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Samsung Galaxy F22 review: Best budget smartphone 

When it comes to features, Samsung’s F-series smartphones are quite promising. It has everything at a reasonable price. We’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy F22 for a while now, and this is our long-term review. The phone costs Rs 11,999. It has a 90Hz HD+ SAMOLED display, a large 6,000mAh battery, and a 48-megapixel quad camera setup. Let’s look at if the smartphone is worth picking up?  

Samsung Galaxy F22 Review: Design and Display 

The Samsung Galaxy F22 has a simple design that includes a plastic back and curved edges. Denim Blue and Denim Black are the available colours. For the review, we have the former shade. The back panel has a textured finish with horizontal stripes, which provides a good grip but does not give the phone a very premium appearance.

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Samsung Galaxy F22 Review

The phone weighs 203gms and has a heavy feel to it. The buttons on the side could have been placed better. The fingerprint scanner is set a little higher than we would like, making it difficult to reach with one hand. As a result, the volume rocker placement is further away, requiring you to stretch your thumb to reach both buttons. 

Samsung Galaxy F22 long term review

Samsung Galaxy F22 long term review

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Samsung Galaxy F22 long term review

Samsung Galaxy F22 long term review

On the other side of the frame, there is a SIM tray, as well as a microSD card slot for storage expansion. A 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type C port, and a downward-firing speaker are located on the bottom of the device. 

Samsung Galaxy F22 review

The Samsung Galaxy F22 also has a 6.4-inch HD+ SAMOLED Infinity-U display. The screen has a resolution of 700×1,600 pixels, a refresh rate of 90Hz, and a brightness of 600 nits. The Galaxy M32, which has a similar SAMOLED display, was recently reviewed by us. The contrast level is excellent, with saturated colours and sufficient brightness when used both indoors and outdoors. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 safeguards the display from scratches and breakage. 

Because the screen only supports HD viewing, the sharpness is slightly diminished when compared to other phones. The touch response on this phone is poor but it does have a 90Hz refresh rate, which aids in making the interface smooth and fluid. 

Samsung Galaxy F22 Review: Performance and Cameras 

In terms of performance, the Samsung Galaxy F22 is powered by a 12nm octa-core MediaTek Helio G80 SoC. The device is available in two configurations: 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. The fact is that the company includes this chipset in all of its mid-range smartphones. To be honest, we’re not thrilled with the chipset’s performance, but it’s not terrible either for the price bracket. 

The processor is capable of handling day-to-day tasks well, particularly when combined with Samsung’s UI. The phone comes with Samsung’s UI on top of Android 11. The UI is similar to that of other Samsung handsets, but it does come with pre-installed apps, many of which can be uninstalled immediately to make room for other apps. 

The phone handles lighter applications nicely and performs well too when multitasking. The handset is fine-tuned to keep apps in memory for a longer period of time. Gaming, on the other hand, is only adequate given the price tag. Call of Duty is playable at medium to high graphics and decent framerate settings. After about 30 minutes of gameplay, the phone gets a little warm, which most in the category do. 

Samsung Galaxy F22 long term review

In terms of cameras, the Samsung Galaxy F22 features a quadruple rear camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary sensor. There is also an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. A 13-megapixel camera sensor is located on the front of the device for selfies and videography. 

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The camera specifications are comparable to those of the Galaxy M32. The images from the F22 come out softer at times, but not bad. The colour reproduction on both phones is identical, but we believe the F22 has a better dynamic range and contrast.

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While the ultra-wide photos are only sufficiently accurate, they can be used when necessary. The ultra-wide images come out a bit dark, but considering the price, we have no complaints. 

Samsung Galaxy F22 camera samples
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Samsung Galaxy F22 camera samples

We were astounded by the portrait results. They were superior to the Galaxy M32. The background separation and colour appear natural and pleasing, while the subject’s skin tone appears smooth and pinkish in tint. 

Samsung Galaxy F22 camera samples

The nighttime images are surprisingly good, despite our disappointment with the M32 in this regard. 

The selfies appear softer, but we prefer the ones taken by M32. Why you ask? The selfies on the Galaxy F22 are soft and have slightly dull colours. So, in one department the F22 wins and in the other the M32.

The Samsung Galaxy M32 is powered by a 6,000mAh battery. It easily lasts for days when multitasking, watching videos, gaming, browsing the web, and scrolling through social media feeds. However, you only get a 15W charger, which takes a long time to charge the device. Instead, we recommend, a 25W charger should be purchased separately for faster charging. 

Verdict

When we consider the phone’s price (Rs 11,999), we are quite pleased with its performance. The Samsung Galaxy F22, is best suited for light gaming, but the likes of demanding games such as Call of Duty can be played too. This, in our opinion, is the best budget smartphone available on the market right now.

Pros

Long battery life

Vibrant display

Clean UI

90Hz refresh rate support

Cons

Slow charging

Dull Selfies

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Komila Singhhttp://www.gadgetbridge.com
Komila is one of the most spirited tech writers at Gadget Bridge. Always up for a new challenge, she is an expert at dissecting technology and getting to its core. She loves to tinker with new mobile phones, tablets and headphones.

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