Apple recently unveiled the latest additions to its flagship smartphone lineup. iPhone 14iphone 14 plus, iphone 14 pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. But how does a premium model compare to Samsung’s own high-end model? Galaxy S22 Ultra?
We put together this guide to understand how the iPhone 14 Pro fits in with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, apart from their different operating systems. Read on to find out all the outstanding differences between the two premium smartphones.
The iPhone 14 Pro has an innovative way to make the notch productive.
One of the most interesting new features of the iPhone 14 Pro is Dynamic Island. Not only has Apple finally ditched the notch on the Pro, but it has also managed to integrate the remaining group of sensors into the OS, displaying notifications from specific apps and incoming calls.
The S22 Ultra, meanwhile, has a smaller, but less seamless, punch-hole camera at the top of the screen.
The Ultra has a larger 6.8-inch display compared to the Pro’s 6.1-inch screen (for a larger iPhone, you’ll have to look for the 14 Plus or 14 Pro Max). Otherwise, both phones feature always-on displays and 120Hz refresh rates.
S22 Ultra has an additional camera sensor
The iPhone 14 Pro’s camera is made up of a 48MP wide-angle sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 12MP telephoto lens. Low light improvements for all three sensors and support for 4K video at 60fps and 4K cinematic mode at up to 24fps.
The S22 Ultra, meanwhile, is equipped with four camera sensors. This includes a 108MP wide-angle sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and two 10MP telephoto lenses. There’s also support for 8K video at 24fps or 4K at 60fps.
We were particularly impressed with the Ultra’s zoom capabilities in our review, and found the main sensor to capture rich and vibrant images, although details were a little too sharp at times.
You’ll have to wait for our iPhone 14 Pro review to find out how the two cameras compare to actual use.
The iPhone 14 Pro has several unique security features.
Apple has announced two new safety features on the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch 8 lines that aren’t on the S22 Ultra – Emergency SOS via satellite and car accident detection.
Emergency SOS now supports satellite frequencies, allowing users to send messages to emergency services and share their location on Find My when they are out of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage in the US and Canada. However, this feature is only free for the first two years.
Car Crash Detection, meanwhile, will automatically detect if you’ve been in a car accident and will contact emergency services and emergency contacts with your location unless you disable the feature after a 10-second countdown. This feature requires two new motion sensors, so it’s unlikely that Samsung will be able to bring the same feature to the S22 Ultra with a simple software update.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with an S Pen.
If you’re into sketching or taking notes when you’re out and about, the S22 Ultra might be more to your liking than the iPhone thanks to the S Pen.
The S22 Ultra has essentially taken the place of the Galaxy Note in Samsung’s lineup, and you no longer need to pay extra to get a stylus with the phone. Now it has a built-in slot, so that the pen will always be at hand.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra retains its physical SIM tray.
One of the unexpected changes that Apple introduced with the iPhone 14 was the removal of the SIM tray.
Starting this year, users will need to pair their iPhones with an eSIM rather than a physical SIM. This change was only made in the US and only applies to the iPhone 14 series, so users in the UK don’t have to worry about switching to eSIM for now.
For now, Galaxy phones still have their SIM trays, but we wouldn’t be surprised if other manufacturers like Samsung follow suit in the future, as eSIM seems to be the way forward.
Suggested retail price in Australian dollars
Date of first revision
iphone 14 pro
1399 Canadian dollars
1749 Australian dollars
48 MP main, 12 MP ultra wide, 12 MP 2x telephoto, 12 MP 3x telephoto
12MP True Depth
71.5 x 7.85 x 147.5mm
2556 x 460
Bionic chip A16
Space black, silver, gold, deep purple
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
77.9 x 8.9 x 163.3mm
Android 12, OneUI 4.1
1440 x 3080
Burgundy, Gree, Black, White