After you unbox Galaxy S22, you will find a few items in the tiny Galaxy S22 box.
This Galaxy S22 guide explains the 4 items in the tiny but expensive box. It also explains some missing essential items after you unbox Galaxy S22.
Except for the phone, other items in the box are identical for Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra.
What are included and missing? Unbox Galaxy S22.
- What are in the Galaxy S22 box?
- What are missing but essential items when you unbox Galaxy S22?
- What’s your feeling when you unbox Galaxy S22?
What are in the Galaxy S22 box?
Samsung never hides its ambition to be a copycat of Apple, even in the packaging. Galaxy S22 box proved it again.
Since Galaxy S21, Samsung has decided to follow Apple’s steps to remove some essential items from the box of the “flagship” devices.
Galaxy S22 continued to demonstrate greed and short-sight of Samsung.
When you unbox Galaxy S22, you will see similar items as in an iPhone box. Actually, now it is a one-to-one match. Please note that Apple did not list the included ejection pin and quick start guide on the web page.
As shown in the photo below, there are four (4) items in Galaxy S22 box. You need to include the box itself if you want to fully use your right or left hand to count.
As a comparison, this page explains the 7 items (excluding the quick start guide) in the Galaxy S20 box.
#1. The phone (Galaxy S22, S22+, or S22 ultra)
Actually, this is the only item Samsung owes you, based on Samsung’s logic.
You bought Galaxy S22. This is your Galaxy S22. Period. This would be the case if Samsung became the only phone maker.
Since Galaxy S10, Samsung chose the inferior ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader. Some screen protectors are not compatible with such a fingerprint reader. There are a few other limitations of using the fingerprint to unlock Galaxy S22.
To calm down the anger of some users, Samsung pre-pasted a plastic screen protector on Galaxy S10, S20, and S21. Anyway, Samsung was at least trying to mitigate the problem created by themselves. Such a problem does not exist when a traditional fingerprint is used.
This year, probably to save more money (i.e., get higher profit), Samsung does not offer this free screen protector for Galaxy S22. So, probably, they will be able to spend more money on commercials.
Although I am not a fan of screen protectors, the stupid curved screen seems too fragile, and most owners of Galaxy S22 Ultra may consider a screen protector.
#2. USB-C cable
The USB-C (to USB-C) cable is for you to charge the phone and transfer data between the phone and other devices (e.g., PC or other phones).
Of course, this is a standard USB-C cable. You can insert it into the USB-C port (multipurpose port) at the bottom of Galaxy S22 to charge Galaxy S22 battery or to transfer files.
#3. SIM card ejection pin
You need to use the ejection pin to eject the SIM card tray when adding or changing the physical SIM card for Galaxy S22.
#4. Quick start guide
The one-page leaflet explains the 4 items in the box and shows you how to add SIM cards.
What are missing but essential items when you unbox Galaxy S22?
It is expected that we can use the phone after we unbox Galaxy S22. This means all essentials should be included in the box.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for Galaxy S22.
Depending on your situation, the following is a list of missing essential items for Galaxy S22 owners.
#1. Wall charger
To set up or use Galaxy S22, you need to charge Galaxy S22 first.
So, you have to find a charger for the phone. You cannot charge Galaxy S22 from the air (with the included USB cable).
Ironically, a wall charger is included in all “entry-level” or “middle-range” Samsung phones, but not the “flagship” phones.
Apple’s argument is to reduce e-waste. Samsung’s argument is Apple did it.
In fact, it is mainly on profit. Apple can sell about 100 million AirPods a year after removing the 3.5mm headphone jack. It earned even more from wall charger sales after excluding it from the iPhone boxes since iPhone 12.
Anyway, if you do not have a USB-C charger, you probably have to fork out about $20 for a 25W charger (like this one). Although Galaxy S22+ and S22 Ultra support 45W charging, the benefit is marginal.
The good news is that standard 18W USB-C chargers from most vendors are good enough for Galaxy S22.
#2. Case/cover, especially for Galaxy S22 Ultra owners
The curved screen on the phone makes it difficult to hold. A case or cover may alleviate the pain.
In some regions, Samsung previously included a transparent back cover in the box with the phone. So, you can use the phone merrily when you get the phone. At the same time, you can order and wait for your preferred case/cover.
But when you unbox Galaxy S22, you will not find this case anymore. Samsung saves another $1.
Yes, most smartphone vendors do not offer free covers. But a simple cover does make a difference for a phone with a curved screen.
Thanks to the flat screen, the case is not essential for most Galaxy S22 and S22+ owners.
#3. USB connector (USB-C adapter)
After you unbox Galaxy S22, you may want to migrate data from your old phone to Galaxy S22. Samsung offers a great app: SmartSwitch.
SmartSwitch lets you connect Galaxy S22 with the old devices through WiFi or a USB cable.
The problem arises if your old phone has a micro USB port instead of a USB-C port. You will need a USB connector (USB-C adapter).
The USB-C adapter is not expensive (the official one usually costs $5-7). But it is hard to find in some local stores. Samsung used to ship it in the box. Now, only Google still ships it with Pixel phones.
#4. Screen protector
Normally, we do not expect a screen protector in a smartphone box.
But Samsung used an advanced (and inferior) fingerprint technology to create a compatibility issue for screen protectors.
For most owners, the Gorilla Glass on the Galaxy S22 screen offers decent protection already. But some Galaxy S22 owners prefer additional protection for the screen.
The pre-pasted plastic screen protector offered with Galaxy S21, S20, and S10 worked very well. It is compatible with the fingerprint reader. Some owners just used it for years without “upgrading” it.
Samsung now saved another $0.5 on your Galaxy S22 device. If you need a screen protector, you may have to spend at least $10. Whitestone Dome Glass or Premium Film is a good choice. Do not buy screen protectors with unknown brands.
#5. Bluetooth headphone or USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter
Samsung traditionally included a decent headset with Galaxy phones up to Galaxy S20. But they stopped it in Galaxy S21.
When you unbox Galaxy S22, of course, you will not find the headset.
Samsung also removed the headphone jack since Galaxy S10.
So, if you need a headset, you have to get Bluetooth headphones (or earbuds). In a few regions, Samsung offered free or discounted Galaxy Buds 2 with Galaxy S22.
If you already own a decent wired headset, you have to get a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter.
It is NOT recommended to get a USB-C headset for Galaxy S22. USB-C headsets are NOT universal. Some do NOT work with Galaxy S22.
- Usb Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
- Provides Ultra high quality audio by converting digital files to analog (up to 24bit/192Khz).
What’s your feeling when you unbox Galaxy S22?
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You may check other Galaxy S22 guides:
- Galaxy S22 new features guides.
- Galaxy S22 how-to guides.
- Galaxy S22 camera guides.
- Galaxy S22 accessories guide.
- Official Galaxy S22 user manuals (in PDF).
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