Day in the Life: Galaxy S22 Ultra

Over the past month or so, I’ve had a lot to say about the state of Android tablets, flagship phones, and what the ecosystem looks like at this point in time. Most recently, I explained my reasoning behind why I ended up picking up the Galaxy S22 Ultra even after I originally canceled my pre-order. Much of that decision rested on the disappointment I found when the OnePlus 10 Pro was finally released here in the US

Similar to my Tab S8 Ultra, I wanted to take a look at how well the Galaxy S22 Ultra performed in day-to-day life, as opposed to just a standard “review.” So buckle, up because it’s definitely a bumpy ride.

What I like about the Galaxy S22 Ultra

Galaxy S22 Ultra Green with S Pen on table

(Image credit: Android Central / Andrew Myrick)

One of the primary reasons I upgraded from the Galaxy Z Fold 2 to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 was because of S Pen support. But before that, I have always been a big fan of the Galaxy Note lineup (RIP) because of the included S Pen. And while I did own the Galaxy S21 Ultra for a short period of time, there were too many times when I would want to use the S Pen only to not have it with me. So it was only natural for me to want to go back to having it with me all the time. And as you might expect, it hasn’t disappointed.

It’s not that I sit with the S22 Ultra next to me on a desk and take hand-written notes all day long, as that’s what my actual notebook is for. But those times when I have an idea that comes to mind, or my wife asks me to remember to do something, I can just take the S Pen out, jot down what I need to remember, and go from there. It’s just a quality of life thing that makes me happy to have, and I’m sure that many others feel the same, my wife included with her own S22 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Display Android Central Website

(Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)

What stood out to me the most in my time with one of the year’s best phones has nothing to do with software features or even the improved camera system. It’s all about the design and the display. Even with its massive 6.8-inch display, the rounded edges make the Galaxy S22 Ultra MUCH more comfortable to hold and use daily, especially compared to my iPhone 13 Pro Max with its 6.7-inch screen size. The difference is in the details, and Apple’s hard-cut edges just don’t make for a very enjoyable experience, regardless of whether you’re picking up the phone to reply to a message or to sit back and doom-scroll through Twitter or Reddit.

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