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Pixel 7 vs. iPhone 14 vs. Galaxy S22: The Big Three Phones of 2022 Compared

Samsung, Apple, and Google's flagship offerings set the bar for phones in 2022. Here's how they compare, spec by spec.

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Google's Pixel 7
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The big three flagship phones for 2022 were unveiled across last year, kicking off with Samsung's offering, followed by Apple in September and finally Google. Each of the three phones received good reviews, but figuring out which is right for you can be complicated.

The $599 (£599, AU$999) Pixel 7 is Google's latest flagship, built to compete with established phone leaders like Apple's iPhone 14 and Samsung's Galaxy S22. New to the Pixel 7 is the Tensor G2 processor, a camera with improved zoom, face unlock and updated design. Google's also maintaining the $599 price held by 2021's Pixel 6, which undercuts the $799 iPhone 14 and the $800 Galaxy S22 by $200. While the price differential is the same as 2021, it's arguably more meaningful now as shoppers contend with fast-rising prices and a possible global recession. (Although this price difference may not actually matter in the US, where people still largely buy devices from wireless carriers.)

But even with that price advantage, Samsung and Apple's offerings include plenty of features that for some may feel like it's worth the extra cash. For instance, Samsung's Galaxy S22 has a fancy telephoto camera for capturing faraway objects, which isn't available on the Pixel 7 -- you have to spend up for the $899 Pixel 7 Pro to get that sweet optical zoom. Samsung is also offering four years of software updates on the Galaxy S22, while the Pixel 7 will get three years of software updates. However, the launch of the Galaxy S23 is right around the corner on Feb. 1, so it's worth thinking twice before you bring the Galaxy S22 home.

iPhone 14 Pro
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Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 debuted a variety of safety features like car-crash detection (which debuted on Pixel phones years ago) and support for satellite-based emergency messaging. Apple's phones also get several years of software updates, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X from 2017 receiving this year's iOS 16 update. 

For a more granular look at how Google's Pixel 7 stacks up against the iPhone 14 and Galaxy S22, take a look at CNET's specs chart below. 

Google Pixel 7 vs. Apple iPhone 14 vs. Samsung Galaxy S22

Google Pixel 7iPhone 14Galaxy S22
Display size, resolution, refresh rate 6.3-inch OLED; 2,400x1,080 pixels; 90Hz6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels; not disclosed6.1-inch AMOLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels; 120Hz
Pixel density 416ppi460 ppi425 ppi
Dimensions (Millimeters) 155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 mm147 x 72 x 7.8 mm 70.6 x 146 x 7.6 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.9 oz; 197 g 6.07 oz; 172 g5.89 oz; 167 g (168 g for mmWave model)
Operating system Android 13iOS 16Android 13
Camera 50-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)50-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 10-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 10.8-megapixel12-megapixel10-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K 8K 
Processor Google Tensor G2Apple A15 BionicSnapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM/storage 8GB + 128GB; 8GB + 256GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB (RAM not disclosed)8GB RAM + 128GB; 8GB RAM + 256GB
Expandable storage NoneNoneNone
Battery/charger 4,355 mAh (30W wired)Undisclosed; Apple lists 20 hours of video playback (20W wired)3,700 mAh (25W wired charging)
Fingerprint sensor Under displayNo (Face ID)In-display
Connector USB-CLightningUSB-C
Headphone jack NoneNoneNone
US starting price $599 (128GB)$799 (128GB)$800 (128GB)
Google's Pixel 7

Google's latest flagship phones are now available to preorder. The Pixel 7 starts at $599 and will be released on Oct. 13. Get up to $750 off with trade-in and $200 in Google Store credit.

Read our Google Pixel 7 review.

Samsung S22
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The Samsung Galaxy S22 returns to the flat screens of the Galaxy S7. The regular Galaxy S22 is the smallest of the bunch, with a 6.1-inch screen, but is powered by the the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It's a proper beast even if it is diminutive compared to its bigger brothers.

Read our Samsung Galaxy S22 review.