Best Samsung Galaxy F22 Review: Big-Battery, Budget Smartphone Not For Gamers

Samsung Galaxy F22: Samsung’s Galaxy F22 has a large battery and a Super AMOLED display with high refresh rates. But, there are many other options.

The Samsung F-series smartphone is very practical and offers a lot of battery life. It also seems to be affordable, with decent hardware.

Samsung Galaxy F22
Samsung Galaxy F22

After using the phone for over a week, however, I realized that it is not what the Samsung Galaxy F22 provides, but what it does. This makes it a budget smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy F22 Price in India and Variants

There are two options for the Samsung Galaxy F22. The base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is available at Rs 12,499 in India.

The second variant, with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, is priced at Rs 14,499.

Samsung Galaxy F22 design

The Galaxy F22 is a simple design that’s practical and functional. You can choose from Denim Black or Denim Blue.

The plastic body of the smartphone is complemented by a Gorilla Glass panel. The smartphone’s plastic unibody is matte in finish and has fine grooves at the back.

This provides excellent grip. The back panel and display glass are excellent at resisting fingerprints. It feels solid and secure, with no creaks.

The Galaxy F22’s 9.4mm thick and 203g-weight body makes it easy to hold despite its tallness.

The Galaxy F22 is comfortable enough to be used one-handed, which is quite remarkable for a smartphone that has a 6,000mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy F22 features a 6.4-inch display. It has a waterdrop-style top-notch and noticeable chin at its bottom.

It does look a little outdated, considering that most smartphones in this price range have hole-punch cutouts.

Because the ambient light sensor was placed in the notch, the display would dim randomly when I played landscape games. So I blocked it with my thumb.

The Game Booster app offers a handy toggle that disables auto-brightness adjustment during games.

Software and specifications for Samsung Galaxy F22

The MediaTek Helio G80 processor is used in the Galaxy F22. It was first announced in 2020.

The SoC includes two Cortex A75 cores that can clock at 2GHz and six Cortex A55 cores that can run at 1.8GHz.

You can choose between 4GB or 6GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB storage, and a MicroSD slot that allows for storage expansion of up to 1TB. You can connect to 4G/LTE, Bluetooth 5 and dual-band Wi-Fi ac.

The HD+ resolution (720×1600) and 90Hz refresh rate make the 6.4-inch display very attractive. Samsung has enabled the Always On Display (AOD), a feature that displays icons for notifications on Super AMOLED panels.

You can also access the FM Radio app to listen to local stations by plugging in your wired headphones.

There is a single speaker at the bottom of the phone and a 3.5mm headset jack at its top. The phone has a 6,000mAh battery and supports wired charging up to 25W.

Samsung’s One UI 3.1 software runs on the Galaxy F22, which is based upon Android 11. Samsung appears to have optimized its bloated One UI software to run well on the Galaxy F22’s 4GB RAM version.

There are still a few preinstalled Samsung apps you can’t get rid of. Despite all the apps installed, I was surprised to not see any promotional messages when using my phone.

Samsung Galaxy F22 performance & battery life

The software experience on the Galaxy F22 was enhanced by the use of a 90Hz refresh rate monitor.

It felt fluid when scrolling through long social media feeds or swiping between screens. Although the HD+ resolution is lower than the full-HD+ panels at the same price, the panel’s vibrant colours and deep blacks are noticeable when streaming movies or playing games.

Netflix did not recognize Widevine L3 support. This allowed for SD quality playback. Some content looked less sharp than it did on other smartphones that support Widevine L1 with HD resolution.

The device’s usage experience was good, but the benchmark tests that we conducted revealed a lower performance than the average for its price.

The Samsung Galaxy F22 scored 1,613,369 in AnTuTu. While the Realme Narzo 30, scored 3,56,846. Geekbench also revealed performance differences between the phones.

The Galaxy F22 scored 372 and 1,313 respectively in single-core and multi-core tests. Realme Narzo 30 scored 532 points and 1,700 respectively.

Gaming was average at best. The smartphone became very hot when playing games such as Asphalt 9: Legends and Call of Duty: Mobile. Call of Duty Mobile had many skipped frames when running at default settings (Medium graphics and frame rates).

Asphalt 9: Legends also dropped frames and stutter during gameplay. This smartphone is not designed for 3D gaming, but it is well-suited for casual games.

Although the 6,000mAh battery can charge at 25W, Samsung includes only a 15W charger. The Galaxy F22 took 2 hours 41 minutes to charge from a dead battery to full charge.

Samsung’s software optimizations have proven to be effective in extending the battery’s life. The phone lasted 29 hours and 35 mins in our HD video loop test. The phone lasted for two days with regular use.

This included frequent use of social media apps, gaming, video streaming and taking photos. The display’s refresh rate was 90Hz, which I tested. Changing it to 60Hz would have added hours.

Samsung Galaxy F22 cameras

The Samsung Galaxy F22 has a quad-camera setup in the back. It includes a 48-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera.

A 2-megapixel macro camera is used for depth, while the Portrait mode is active. The display notch houses a 13-megapixel camera that takes selfies. The camera interface is simple to use, with easy access and customization of controls.

Photos taken with the primary camera in daylight were clean and showed good detail.

Although the colours were saturated, they did not appear too different to the actual scene.

The photos taken with the ultra-wide-angle camera were not as detailed as those made with the primary camera. They looked okay, with some purple fringing and some blurred highlights in brighter areas.

Portrait mode was used for daytime selfies. However, the results were a little blurry with brightly lit backgrounds becoming overexposed.

The same problems were evident when I used the Portrait mode with my rear camera. The camera was able to detect edges and shave my hair when necessary.

Although macro photos were acceptable in detail, they weren’t sharp enough for usability.

The low-light performance of the camera was poor, as expected. The primary camera had a slow time locking focus, and images showed a lot of noise in dark areas.

Although Night mode made such photos brighter by making them more vibrant, textures and details got worse and some photos looked very blotchy.

Low light was a problem for the ultra-wide-angle camera. It produced blurry photos and was unusable with Night mode.

Samsung Galaxy F22
Samsung Galaxy F22

Low light results in selfies that have noticeable noise, low detail and dull colours. Night mode could produce better colours, but not enough to fix the noise.

The rear and front cameras recorded video at 1080p 30fps. The video taken in daylight with the front camera was somewhat shaky. Backgrounds were also overexposed.

However, there was good detail in foreground subjects. The rear camera captured 1080p video at 30fps with excellent stabilisation and detail. You can also record 1080p video with the ultra-wide-angle camera.

These clips show decent stabilization and passable detail. However, the brighter areas of the scene are overexposed.

Low-light footage was not without its limitations. However, it was still usable as long as there was enough ambient light. Videos that were taken at night with the ultra-wide-angle camera resulted in very dull videos.

Verdict

I used the Samsung Galaxy F22 for about a week and found it to be a decent smartphone budget for basic needs. However, there are some flaws.

The Super AMOLED display has a bright 90Hz refresh rate and is great for viewing videos. It also enhances the user experience. For those who don’t want to compromise on battery life, there is the 6,000mAh battery.

If you look closely at the competition, however, you will see that other companies offer more than you do, not only in terms of specs but also in terms of convenience.

The Super AMOLED display doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get sharp-looking video.

You can only use SD content for OTT applications. Although the battery life is excellent, it takes over two hours for the mega 6,000mAh to fully charge using the included 15W charger.

These compromises might not be for everyone, but the Realme Narzo 30 Review offers good battery life, an HD+ display with HD content streaming support and faster charging with the included 30W charger.

Redmi Note 10 (Review) by Xiaomi offers 33W charging, full HD+ Super AMOLED displays, and stereo speakers for Rs 500.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy M32 Review

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