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BUYER’s GUIDE: Galaxy S22 vs S22+

Which one is your GadgetMatch?



So there’s a new Galaxy S22 Series and three models to choose from.

The top-of-the-line Galaxy S22 Ultra is branching out into a different class of device — basically the reincarnation of the Galaxy Note. We’re left to choose between the S series regulars, the Galaxy S22 and the S22+.

If you’re torn, let me help you out. 

The easy answer would be to pick the size that’s right for you, but with a US$ 200 dollar premium, it’s important to go over the key differences between the S22 and S22+ to justify the additional spend or not.

Peak Brightness

What you should know about peak brightness is that by default, your phone doesn’t even come close to hitting it, even if you move your slider all the way up. You’ll actually need to go into your display settings and turn on Adaptive Brightness. 

Peak brightness comes in handy most when you’re outdoors, under the sun. When you need the display to crank up as much as it can so everything is legible.

It will also kick in whenever viewing HDR content, some Netflix shows for example are available in HDR.  

Unless you use your phones outdoors under the sun a lot, peak brightness won’t matter as much. Also a caveat, it also drains your battery faster.

Battery Size and Charging

Apart from display and phone size, the other big determining factor and reason to go for the S22+ is its larger battery. On paper, that extra 800mAh is a lot of extra juice and could spell the difference between lasting the whole day or not. 

Do keep in mind though that the bigger display on the S22+ also consumes more power. 

Expect an extra 2.5 hours on average with the S22+. But at the end of the day it will all boil down to real world use. 

Faster charging is another pro of the S22+ the phone supports 45W charging. But there’s a caveat. A Samsung 45W charger is an optional US$ 50 purchase. If you have no plans to buy one, then the rest of this is moot.

But even if you do, don’t expect the improvements to be massive. In the first 30 minutes of charging, expect about an 8% difference. Quick top ups are great when you’re in a pinch, but if you’re the type of person who charges overnight, then a slower charger is kinder on the overall health of your battery .

Ultra Wide Band

UWB stands for Ultra Wide Band and it has something to do with spatial awareness. Anything with a UWB chip theoretically should be able to tell, more or less, where another UWB device is. 

iPhones, for example, know when you are pointing at a Home Pod mini speaker and will ask if you want to transfer the music you’re listing to over to it. They also work with AirTags — trackers that you can attach to things like keys. When used alongside your phone’s camera — your phone will display virtual arrows that lead you to your missing items. 

In the Samsung ecosystem, UWB only currently works with one device. Their AirTags competitor called the Galaxy SmartTag + (not to be confused with the non plus SmartTag that retails for US$10 less). That said, I imagine a day where UWB might be built into other Samsung appliances and there might be a way for these devices to work together

Will you hold on to your phone for five years – maybe invest in future tech. Otherwise it’s not a feature that would affect my buying decisions today.

WiFi 6E 

Every few years or so, a new WiFi standard is introduced. The latest is WiFi 6E. Long story short, it has its own spectrum so theoretically you don’t have to compete with congested networks. 

That’s an oversimplification. But basically it’s better and potentially faster. 

But as always there are caveats. How fast is your home connection to begin with? Do you already have a WiFi 6E router and if not do you intend on buying one? Should you wait for WiFi 7, I heard it’s coming soon too.

At home I currently have one of the best routers out there, an Amlifi Alien. Of course, I got it two years ago and it’s a WiFi 6 router, so unless I plan on getting a new one, WiFi 6E will not benefit me.

So ask yourself these same questions. Just like UWB I don’t think WiFi 6E is a reason to get the S22+ over the S22. It’s not something you will miss.

S22 vs S22+

I’m a believer that the S22 makes more sense for most people. It also offers the best bang for your buck. After all, when it comes to performance power and cameras, these phones are identical.   

While last year’s S21 came with a plastic back, the S22 is made of all the same tough materials as the S22+ and S22 Ultra even. 

Get the S22+ if you like bigger phones and need a bigger battery. But ask yourself if $200 is worth the premium. 

Watch our Galaxy S22 and S22+ Hands-On.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, 128GB Unlocked here.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S22+, 128GB Unlocked here.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S22, 128GB Unlocked here.

Buy the Samsung 45W Charger (White) here.

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Infinix NOTE 30 Series: Buyer’s Guide and Real-World Test

Which Infinix NOTE 30 is your GadgetMatch?



Good smartphones don’t have to cost a lot of money — and the new Infinix NOTE 30 series prove that.

However, there are three models to choose from: the Infinix NOTE 30 Pro, NOTE 30 5G, and the non-5G version of the NOTE 30.

But here at GadgetMatch, we are here to make your purchasing decision easier than ever.

Can’t wait to own a new Infinix smartphone?

Head over now to our Infinix NOTE 30 Series Buyer’s Guide and Real-World Test to know which is your GadgetMatch!

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Is the POCO F5 Series your GadgetMatch?

Stick to base or go Pro?




The F series is the line that launched the POCO brand to the masses. POCO has since released various lines and letters. But its most recent offering offers something that stays truest to what POCO first set out to do: uncompromised performance for a reasonable price. The POCO F5 Series, featuring the POCO F5 and POCO F5 Pro on paper, does just that.

POCO F5: A powerful base form


The POCO F5 is the first smartphone in the market to house them Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2. Given the Qualcomm’s history, there’s very little reason to doubt that the phone will handle nearly everything you throw at it.

You can even choose between a 8GB+256GB variant or one that’s 12GB+256GB to make sure you have more than enough memory and storage.

Its 6.67-inch 120Hz Flow AMOLED display is immersive and offers an enjoyable mobile viewing experience. Whether you’re catching up on your favorite Netflix shows, watching the latest GadgetMatch video, or just mindlessly scrolling on TikTok, the POCO F5’s screen will deliver more than satisfactorily.

Its 5,000mAh battery can be recharged to 100% within 50 minutes using the 67W wired charger.

POCO F5 Pro: An all-rounder

POCO usually offers phones that put a focus on performance. And while the POCO F5 Pro does the same, it doesn’t skimp out on the rest of the package.

First of, the white colorway that we reviewed “exudes a premium feel as a flagship does.” Performance-wise, it comfortably runs the latest game from Genshin Impact maker Honkai: Star Rail at high graphics settings on 60fps.


Fret not though, like the base version, you can juice up the 5,160mAh battery on this thing goes up to 100% quickly with the 67W charger.

The camera array: 64MP f/1.79 main, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 16MP f/2.45 selfie — which it shares with the base version — also won’t leave you wanting. Check out some of these shots:

SEE ALSO: POCO F5 Pro review

Is the POCO F5 Series your GadgetMatch?

Whether you’re looking for a solid performer or an all-rounder that can keep up with your demanding phone habits, the POCO F5 Series has something for you. The POCO F5 is as great a base smartphone as there is for its price point. Meanwhile, the POCO F5 Pro “shines with a cohesive flagship experience worthy of its price.”

Shopee Special

You can get the POCO F5 Series smartphones at a discounted price with Shopee until May 16. Discounted pricing are as follows:

POCO F5 Pro (Black or White)

  • 8GB+256GB: PhP 23,999
  • 12GB+256GB: PhP 25,999
  • 12GB+512GB: PhP 27,999

POCO F5 (Black, Blue or White)

  • 8GB+256GB: PhP 18,299
  • 12GB+256GB: PhP 20,099
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Buyer’s Guide: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Things to consider before committing



Galaxy S23 Ultra

So, you’re looking at the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. You kind of want it but didn’t jump the gun during the pre-order period. Now, you’re still eyeing it, but you’re undecided. Well, you came to the right place. 

We used the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra for a few weeks. Enough time to figure out if it’s your GadgetMatch or not. So, we’re listing down things you might want to ask yourself before splurging. 

Do you like big phones?

Galaxy S23 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra feels massive to hold. The 6.8-inch display listing is not at all an accurate representation of how it feels holding the phone. For comparison, the HONOR Magic5 Pro has a 6.81-inch display. But since both its display and back panel curve to the side, it feels easier to hold. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is a boxy behemoth. 

You’ll likely want to buy a case to protect the phone and that will add to its overall bulk. If you can, drop by your nearest Samsung experience store to get a feel of the phone for yourself to gauge if it’s something you don’t mind lugging around for the next couple of years. 

How do you feel about ONE UI?

Galaxy S23 Ultra

While you’re at it, play around with ONE UI. That’s the Android wrapper that Samsung puts on top of Android 13. Many tech bros aren’t too fond of ONE UI. Personally, I don’t think it’s as bad as some make it out to be. Sure, it’s not the snappiest, but it’s pretty easy to get used to. 

This is completely a matter of preference, and you can always switch things up by changing themes or using a different launcher. But swipe around and see for yourself if ONE UI is something you’re okay with. 

Will you ever use the S Pen? 

Galaxy S23 Ultra

I was a huge fan of the Galaxy Note series when it first came out. The Galaxy SXX Ultra has become the spiritual successor of the line. It’s literally the Note in everything but name. 

Back then, I thought I liked the Note because of the S Pen. But as the line kept going, I found less and less use for the S Pen. Turns out, I liked the Note not because of the S Pen but because of the massive screen. I’m a heavy media consumer and consider big screens a boon. 

Now, I’m not saying the S Pen isn’t useful. It’s just that, personally, I don’t think it’s for me. So, that’s the question you have to ask yourself: Is the S Pen something you see yourself using regularly? 

I’ve had this conversation several times with Lea of UnboxPH. For her part, she uses the S Pen a lot for signing PDFs. I’ve also had a couple of friends who have taken full advantage of its art applications, doodling here or there whenever possible. 

Think about your smartphone usage and see if there’s something you’re already doing that can be elevated with the help of the S Pen. 

How much videos and music do you consume?

Galaxy S23 Ultra

STAYC’s Isa is 😍

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is one helluva media consumption machine. The gorgeous and large display is perfect for watching literally anything and everything. And the speakers are also easily one of the best on ANY smartphone right now. 

It’s the perfect media machine, except it does put a strain on your hand after a while. But that didn’t stop me from watching the “Teddy Bear” fancam of STAYC Isa on loop. 

Are you a mobile gamer?

Galaxy S23 Ultra

Whether casual or hardcore, you would be pleased to know that the Galaxy S23 Ultra should be able to handle any sort of gaming. Samsung even made a point of highlighting this in their presentation. Mobile gaming is on the rise, especially in many parts of Asia, and Samsung made sure that their latest and greatest slate is up to the task. 

Although, I’ve never really encountered anyone who’s eyed the Galaxy SXX Ultra for gaming purposes. Self-proclaimed gamers tend to go for the more actual gaming-centric phones. That said, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is plenty capable whether you’re just passing time on Subway Surfers or you’re looking to be the MVP in a Mobile Legends match.

Do you REALLY like colors that POP in photos?

Galaxy S23 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has a fantastic set of cameras. Easily one of the best today. Samsung likes to punch-up the contrast on their photos. They don’t do it as much now, but it’s still there.

You know what? Just take a look at these samples so you can decide for yourself. 



30X Zoom


1X | 10X | 30X


Portrait and selfies



Will you take plenty of videos?

Galaxy S23 Ultra

When it comes to smartphone videos, most of us in the team still think the iPhone is king. But the Galaxy S23 Ultra might just be the closest thing in terms of overall quality. 

Here’s a video that was taken entirely using the Galaxy S23 Ultra. 

@gadgetmatch 29Rooms is an experiential funhouse and it was an absolute blast to experience. Here’s a quick look #ShotOnGalaxy S23 Ultra. More info on #artinstallation #art #galaxys23ultra #samsunggalaxy #galaxys23ultra #galaxys23 ♬ original sound – GadgetMatch

If you’re curious about the zooming capabilities in a rather dark environment, here’s a quick sample too. 

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is also home to plenty of video features. The portrait video is particularly fun. You get the usual “bokeh” effect but there are also other filters like Color Point and Glitch.

You also have to consider storage if you fancy using the Galaxy S23 Ultra as a video-taking tool. Videos take up A LOT of space. You’d want to get the 512GB variant if you’re gonna make videos regularly.

Do you need a smartphone that charges fast?

Because the Galaxy S23 Ultra isn’t exactly blazing fast in this department. At least not against some of the other flagships already available as of writing. 

Watch our charge test. 

So, is the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra your GadgetMatch?

These are just some of the questions you might want to ask yourself before shelling out at least PhP 81,900/ US$ 1199.99/ SG$ 1,828 to get your hands on one. 

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a fantastic device. But there are certain things about it that may not be your cup of tea. The devil, after all, is in the details. 

Our advice is either visit a Samsung experience store or bug a friend who already has one. Make sure to get a feel of the device before committing to it long term.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra specs

  • Display — 6.8-inch QHD+ Edge, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Vision Booster, Enhanced Comfort
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • RAM and Storage — 12GB+1TB, 12GB+512GB, 12GB+256GB
  • Battery and Charging — 5,000mAh, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Powershare
  • OS — Android 13, ONE UI 5.1
  • Water Resistance — IP68
  • Cameras:
    • 200MP f/1.7 Wide
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Ultra-Wide
    • 10MP, f/2.4 Telephoto, 3x optical zoom
    • 10MP, f/4.9 Telephoto, 10x optical zoom
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Front

Watch our Galaxy S23 Ultra One Week Later Review.

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