The Motorola Edge+ (2022) and Galaxy S22+ are two Android flagships with $999 price tags. Which one is the best device? Let's take a look and see.By Joe MaringPublishedShareTweetEmail
TheMotorolaEdge+ (2022) and Samsung Galaxy S22+ are two of the year's biggest and most expensive smartphones — but there's a clear choice for which one most people should buy. Flagship phones today are better than ever. They're pricey, sure, but they also usually have the chops to back them up. From bleeding-edge processors, continually improving cameras, faster charging technology, and a whole lot more, it's kind of ridiculous how powerful flagship smartphones have become.
Two examples of this are the Edge+ (2022) and Galaxy S22+. These are two of the best phones from Motorola and Samsung, respectively. They have big specs, promising features, and share the same $999 starting price. While both phones look solid on paper, one of them proves to be an easier recommendation for most shoppers. Let's take a closer look.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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Starting with the display, this is an area where the Motorola Edge+ and Galaxy S22+ each have a lot to offer. The Edge+ touts a 6.7-inch OLED display, 2400 x 1080 resolution, and a 144Hz refresh rate. The S22+ has a 6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, 2340 x 1080 resolution, and a 120Hz refresh rate. There's honestly not much to complain about with either screen. Each one is big, vibrant, sharp, and buttery smooth. Samsung phones traditionally have the punchiest colors and most impressive brightness levels, but you'll be hard-pressed to be disappointed with either one. The phones also have similar designs — including frosted glass backs and a rear camera housing in the top left corner. That said, Samsung's design is a bit more polished. The flat edges and contour-cut camera design for the S22+ are both stunning and more original than the somewhat generic aesthetic of the Motorola Edge+. Samsung also hides the S22+'s fingerprint sensor underneath the display, whereas the Edge+ integrates it into the power button on the right frame.
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Things really shift in Samsung's favor when it comes to the cameras. While both phones appear to have triple-camera systems, the Edge+ is a bit deceiving here. Alongside its 50MP primary and 50MP ultra-wide cameras, the third sensor is a 2MP depth camera. It's supposed to add additional depth data for better portrait photos, but as is often the case with other phones, the effect is usually negligible at best. By comparison, the S22+ feels more complete. It has a 50MP primary camera, 10MP telephoto camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. This lends the S22+ quite a few benefits. Its ultra-wide camera has a wider field-of-view than the Edge+, and the telephoto camera makes zooming qualitysignificantlybetter. On top of all that, Samsung's image processing is miles ahead of Motorola's. The Edge+ (2022) appears to have one of Motorola's better camera systems, but the Galaxy S22+ remains the superior choice for serious shutterbugs. Whether you're taking Instagram pics of your coffee or trying to compose an excellent shot of the night sky, the S22+ has you covered.
Taking a look inside the phones, the Motorola Edge+ starts to regain some ground. The Edge+ and Galaxy S22+ are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. This is the fastest mobile chip Qualcomm makes in 2022, meaning both phones have ample horsepower for any apps/games you throw at them. The Edge+ and S22+ also come with options for 8 or 12GB of RAM, along with up to 512GB of internal storage. The battery situation is also pretty similar across the board. The Motorola Edge+ has a 4800 mAh battery, 30W wired charging, and 15W wireless charging. The Galaxy S22+ has a 4500 mAh battery, 45W wired charging, and the same 15W wireless charging. An extra 15W of charging speed is nothing to scoff at, but what's interesting is that the Edge+ comes with an included 30W charger in the box while the S22+ doesn't have one at all.
Unfortunately for Motorola, the Galaxy S22+ has one more trick hiding up its sleeve: software support. The Edge+ has one of the weakest update policies for a flagship smartphone. Motorola promises just two major Android updates and three years of security patches. By comparison, the Galaxy S22+ gets four years of Android updates and five years of security patches. If you're spending nearly $1000 on a smartphone, you should get one that won't be outdated two years down the road. When you add that together with the Galaxy S22+'s better cameras, nicer display, more refined design, and faster charging, it's difficult to recommend buying the Motorola Edge+. The Edge+ (2022) is a valiant attempt fromMotorola to get back into the flagship race, but unfortunately for the company, the SamsungGalaxy S22+edges it out in more ways than one.
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Joe has been actively writing and talking about consumer tech since 2012. His biggest passion lies with smartphones, but he's happy to talk your ear off about just about anything with a CPU. He lives in Kalamazoo, MI with hiswife, two cats, and pit bull/boxer mix.