The iPhone 14 is here, and it really is one of the best phones out there. You get the same glowing processor inside last year’s iPhone 13 Pro, improved cameras, and a fun new motion mode for video. And new safety features like emergency SOS via satellite and en-route detection make this flagship even more compelling.
But as you’ll see in our iPhone 14 review, there’s definitely room for improvement. The Samsung Galaxy S22 already answers some of our criticisms of the iPhone 14, thanks to a more robust feature set — especially when it comes to the display and cameras. Here’s how the Galaxy S22 outperforms the iPhone 14 along with the areas in which Apple is leading.
Where the Galaxy S22 outperforms the iPhone 14
Galaxy S22 sports screen with 120Hz refresh rate (always on)
You may have seen me write this before, but the 120Hz display is not a professional feature. However, Apple retains the 120Hz ProMotion display for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The 120Hz screen provides smoother scrolling (as when browsing the web), more fluid animations and better gameplay of supported titles. The iPhone unfortunately sticks to the 60Hz OLED screen.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22 offers a 120Hz screen that can be scaled down to 48Hz to save power. In addition, your Samsung phone has an always-on mode for a quick look at the time, battery status, and more without having to turn the phone on. This is another feature of the iPhone 14 Pro only.
Galaxy S22 features telephoto zoom
Every time I talk about this, there are some people who say they don’t care about zooming in/out. But I do, as the telephoto lens gives you more shooting flexibility.
Galaxy S22 offers 3x zoom with 30x space zoom (digital), so you can get even closer to your subject. The iPhone 14 lacks the telephoto zoom, which is only found in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
The iPhone 14’s regular digital zoom is also pretty minimal, at just 5x. Don’t get me wrong – the image quality is great – but I like that Samsung gives you true optical zoom in this price range.
Galaxy S22 features faster charging (and USB-C)
The iPhone 14 works with the same 20W USB-C Lightning charging as the iPhone 13. As a result, the charging speed has not improved. Charging a drained iPhone 14, we hit 54% in 30 minutes and 27% in 15 minutes. The Galaxy S22 and its 25W charger reached 30% and 60%, respectively, in 15 and 30 minutes.
That’s not a huge difference, but the Galaxy S22 still has the advantage. Plus, you don’t have to worry about having a USB-to-Lighting cable lying around. USB-C to USB-C cables are pretty much everywhere now.
Galaxy S22 has a SIM card tray
While phone makers are steadily embracing eSIM functionality to add service to a phone, Apple’s move to ditch the SIM card slot entirely won’t be embraced by everyone. It’s certainly easy to add a font to your iPhone 14, and it’s great to have multiple fonts active at once (for work and personal if you want).
But there are some carriers that haven’t adopted an eSIM yet, and there are some international travelers who really love the convenience of having a new SIM when they land in a different country. Galaxy S22 gives you peace of mind.
Where the iPhone 14 beats the Galaxy S22
The iPhone 14 outperforms the Galaxy S22 in several ways. Here is a quick breakdown.
iPhone 14 working mode video is better
I’ve tried Super Steady mode on the Galaxy S22 (bottom) versus Action mode on the iPhone 14 (top), and overall I found iPhone shots to be smoother but also more vibrant. So while Samsung got there first, Apple does it a little better.
iPhone 14 has better image quality (in most cases)
In general, I think the iPhone 14 offers better image quality from fewer cameras, although there are exceptions.
Take this picture of the Dipladnia flowers. The iPhone 14 image is not only more vibrant, but it provides an amazing level of detail in the petals and makes water droplets. There is also greater contrast in the iPhone shot.
However, while the iPhone 14’s night mode works better outdoors, we did get a strange blue cast on a photo indoors in very low light. The colors of the S22 were more natural.
iPhone 14 faster
I won’t tell you to buy a phone based on benchmark scores, but it’s worth noting that the A15 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 14 beats the Galaxy S22 in many tests — and one in the real world.
In Geekbench, which measures overall performance, the iPhone 14 scored 1,727 points in the single core and 4,553 in the multi-core center. This is significantly higher than the Galaxy S22 (1,204 / 3,348).
The iPhone 14 also wins in graphics performance; It achieved 11,531 and 69 fps on 3DMark Wild Life compared to 9976/59 fps for the Galaxy S22.
In our video editing test, which involves transcoding a 4K video to 1080p in the Adobe Premiere Rush app, the iPhone 14 took 28 seconds to complete the task. Galaxy S22 took 47 seconds.
iPhone 14 vs Galaxy S22 The bottom line
If you’re open to switching between iOS and Android — and that’s a big IF indicator — I think the Galaxy S22 gives you more for the money. You get a bunch of features that Apple keeps for the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max — 120Hz, always-on display, telephoto zoom — for a very reasonable price.
If you are a fan of iPhone? The iPhone 14 is pretty good, but I think the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max deserve this year more than ever.