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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest compact foldable

Samsung launched its second foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, alongside the Galaxy S20 series in 2020. Unlike the original Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Flip featured a clamshell design, with a tiny screen on the outside and a regular-sized foldable display within. The Galaxy Z Flip didn’t offer great hardware for its price, so it wasn’t as well-received as the Galaxy Fold. Therefore, Samsung updated it a few months down the line with a Snapdragon 865 Plus chip and 5G support. While the second-gen device offered better performance, it wasn’t a huge improvement over the original Galaxy Z Flip. So it wasn’t as exciting of an upgrade as the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was for the flagship foldable line. Samsung has now launched the third device in its Galaxy Z Flip lineup, and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 brings some major improvements to the table. Read more.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest foldable flagship

The all-new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 features an updated design and the latest flagship hardware, yet it’s a bit more affordable than the Galaxy Z Fold 2. That’s one of the main reasons we believe many more people will be interested in getting one for themselves. If you’re interested in picking one up and want to know all about the device before hitting the buy button, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll share everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to help you make an informed decision. Let’s kick things off by taking a look at its specifications. Read more.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: Everything you need to know!

Samsung has finally launched the smartwatch that all of us have been waiting for — the Galaxy Watch 4 — and it comes with Samsung’s OneUI Watch built in partnership with Google. This is the first time we’re seeing the new version of Wear OS being implemented on a smartwatch, albeit with a custom skin on top. Not only that but the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic bring some new features and improvements that make them a great option for anyone looking for a smartwatch to go with an Android phone. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest wearable from Samsung. Read more.

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Samsung launches the Galaxy Buds 2, its latest wireless earbuds with ANC

Samsung just announced the Galaxy Buds 2 alongside some of the most anticipated devices of 2021 — the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS. The Galaxy Buds 2 isn’t necessarily an upgrade to the Galaxy Buds Pro that was launched earlier with the Galaxy S21 series. Instead, it’s more like a spiritual successor to the Galaxy Buds+ which is still one of the best TWS earbuds out there. Read more.

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Shop more Samsung products here.​

 
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blackhawk

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Meh, unless I see stellar audio that exceed the Buds+ reviews for the new Buds, I'll probably get another pair of the Buds+ instead. They new ones right now appear to be a downgrade with less battery life. The noise reduction is so-so and just not needed or desirable.
Meh.

So far everything Samsung has released this year has been a dropped ball... a dud.
The Fold series has been a unfolding di$a$ter from the get go... designed to die.
No.
 

skoobz

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So far everything Samsung has released this year has been a dropped ball... a dud.
The Fold series has been a unfolding di$a$ter from the get go... designed to die.
No.
lol. ok. stop drinking the haterade. That's the same thing we heard when the note series came out. Who needs a stylus? why is the screen that large? I can't fit it in my skinny jeans pocket.
 

blackhawk

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lol. ok. stop drinking the haterade. That's the same thing we heard when the note series came out. Who needs a stylus? why is the screen that large? I can't fit it in my skinny jeans pocket.
Lol, I have a Note 10+. Samsung's last great flagship release.
Cry me a river of tears when you realize my opinion was dead on straight shooter accurate🤣
Time will tell but I'm calling it now💋
Samsung excels at dropping the ball when they screw up.
 

bigfire

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Lol, I have a Note 10+. Samsung's last great flagship release.
Cry me a river of tears when you realize my opinion was dead on straight shooter accurate🤣
Time will tell but I'm calling it now💋
Samsung excels at dropping the ball when they screw up.
The Fold 2 is amazing. I won't have another non-folding phone. I took an S21 Ultra with me on a trip last month and while I appreciate the better cameras (hence taking it on a trip), I was relieved going back to my Fold 2. I'm sorry you haven't had a chance to enjoy these phones, but they're obviously the future.

With that said, I can't believe how Samsung phoned in the 3. I guess it's all about reducing cost, but it's not exactly like that came plummeting down. The only upgrade I see is the brighter screen, and the trade in values are pretty poor (and went down by 30% in the last two hours). Blargh.
 

blackhawk

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The Fold 2 is amazing. I won't have another non-folding phone. I took an S21 Ultra with me on a trip last month and while I appreciate the better cameras (hence taking it on a trip), I was relieved going back to my Fold 2. I'm sorry you haven't had a chance to enjoy these phones, but they're obviously the future.

With that said, I can't believe how Samsung phoned in the 3. I guess it's all about reducing cost, but it's not exactly like that came plummeting down. The only upgrade I see is the brighter screen, and the trade in values are pretty poor (and went down by 30% in the last two hours). Blargh.
Glad you like the Fold 2 🤗
One display is hard enough to protect and with a Note 10+, it's enough real estate for me. Going on 2 years my 10+ looks and runs like it's new.
It's the SD card that really makes it usable plus the spen. My take on it is K-I-S-S.

It's not just Samsung goof ups, Android has been in full fail mode since it started with its scope storage, clean up the phone crap.
Will Google follow Apple (again) and implement kiddy porn picture scanning dime-a-matic embedded firmware to their OS too?🤣

The incorporation of 5G and variable frequency displays adds more new technologies to go wrong... and it has been.
Add the chip shortage driven poor decisions and 2021 is a bust.
 

bigfire

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"it's enough real estate for me.". That's really the key. For me, I use my phone to read a lot, and it feels like the same difference between an iphone and an ipad - essentially the same, but the extra real estate makes for a different, more compelling experience. It's hard to know in tech whether something will be a gimmick or utterly amazing, but for my purposes, the Fold 2 is the latter.

I haven't had a problem with durability. I don't ever use a case for a phone, and I don't baby them. Over the years I've had to repair two phone screens, but it's worth it to preserve the tactile feel of these phones. I pay for insurance for the Fold 2, which I've n ever done before, but over the last year I've had zero problems with it, and I took off the inner screen.

I have complaints about specific elements of everything, but for me, I'm very happy with the evolution of phones. Though I agree that 5G hasn't exactly panned out as the game changer that was promised.
 
Yeah, I don't have any issues keeping my devices in perfect condition either. No difference with a device having two displays. I don't use cases or screen protectors, and every year my device gets assessed as 100% perfect by the Samsung upgrade program. If I'm spending a significant amount of money on anything, I look after it.

My Note 20 ultra screen is fine for some stuff, but sometimes I want a bigger display. The fold 3 has one, and it still fits in my pocket. I'm looking forward to the next iteration having two hinges and giving me a 10" tablet when unfolded.

I've had a 512gb model the last 3 iterations. Never filled it, and internal storage is way faster than microsd. Additional cost of the larger storage is barely different than buying a separate card.

5g is great on my note 20 ultra, I don't even have wired home internet anymore, I swapped it for a second sim unlimited card. I can stream 4k movies, play stadia and download as much as I like on my phone or home data sim.

Some people are better suited to last years technology, and get irate when that technology gets left behind. Same thing is happening with people who refuse to let go of the internal combustion engine.
 

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The Fold 2 is amazing. I won't have another non-folding phone. I took an S21 Ultra with me on a trip last month and while I appreciate the better cameras (hence taking it on a trip), I was relieved going back to my Fold 2. I'm sorry you haven't had a chance to enjoy these phones, but they're obviously the future.

With that said, I can't believe how Samsung phoned in the 3. I guess it's all about reducing cost, but it's not exactly like that came plummeting down. The only upgrade I see is the brighter screen, and the trade in values are pretty poor (and went down by 30% in the last two hours). Blargh.
It was curious, I went to preorder in my computer and the trade in for my fold2 was $800. Then I just happened to get on my phone and preorder and it was $900. So obviously I preordered on my phone.
 

bigfire

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I've had a 512gb model the last 3 iterations. Never filled it, and internal storage is way faster than microsd. Additional cost of the larger storage is barely different than buying a separate card.

5g is great on my note 20 ultra, I don't even have wired home internet anymore, I swapped it for a second sim unlimited card. I can stream 4k movies, play stadia and download as much as I like on my phone or home data sim.
I was looking at my phone, and noticed I'd used up half of 256. I do still miss microsds, as I like to store my entire music collection there. Yes, I can stream, but it's not 100%, and the response time on the various apps I've used (Plex, Youtube Music, etc.) is pretty poor in searching. Plus, when you upgrade, you can pop the card out and just move it to the new phone. But the memory upgrades are definitely cheaper than they used to be, and as 5G gets better, the pain alleviates.

Depending on where you are, 5G is apparently amazing, but I have yet to experience it personally. I see the 5G symbol a lot, but my streaming isn't noticeably better, and I experienced it in a lot of places while I was just recently doing a cross country drive. I will say that Google Fi worked great. I had to buy a second phone to use it (since dual esim isn't activated for us domestically) but my daughter was able to stream video throughout most of the drive. Really good coverage.
 

bigfire

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It was curious, I went to preorder in my computer and the trade in for my fold2 was $800. Then I just happened to get on my phone and preorder and it was $900. So obviously I preordered on my phone.
It turns out I was getting a better deal because I'd signed up for their pre-order program. So when I went to Samsung using that link, I got the better trade in deal, but not if I just went there directly.

I did go ahead and pre-order it, thought I'm 90% sure I'm going to send it back and wait for next year's model. It's nice to keep on the upgrade path for maximum trade in value, I'm just not convinced I'm going to get a noticeably better phone with the new model. Assuming I don't drop my Fold 2 in water. :)
 

chetly968

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It turns out I was getting a better deal because I'd signed up for their pre-order program. So when I went to Samsung using that link, I got the better trade in deal, but not if I just went there directly.

I did go ahead and pre-order it, thought I'm 90% sure I'm going to send it back and wait for next year's model. It's nice to keep on the upgrade path for maximum trade in value, I'm just not convinced I'm going to get a noticeably better phone with the new model. Assuming I don't drop my Fold 2 in water. :)
Ah maybe that explains it. I used the link I was emailed on my phone so maybe that's why the trade in deal was better. I doubt I'll get a better experience than the Z Fold 2. Especially since I don't use s-pens, like ever. But I gotta upgrade to the new hotness. It's what I do, lol.
 

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    So far everything Samsung has released this year has been a dropped ball... a dud.
    The Fold series has been a unfolding di$a$ter from the get go... designed to die.
    No.
    lol. ok. stop drinking the haterade. That's the same thing we heard when the note series came out. Who needs a stylus? why is the screen that large? I can't fit it in my skinny jeans pocket.
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    Lol, I have a Note 10+. Samsung's last great flagship release.
    Cry me a river of tears when you realize my opinion was dead on straight shooter accurate🤣
    Time will tell but I'm calling it now💋
    Samsung excels at dropping the ball when they screw up.
    The Fold 2 is amazing. I won't have another non-folding phone. I took an S21 Ultra with me on a trip last month and while I appreciate the better cameras (hence taking it on a trip), I was relieved going back to my Fold 2. I'm sorry you haven't had a chance to enjoy these phones, but they're obviously the future.

    With that said, I can't believe how Samsung phoned in the 3. I guess it's all about reducing cost, but it's not exactly like that came plummeting down. The only upgrade I see is the brighter screen, and the trade in values are pretty poor (and went down by 30% in the last two hours). Blargh.
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    Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest compact foldable

    Samsung launched its second foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, alongside the Galaxy S20 series in 2020. Unlike the original Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Flip featured a clamshell design, with a tiny screen on the outside and a regular-sized foldable display within. The Galaxy Z Flip didn’t offer great hardware for its price, so it wasn’t as well-received as the Galaxy Fold. Therefore, Samsung updated it a few months down the line with a Snapdragon 865 Plus chip and 5G support. While the second-gen device offered better performance, it wasn’t a huge improvement over the original Galaxy Z Flip. So it wasn’t as exciting of an upgrade as the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was for the flagship foldable line. Samsung has now launched the third device in its Galaxy Z Flip lineup, and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 brings some major improvements to the table. Read more.
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    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest foldable flagship

    The all-new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 features an updated design and the latest flagship hardware, yet it’s a bit more affordable than the Galaxy Z Fold 2. That’s one of the main reasons we believe many more people will be interested in getting one for themselves. If you’re interested in picking one up and want to know all about the device before hitting the buy button, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll share everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to help you make an informed decision. Let’s kick things off by taking a look at its specifications. Read more.

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    Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: Everything you need to know!

    Samsung has finally launched the smartwatch that all of us have been waiting for — the Galaxy Watch 4 — and it comes with Samsung’s OneUI Watch built in partnership with Google. This is the first time we’re seeing the new version of Wear OS being implemented on a smartwatch, albeit with a custom skin on top. Not only that but the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic bring some new features and improvements that make them a great option for anyone looking for a smartwatch to go with an Android phone. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest wearable from Samsung. Read more.

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    Samsung launches the Galaxy Buds 2, its latest wireless earbuds with ANC

    Samsung just announced the Galaxy Buds 2 alongside some of the most anticipated devices of 2021 — the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS. The Galaxy Buds 2 isn’t necessarily an upgrade to the Galaxy Buds Pro that was launched earlier with the Galaxy S21 series. Instead, it’s more like a spiritual successor to the Galaxy Buds+ which is still one of the best TWS earbuds out there. Read more.

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    Shop more Samsung products here.​