Apple recently revealed the latest additions to its flagship smartphone lineup with iPhone 14iPhone 14 Plus iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. But, how does the premium model compare to Samsung’s high-end model Galaxy S22 Ultra?
We have put together this guide to explain exactly how the iPhone 14 Pro stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra regardless of their different operating systems. Read on to discover all the notable differences between the two premium smartphones.
iPhone 14 Pro has an innovative way to make class productive
Dynamic Island is one of the most interesting new features of the iPhone 14 Pro. Not only has Apple finally given up on the Pro, but it has managed to integrate the remaining set of sensors into the operating system by displaying notifications from certain apps and incoming calls.
Meanwhile, the S22 Ultra has a smaller but less smooth camera with a punch-hole in the middle of the screen.
The Ultra has a larger 6.8-inch screen compared to the 6.1-inch Pro screen (for a larger iPhone, you’ll have to look at the 14 Plus or 14 Pro Max). Other than that, both phones feature always-on displays and 120Hz refresh rates.
The S22 Ultra has an additional camera sensor
The iPhone 14 Pro camera consists of a 48-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor. There are low-light improvements across all three sensors, support for 4K video at 60 fps, and 4K cinematic mode at up to 24 fps.
Meanwhile, the S22 Ultra features four camera sensors. This includes a 108MP wide angle sensor, a 12MP wide angle sensor, and two 10MP zoom sensors. There is also support for 8K video at 24 fps or 4K video at 60 fps.
We were particularly impressed with the Ultra’s zoom capabilities in our review and found that the main sensor captured rich, vibrant images, although at times details looked a bit too sharp.
You’ll have to wait for our iPhone 14 Pro review to hear how the two cameras compare with real-world use.
iPhone 14 Pro has some unique security features
Apple announced two new safety features on the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch 8 that you won’t find on the S22 Ultra – Emergency SOS via satellite and vehicle collision detection.
SOS Emergency now supports satellite frequencies, allowing users to send a message to emergency services and share their location on Find My when they are outside cellular and Wi-Fi range in the US and Canada. However, this feature is only free for the first two years.
Meanwhile, Car Accident Detection will automatically detect if you’ve been in a car accident and call emergency services and emergency contacts with your location if you don’t dismiss the feature after a 10-second countdown. This feature requires two new motion sensors, so it’s unlikely that Samsung will be able to offer the same feature to the S22 Ultra with a simple software update.
Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with an S Pen
If you’re the kind of person who draws or takes notes when you’re out and about, the S22 Ultra might appeal more to the iPhone thanks to the inclusion of the S Pen.
The S22 Ultra has essentially replaced the Galaxy Note in Samsung’s lineup and you no longer need to pay extra to get the stylus with the phone. It now comes integrated with its own slot so you can always keep your pen handy.
Galaxy S22 Ultra keeps the physical SIM tray
One of the surprising changes Apple introduced with the iPhone 14 was the removal of the SIM card tray.
From this year, users will need to pair their iPhones with an eSIM instead of a physical SIM. This change was made in the US only and only applies to the iPhone 14 series, so UK users don’t need to worry about switching to an eSIM at this point.
Galaxy phones still have their own SIM cards at this point, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see other manufacturers, like Samsung, follow suit in the future as the eSIM appears to be the way forward.
The operating system
First revision date
electronic identification number level
United Kingdom RRP
Retail Price AUD
iPhone 14 Pro
A16 Bionic chip
Space black, silver, gold, deep purple
2556 x 460
12MP real depth
48 MP Primary, 12 MP Ultrawide, 12 MP 2x Telephoto, 12 MP 3x Telephoto
71.5 x 7.85 x 147.5 mm
1749 Australian dollars
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Burgundy, grey, black, white
Android 12, OneUI 4.1
1440 x 3080
108 mega pixels
77.9 x 8.9 x 163.3 mm