen a lot for editing images and other things, then I really do think you’ll appreciate having the S Pen included with the S22 Ultra. Right, battery size and battery life. So both devices have the exact same battery size, 5,000 mAh. Now it is quite impressive that Samsung has managed to get this size battery into the S22 Ultra, considering that the S Pen does take up space inside the device. And what has my experience been with battery life?
So the S21 Ultra for me has had really good battery life. And in my usage of the S22 Ultra so far I’m getting pretty similar battery life compared to the S21 Ultra. So that’s roughly about six hours plus of screen on time with my usage. I know usage varies from person to person but I haven’t really noticed a huge deal of difference. It’s not like the S22 Ultra is lasting me a lot longer or a lot less. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing,
because once again I want to emphasize that the S21 Ultra does have excellent battery life. Now for charging, both of these have the same speed of Qi Wireless Charging at 15 Watts. So this hasn’t been improved. We’ve also got reverse wireless charging wireless power share, where you can charge things like earbuds on the back of these devices. And neither of these come with a charger included out of the box.
However, the S22 Ultra can support faster 45 watt charging. Whereas the S21 Ultra can only support a maximum of 25 watts of charging. Now for speakers we’ve got really good stereo speakers on both devices. We’ve got one in the ear piece and one button firing. They both sound pretty much the same to me.
However, I do prefer the positioning of the speaker on the S21 Ultra, which is in the same space as the camera. So when I am gaming, occasionally, then I’m not really going to block it up. Now, I know most people when they game use earphones, I don’t. With the S22 Ultra, if you are holding the device in landscape then you can cover the bottom (indistinct) speaker.
Right, finally storage and pricing. So both devices are available in a 128, 256, as well as a 512 gigabyte version. However, the S22 Ultra is also available in a one terabyte version, if you really need that storage. Neither are expandable. And the S22 Ultra does start at the same price as the S21 Ultra started at. However, you do get eight gigabytes of Ram instead of the 12 gigabytes of RAM for the base model. And there are slight differences for the larger storage versions.
However, because the S21 Ultra has been out for a year. If you want to pick it up right now, you can get it for around 800 pounds or $900 renewed. The S22 Ultra, Samsung are actually giving some really crazy pre-order deals. So right now on Samsung’s website you can get the 256 gigabyte version for the price of the 128 gigabyte version, or the 512 gigabyte version for the price of the 256 gigabyte version.
You can also get an additional $50 of credit using my link down in the description below. As well as some really good trade-in offers. So to answer the question from the start of this video. If you have an S21 Ultra, should you upgrade it to the S22 ultra? In my personal opinion, don’t think so. I think the S21 Ultra is still an excellent device and it’s still going to be absolutely fine for you.
Yes, you’re getting quite a few improvements here on the S22 Ultra but I don’t think they’re significant enough to warrant an upgrade already. However, if you are somebody who uses the S Pen a lot and maybe you want to take advantage of some of those trade-in deals. Then it might be worth considering trading in your S21 Ultra and getting the S22 Ultra. And if you’re somebody who’s currently thinking should you buy the S21 Ultra instead of the S22 Ultra and save a bit of money?
In my personal opinion, with all of the pre-order deals that you can get right now. I would go for the S22 Ultra. You’re getting the newer device and it’s going to last you that much longer. That’s what I think anyway. What do you guys think? Do drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.
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