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We have been through some madness of foldable smartphone long-term reviews recently here at GSMArena towers, as we have already announced Oppo’s first participant in the space, as well as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip3. So now it’s time to go back to the roots of the foldable movement, and it can only mean one thing: to turn our attention to the original line of mainstream foldable, which of course is Samsung’s Fold.
Now in its third iteration, Fold is better than ever, but is it good enough to take over the world? Or is the form factor ‘phone unfolding into a small tablet’ still too niche, still too undercooked, even if we look at it in 2022? These are some of the questions that have guided us to make this long-term review of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold3.
This phone is not new anymore when it was launched in August last year, so it has had plenty of time to ‘bake’ – any annoying software problems should e.g. have been resolved. So is Fold3 the best Samsung smartphone you can buy right now? Or does the fact that it folds still inevitably lead to some compromises in performance, cameras or battery life?
If you join us in the next few pages of this review, we will try to find out, as always, by putting a more subjective lens on things – if you are only looking for the more objective numbers and such , our normal review will serve you very well. But numbers and repetitive tests never tell the whole story of what it’s actually like to live with a unit day in and day out, so that’s exactly what this long-term review is for.
We have used Fold3 as our only smartphone for a long time and tried to dive as deep as possible into what makes it tick and where it lives up to expectations, so we can give you an assessment based on our experience with it, and not just cold hard numbers and facts.
With all that said, let’s work together to find out if folding phones really are the future of mobile phones, or just a temporary fashion that will inevitably soon turn into something else. And what better device to help us on this journey than the recent incarnation of the one who started it all?