Samsung is known for catering to the masses. Not only does it have top-tier premium devices but has released some quite impressive mid-range devices for budget buyers. The South Korean tech giant has released a sleuth of smartphones, the latest the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G and Samsung Galaxy M42 5G.
So which one should you opt for? This article will present you with all the information needed to make an informed decision.
With a beautiful-looking matte plastic back that is resistant to scratches and smudges, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G has the 2021 A-series elegance. The use of light, pastel colors is a nice touch. Even the frame is matte polished, giving this phone the best in-hand feel in a long time from a Samsung mid-ranger. With 203 grams in weight, it’s just slightly on the heavier side, yet the phone’s completely flat back makes it feel thicker than it is.
The camera module’s squarish shape is nothing spectacular. However, it doesn’t stick out too much from the back of the phone. The right edge of the frame also houses the fingerprint scanner and volume button, which are positioned on the side.
At the bottom, there is a 3.5mm jack, primary microphone, USB 2.0 Type-C port, and speaker grille. The phone contains two nano-SIM slots and a secondary microphone on the top edge and a dedicated microSD card slot.
The Galaxy M42 is noticeably smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to carry. The rainbow-colored reflecting pattern on the back is more eye-catching, but the M42’s glossy surface makes it a definite fingerprint magnet. The M42 differs simply in that it has a hybrid SIM card tray, which means you’ll have to choose between a second SIM and a microSD card slot.
Although the Galaxy A22 (4G) boasts a 90Hz AMOLED display, it is just 720p. The Galaxy M42 also has an AMOLED display, however, it’s 720p and only has a 60Hz refresh rate.As a result, the colors are a little washed out, and the viewing angles are rather restricted. Even more so when compared to the Galaxy M42’s colorful and punchy AMOLED display or any of the other options in this price bracket.
The screen is bright enough to use outside, but don’t rely too much on it. It’s still a good screen for indoor use, and it supports Widevine L1 certification. The 90Hz refresh rate on this screen is a plus since it makes scrolling and general use of the phone considerably smoother.
The sound from the single bottom-firing speaker is also average. Almost every phone under 20,000 rupees now has stereo speakers, a trend that Samsung refuses to ignore. The sound quality through the 3.5mm jack, on the other hand, is still rather good.However, multimedia isn’t one of this phone’s strong suits, and despite having a similar-sounding speaker and a 720p screen, the M42 5G is an easy choice here, if only for the vibrant AMOLED colors.
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G has 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. eMMC 5.1 is the storage type used here, which isn’t very common at this pricing point. The storage read/write rates on the M42 5G are much slower than UFS 2.1 storage, which could lead to slower software upgrades and slightly longer downloads in general.
The chip used here is Mediatek’sDimensity 700, which is renowned for being used in four distinct phones with identical specifications. In any case, it’s a solid Mediatek chipset that’s pretty similar to the Snapdragon 750G seen in the Galaxy M42. The majority of day-to-day tasks such as file switch go without a hitch.
The battery is pretty standard for a device in this range. In our testing, the device lasted for about 7 hours with normal usage. The battery life may vary according to usage. A 15W charger is included in the box for charging, and it takes roughly 2.5-3 hours to charge this phone from 0% to 100%. Again, not particularly amazing by 2021 standards, but the M42 offers a similar experience.
Android 11 is pre-installed on the Galaxy A22 5G, with OneUI 3.1 on top. OneUI core is a stripped-down version of the OneUI interface. Regardless, with dark mode, personalization choices, and more, it’s still a feature-rich software experience.Samsung is one of the few OEMs that hasn’t made Google Dialer the default dialer, which allows you to record audio calls without informing the other party. We get a side-mounted FP scanner for unlocking, which works slightly slower than we expected, and there’s also a facial unlock option.
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G has 5G capability but its purpose is a bit ambiguous since the technology is relatively new hence not much to say in this regard.
There’s a triple camera configuration on the back, with a 48MP primary camera, a 5MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. This lags behind the camera set found on phones such as the Samsung Galaxy A22 (4G) and Galaxy M42. The main tradeoff is the 8MP selfie camera, which is abominably awful for a phone that costs $20,000.
Selfies are almost often washed out, with low dynamic range and no discernible details. This phone will disappoint you if you enjoy taking selfies even a little. Even the selfie camera’s 1080p video recording is mediocre at best.Even yet, the main camera holds up better, taking good-looking photographs as long as there is enough light. The colors are a little oversaturated, but Samsung’s image processing ensures that your photos are ready for social media right away.
The 5MP Ultrawide is also unworthy of mention. It has a hard time capturing any details and should only be utilized in optimum lighting situations. Even capturing 1080p footage with the ultrawide camera is abysmal.
The main camera can record 2K footage at 30 frames per second. It performs a good job of capturing a wide dynamic range and plenty of details. However, the focusing speeds aren’t great, and I frequently found the phone seeking focus.
Overall, subpar performance from the camera. The camera experience is similar on both devices, however M42 is somewhat better. It can also shoot 4K videos with a significantly wider dynamic range and faster focusing.
The is slightly more expensive than the A22 4G (Rs 18,499 for 6/128GB) and slightly less expensive than the Galaxy M42 5G (Rs 21,999 for 6/128GB).
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is a good all-around performance, with long battery life and easy-to-use cameras. However, when compared to similarly priced competitors, there are some significant flaws. The selfie camera is inadequate, the ultrawide camera is almost useless, and the display experience might have been improved as well. The only major added advantage is that the phone has 5G capability.
The Samsung M42 offers a somewhat better multimedia experience and far better cameras but at the cost of a dedicated card slot and smoother 90Hz motion. Honestly, if you are okay with a 4G device, the Samsung M42 is ideal for you.