Which offers better value for money?

If you’re in the market for a new flagship, you might be tempted to buy the iPhone 14 Pro Max or the Galaxy S22 Ultra. And while these devices represent the pinnacle of smartphone innovation, they may not be the right choice for you as they don’t offer the best value for money.


For the average user, buying a smartphone is more about usability, reliability and affordability than playing around with crazy new features. So let’s compare the iPhone 14 and Galaxy S22 to see which one offers more bang for your buck. Note that both devices launched for $799.


Dimensions and build quality

  • Samsung Galaxy S22: 146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm; 167 grams; IP68 dust and water resistant
  • iPhone 14: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8mm; 172 grams; IP68 dust and water resistant

The Galaxy S22 is shorter, narrower, thinner and lighter than the iPhone 14, making it a perfect option for those with smaller hands. Both devices have an aluminum frame and an official IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

The Galaxy S22 comes with Gorilla Glass Victus+ protection on the front and back, while the iPhone 14 features a Ceramic Shield coating on the front glass. The iPhone 14 is eSIM only for US buyers, which can be problematic if you travel a lot.

Perhaps the most annoying thing about the iPhone 14 lineup is that it still uses a Lightning port. In our detailed comparison of Lightning and USB-C ports, we explained that the former clocks in at a USB 2.0 data rate of just 480 Mbps. For context: USB 2.0 was launched in 2000, which means your iPhone is still using technology that’s two decades old!

Camera

  • Samsung Galaxy S22: 50MP f/1.8 primary, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, 8K video at 24FPS; 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle (120 degrees FoV); 10 MP f/2.4 telephoto, OIS, PDAF, 3x optical zoom; Front: 10MP f/2.2, Dual Pixel PDAF, 4K video at 60FPS
  • iPhone 14: 12MP f/1.5 primary, sensor-shift OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, 4K video at 60FPS; 12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide angle (120 degrees FoV); Front: 12MP f/1.9, PDAF, 4K video at 60FPS
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The iPhone 14’s camera system is nearly identical to the iPhone 13’s. The 12MP main sensor is still reliable and consistent, as we’ve come to expect from iPhones, but the absence of a dedicated telephoto lens is a bit depressing. The Galaxy S22 has a 10 MP telephoto lens with OIS and 3x optical zoom, which will help you get better zoom shots.

Both devices take great daytime photos, but the Galaxy S22 has slightly better dynamic range and more vibrant colors thanks to its aggressive image processing. That said, some users complain that Samsung phones sometimes process photos too much.

The iPhone has a slightly faster shutter speed and much smoother video, which is great for shooting waterfalls, pets, and other moving objects. Both devices also handle low-light shooting differently; the iPhone is fainter but less grainy, while the S22 is brighter but noisier.

Processor

  • Samsung Galaxy S22: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1/Exynos 2200; 4nm process; Adreno 730/AMD Xclipse 920 GPU
  • iPhone 14: A15 Bionic; 5nm process; 5-core GPU

This year, the base iPhone 14 does not include the latest A16 Bionic chip present on the Pro models and instead reuses last year’s A15 Bionic chip found on the iPhone 13 series. As you’d expect, this was a pretty controversial move for obvious reasons.

But does it really affect your purchase decision? Well, on the one hand, the A15 Bionic is already super powerful and efficient, much more than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1/Exynos 220 on the Galaxy S22, so much so that it’s not even a competition.

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But on the other hand, remember that you are paying full price for a product that uses a part that is a year old. And since the processor is responsible for so much more than just performance (image processing, for example), that also means the iPhone 13 can already do almost everything the iPhone 14 can.

Display

  • Samsung Galaxy S22: 6.1-inch dynamic AMOLED 2x; 1080 x 2340 resolution; 425 PPI; 1,300 nits peak brightness; 120Hz refresh rate; HDR10+; Gorilla glass Victus+; Always-on display
  • iPhone 14: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED; 1170 x 2532 resolution; 460 PPI; 1,200 nits peak brightness; 60Hz refresh rate; HDR10; Ceramic shield protection; Always-on display

In 2022, it’s sad to see a phone costing nearly $800 with a 60Hz refresh rate, but that’s what you get with the iPhone 14. Plus, the iPhone 14 still has a notch on the top of it. screen; it doesn’t get the new Dynamic Island cutout from the iPhone 14 Pro, which is even sadder.

The Galaxy S22 has a 120Hz refresh rate with a minimal selfie camera cutout that feels less intrusive, but lacks an LTPO panel to extend battery life. Despite this, the S22 still has an always-on screen, which the iPhone 14 doesn’t get – it’s exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro.

RAM and storage

  • Samsung Galaxy S22: 8GB RAM; 128GB/256GB storage
  • iPhone 14: 6GB RAM; 128GB/256GB/512GB storage

The A15 Bionic chip is so efficient that it doesn’t require that much RAM to run the device. Because of this, the 6 GB of RAM on the iPhone 14 will allow for the same level of multitasking as the Galaxy S22 with its 8 GB of RAM.

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Both devices start at 128 GB of internal storage, but only the iPhone 14 can be expanded to 512 GB of maximum storage, while the S22 limits it to 256 GB. Neither device has a microSD card slot for expandable storage.

Battery

  • Samsung Galaxy S22: 3700mAh battery; 25W fast wired charging; 15W wireless charging; 4.5W reverse wireless charging
  • iPhone 14: 3279mAh battery; 15W MagSafe wireless charging support; 7.5W with Qi wireless charging

Again, thanks to the efficiency of the A15 Bionic chip, it also consumes less battery. That means the smaller 3279mAh cell on the iPhone 14 will offer slightly longer battery life than the 3700mAh cell on the Galaxy S22.

Also note that the Galaxy S22 supports 25W charging, while on the iPhone 14 you are limited to 20W, meaning you can charge the Samsung phone faster. But whatever phone you buy, you’ll have to buy the charger separately.

The Galaxy S22 is a better deal than the iPhone 14″

There’s so little new about the iPhone 14 that it doesn’t lead to a purchase decision. The 60Hz refresh rate, Lightning port, no SIM card slot, no telephoto lens, and the outdated notch design certainly give you every reason to avoid this device.

The Galaxy S22 is a more rounded flagship and leaves little to complain about. But if you do want an iPhone, we recommend buying older iPhones that are now cheaper, have almost the same specs and offer a much better value than the iPhone 14.

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