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Slightly different subject... who is tempted by the S22 but deciding to NOT upgrade from their current smartphone...and why ?

(Topic created on: 18-02-2022 04:20 PM)
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Having watched the Galaxy unpacked event last week and also watching many of the early video reviews online, there are lots of incremental changes that have been made with the S22 Ultra. 

A few of the improvements that interest me are with the camera improvements, a better performance from the new processor, the new reported improvements in the heat management, along with the note style s-pen silo.  I have not been a fan of the Galaxy note shape in the past, but it is growing on me. 

However, last year i bought the pre-order of the S21 ultra... the top end model with the 512GB / 16GB options was quite an investment at £1329 retail price.  After the initial few months of instability and minor issues, I have grown to really like this phone, and right now it works pretty much without fault.   

I am a person that likes to own the latest tech, and it is a hard decision for me to have decided NOT to part with my S21U and upgrade !  With my current phone already being a top spec I believe the improvements probably don't justify my trade in and replacement for the newest and greatest S22U.  

Here is my own list of why i likely won't be upgrading:

  • The S21U comes with 16GB of RAM... it seems the S22U has been lowered to 12GB.  This is seriously not a problem and last years model did not have a need for 16GB RAM option... even my full gaming PC has only 16GB !  I honestly think 16GB was a tad overkill last year !   However the S22 has not improved on my current phone memory. 
  • In a year, I haven't even got close to using all of my 512GB memory on my device ... and a 1TB option in the S22U is likely never going to be needed for my use (although I expect for some users it will be useful and used significantly more. 
  • The camera of the S21U in my opinion has got better and better.  It started off a little unstable, but after a few months all aspects have been improved... the only downside being low light which has been well documented (and it is still better than most phones in these dark situations).  I expect the S22U camera to be a lot more amazing, but this is not enough to justify my upgrade costs.  
  • I have never owned a Note series phone and with the S21U last year, i decided to buy the S pen and case.  I have started to use the S-Pen for many noteworthy tasks and I find it useful, especially for editing photos and videos etc...writing notes during a business meeting etc... and I also like the larger size of the pen that is used with the S21U... with the note S-pen always feeling a little small to my hands. 
  • The WQHD+ screen and design of the S21U is already gorgeous... and whilst I think the S22U looks fantastic (i would have definitely gone for green :smiling-face: ) again i don't think it is enough to change from my already great phone. 
  • Lastly, a sweetener last year was the Buds Pro.  These are awesome... I use them all the time for calls, video and music... sometimes with one bud for a quick phone call ...sometimes with two for music etc.  They also do a good job of noise cancelling in the office and I can just use these seamlessly.  The fact I already have a pair of these awesome buds means that to be given a free pair of the same gift just doesn't seem worthwhile.

So I am going to stick with my S21U...for the meantime at least :smiling-face:   If you have the same dilemma, let me know your justifications of why you are sticking with your current phone ?

For those that don't already own an S21U from last year and can benefit the buds pro promotion, this phone would be an amazing purchase. 

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Rajsahab
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Well I am thinking of getting S22 ultra because I have been using my galaxy s10 plus for over two years and still have no problems with the it,only one question why samsung putting their home grown chips in European version while their home country and Asian version have snapdragon chp. This issue is making me think a bit more about upgrading to S22 ultra
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Would love the S22 Ultra but my S21 Ultra is pretty much perfect so wouldn't be able to justify the cost.
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As someone who owns the s21 Ultra, I couldn't agree more with your reasons to stick with it and not upgrade. - Maybe next year!
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@Rajsahab Before my S21U i also had an S10 plus... and that was also a great phone in its time.  The upgrade to the S21 ultra last year was a massive jump in it's performance and photography. 

I am sure if you upgrade from the S10 to the S22 ultra you will not regret it.

 

This whole debate between Qualcomm Snapdragon and Samsung Exynos is a conversation that happens during every year release.   Don't always believe that the information in reviews and youtube is entirely accurate !  

For info, a lot of this is based upon benchmarks that are not often representative of normal usage.  For my S21U last year, it was reported the Snapdragon 888 was massively better than the Exynos 2100...but in reality you would have to be constantly performing benchmarks before you even noticed any difference.  Both models have turned out to be great. 

Just be aware that for the first month or two it may need some bug fixes and optimisation by Samsung in their software updates. 

 

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Ha ha.. Everything you said including liking the S22 Ultra green version is spot on.

Just to add to what you have already posted.

Due to covid didn't get a chance to fully use my S21 ultra and its the best ever now after a year.

Having got the buds Pro last year with the S21 Ultra it's a bit of a damper that they didn't give something different.
My son got the buds Pro and I got my self the bose 700 free with the Pixel 6 I got for my wife and boy they are Awesome with the noice cancelling out of the world.

Also don't like the naked lens on the S22 Ultra as I feel they will take damage if you don't protect them well. ( I do have a case on my S21 ultra)

Having invested in a case with Spen not worth the hassle and never liked the boxy design of the note. Nor had one.

One thing that sealed it for me was I saw a you tube video where it was mentioned that because the speaker is on the left hand side now it gets blocked with your palm while playing games if you don't use headset. That for me is a design fail right there.

Also I want to see how the new chip holds out.

As most people now are saying its just the note 6 months later to appease the note fans not us S users.
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@GoanGeek  Yeah agreed.   I believe the S22  is now an amalgamation of both the "S series" and "Note series" into one package, and this will probably remain now for future generations.  I guess if you really hate the design of the note it could be a bit of a future show stopper !

 I also expect this gives Samsung the capacity and scope in their research and design to explore the foldables market more... i think it is likely that the August unpacked event will now become the regular foldables release slot, rather than the note.  

p.s. I also have a full size pair of NC headphones... I went with the Sony XM4s... and like your Bose 700, they are amazing.   I use the buds for convenience when walking, and when I don't want a full size covering my ears... and also the Sony XM4s for a better quality of sound and longer plays. 

One thing about the buds (and applies to all buds for that matter), if you wear them too long or too often in your ears, I find can cause some irritation.   Fine for a few hours here and there... but all day every day is too much !

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Totally agree.

But I'm not a fold fan as well. And After so many years with Android I might get an Apple phone just to try out their cameras and video as I normally by phones because of the cameras (that's why the S series instead of the note ones)

Although I do like the spen on the ultra for editing and stuff.

Will keep an eye on what Samsung does next year or will dabble with and iphone for a bit .

I have said I'd request an iPhone for a long time but always end up with an android and mostly Samsung. 😁
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Yes, you are absolutely right about it, the way I i use my device is a totally different way than many people, my galaxy s10 plus is still working like brand new phone and i use it as its maximum potential with great care. So hopefully If i buy S22 ultra that will be used for maybe till 2025.
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For me it wasnt so much that I had last years S series and didnt want to upgrade. I had an A51 5g since October 2020 and then it started glitching last October (2021) and the glitches got so unbearable in January. (Like start of January) so I got the s21 as ee had an amazing deal on for their January sales £37 per month getting 10gb data per month. Best of all when I got the s21 they had it in my fave colour purple. Looking back now Im still not tempted as 1) the purple is only on Samsung official store (there isnt a samsung experience store near me and I dont like ordering electronics online) and 2) I wasnt a huge fan of the shade of the purple s22 I much prefer the one of the s21. I hope you all that get the s22 enjoy it. I love the s21, so glad I got it when my A51 5g malfunctioned, great device 💜💜