Samsung takes the Galaxy into the Note zone with a big, pricey, and generally excellent Android phone

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

We could call the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra the best smartphone ever based solely on its cameras, especially the optical and digitally enhanced zoom capabilities.

This Samsung Galaxy Series-Galaxy Note hybrid is an excellent, albeit massive Android handset that not only ticks all the important boxes, but delivers more features than you may ever want or use

The design is an echo of, but also more forward-leaning than, Samsung’s last Note device. It really is a hybrid.

The 6.8-inch ultra-high-resolution screen offers brilliant colours and smooth motion at 120Hz, but is smart enough to slow down to 1Hz when needed to save battery life.

Weak camera array. The Galaxy S21's camera system isn't completely redesigned, but it was already pretty good. Better – the Optical and Space Zooms are modern technological marvels.

We also love the thin and light S Pen, and we’re thrilled that it’s finally integrated – literally – into the Galaxy line. It does so many things so well, and for productivity-focused mobile users it could be a godsend.

It's a browser, photo, and messaging app. The Google Duo video-conferencing app complements the free Samsung app Expert Raw.

With a 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra outperforms the A15 Bionic. We found no sluggish or disappointing apps on the mobile monolith.

Battery life was mixed. We got about a day's use out of the 5,000 mAh battery and the high-performance, energy-efficient CPU.