Which “Plus” smartphone is the best?

The Motorola Edge+ (2022) and Galaxy S22+ are two Android flagships with price tags of $999. What is the best device? Let’s take a look and see.

the Motorola Edge+ (2022) and Samsung Galaxy S22+ are two of the biggest and most expensive smartphones of the year, but there’s a clear choice that most people should buy for. Today’s flagship phones are better than ever. They’re expensive, sure, but they also usually have the chops to back them up. State-of-the-art processors, ever-improving cameras, faster charging technology and more, it’s kind of ridiculous how powerful flagship smartphones have become.

Two examples are the Edge+ (2022) and the Galaxy S22+. These are two of the best phones from Motorola and Samsung, respectively. They have great specs, promising features, and share the same starting price of $999. While both phones look solid on paper, one of them turns out to be an easier recommendation for most buyers. Let’s take a closer look.


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Starting with the display, this is one area where the Motorola Edge+ and Galaxy S22+ each have a lot to offer. The Edge+ boasts a 6.7-inch OLED display, 2400 x 1080 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. The S22+ has a 6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, 2400 x 1080 resolution and 2340 x 1080 and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Honestly, there’s not much to complain about with either display. Each is large, vibrant, sharp and creamy. Samsung phones traditionally have the most punchy colors and most impressive brightness levels, but you’ll be hard pressed to be disappointed with either. The phones also have similar designs, including frosted glass backs and a rear camera housing in the top left corner. That said, Samsung’s design is a bit more refined. The flat edges and contour-cut camera design for the S22+ are both stunning and more original than the somewhat generic aesthetic of the Motorola Edge+. Samsung also hides the S22+’s fingerprint sensor under the display, while the Edge+ integrates it into the power button on the right bezel.

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Motorola Edge+ (2022) and the Galaxy S22+

Things are definitely changing in Samsung’s favor when it comes to cameras. While both phones appear to have triple camera systems, the Edge+ is a bit misleading here. Along with its 50MP primary and 50MP ultra-wide cameras, the third sensor is a 2MP depth camera. It’s supposed to add extra depth data for better portrait shots, but as is often the case with other phones, the effect is usually negligible at best. In comparison, the S22+ seems more complete. It has a 50 MP main camera, a 10 MP telephoto camera and a 12 MP ultra-wide camera. This gives the S22+ many advantages. Its ultra-wide camera has a wider field of view than the Edge+, and the telephoto lens makes zoom quality significantly better. On top of all that, Samsung’s image processing is miles ahead of Motorola’s. The Edge+ (2022) seems to have one of Motorola’s best camera systems, but the Galaxy S22+ is still the best choice for serious shutter bugs. Whether you’re taking Instagram shots of your cafe or trying to compose a great shot of the night sky, the S22+ has you covered.

Looking inside the phones, the Motorola Edge+ is starting to regain traction. Both Edge+ and Galaxy S22+ are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. This is the fastest mobile chip made by Qualcomm in 2022, which means both phones have enough power for all applications/ games you throw at them. The Edge+ and S22+ also come with options for 8 or 12GB of RAM, as well as up to 512GB of internal storage. The battery situation is also quite similar across the board. The Motorola Edge+ has a 4800mAh battery, 30W wired charging and 15W wireless charging. The Galaxy S22+ has a 4500mAh battery, wired charging 45W and the same 15W wireless charging. An extra 15W charging speed is nothing to scoff at, but what’s interesting is that the Edge+ comes with a 30W charger. W included in the box while the S22+ has none at all.

Unfortunately for Motorola, the Galaxy S22+ has another hidden trick up its sleeve: software support. The Edge+ has one of the weakest update policies for a flagship smartphone. Motorola only promises two major Android updates and three years of security patches. By comparison, the Galaxy S22+ gets four years of Android updates and five years of security patches. If you’re spending nearly $1,000 on a smartphone, you should buy one that won’t be obsolete in two years. When you add that with the Galaxy S22+’s better cameras, nicer screen, sleeker design, and faster charging, it’s hard to recommend buying the Motorola Edge+. The Edge+ (2022) is a valiant attempt to Motorola to get back into the flagship race, but unfortunately for the company, the Samsung Galaxy S22+ edges in more ways than one.

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Source: Motorola

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