There are over 10 major manufacturers in the smartphone market. Each of them works hard to find something that could be interesting to customers. With it, they want to win their hearts and earn money. For some OEMs, it’s the camera department; some goes for battery and charging speed; for the third, it’s experience.
During 2022, we covered a lot of news concerning various models. And here is what I think about the top smartphones of 2022. Of course, I will be providing reason for the selection. Apart from my own winner, the rest are in no particular order.
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My 2022 Best Phones
5. Redmi Note 12 Pro+
The Redmi Note series brings the best configuration for a concrete price range as it is considered a cost-effective lineup of handsets. This is the thing Xiaomi’s brand does business with. However, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is not on the list of the top smartphones of 2022 for this reason.
It’s the world’s first and only smartphone that comes with a 200MP camera and a 210W fast charging solution. And if we have some questions about its camera performance, the charging time is 9 minutes.
4. Oppo Find X5 Pro
The Oppo Find X5 Pro is a phenomenal phone by any measure. The 6.7in 10-bit 120Hz QHD+ panel is one of the best displays in any phone right now and Oppo backs it up with 80W wired and 50W wireless charging, a 5000mAh battery, and a top-tier camera that boasts 50Mp sensors on both the main and ultrawide lenses.
You’ll have to live without a periscopic zoom lens – the telephoto here is a measly 2x zoom – but results across all three rear lenses are exceptional. The design is unique too, thanks to a seamlessly sloped camera module built right into the ceramic of the phone’s body.
In terms of pure performance, the Find X5 Pro is also hard to beat, with all of the above, plus a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, 256GB storage and 12GB RAM.
3. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the ultimate Android phone for power users. It offers a built-in S Pen just like a Galaxy Note, and you get 70% less latency for smoother performance.
The 6.8-inch display of the handset is simply the best, offering class-leading brightness and color saturation, making this panel easy to read outdoors in direct sunlight and fantastic for watching shows and movies.
The other big reason to buy the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the camera improvements. There’s a larger main 108MP sensor that lets in more light, which means brighter pictures without having to use Night mode. And when you do engage Night mode, you’ll get even better pics in some scenarios than the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Add in faster 45W charging and a sleek design and you have a winner. We just wish the battery life were a bit longer. And keep in mind that the new Galaxy S23 Ultra is right around the corner.
2. iPhone 14 Pro Max
The iPhone 14 Pro Max is of course easy to anybody’s best phone. This is because it has everything you could want in a flagship. You get a stunning 6.7-inch display with new always-on capability, which lets you check the time, battery status, widgets and notifications without turning the phone on.
And the new Dynamic Island is a clever replacement for the notch that delivers everything from music playback status and timers to your next Maps direction towards the top of the screen.
Other highlights of the iPhone 14 Pro Max include a powerful A16 Bionic processor that smokes all Android phones and a powerful new 48MP camera that gives you the choice of brighter images or sharper resolution in ProRAW. See our ProRAW photo shoot to see the results. And the new Action Mode for video is super smooth and compelling. The best part is the battery life, which could keep it for over 13 hours, making this a total beast and worth the premium.
Winner: Google Pixel 7 Pro
I know many won’t be surprised at my pick for the winner. Google actually made a good and special phone this time around. The Pixel 6 series was close, but some hardware issues left it in the “maybe not” pile. Most issues have been fixed in the 2022 generation and here we are.
The smaller Pixel 7 would be here instead of the Pro had Google been kind enough to supply it with a telephoto camera and a 120Hz LTPO panel. This is a trend in the industry that bugs me – only large phones get the tele cameras and good screens – but I’ll spare you the rant.
The Google Pixel 7 Pro is built with a vision, which can’t be said of many brands. The Pixel series has its own distinct hardware look and timely Feature Drops routinely enable cool new features that keep the phones feeling fresh.
I’m not bothered by the fact that the Tensor G2 is slower than other 2022 flagships’ chipsets. To be honest, at one point I had forgotten what chipset there was in my personal phone – performance stopped mattering a while ago. Power efficiency has not, however, and Google and Samsung still have some work to do on that front.
AI is progressing at a stunning pace, I’ve played around with ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion and it feels like I’m in a sci-fi movie. This only makes me more excited about Google’s approach to building phones – mind over matter, software over hardware.
While these are my best pick, there amazing and even better smartphones than those listed above. This actually depends on your choice.