S22 vs Pixel 7
When it comes to Apple smartphone users, the iPhone is literally the only option on the market. But when it comes to Android users, there is a bevy of choices. And even though Android users have the luxury of choice, there are two particular smartphone manufacturers that reign supreme as far as flagship options are concerned: Samsung and Google. Of course, there are other emerging options like Nothing, RealMe, Oppo, and Asus to name a few. But Samsung has been owning the Android smartphone space for many years now. And Google is the company responsible for creating the Android operating system to begin with. It only makes sense that everyone expects Google to come up with a phone that is clearly a cut above the rest when it comes to merging hardware and software. So, all things considered, which is the best Android smartphone?
These days, people use their smartphones for a myriad of reasons. Most people use phones as communication devices to keep in touch with friends, family, and workmates. Other people use phones as content consumption and creation devices. There are also those who use phones for entertainment and gaming. This can cover a variety of games like first-shooters and puzzle games. Even gamblers can use phones to play on an online casino with real money. There are no limits to what phones can do these days. And for this article, we are going to look at the flagship devices that are being offered by Android’s top-tier brands: the Samsung Galaxy S22 and the Google Pixel 7.
Rundown of Specs
Samsung Galaxy S22
Starting Price: $799
Display Specs: 6.1-inch AMOLED (2340 x 1080) @ 48Hz – 120Hz
CPU: Snapdragon 8
Storage Options: 128GB, 256GB
Rear Camera Specs: 50MP wide (f/1.8); 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2); 10MP telephoto (f/2.4) with 3x optical zoom
Front Camera Specs: 10MP (f/2.2)
Battery Size: 3,700 mAh
Charging Speed: 25W Type-C
Size: 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches
Weight: 5.9 ounces
Color Options: Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold, Bora Purple
Google Pixel 7
Starting Price: $599
Display Specs: 6.4-inch OLED (2400 x 1080) @ 90Hz
CPU: Google Tensor G2 Chip
Storage Options: 128GB, 256GB
Rear Camera Specs: 50MP (f/1.85) main; 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide
Front Camera Specs: 10.8MP (f/2.2)
Battery Size: 4,355 mAh
Charging Speed: 30W Type-C
Size: 6.1 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches
Weight: 6.9 ounces
Color Options: Obsidian, Snow, Lemongrass
When it comes to the display, Samsung has always been the industry leader on that front. And that trend has carried over into this battle. The Galaxy S22 records more than 1,100 nits whereas the Google Pixel was struggling to eke out 900 nits of peak brightness. While this is a marginal advantage, the win still goes to Samsung.
While the hardware on the Samsung seems a lot more sophisticated, the battle isn’t simply about specs. Of course, the Samsung has the telephoto lens which certainly gives it the advantage with long-range shots as it’s able to capture more details across long distances. However, on the main rear photo, the Google Pixel’s camera paired with its machine learning software captures a clearer, more detailed, and more color-accurate photo.
On video-capture, both phones offer digital image stabilization and do a good job at steadying moving shots. The advantages of each phone’s camera can make this category a toss-up. But Google’s software just gives it a slightly better bump over the S22.
General Performance and Productivity
If you’re going on pure benchmark scores, it seems that the Galaxy S22’s Snapdragon 8 outperforms Google’s Tensor G2 chip on every front. But when it comes to real-life performance, the differences are negligible. Both chips are high-end computing devices that are more than capable of handling heavy tasks like video editing and gaming.
The Pixel has a faster-charging speed with 30W of power compared to the S22’s 25W. The Pixel is also optimized to have better battery life. Both phones are beautifully designed but Samsung offers more color options for consumers to choose from. Ultimately, these phones are very different in many ways, but they still rank up to be the best Android phones on the market.