Viral video shows iPhone user struggling to zoom in on the action at the FIFA World Cup 2022


  • Netizens were quick to recommend the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, which boasts better zooming capabilities
  • Expectedly, this video has sparked the long-standing iPhone vs Android debate
  • The Galaxy S22 Ultra currently has one of the best zooming cameras, courtesy of the 10X optical zoom

The debate on whether an iPhone is better than an Android device has raged for what feels like an eternity. While the Apple iPhone is undoubtedly one of the most popular smartphones worldwide, Android OEM Samsung has taken giant strides in the world of camera phones. The phenomenon is more prominent than ever with the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which brags an unparalleled 10X optical zoom from the 108MP rear camera.

An iPhone user enjoying the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar had to find this out the hard way. A video originally posted on TikTok and subsequently reshared on Twitter shows how the individual is leveraging the full extent of the iPhone zoom and trying to maximise it using binoculars. While the decision appears to be ingenious at first glance, people on the internet were quick to point out that this could be avoided altogether with a better cameraphone, i.e. the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

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The tweet from the user received several responses, including from iPhone and Samsung loyalists arguing about which phone is better overall. While the jury is still out on that, this is certainly a win for Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra, specifically in this case. While the newest crop of iPhones may pip Samsung’s early 2022 flagships in other areas, zooming is where the South Korean manufacturer continues to dominate, even if it doesn’t have the iPhone’s Dynamic Island feature (yet).

Samsung refreshed the Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip series a few months ago, although their cameras are somewhat underwhelming compared to the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The manufacturer is expected to launch the successor to the Galaxy S22 series early next year. While we haven’t come across any reports of Samsung potentially upping the zooming capabilities of the device, it’s something that we cannot rule out at this point.

What makes the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s cameras special?

For the uninitiated, the Galaxy S22 Ultra features a quad-camera setup comprising a 108MP primary shooter paired with a 12MP ultrawide sensor and two 10MP cameras (periscope telephoto and standard telephoto sensors). There’s a mammoth 40MP selfie camera on the front, ensuring that customers will have no complaints in the camera department.

The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, with the option of up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of non-expandable storage. Content is as sharp as ever thanks to the 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen bearing a resolution of 3088×1440 pixels and a remarkable 120Hz display refresh rate.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Despite the power-hungry hardware, the 5,000mAh battery ensures the phone lasts for at least a day or more with moderate usage. Support for 45W fast charging means it can go from 0-100% pretty quickly, while the phone also supports 15W wireless charging.  Lastly, the phone supports Android 13 by default, with some devices already receiving the update in addition to the Samsung One UI 5 software overlay.