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Samsung Omnia i900 WM6.1 Smartphone Review
Talk about contentious: Samsung’s Omnia i900 has been heralded as everything from the best Windows Mobile smartphone yet, to the oft-fabled iPhone killer. Take a look at the spec sheet and you can see why, with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3G, WiFi, GPS, haptic feedback and a choice of 8GB or 16GB internal storage, the Omnia certainly has the goods on paper. It’s not exactly ugly, either, with metal where the iPhone 3G now has plastic and that clever little optical mouse. So to the big question: is Samsung’s flagship smartphone all mouth and no action?Check out the video demo of the Omnia after the cut
At 127g the 112 x 56.9 x 12.5mm smartphone is solid and generally reassuring. On the left side you’ll find a sturdy loop for fastening on the separate stylus, together with the proprietary Samsung connector for recharging the Omnia or plugging in a handsfree kit. You’ll find both AC adaptor and handsfree in the box, with Samsung providing a 3.5mm adaptor cable should you prefer your own headphones, together with a USB data cable and Windows Software CD.
Switch on, and it’s a mixed bag. The 3.2-inch 240 x 400 screen is relatively bright but not as color-rich as, say, the iPhone 3G or even HTC’s Touch Diamond. An accelerometer flips the orientation from portrait to landscape as you tilt the handset, though the rotation animation is not quite fast enough to avoid being annoying. Rotation works in all apps aside from the camera. One added extra above Apple’s handset is the haptic feedback, although it’s a love-it or hate-it feature. Basically, the phone quickly vibrates whenever you touch the screen.
If we were particularly unkind, we might say that the reason for the Omnia needing haptics is because its screen is less than responsive. Like every other Windows Mobile handset, the Omnia uses a resistive touchscreen; they’re simply not as sensitive as the capacitive technology used in the iPhone’s display. The result is a handset where stroking and swiping can be jerky and inaccurate as, unlike the Apple cellphone, you need to keep a regular degree of pressure as you gesture.
Gesturing is something you’ll be doing a lot of, as Samsung have followed in the lead of HTC and others by introducing a more “user friendly” graphical interface to Windows Mobile. In this case it’s a version of Samsung’s existing TouchWiz GUI, as seen on their F480 ‘Tocco’ and F490. As with HTC’s TouchFLO 3D, TouchWiz is intended to make the handset finger-friendly so that you need never actually reach for the stylus.
Of course, no matter how you access it, Windows Mobile is a flexible and potentially powerful OS and the Omnia is no different. There are thousands of third-party apps to be had, and Samsung themselves preinstall Google Maps, Shozu and a customized version of the esteemed Opera Mobile 9.5 browser. There’s the usual messaging suite, supporting SMS, MMS, POP/IMAP email and push-email from an Exchange account, together with Office Mobile (allowing for Word and Excel file editing and PowerPoint viewing), a PDF viewer and RSS reader. Sadly TouchWiz is yet to extend fully into these apps too, leaving a variety of interfaces from basic navigation arrows to tiny scroll bars.
Perhaps Samsung think the Omnia is more likely to be used as a media device, as its entertainment functionality is much more successful. The ‘Touch Player’ replaces Windows Media Player, an exchange few will mourn, bringing with it big buttons, an FM radio (with twelve presets and the ability to record shows) and a bevy of video codecs: MPEG4, h.264 and, more unusually, DivX and XviD. An optional TV Out cable can be used to play footage back on a bigger screen. Plug in the USB data cable and anything under 720 x 480 can simply be dragged across, though the Omnia’s 65,000 color display might not do them full justice. Sound quality, though, is excellent, with headphones being the obvious choice but even the built-in speaker doing a decent job.
In a useful improvement over both the Touch Diamond and the iPhone 3G, the Omnia includes a microSDHC slot content with cards up to 16GB in size. Pick the 16GB handset, then, and there’s up to 32GB of space to play with; it’s enough to make you forgive Samsung for hiding the memory card slot under the rear cover, where you’ll need to take out the battery to get at it.
Also lurking around the rear cover is the Omnia’s other multimedia weapon, a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and a surprisingly bright LED flash. Make no mistake, this puts the Omnia head and shoulders above other Windows Mobile handsets; options are various (resolution, flash, autofocus, exposure, ISO, saturation, contrast and more) and those commonly changed are easily accessed from the main preview screen. Images can be GPS tagged and then edited on-device, and quality is good. Video recording is limited to 640 x 480 resolution at 15fps, with files in MPEG4 format, though we found clips to be unduly jumpy in playback.
A second, lower-resolution camera is on the front of the Omnia, and that segues neatly into our biggest complaint about the handset: its 3G. Or, to be more specific, the lack of 3G in the US. Despite the Omnia being quadband GSM, its UMTS is 2100MHz only: that means the 7.2Mbps HSDPA so many would-be buyers had got excited about will only be available in Europe. Instead, the Omnia maxes out at the distinctly mediocre EDGE in the US, meaning no video calls, no high-speed browsing using the wonderful Opera browser, and only the most basic of streaming media (music at a push, no chance for video).
It’s a shame, because generally as a phone the Omnia is decent. Call quality is good, with minimal wind noise or background static and a surprisingly rich tone for both parties, while the speakerphone is as good with talk as it is with music. The 624MHz Marvell PXA312 processor shows no lags even with multiple apps running (a long-standing bug-bear of WM) and we’ve had usage times pretty close to Samsung’s claimed 500hrs standby or almost 6hrs talktime. That’s probably been helped by only using GSM not 3G.
There’s a lot to like about the Samsung i900 Omnia. The GPS and high-resolution camera both work well, battery life is good and it’s undoubtedly a handsome phone. You can take your pick whether to blame Microsoft for Windows Mobile 6.1’s fiddly interface or Samsung for not fully covering it up with TouchWiz; hopefully future versions will do a better job. What’s most definitely Samsung’s fault is the absence of US-spec UMTS, and for many of the power-users that would be the Omnia’s obvious audience that could be the deciding factor.
If you can live without the 3G (or, of course, if you live in an area that has 2100MHz UMTS) then the Omnia deserves to be on your shortlist. No, not an iPhone 3G killer, and not even “the best” Windows Mobile phone ever, but a solid option and likely to be a popular one. If Samsung do the sensible thing and launch the Omnia in the US with right UMTS frequencies, however, you’d certainly be looking at one of the best WM smartphones around.
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Honor has once again impressed us with a flagship smartphone at an outrageous price. For under £250 you get a lot of phone for your money. Performance is good with the main camera and fingerprint sensors being the highlights on the hardware side. Emotion UI isn’t our favourite Android skin but it’s perfectly usable and you can always change it if you like.
Honor, the brand backed by Huawei, has impressed us with its flagship smartphones at low prices. Its latest effort is the Honor 7 and here’s our full review. Updated: 4 February 2023 with audio tests. See also: 20 best phones 2023.
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With a phone called the Honor 7 you might think the firm has been around for longer than Apple or Samsung which are both on ‘6’ editions of handsets but the Honor 6 was the first smartphone we saw which was launched just over a year ago.Honor 7 review: Price and competition
True to form, the Honor 7 is priced at a somewhat ridiculously low £249 – the same price which the Honor 6 launched at. Incidentally, the old model is still available at just £209. You’ll discover why we describe the price tag as ridiculous by the time you get to the end of the review.
Although it’s a really affordable flagship phone, competition in this area has ramped up recently so it’s not just Google’s Nexus phones to outpace. In fact, the Nexus 5X is a fair amount more at £315. The Honor 7 has to fend off the likes of the OnePlus 2 which is just £239 (now can only be found at £289 for the 64GB version) and the Moto X Play which is £279 (can now be found for £249).
The difficulty will be getting hold of an Honor 7 as we’ve found it to be often sold out on vMall. Each batch has disappeared very quickly although we don’t know how many have been made available. You can also buy it on Amazon for the same £249.99 price. Also see: Best MiFi 2023.Honor 7 review: Design and build
Although the Honor 7 looks somewhat similar to its predecessor, it actually looks more like the Huawei Mate S – mostly down to its metal rear cover.
It is a bit bigger than the Honor 6 so bear this in mind if you’re thinking about upgrading. It’s by no means the most svelte 5.2in phone on the market and it’s more the 157g weight than the 8.5mm thickness that bothers us.
A plain appearance is on display at the front but the back is where all the style is found. The metal body looks like phones which cost twice the price, although we couldn’t tell it has a ‘ceramic blasted finish’. Strips at the top and bottom have a crosshatch texture which is unique while a shiny bevelled edge all the way around finishes things off nicely.
You may have noticed that a recessed fingerprint scanner sits below the camera and there’s an additional button on the left side. We’ll come to the fingerprint scanner in the hardware section but that so called ‘smart button’ can be customised to do what you want like open an app.Honor 7 review: Hardware and specs
As mentioned, the Honor 7 has a 5.2in screen which is a small jump from the 5in display found on the Honor 6. The resolution remains at Full HD (1080×1920) though so pixel density does take a small dive to 424ppi. That said, the IPS screen looks nice and crisp with popping colours and decent brightness available should you need it.
Under the shiny exterior is a bump to a Kirin 935 processor which is still octa-core with the same Mali-T628 GPU but clock speeds are higher with half at 2.2GHz and the other half at 1.5GHz. A healthy 3GB of RAM is on offer and we’ve found performance of the Honor 7 to be delightfully smooth.
The benchmark results don’t entirely reflect this, namely in the graphics department but we’ve not had any problems from a user perspective.
Where the Honor 7 really stood out under testing was battery life via the 3100mAh battery. In our benchmark, the phone managed an impressive seven hours and eight minutes with a score of 4238. That’s the best results we’ve seen from a phone, outpacing the Galaxy S6 models which last just under seven hours.
In terms of storage, you can choose either 16- or 64GB of internal capacity and a Micro-SD card slot will likely come in handy allowing up to 128GB more.
Core connectivity consists of dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS and 4G LTE support. The IR blaster also remains in the line-up and you get a fingerprint scanner on top which you’re likely to use a lot more often.
As you can guess, you can use it to unlock the phone with multiple fingerprints but it can do a lot more. Like a touchpad on a laptop, you can use it for navigational purposes such as opening the notification bar and recent apps. It can also take you to the homescreen, take a photo, answer a call and stop an alarm. If any of this is annoying – we found it quite easy to do things by mistake – you can switch these functions off.
Before we talk about software, there are the all-important cameras to cover. Both have been upgraded compared to the Honor 6 jumping from 16- to 20Mp at the back at 5- to 8Mp at the front.
The main camera now has phase detection autofocus and shoots very quickly which is always welcome. There’s plenty of detail on offer from the Sony sensor and we like the bokeh effect which gives the impression of a DSLR with out of focus backgrounds. The front camera isn’t as detailed as 8Mp suggest but it’s better than a lot of phones and the new LED flash will come in handy for dark situations like when you want to take a selfie in da club.Honor 7 review: Audio
The Honor 7 comes with a single downward-firing speaker design with its location at the bottom-hand corner of the phone. Unlike other phones like the iPhone 6s, the speaker is located on the left-hand side and not the right-hand side. The speaker gets reasonably loud and competes in loudness with the likes of the Sony Xperia Z5 which has two front-facing stereo speakers. We gave the Honor 7 a fitting 7/10 loudness rating. At maximum volume we found the speakers to slightly vibrate the lower part of the phone, where the speaker was placed. On the plus side we did not hear any distortions coming from the speaker, even at maximum volume. Read more: Best Sounding Phones of 2023.
In terms of its speaker’s sound quality we found that the Honor 7 had an emphasis in the bass department, where its sub-bass extended reasonably well, albeit being cut-off in the lower end frequencies. Its mid-bass was also quite present and presented enough mid-bass impact, but unfortunately lacked that control.
Due to its mid-bass presence, the mids were slightly pushed back, resulting in a slightly warm sound, which gave off a recessed-type of sound. Its highs were fantastic, where they provided a great sparkle and provided the phone’s speaker with some life, however we felt the highs could have extended a little more.
Finally, its soundstage was reasonably well presented but left us wanting more, which was mainly due to its single downward-firing speaker. The single speaker lacked that finesse in its instrument separation and could have also provided a slightly better width to its sound signature.
Internal sound quality
The Honor 7 utilises the HiSilicon Kirin 935 chipset, where we presume it’s using a SoC (system on chip) design with a HiSilicon Hi6402 Audio DSP which has a smart amplifier. The HiSilicon Kirin 935 is also only found in the Huawei P8 MAX and Mate S, both of which are more expensive variants of the Honor 7. It’s therefore interesting to hear the differences the SoC of the Kirin 935 performs against the SoCs found on the Snapdragon chipsets.
The phone had to be cranked up to 90-95 percent, which is the same level we tested the Google Nexus 6P. We found this level to be too low for consumers who might be using their phones during busy commutes. We didn’t experience any distortion problems, but did hear an extremely faint hissing noise. We found it very hard to hear the hissing, but it was present versus the completely silent Marshall London, which didn’t experience any hissing. In comparison, phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 among others all experienced interference problems, which left us impressed about the Honor 7’s almost-perfect signal. Read our in-depth smartphone audio comparison: Best Sounding Phones of 2023.
In terms of sound quality we found the lows to extend well, especially in the sub-bass region, where the phone could produce good extended sub-bass tones. Its mid-bass was also very impressive, with a good slam and control to it.
Even though the phone has a good mid-bass slam, the phone’s mids are well presented, where they are forward sounding and are not too recessed. Its highs extend well, but could have done with a little extra sparkle in the top end frequency.
Finally we found its soundstage to be a little disappointing, which unfortunately lets the phone down in comparison to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Marshall London. We found the Honor 7’s soundstage to be let down by its depth and width, where we felt it missed that fullness the other phones provided. On the plus side we found its instrument separation to be decent.Honor 7 review: Software and apps
The Honor 7 comes pre-installed with Android 5.0 Lollipop which is a little out of date now 6.0 Marshmallow has started rolling out. We’re not sure when an upgrade will arrive but it should get the new version since the phone is quite new.
As usual, there is the Huawei Emotion UI skin placed over the top and the Honor 7 comes with version 3.1. As we’ve found with previous phones running the overlay, there are pros and cons.
We love the different lockscreen photo every time you press the power button and being able to set the extra ‘smart button’ to do whatever you want – probably your most used app. There are also quick settings such as music control and the torch available on the lockscreen by swiping up from the bottom.Specs Honor 7: Specs
Android 5.0 Lollipop OS
5.2in IPS display (1080×1920), 424 ppi
Octa-core Kirin 935 CPU (4 x 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 & 4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53)
Mali-T628 MP4 GPU
16/64GB internal storage
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
20Mp rear camera, AF with dual-tone LED Flash
8Mp front camera with LED flash
Video recording at up to 1080p
dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1 LE
4G LTE (Cat 6)
11.5Wh (3100mAh) non-removable battery
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 works with a 10.1-inch TFT LCD display with 800 x 1280 pixel resolution. That’s 149.45 PPI and certainly not the sharpest display on the market, well under the current-gen iPad’s 263.92 PPI and especially the Google Nexus 10 with its 300.24 PPI, but it’s up at the point at which you’re no longer going to be seeing a whole lot of difference.
This machine’s display is the same resolution as the previous generation Samsung Galaxy Tab but here works with IPS TFT LCD technology instead of PLS TFT. In short this means the Galaxy Tab 3 line matches the Samsung Galaxy S 4 for brightness – not sharpness, of course, as the GS4 works with a much, much sharper panel, but for brightness without a doubt.
Samsung has also done a good job of matching the Samsung Galaxy Tab line to the Galaxy Note line from this generation – you’re seeing the Galaxy Note 8.0 – and we’re expecting the Galaxy Note III to look as vivid later this year as well.
With the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 you’re not going to find a tablet aimed at being a one-stop-shop for excellence in all things media capturing as well as display. Instead, this device acts as one of several control ports for the whole Samsung device environment. You’ll find out more about the app connections this tablet has with the rest of the Samsung devices of this Galaxy S 4 era – here in hardware, this means you’re not going to be competing with standalone devices like the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity for raw output and power – not by a long shot.
Inside the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 you’ll find a Z2560 Intel Atom 1.6GHz dual-core processor – Clover Trail+, that is – with the built-in ability to use 4G LTE (in future iterations of this hardware with a microSIM card slot, of course). This hardware will not work with said connectivity as it’s got no SIM card slot to speak of, but we’ll almost certainly be seeing this tablet working with AT&T and Verizon – and maybe even T-Mobile – inside the next half-year with 4G LTE connectivity.
While it may seem like a bold move for Samsung to move from well-known processors like their own Exynos line and NVIDIA’s Tegra SoCs in past Tab lines to Intel here in 2013, it’s worth noting that they don’t do so with their flag flying high. As mentioned in the Intel Scores column from Chris Davies earlier this year, both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and the ASUS MeMo Pad FHD 10 work with Clover Trail+, but neither of them have “leapt to Atom wholeheartedly.”
As it was with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 lineup, here again the company is making very little of the creators of the processors under their device lineup’s hoods. With the Galaxy Tab 2 line it was Texas Instruments OMAP line, here it’s Intel’s Atom, and the results make for a well-balanced tablet collection in either case, but not a set of machines made for breaking any barriers.
Have a peek at a set of benchmark tests here to see how the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 fares and keep heart – the end result is solid for everyday media display, web browsing, and basic gaming needs.
About this Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus review: I tested the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus review unit over a period of seven days. It was running Android 12 on the January 2023 security patch with Samsung One UI 4.1. The unit was provided by Samsung for this review.
Update, July 2023: We’ve updated this review with new alternatives and software information.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8GB/128GB): $999 / £949 / €1,059 / CA$1,399.99 / Rs. 84,999
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8GB/256GB): $1,049 / £999 / €1,109 / CA$1,469.99 / Rs. 88,999
Armor Aluminum, Gorilla Glass Victus Plus
157.4 x 78.5 x 7.6mm
Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader
Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold, (Graphite, Cream, Sky Blue, Violet — online only)
6.6 inches, Dynamic AMOLED 2x
2,340 x 1,080 resolution
19.5:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate
There’s no question it’s one of the brightest phone screens I’ve ever viewed.
The S22 Plus’ killer feature is called Vision Boost. You can thank the Dynamic AMOLED 2X lighting for this feature, which provides brightness levels of up to a whopping 1,750 nits. This incredible brightness (the same as the S22 Ultra) allows you to use the phone outdoors under direct sunlight with total ease. There’s no question it’s one of the brightest phone screens I’ve ever viewed. It comes across as more vivid and dynamic when compared to the iPhone 13, Pixel 6, and older Samsung models. It’s a video monster.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
128GB / 256GB non-expandable storage
What about those pesky benchmarks? We ran the phone through the gauntlet, including 3DMark, AnTuTu, and GeekBench, and the phone put up solid numbers, but they weren’t quite the chart-topping figures that we were expecting. The CPU numbers achieved by the S22 Plus often only equaled those of Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100-based devices. Meanwhile, Apple’s A15 Bionic, in the iPhone 13 Pro, beat the pants off of the 8 Gen 1 on CPU scores.
Battery: Better than ultra
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45W wired charging
15W wireless charging
Wireless Power Share
The Galaxy S22 Plus delivered noticeably better battery life than the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
On an average day with the S22 Plus, I scored a respectable screen-on time of about seven hours. That’s a bit more than what I got with the S22 Ultra. Further, the phone was ending the day with more left in the tank — closer to 40% than the Ultra’s 30%. That allowed me to use the phone through the morning of the following day before requiring a recharge. In sum, the Galaxy S22 Plus delivered noticeably better battery life than its larger stablemate despite the difference in battery capacities.
Like the Ultra, the S22 Plus charges at a maximum of 45W via a USB Power Delivery PPS-compatible charger. Samsung doesn’t ship a charger in the box, so you’ll have to pick one up on your own. Using a Samsung 45W charger we saw excellent charging times for the S22 Plus. It typically topped up from 0% to 100% in just over 50 minutes, and easily reached the 50% mark in just 25 minutes. That’s not the fastest we’ve seen, but it’s fast enough for most people.
Wireless charging is limited to 15W, the same as the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Our 18W Qi wireless pad needed a solid 90 minutes to recharge the Galaxy S22 Plus from zero, which is a significant improvement over the wireless charging time required for the S22 Ultra’s larger battery. There’s also reverse wireless charging available at a pokey 4.5W. It’s slow-going to recharge accessories such as smartwatches, but the S22 Plus is on par with the competition in this respect.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus won’t net you two days of battery life, but it easily outlasted the S22 Ultra by reaching lunch of the second day. For many users, that should be plenty adequate, and you can always give it a boost with a few new charging accessories.
Camera: Keeping up with the family
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50MP, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, (f/1.8, 1.0μm)
12MP ultrawide, (f/2.2, 1.4μm, 120-degree FoV)
10MP telephoto, 3x optical zoom, OIS (f/2.4, 1.0μm)
10MP front camera, (f/2.2, 0.7µm, 80-degree FoV)
4K video up to 60fps, 8K up to 24fps
The megapixel count may be different, but the results from the main camera are practically identical to those of the S22 Ultra. That is to say, shots taken in a variety of settings show solid focus with proper white balance and good exposure. Samsung’s treatment of color continues to be a bit more oversaturated than competing devices, but the company has dialed things back so the results aren’t too ostentatious. HDR worked well in the majority of shots and, most importantly, the images mostly match what my eyes saw in the real world.
The telephoto camera has an optical range of 3x compared to the main camera, as you can see from the photos above. I think the most important aspect of these images is the uniformity of exposure and color with the main camera. There’s still plenty of detail in these shots and the zooming action didn’t introduce too much noise, either.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a second, dedicated 10x zoom telephoto lens that the S22 Plus does not share. The sample images at 10x zoom, like the 3x shots, still show color uniformity and carry over a pleasing amount of details. You will see more noise in these images, however, and they’re not quite as sharp.
The 12MP ultrawide does a fine job. It pulls things out to a focal length that is 0.6x that of the main lens. There’s clearly some optical distortion in these images, which reach a 120-degree field of view, but that’s part of the fun of ultrawide cameras. They certainly give you a different perspective. Again, the color tone matches the other cameras and there’s still lots of detail, good exposure, and little noise.
In the series above you can see the entire focal range of the Galaxy S22 Plus, which can run from ultrawide through 30x Super Zoom (a combination of digital zoom and Samsung’s AI Super Resolution technology). The photos through about the 10x setting are totally usable, but the 20x and 30x images are beginning to look a bit rough. As you can see, however, the S22 Plus provides users with an excellent amount of focal range that allows for lots of creativity when snapping pics.
The S22 Plus is able to take portraits from both the main camera and the telephoto camera. The above series shows you what a standard photo looks like from the main camera followed by a 1x portrait and then a 3x portrait. The bokeh in the 1x portrait is subtle and the focal depth leaves enough room that both figures appear to be in focus. The bokeh in the 3x portrait is far more aggressive, which means Washington’s head stands out more. One thing to note: the S22 Plus produced better exposure in this series than the S22 Ultra did.
Here is a series of selfies and self-portraits, taken during the day and at night. The daytime photos are decent all around, with good focus, exposure, and detail. The night shots are a lot softer and much grainier. One thing to point out, the default “single person” selfie view provides images that are only 6.5MP in size. You have to use the “multi-person” view (or wide-angle selfie) to get the full 10MP from the front camera.
How does the S22 Plus camera fare at night? It does a fairly decent job most of the time. Critically, the exposures, color, and details are more or less identical to the results of the S22 Ultra. That suggests Samsung’s software is doing a good job. That’s not to say the photos are perfect. For example, despite giving the lenses a fresh coating meant to help reduce glare in nighttime shots, you can see plenty of it from the lights in the pictures above. The bottom three photos are all the same scene taken with the three different cameras. Again, even at night, the consistency across the photos is impressive.
One UI 4.1
Four years of OS updates, five years of security updates
The Galaxy S22 Plus offers a smooth, well-supported, feature-packed Android experience.
Samsung gave the Galaxy S22 Plus a powerful selection of software, features, and controls. While it doesn’t include the S Pen functionality of the S22 Ultra, the S22 Plus is still one of the most capable Android smartphones in the market and shouldn’t be ignored even by power users.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus is one of the best phones in the market right now.
That’s not to say everything is perfect. Samsung cheaped out a bit on the memory and storage options, particularly when you consider there’s no expandable storage. The speakers could be better, too.
In the long run, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus is one of the best phones in the market. It may not boast the extravagance of the Galaxy S22 Ultra with its quirky S Pen, but it’s not trying to. The Galaxy S22 Plus stands firmly on its own ground with its own strengths and its own identity, making it the top Android phone from 2023 for those who don’t need a stylus.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus top questions and answers
Yes, the S22 Plus is IP68 rated, meaning it will survive in up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes.
No, the Galaxy S22 Plus does not come with a charger in the box. Check out our guide for the best options.
No, the Galaxy S22 Plus does not expandable storage, which means you have to think carefully about which variant to get. You can choose between 128GB and 256GB models.
The S22 Ultra has a larger screen with a higher resolution, a slightly better camera system, and a larger battery. It can also be had with more RAM and storage — see our detailed comparison here.
The main differences are that the S22 Plus has a larger display, a bigger battery, and supports faster charging (45W vs 25W).
There are seven colors to choose from: Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold, Cream Graphite, Sky Blue, and Violet. However, the last three are online exclusives on Samsung’s official store.
No. Unlike the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the S22 Plus has a flat display.
Yes, the Galaxy S22 Plus supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G technology.
Yes, the Galaxy S22 Plus is among the best — if not the best — phones in its class.
The best Android phone to date, the Galaxy Nexus dazzles with its curved display, sleek design, fast performance, and, of course, the Ice Cream Sandwich update.
We’ve been clamoring to get our hands on the Galaxy Nexus ever since its unveiling in Hong Kong back in October. Finally, at long last, the U.S. version of the Galaxy Nexus has landed in our office. So is the Galaxy Nexus, the first phone to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich, everything we hoped it would be? Mostly, yes. The Galaxy Nexus ($300 with a two-year contract, as of December 16, 2011) impresses with lightning-fast performance, strong data speeds, a thin design, and, of course, all of that Ice Cream Sandwich goodness. It isn’t perfect, however. The camera isn’t outstanding, and the handset has no expandable memory slot. But as it stands, the Galaxy Nexus is the best Android phone currently available.Design
The Galaxy Nexus is one fine-lookin’ piece of hardware. The glossy display, piano-black bezel, and textured back are all standard Samsung design elements. But unlike other Samsung Galaxy phones I’ve reviewed, the Galaxy Nexus feels high quality. At 5.1 ounces, it has a nice substantial weight to it without being too heavy. As you can see from the photos, the Galaxy Nexus has a subtle curve, which nicely contours to the hand. If you have small hands like me, however, you might find the Galaxy Nexus a bit large (it measures 5.33 by 2.67 by 0.37 inches).
The Galaxy Nexus has no physical hardware keys on its face. Instead, the touch-sensitive Back, Home, and Search keys are built into the display as soft keys.Super AMOLED Display (No Plus)
The Galaxy Nexus has a high-def Super AMOLED display–not to be confused with the Super AMOLED Plus technology found in the Samsung Galaxy S II line of phones. This 1280-by-720-pixel display is actually based on a PenTile pixel structure in which pixels share subpixels. Engadget points out that the Galaxy S II phones have full RGB displays in which the pixels have their own subpixels. This means that the Galaxy Nexus has lower overall subpixel density, reduced sharpness, and degraded color accuracy than the Galaxy S II. But according to site FlatpanelsHD, the Galaxy Nexus has 315 pixels per inch, which is slightly lower than the iPhone 4/4S at 326 ppi.
To be quite honest, the only quality difference I saw between the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Nexus, and the iPhone 4S was in color accuracy. Colors on the Galaxy Nexus had a slight yellowish tint, mainly in pictures or websites with a white background. Otherwise, blacks looked deep, while fonts and details appeared sharp. Unless you’re crazy about pixel density or have insanely sharp eyes, you probably won’t notice the slight display downgrade.
The display is a roomy 4.65 inches, but really only 4 inches of that real estate is usable. The remaining 0.65-inch space is occupied by a customizable shortcut bar that appears at the bottom of the home screens as well as some other internal screens. Even so, the screen feels plenty spacious for all of your gaming, video, and other multimedia desires.Ice Cream Sandwich: Simply Sweet
We’ve written extensively on Ice Cream Sandwich, and will be doing much more in-depth coverage in the next few days. For this review, I’ll focus on how Ice Cream Sandwich performs on the Galaxy Nexus.
You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about the ability to unlock your phone with your face. The front-facing camera snaps a picture of you and then uses facial recognition software the next time you unlock your phone. It’s cool, most definitely, but it’s not the most secure way of protecting your phone. As Google warns, somebody who looks similar to you can unlock your phone with their face. Nevertheless, face unlock works well, and it is a pretty neat–although somewhat gimmicky–feature.
The Android software keyboard in Ice Cream Sandwich has larger, more square keys so it is easier to type on (though I still made a few errors here and there). You now have an option to verbally dictate your text, as well, though I didn’t always find it accurate. For example, “This is a test of the auto-dictate feature” translated into “Types of the otter dictate feature.”
Developers will delight in the dedicated “Developer options,” which let you access tools such as a CPU usage meter and controls for touchscreen feedback and the background process limit. It is features like this that truly make Android a standout operating system. There’s something for everyone.The Core Apps
Gmail gets a face-lift, with a new context-sensitive Action Bar at the bottom of the screen. The bar changes depending on where in the app you are. For example, when you’re looking at an email message, you see options to archive it, trash it, label it, or mark it as unread. When you’re viewing your inbox, the bar changes to display options for composing new messages. Adding attachments from your gallery or other folders is now much easier as well. If you’re a heavy Gmail user like me, you’ll really appreciate these updates.
Google Calendar pretty much runs my life, so I was pleased to see a cleaner, easier-to-read version of it in Ice Cream Sandwich. I also appreciate the fact that you can pinch-to-zoom in on a particular calendar event to see more information about it; previously you had to tap on the calendar event, and it would open a new window. Like all of the other core-apps updates, Google has made everything in the Calendar more efficient and easier to use.
Unfortunately, Google Wallet is not supported on the Galaxy Nexus–despite the fact that the phone’s hardware supports NFC.Performance
We also ran the Qualcomm-developed Vellamo benchmarking app, on which the Galaxy Nexus earned a score of 803. (The Droid Razr got a score of 1040, which put it ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S II.) This score puts the Galaxy Nexus ahead of the Samsung Skyrocket and the HTC EVO 3D. Because Vellamo was made by a competitor to Texas Instruments, we tend to take these results with a grain of salt.
We’re lucky enough to get very strong 4G LTE coverage here in San Francisco. In my tests using the FCC-approved Ookla Speedtest app, the Galaxy Nexus achieved download speeds ranging from 6.69 to 12.11 megabits per second and upload speeds of 21.18 mbps. In other words, the Galaxy Nexus is blazingly fast.
Call quality over Verizon’s network in San Francisco was consistently good. I had great coverage everywhere I went in the city. My friends and family sounded natural, with an ample amount of volume. One of my friends remarked that my voice sounded “hollow,” but other people I spoke with were pleased with the quality.
We have not yet finished our formal battery life tests, but the Galaxy Nexus survived through a whole day of heavy use before I needed to charge it again.Camera
At the Hong Kong unveiling, Google bragged that the camera on the Galaxy Nexus has zero shutter lag. In my hands-on tests, I found these claims to be accurate: It processes your photo almost instantly after you press the shutter key. Another nice feature is the ability to access the camera from the lock screen rather than having to unlock and then dig through menus.
Unfortunately, the camera just isn’t of the same caliber as the rest of the phone. The photos I shot with the Galaxy Nexus’s 5-megapixel camera looked a bit flat. Colors seemed a touch washed out, and details were a little fuzzy.
But even if your photos don’t come out perfect, Ice Cream Sandwich has your back with its suite of photo-editing tools. You get an array of filters (like your very own Hipstamatic app), the capability to adjust the image angle, red-eye removal, cropping functions, and more. Any edits you make to a photo will create a copy, in case you ever want to revert to the original.
In camcorder mode, you can record video in up to 1080p. Video in my tests looked quite good. The camera handles motion well, with no artifacting or pixelation. Check out the test clip below.Bottom Line
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a superb phone, and a great vehicle for introducing Android Ice Cream Sandwich to the world. Android has clearly come a long way, and the tweaks and updates Google has implemented throughout the operating system make a huge difference in efficiency and ease of use. Right now, the Galaxy Nexus is the best Android phone you can buy.
To start off I would like to address a question that I’ve been asked countless times. “Does the monitor get that nasty yellow tint?” As I’ve mentioned in my first impressions, I have had no problems with any yellow tinting. My brother’s iMac has a slight yellow tint problem so no worries guys (and girls ;D ) I know what I’m talking about here. If I open a blank word document and maximize it, it looks white as snow. (Without that yellow stuff you find time to time!)
Samsung SyncMaster SA550 With brightness max
The monitor has a refresh rate of 2ms and to this day I have not noticed once any ghosting problems. But I have noticed some pixilation lag which I mentioned below in the Macbook Section; it’s more likely to be a graphics card issue rather than a monitor one though.
The LED backlit display has a crisp resolution of 1920×1080 and it is simply a pleasure to work on. ( As cliché as that sounds!) In my first impressions I said that the colors aren’t as vibrant than glossy monitors, while that may be true, I’ve noticed I’ve been watching more movies on this monitor than my glossy Macbook Pro’s. Not just because of size but I have noticed that after a long period of watching movies or shows on any glossy monitor my eyes start to hurt a bit. (My friends HP monitor) But with the Samsung, while it isn’t the most vibrant, it is a great companion monitor to watch movies on. And I do watch plenty of movies! And whether I’m watching DVDs or simply watching youtube videos the Samsung SA550 gets the job done right.
When it comes to doing work such as photo/video editing this monitor is A-MA-ZING. I can’t go back to editing on my Macbook Pro’s glossy monitor after using the Samsung for so long– again not because of size—but rather the colors aren’t as accurate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Mac guy and I love the Macbook Pro but when it comes to work the Samsung attached to it just blows it out the water. At first glance, there isn’t much about the Samsung that separates it from your typical glossy. However, I do a lot of photo editing and I’ve edited the same picture on the Samsung, the Macbook Pro, and the iMac. Once I’ve actually printed out the photo, I can easily say that the Samsung had the much more accurate colors; hence my opinion that the Samsung was the best to edit photos on.
NOTE: I am using an HDMI cable with this monitor which is NOT included in the box. Definitely get an HDMI cable if you’re planning to get this monitor for the best results.
I understand that looks don’t change but I had to bring it up again. As with a lot of new products that you buy the first impressions are always, “This machine looks incredible”. However about a few weeks later the looks seem to lose its lust. And I usually fall victim to this of course. However when it comes to this monitor I must say that it has not lost its appeal. It just sits nice and sleek next to my Macbook Pro and I CONSTANTLY get reminded by friends and family of how “Pro” it looks.
Setting up the monitor is a breeze. It has a few pieces that pop together in place. (Pieces are pretty much self-explanatory) The entire feeling hallow argument that I stated in my first impressions actually no longer bother me at all. I go to electronic stores often and I can say that as of 2011 a lot, if not all Samsung monitors, have the same hallowed feel to it.
Keep in mind that the actual display is plastic. (Including the what looks like a glass border around the display)
I stated in my first impressions that I didn’t like how the touch sensitive buttons felt unresponsive. I’ve tried tampering with it daily JUST to see if my opinions on it would change: it hasn’t. I really never need to use them but for the sake of having my final impressions of it I had to give it some time. I like physical buttons like my friends HP monitor. It feel faster to navigate through menus on my friends HP monitor with the physical buttons. On my Samsung I feel as if I have to be gentle with it to get the touch sensitive buttons to register. While not a huge deal it does slow you down. And of course I’m sure a lot of us won’t be changing the monitors’ settings hourly so it wouldn’t be a big deal regardless.
I think this monitor is a great deal. While it is a tad bit pricey at about 250 dollars, you do get what you pay for. I know you can find many monitors online for a great bargain but don’t stump this monitor out yet. It’s hard to explain but you won’t notice how nice this monitor really is until you’ve used it for a long period of time and then try out another. You not only appreciate it more but you also really get the sense just how nice and accurate colors are. Thumbs up to Samsung!
Note: When using it in mirrored mode I did notice the resolution didn’t fit the Samsung’s monitor well. So I had to use it in clamshell mode. Simply close your Macbook and use a mouse or keyboard to wake the machine up. (While the lid is still closed) And there you have it; the Macbook Pro on your Samsung SA550 with the monitors crisp maxed out resolution.
For those curious about the actual performance of this monitor being attached to the baseline 2011 Macbook Pro 13” look no further. A lot of people have asked me whether the Intel HD 3000 was capable enough to run an external monitor smoothly. And my answer? It works PERFECETLY fine when doing your basic task. No lag, no ghosting, nothing. However, I have noticed when I am doing work in Adobe Illustrator the Samsung Monitor pixelates. When I hover over the dock, a simple task such as adding a watermark to our TechShift pictures will cause the monitor to pixelate for a moment, which gets pretty annoying quickly. (ONLY THE DOCK GETS PIXELATED) And yes, without the monitor there is no lag or pixilation with any of my software.
If you’re not on a tight budget then this monitor is definitely worth considering. There isn’t too much to complain about. It is able to connect to a computer or laptop just fine. It’s built, while it’s not the best, isn’t too far behind from what other monitors have to offer. I have enjoyed watching movies and videos on this monitor but I’ve even more so enjoyed more editing on it. And, while the touch sensitive buttons aren’t my ideal, at the end of the day I must consider that this product is a monitor and it does exactly what it needs to do without any compromise to the actual display. So if you’re in the market, check out the Samsung SyncMaster SA550. The TechShift team and I definitely recommend it.
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