Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 long-term review

GSMArena Team, 17 June 2022.

Introduction

We've gone through quite a frenzy of foldable smartphone long-term reviews recently over here at GSMArena towers, as we've already reviewed Oppo's first entrant 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 that can only mean one thing: turning our attention to the original line of mainstream foldables, which is, of course, Samsung's Fold.

Now in its third iteration, the Fold is better than ever, but is it good enough to take over the world? Or is the 'phone that unfolds into a small tablet' form factor still too niche, still too undercooked, even as we look at it in 2022? Those are some of the questions that have guided us in creating this long-term review of Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold3.

This phone is not new anymore, having launched last August, so it's had plenty of time to 'bake', as it were - any pesky software issues should have been ironed out, for example. So is the Fold3 the best Samsung smartphone you can buy right now? Or is the fact that it folds still inevitably leading to some compromises in performance, cameras, or battery life?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 long-term review

If you join us over the next few pages of this review, we'll try and find out, as always, by putting a more subjective lens on things - if you're only after the more objective numbers and such, our normal review will serve you very well. But numbers and repeatable tests never tell the whole story of what it's actually like to live with a device day-in, and day-out, so that's exactly what this long-term review is for.

We've used the Fold3 as our one and only smartphone for an extended period of time, trying to dive as deep as possible into what makes it tick and where it falls short of expectations so that we can bring you an assessment based on our experience with it, and not just cold hard numbers and facts.

With all that said, let's find out together if foldables really are the future of mobile phones, or just a temporary fad that will inevitably morph into something else soon. And what better device to aid us in this journey than the latest incarnation of the one that started it all?

Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 30 Jun 2022
  • 7k0

That should the essence and hallmark of a vertical fold phone ie to be used as a nice handy Tab and take over the functions of a Tab in unfolded form. More sliming needs to be done , more Ram and editing softwares of a Tab requirements would definite...

  • Anonymous
  • 28 Jun 2022
  • TRV

Like the phone except for the fact the motherboard died in less than 6 months of use. Overheated and froze and all Samsung service could do is leave me without a phone for over a week while they fixed it. A replacement would have been the decent thin...

  • Karar
  • 27 Jun 2022
  • RNZ

I have had this phone for 8 months and my screen is split down middle. It's crap for a $2500 phone....... phone works fine, but a disappointment