• Chris Rowlands
If you are in the market for a mobile phone upgrade, this is the list you are looking for:
SAMSUNG GALAXY S22 ULTRA
If you’re shopping for the best smartphone experience in 2022, the Samsung Galaxy Ultra S22 is top of the tree. Outstanding in all respects, it exceeded all expectations in the test.
Clad in armored aluminum and Gorilla Glass Victus Plus, it feels equal parts excellent and is durable in the hand.
The large 6.8-inch AMOLED display is great on the eyes, while the included S Pen is more responsive than ever.
The performance is similarly unparalleled. Whether you choose the Exynos or Snapdragon example, Ultra navigates through nearly every app, task, and game.
This silicon is complemented by a neural processing unit that gives the higher specification the S22 a lot of camera features to sum it up: from zoom clarity to color reproduction, it’s field class.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
At first glance, the latest iPhone does not change anything. On closer examination, it changes one: the notch. Now it’s a pill-shaped cutout called Dynamic Island, around which the UI adapts to show app-specific shortcuts.
If the app does not support it, it remains a black dot.
Otherwise, the Pro is an evolutionary iteration. You still get three wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto cameras, but the rear flash is brighter, the macro zoom has been boosted to 2x optical, and the main sensor has jumped to 48MP.
Still photos feel detailed and vibrant, while low-light shots are now even better. Up front, selfies are sharper, while the bright 6.1 screen is brighter at 2,000 nits. It can also be set to always on, showing a faint version of your lock screen.
As a package, the iPhone 14 Pro is great.
With the A16 bionic silicon running the show, nothing is going to bother him.
Add an industry-leading display and an impressive revamp of the camera and you’ve got the best smartphone.
GOOGLE PIXEL 7 PRO
The Pixel 7 Pro is a relatively minor upgrade over its predecessor, and it’s a Google-worthy flagship.
It matches the previous model on price, while simplifying the design, adding a faster CPU, and doubling the capabilities of the camera.
And by a few millimeters thin, it remains a large phone. Like the 6 Pro, it has a 6.7in Amoled screen, but the peak brightness has been boosted to 1,500 nits.
This makes your viewing experience more vivid, even if you can’t force adaptive refresh rates to 120Hz.
The 50MP main sensor is unchanged, but the telephoto now has 5x optical and 30x digital zoom, while a new autofocus setting allows ultra-wide action as a macro. Image quality is superb, with a wide dynamic range and satisfying detail.
The night scene is faster and sharper too.
ONEPLUS 10 PRO
OnePlus 10 Pro offers killer specs at a competitive price.
Putting aside the limitations of low-light photography, this is an all-round drawer top earphone.
Its all-over facade fits the modern mold, and is complemented by a tactile matte back. The screen itself is simply gorgeous, with dynamic refresh rates ranging from 1 to 120Hz.
A brand alert slider identifies it as a OnePlus phone, while the Hasselblad branding on the ceramic camera bump indicates the improved shooting modes. The results are great in good conditions, with Pro and 12-bit RAW+ options providing useful flexibility for serious hunters.
Performance is predictably great, while battery life has proven to be impressively frugal during our tests.
When an empty 5000mAh cell was run, an 80W SuperVooc refueling put it back in just over half an hour.
OPPO FIND X5 PRO
If you’re not worried about shooting subjects from afar, the Oppo Find X5 Pro has the chops that should challenge that coveted spot in your pocket.
From its powerful 6,7in screen to its powerful internal hardware, it does a lot to justify the large number on its ticket.
The high-spec Snapdragon silicon delivers power in spades, matched by stupidly fast 80W wired charging speeds.
And while it might be a fingerprint magnet, the way the ceramic casing seamlessly curves around the camera housing is a work of art.
In all but one respect, the camera’s performance is similarly great.
Whether you’re shooting in daylight or after dark, the main and ultra-wide angles capture bright, detailed, and well-balanced results.
The MariSilicon X neural processing chip is also improving things with the help of machine learning.
There is only one characteristic that prevents it from being perfect: the diminutive 2x optical zoom that the telephoto camera offers.
But if that’s not a deal breaker, this is a five-star smartphone.
Motorola EDGE 30 ULTRA
Cool hardware and effortless elegance combine in the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra to earn plenty of street cred for its maker.
From its premium finish to its impressive charging speeds of 125W, it has just about everything. A streamlined design raises it above more affordable Moto phones, while the 144Hz refresh rates make Oled’s powerful display among the smoothest out there.
It’s also a shooter, thanks to a 200MP main camera and a pixel-packed 60MP selfie camera. Not without limitations: the chassis is not waterproof and the storage is not expandable.
Zoom fans may also feel restricted to the 2x optical range. But the slim software and great multitasking modes do a lot to ease any minor grumbling. As an alternative to the usual big hitters, the Edge 30 Ultra offers just about everything you’d want from a high-end phone – just without the pricey asking price.
Apple iPhone 13 mini
A year after its release, the iPhone 13 Mini is the best small smartphone you can buy in 2022. It’s a small model with very few components, and it’s a pocket-sized phone with full fat performance.
Physically smaller than the iPhone SE (2022), it maximizes real estate with a rich, sharp, bright 5,4 in Oled filled frame.
The 12MP main camera delivers impressive results, backed by optical image stabilization.
And while screen refresh rates are set at 60Hz, the A15 bionic processor — the same chip inside the iPhone 14 — means iOS 15 runs fast.
Battery life is one of the few trade-offs, although it still outperformed the standard iPhone 12 in testing. With its new lower price, the i-Phone 13 Mini cements its position as the best smartphone with a smaller ratio.
*This is an edited version of an article that first appeared on www.stuff.tv