The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G has a 7.6-inch2 Infinity Flex 120Hz display, multi-tasks for work and play, and is water resistant1. A theater, a workspace, and a game room folded into your pocket. Unfold your world with AT&T 5G. Fast. Reliable. Secure.
AT&T 5G. Fast. Reliable. Secure.
Virtually endless ways to get things done.
Schedule, edit docs, and build presentations with three multi-windows.
Water resistant1 with Samsung’s strongest aluminum frame.
See movies or play games on the edge-to-edge foldable screen.
No phone is ever perfect, but this is pretty close
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Lets start by saying, this is a pretty good phone. I am going from a Note9 to this and it is interestingly good and different, but not perfect.
The good. Screens are excellent, sharp, bright even in direct sunlight. Fast, smooth processor, good battery life, good cameras, and a high cool factor.
The bad. It is slippery. Opening the device can be tricky and I have dropped (fortunately on a soft surface) twice, until I figured it is best to put a nail (if you have some) in between to pull it apart. Just be careful not to snag the screen protector with your nails. Mine has a good strong hinge but that makes it hard to open (see previous). It is thick, but what do you expect when they have basically hinged two phone together.
The ugly. NO PEN INPUT ON FRONT SCREEN.
Overall I like this phone, or at least I want to like this phone more than I do.
I find myself using the inner screen more that I thought, but not as much as I had hoped. I use the outer screen for most common phone tasks (viewing notifications, sending text messages, and to answer the phone.) You can answer the phone while on the inner screen, but you look like a total dweeb, and it is awkward to hold. With that said, I have large hands, so when its closed I find the phone small (not, thin mind you, but the screen and typing on the front screen, small). On the inside screen I do not use the split keyboard, the full screen keyboard works best for me and opening and closing the phone all the time is actually less desirable than I was hoping. So I spend a lot of time on the outer screen, more than I thought I would. If the outer screen had pen usability I might actually spend even more time on the outer screen.
The inner screen is pretty impressive. It is the same size (more or less) as an iPad mini and looks amazing. I love watching movies on this screen, reading emails, surfing the net and using some apps. The overall phone, web surfing, messaging functions on the bigger screen is fine. Some things that are better integrated to the bigger screen are more fun and interesting to use. But most apps are not adapted to the larger screen and are the same experience as on the Note9, just on a bigger screen.
The battery has lasted me a whole day of normal use (surfing, messaging, news updates, notifications, searches, some show watching, and some navigation). The only thing I can not figure out is: it only charges at 10W, no matter what I use or do. I have 25W inductive charging pads, 10w not 15w. I have 60W cables and wall adapter and no matter what I use, the phone shows the same charging time as the charging pads. Its probably something I have not activated, or setup properly, but I have yet to find a video or web site that can help.
The speakers are very good on this phone too. They are loud, they are clear and there are two of them. As long as they don't change anything in future updates (as happened with the Note9) and lower the volume, I love the speakers and general sound.
Wifi is strong, no drop outs of any kind and work fast enough.
The 5G. I feel the 5G experience is the same as on my Note9. Sometimes the Note9 seems faster as it has less to render (I assume). Sometimes it works better. Faster loads, less lag. I live in the heart of AT&T's 5G service area, so I was hoping for more consistency in 5G service.
The cameras are ok. The software used to process the images is actually really good and makes the images look better. but if you pixel peep, the cameras on the Note9 seem sharper and the 21 has a 108mp camera that they should have carried over to this phone. But over all it is good.
For the price (even with the discount and Best Buy had/has some good discounts) it is expensive for what you are actually getting. On paper it is a little faster, but not enough that you will actually notice. You get a bigger inner screen, which is very cool, but a smaller outer screen, which you will use more than you think. You get good battery life, but not better. You get good cameras, but not better.
To me a "flagship" phone should be better than any of its predecessors. This phone is different, and somewhat better, but not better enough for such a large price jump.
I am an early phone adopter so overall I like the phone, I am just not super impressed by the actual functions of the phone. I love the inner screen and that is about all I love. Which might be the point of this phone.
Very expensive. It is impressive overall, and I do like it. However, typing in the keyboards can be a bit touchy. The exterior screen is smaller than what I was used to. The keyboard input kind of jumps all over the place at times. Using a stylus seems to help some. Watching videos or looking at pictures on it when it's unfolded is awesome, though! I still would recommend since I only have the one complaint and the pros outweigh the one con. That and it is sort of bulky/heavier than other phones, but what would you expect?
It's time to believe the hype - the Fold 3 is the phone to get. I absolutely love this thing. It's allowed me to consolidate my phone and tablet into one device and carry them in my pocket with no problem. The screens are top-notch for just about anything - movies, gaming, even some light Office work.
The camera system is pretty solid though it isn't the absolute best out there. Adding that, though, would likely have pushed this phone into the $2k territory. Still, most of my shots are pretty solid. I only run into issues when trying to take photos and movies in low light - lots of noise and blur with any motion.
The battery is fine - I can blow through a full charge in under a day but that makes sense since one device is now doing the work of two for me. Fast charging on this caps out at 25W wired and 10W wireless so be mindful of that if you're planning to purchase a charging brick.
Despite a few minor complaints, I can't recommend the Fold 3 enough for those looking to be on the cutting edge and/or want to consolidate some of the devices they own. I would recommend some kind of insurance/protection just in case - replacing a foldable screen if something goes wrong can't be cheap. Otherwise, enjoy using this thing every day and prepare to reap in the abundant ooh's and ahh's when you flip this thing open.
Retail price I would have never purchase this phone but Best Buy had a promo so I jumped on it! Overall its a nice improvement over previous models but I don't think its worth it unless this is your first Samsung Z Fold. It can also be annoying unfolding and folding every time but pretty cool tech to show off.
I had the z fold 3 since the release date which is over a month ago. Let me just say it's no other phone like this in the world and I can't wait for the z fold 4 next year to be released. Z fold 3 is a tablet that can fold into a phone. What more can I say!!! The display is gorgeous and smooth with it's 120 variable refresh rate. Watching content on this phone is the best YouTub, Tic Tok, and HBO Max etc. The camera is good but not the best, along with battery life could be better but decent. Plus s pen support is a pleasure on this phone. Plus is waterproof. The last thing is this phone is a multitasking beast. The truth this phone/tablet is better than an iPad pro with it's 5g, display, waterproof, and multitasking no tablet can touch the z fold!!!! Great job Samsung.
Samsung phones are a must for me. I have had several generations of the Galaxy Notes. And even though this technically is not a Note. It is by far the BEST PHONE EVER! Okay..Yes, the camera could be better. And the battery life could be longer. But where it lacks, it makes up for in the unmatched fold technology.
Best foldable phone out there. The under display camera is not good at all the quality of the picture is terrible. The aspect radio is bad for many apps and id unacceptable for a third gen product. The big display is amazing, clear and bright. This phone is worth the price.
Only four stars as its still pretty new to but but so far very nice. Only issue so far is I did get a phone with the constant reset bug but samsung had me exchange it for another phone and this one is great so far.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about connectivity, usability, design and durability. Editors are less positive about size and sound. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 97/100 = Excellent quality.
Tom's GuideRating, 4 out of 54.0Mark Spoonauer on January 5, 2022
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review: The best foldable phone just got betterThe Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 delivers a more durable design than before, S Pen support and better multitasking features, but the battery life and price could be better.
A:AnswerBased on this website https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_z_fold3_5g-10906.php no, this phone does not come with an expandable slot.
If you've really got your heart set on this phone, but this is a deal-breaker, you could consider purchasing a portable hard drive. But of course it is one extra thing you have to carry around as well as it costs more than an sd card.
Hope this helps.