The best feature of the Samsung Galaxy S22 is something the iPhone 13 can’t match

Part of the testing process for Samsung Galaxy S22 reviewers involves comparing the phone to other devices in its price range, and seeing if it beats or falls short of anything else out there. Since the Galaxy S22 starts at $799, that means the iPhone 13 and Google Pixel 6 are included in those comparisons. The iPhone 13 costs the same as the S22, and while the Pixel 6 beats both phones, with a starting price of $599, its capabilities are in the same ballpark.

My review of the S22 and Galaxy S22 vs. Pixel 6 showdown gives more detail on how the different phones compare — Samsung wins some and loses some, which isn’t surprising given how closely this trio of phones fit together. But there is one area where the Galaxy S22 outperforms both of its potential competitors, and you see it the moment you flip the phones and look at the rear camera arrays.

The Galaxy S22 has a dedicated telephoto lens. The iPhone 13 and Pixel 6 don’t.

Comparison between Samsung Galaxy S22 and Google Pixel 6

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We only single out the iPhone 13 and Pixel 6 because they rank among the best camera phones. The truth is, it’s hard to find a phone with a telephoto lens that costs less than $800. Last year’s OnePlus 9 didn’t have one, for example, and while the upcoming OnePlus 10 Pro features a telephoto camera, it will likely cost more than the Galaxy S22 when it debuted in the US