Samsung Galaxy A22 Smartphone Review (SM-A225F / DSN)

Table of Contents

Delivery set

  • Smartphone
  • Charger (15W)
  • USB Type C cable
  • Clip for SIM tray
  • Instructions

Specifications

Dimensions and weight159.3 x 73.6 x 8.4 mm, 186 grams
Body materialsPlastic (Glastic)
Display6.4 inches, 720×1600 pixels (20: 9), 90 Hz, SuperAMOLED, 274 ppi, automatic brightness control (up to 600 nits), AlwaysOn Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating systemGoogle Android 11.0, OneUI 3.1
PlatformMediaTek Helio G80 (12 nm technology), two Cortex A75 cores up to 2 GHz, 6 Cortex A55 cores up to 1.8 GHz, Mali G52 MC2
Memory4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM (49 GB free), microSD memory card up to 1 TB 4/128, 6/128 GB eMMC 5.1 option
Wireless interfacesWi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
Network2G: 850/900/1800/1900
3G: 850/900/1900/2100
4G: B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B20 / B28;
4G TDD LTE B38/B40/B41
Dual SIM, nanoSIM (not combo slot)
NavigationGPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo
Sensors and connectorsUSB Type C (USB 2.0), OTG
Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic Sensor
Side fingerprint sensor
Face unlock
Main camera48 (f / 1.8) + 2 MP (f / 2.4, depth-of-field sensor) + 8 MP (f / 2.2, wide-angle) + 2 MP (f / 2.4 – macro without autofocus), LED flash, FullHD electronic video stabilization
Front-camera13 MP (f / 2.2), bokeh effect, various additional effects, no autofocus
BatteryLi-Ion 5000 mAh, talk time up to 38 hours, video playback up to 29 hours, LTE battery life up to 24 hours
Degree of protectionNo
ColorsMint, black, white
SoundFM radio
Payment systemGoogle Pay
SARHead SAR: 0.516 W / kg
Body SAR: 1.59 W / kg (European Test Method)

Positioning

In the upper part of the budget segment, which can already be safely described as a range of 15-20 thousand rubles, we, on the one hand, have a huge number of different models, on the other hand, the problem is that each manufacturer is trying to save on something, to squeeze into tight price ranges. Especially today, when we see a shortage of components and constantly rising prices.

For example, in the Galaxy A22s, in theory, there should have been improved characteristics, for example, the screen resolution should have increased. And it happened, but instead of an OLED display, we see a TFT matrix, and this is a sad moment. In fact, the A22 is becoming an HD model, but with a 90Hz AMOLED screen, which you can get for minimal money. And it is possible that this is a worthwhile offer for many users who are not chasing the very best characteristics, use a smartphone for calls, communication on the network, and to a lesser extent for other entertainment. And also a low resolution is converted into a longer run time, which is easy to explain. In its class, this is one of the most tenacious devices. Let’s take a look at the device and what it has to offer the buyer.

Design, dimensions, controls

The model in Russia is presented in three colors.

Please note that the back has a pattern, it plays in the sun (this is true for a black device). Plastic easily collects handprints, gets dirty, such a device needs to be wiped more often than a regular model or matte A32, the latter is much more practical.

The dimensions of the device are 159.3 x 73.6 x 8.4 mm, the weight is 186 grams. It fits well in the hand, there are no problems with ergonomics. The screen is flat, which is typical for this segment. On the right side there is a fingerprint sensor, it reacts well and correctly to touch.

There is also face unlock and it works great. It is important to note here that both accelerated and conventional recognition are used, the second cannot be deceived with a photo or video. For Samsung Pay, only a fingerprint is used as authorization, so there are no problems either.

On the right side there is a paired volume key and an on / off button (built into the fingerprint sensor). On the opposite side, you can see a slot for two nanoSIM cards and a microSD memory card. The slot is not combo, so you are not limited by anything.

At the bottom there is a loudspeaker output, the main microphone (the second one on the top), and a 3.5 mm jack. The loudspeaker on the bottom end sounds good, it is heard well in different conditions.

The presence of two microphones and a noise canceling system in a street, club and other loud places is simply irreplaceable, the device does its job well here.

The bottom line is the excellent build quality, pleasant material and the fact that the model looks more expensive than it really is. I would like to have protection against water, but it is not in the device, just as it is absent from most direct competitors. Also, for obvious reasons, there is no front LED, there was simply no room for it.

Display

The technical characteristics of the screen are as follows – 6.4 inches, 720×1600 pixels (20: 9), 90 Hz, SuperAMOLED, 274 ppi, automatic brightness control (up to 600 nits), AlwaysOn Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The camera is not built into the screen, this is a cutout in German

The device has AlwaysOn Display, which allows you to see a clock or a screensaver on the screen, notification icons and quickly switch to applications.

The screen received support for 90 Hz, which is nice in the aspect of the interface. But the graphics system has microlagging, so this option is often leveled.

The screen settings are typical, you can change the color settings.

The screen remains readable in the sun, the brightness is sufficient for any work. The diagonal of the screen is ideal for watching videos, viewing photos, reading texts. This is a versatile smartphone, and the fact that it has such a good display sets it apart from all the competition. The presence of AMOLED is a huge plus for this segment.

Battery

The smartphone has a built-in 5000 mAh Li-Ion battery, it supports fast charging, and it comes with a 15W charger. There is no wireless charging, but this is normal for this segment.

The officially declared battery performance parameters coincide with what we received in the tests:

  • Video playback time at maximum brightness – up to 29 hours;
  • Audio playback – up to 97 hours;
  • Internet browsing via Wi-Fi – up to 25 hours, LTE – up to 24 hours;
  • Talk time in 4G – up to 38 hours.

In everyday life, this device works for about two days with automatic adjustment of the backlight brightness (the algorithm adjusts to you, and it is not aggressive at all, the brightness is always comfortable). In this case, the operating time of the screen is about 8-9 hours.

The full charging time of the battery is about 75-80 minutes.

Memory, chipset, performance

Samsung used the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset (12 nm technology), it has two Cortex A75 cores with a frequency of up to 2 GHz, 6 Cortex A55 cores with a frequency of up to 1.8 GHz, graphics Mali G52 MC2. There are no achievements in synthetic tests, look at the results.

Memory cards are supported up to 1 TB.

In terms of performance, the Galaxy A22 is last year’s model, which looks sad, since progress in this area is necessary.

Communication capabilities

In the Galaxy A22, dual-band Wi-Fi, which is already a big plus, is supported by VHT80, which provides good data transfer speeds. Unlike older models, ANT + is not supported. But the set of frequencies for LTE is noticeably less than that of the same A51.

Bluetooth 5.0 version, NFC (Google Pay) is present, everything works just fine.

From the point of view of navigation, everything is also very good (GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / Beidou), a cold start on city streets takes 2-3 seconds, the navigation accuracy is excellent, no complaints.

Camera

The camera interface is familiar to other Samsung models, there are no discoveries here. There are Pro mode, AR Emoji and other effects.

Front camera 13 MP (f / 2.2), bokeh effect, various additional effects, no autofocus. Look at an example of a snapshot, everything is familiar here and at the level of other models.

The main camera module consists of four lenses.

Let’s look at examples of photos and videos, they are incomparable with flagships, but in their price segment everything is not bad, this is a typical quality for models of this level.

Software – features

The model is originally based on Android 11 and OneUI 3, that is, this is the latest version of the interface, which can literally be called one of the best in terms of flexibility of settings and capabilities, and in other aspects.

A few words about the multimedia capabilities of the device. It has a built-in radio with the ability to record programs. The headphones act as an antenna.

Standard applications are represented by a calculator, file manager, voice recorder and other applications that are necessary for comfortable work out of the box.

Unlike the older models, there are no Bixby scripts here, this is clearly a marketing division into older and younger models. The function is cool, and the fact that it is software and is removed from the junior device does not please, the situation is repeated last year.

Impressions

There are no complaints about the quality of voice transmission during a call, this device works well. The power of the vibration alert is average.

The basic version of this model costs 17,990 rubles (4/128 GB), let’s take a look at what you can find on the market for this money. For example, you can choose realme Narzo 50A (4/64 GB), it has a TFT screen, but other characteristics plus or minus are comparable or better (for example, a 6000 mAh battery, which is leveled by the screen). The price is less than a thousand.

The price of this smartphone from the old memory can be perceived as quite high, but the market is confused. For example, the same Galaxy A51 has practically disappeared from sale, it cannot be found. Cause? Deficiency. And now we can say that Samsung’s models have automatically become more attractive, as their prices have not increased. In its segment, this device gives exactly as much as you can expect.


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