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When it comes to looking at the best smartphone releases of 2023, you can’t simply look past the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. This device brings the future to the present, with its foldable display and incredible hardware.

While there are a lot of great things about this device, there are some quirks that you should be aware of. One of which involves how you can actually turn the Galaxy Z Fold 2 off or on.

How to turn on the Galaxy Z Fold 2

Whether it’s the first time you’ve used the Galaxy Z Fold 2, or it ended up running out of battery, it’s easy to get the Galaxy Z Fold 2 powered up. Simply press and hold the Side Key of the device for a few seconds, until the Samsung logo appears.

How to turn off the Galaxy Z Fold 2

Unlike powering on the Z Fold 2, there are actually a few different methods for turning the device off. The first of which involves the Notification Shade.

Unlock your Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Swipe down from the notification bar to reveal the Notification Shade.

Tap the Power Icon in the top right-hand corner.

Tap Power off.


The next method involves the Side Key.

Press and hold the Side Key for three seconds.

Tap the Power Icon in the top right-hand corner.

Tap Power off.


In the event that your Galaxy Z Fold 2 is acting odd and won’t respond to interactions with the screen, there is another way to turn the device off.

Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons.

Continue holding the buttons until the Samsung logo appears.

Release the Power and Volume Down buttons.

This performs a “hard reset” and is akin to holding down the power button on your PC in order to get it to turn off when it won’t respond. None of your data will be lost, but it may take a few moments for your Z Fold 2 to start back up.

How to Restart the Galaxy Z Fold 2

As is the case with powering down your Galaxy Z Fold 2, there are a couple of different methods for restarting the device. The first of which involves the Power Button/Side Key.

Press and hold the Power button for up to three seconds.

Tap the Restart button.

Tap again to Confirm.

The next method for restarting involves the notification panel, which features some Quick Settings toggles.

Unlock your Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Swipe down from the notification bar to reveal the Notification Shade.

Tap the Power Icon in the top right-hand corner.

Tap Restart.


Give your device a few moments, and it will be back up and running in no time.

Customize the Side Key on the Galaxy Z Fold 2

The Side Key is also known as the Power Button, and vice versa, on the Galaxy Z Fold 2. In some instances, you may find that pressing down the Side Key does not actually provide any actions to perform in regards to powering down or restarting your new phone. In that event, you will need to head into the settings menu and adjust those Side Key options.

Open the Settings app on your phone.

Scroll down and select Advanced Features.

Tap Side Key.

Under Press and hold, select Power off menu.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Review: A 12L

About this Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 review: I tested the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 over a period of 12 days. It was running Android 12L on the July 1, 2023 security patch. The unit was provided by Samsung for this review.

Update, May 2023: We’ve added information on the latest alternatives, including the Google Pixel Fold.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (12GB/256GB): $1,799 / £1,649 / €1,799

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (12GB/512GB): $1,919 / £1,769 / €1,919

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (12GB/1TB): $2,159 / £2,019 / €2,159

Has the design changed at all?

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Z Fold 4 (unfolded)

Without holding the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in one hand and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in the other, you’d be hard-pressed to say the design has changed. Even if you have both phones at your disposal (like we do), it’s still tricky to pick them apart. Much like the Galaxy Z Flip 4 — its clamshell-shaped sibling — the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s external changes come down to a few millimeters here and there.

More specifically, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is 3mm shorter and 2mm wider than its predecessor when unfolded. When closed, there’s no difference in width at all. It’s also 8g lighter, though it’s still a heavy boy at 263g (9.28oz). All of the buttons and ports are in familiar places, as well. The capacitive fingerprint reader and volume rocker lie on the far right when open or closed, while the USB-C port is on the bottom edge of the right half when open. Over on the left half, you’ll find top-firing and down-firing speakers that create stereo sound.

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While the tablet-sized screen within remains the phone’s central gambit, the outer display is where you’ll actually run most of your tasks if you’re using the Galaxy Z Fold 4 on the go. The 6.2-inch external AMOLED panel remains tall and thin, like a starting point guard. Despite having the same diagonal measurement as its predecessor, the shorter overall device height means that the bezels lost a little weight. The thinner bezels provide a few extra pixels of width compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, resulting in a mildly less skinny 23.1:9 aspect ratio — closer than ever to the dimensions of a regular slab phone’s display and far nicer to use as a result.

None of this impacts the cover screen’s selfie camera position, which is front and center and surrounded by a small black ring. You can also feel the slimmer bezels on the internal display, as the 2mm trim comes courtesy of Samsung’s reimagined hinge. The difference isn’t massive, but the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a story of little progress.

If you’ve never used one of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold devices before — and many haven’t — the form factor will take some getting used to. I had no problems using it one-handed while folded, but it becomes nigh-on impossible once you open the device. Wrangling the 7.6-inch behemoth in a single palm feels like holding a dish of ice cream and trying to spoon it into your mouth with the same hand. You might get a scoop here and there, but you’ll enjoy it a lot more if you just eat it properly.

The wider aspect ratios may be slightly more manageable, but the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s size and shape still demands two-handed use.

Once you embrace the two-handed approach, you’ll find the easiest way to approach the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s internal display is to use it as if you were using a traditional Android tablet. However, tablets don’t force you to muddy up a rear display with fingerprints. If you prefer to scroll and navigate with your right hand, as I do, you’ll end up with plenty of smudges on the cover screen when using the device unfolded. They’re easy enough to wipe off but can drive you crazy as you switch between the two modes.

After getting used to the book-like form factor, it doesn’t take long to really appreciate the might of the internal display. The massive panel’s boxier aspect ratio makes it more square than ever and, in turn, more pleasant to use when immediately folded open in its portrait orientation. It can get very bright at up to 1,200 nits, and the color recreation is excellent. Meanwhile, the 120Hz adaptive refresh rate is delightfully smooth and can drop to as low as 1Hz when viewing static content to reserve battery. Sadly, the crease in the middle of the folding display is anything but smooth — you won’t glide your finger over it as much as you would with the Galaxy Z Flip 4’s horizontal dip, but it’s still there and it’s still noticeable if you catch the light in the wrong position.

How do the new cameras perform?

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One of the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s best hardware upgrades is one that you’re not likely to notice just by looking at the device. It packs a trio of rear cameras with two being borrowed from the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus — specifically the 50MP main shooter (which bins to 12.5MP by default) and the 10MP 3x optical telephoto lens. These are flanked by a 12MP ultrawide camera that remains the same as the equivalent Galaxy Z Fold 3 sensor. If you’re not into binned images, you can also set the primary camera for full-size shots as needed.

Samsung regulars might recognize that the 3x telephoto shooter is one of the primary requirements for Expert RAW support. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 supports Expert RAW for in-depth camera controls and RAW file exports if you want to get into the weeds of editing — something that’s far easier on that large internal display compared to a regular smartphone.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s ultrawide camera keeps distortion to a relative minimum at 0.6x, though it does have a wider field-of-view at 123 degrees than the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus (120 degrees). As a result, you get a bit of stretch and curvature around the edges, as you can see in the image of the barn below. The returning ultrawide sensor also adopts a different color profile compared to the main camera, with red and green shades appearing slightly lighter than they truly are.

The new telephoto lens offers up to 3x optical zoom (up from 2x on the Z Fold 3), with the option to combine digital enhancement for up to 30x zoom — or what Samsung calls “Space Zoom.” However, you won’t notice any 30x zoom samples below, as despite Samsung’s love of marketing it, the results are rarely usable. Shots up to 10x zoom and sometimes even 20x zoom are often better, though you’ll start to see heavy post-processing for the latter. The image of the cupola and the clock tower preserve good detail and clarity at 10x, so long as you don’t crop in too closely. The colors, at least on the cupola, are darker than in actuality, but that may be partially down to the evening lighting.

Portrait mode is accurate for the vast majority of subjects as well. It identified edges accurately in most of my shots, but the degree to which the Galaxy Z Fold 4 applies its bokeh can vary in auto mode. For example, the portrait of a horse — taken at 3x zoom — has a much softer background than the snap of a corgi. Both are easily distinguishable as the subject, and the colors are punchier than in standard images, but the corgi’s background isn’t quite as dreamy.

There are also a few instances where portrait mode swung and missed almost entirely. I focused on the hanging fern to the left, and it got a nice color boost, but there’s next to no fade behind it. The same goes for the statue of the man reading his paper — you could easily pass the background off as natural bokeh rather than portrait mode.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4’s primary 10MP selfie camera — nestled within the cover display’s punch hole — is still a solid shooter. It’s not up there with the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s premium lens, but it delivers good color and decent detail in the background. I noticed it missed a few of my hairs in portrait mode, but it’s far from the worst we’ve seen from a selfie shooter. Color recreation works in portrait mode’s favor, as there’s slightly more contrast with the shadows on my face. It also helps to get past a few details that the standard selfie muddles, like the leaves in the tree to the right.

How does Android 12L stack up?

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Outside of the camera upgrades, the most important change that Samsung brought to its latest Galaxy Z Fold is Android 12. Well, Android 12L, more specifically. This specialized version of Android for mobile hardware with larger displays was announced in October 2023, yet while we’ve seen it debut on a handful of Android tablets, this is the first time we’ve seen it brought to bear on a foldable device.

Read more: The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is great, but it’s Android 12L I really love

As soon as you open the 7.6-inch display and dive into your first app, you’re bound to notice one of Android 12L’s key features — the taskbar. It’s similar to what you’d find along the bottom of your computer screen, and it’s likely to become one of your new best friends. The taskbar tacks a few recommended apps to the left of a small vertical divider, though the list can be customized to show any apps or app folders of your choosing. Meanwhile, recently accessed apps appear on the right side of the divider. All of this is within a thumb’s reach, making them easy to open in a hurry. Even better, the nine-dot icon at the left of the taskbar opens the app drawer in case you need something that’s not already pictured.

How powerful is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4?

Anything else?

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Battery life and charging: The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s battery size and charging power is unchanged from the previous generation. You still get a 4,400mAh cell with 25W wired and 10W wireless charging, and it takes about 85 minutes to fill using a compatible USB Power Delivery PPS charger. However, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip helps to stretch the charge to around five and a half hours of screen-on time with the adaptive 120Hz refresh rate enabled. It’ll go further on days where you rely on the cover screen more, but it can come up a bit short of bedtime if you exclusively use the internal display.

Audio: The Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers a pair of prominent stereo speakers, both mounted to the left half of the Armor Aluminum frame when opened in portrait. When held this way, it can sometimes feel like most of the sound is coming from only one side. For the best results, you’ll need to rotate the display so that one speaker sits on each side instead. On the bright side, both speakers offer impressive clarity across the range. The bass suffers a bit, but not any more than it does on most flagship-tier phones.

Biometrics: Samsung hasn’t transitioned its cutting-edge foldable to an in-display fingerprint reader yet. Instead, it’s still rocking a side-mounted capacitive sensor, and a darn good one at that. It’s not the easiest to reach with digits other than your right thumb or forefinger, but it’s quick and accurate, and it never had any issues identifying my touch.

Connectivity: The Galaxy Z Fold 4 packs the latest connectivity standards, with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 onboard. You’ll also find NFC support for Samsung Pay (or Google Pay), and ultra-wideband for Galaxy SmartTags and other compatible accessories.

5G: Samsung has (mercifully) dropped the 5G affix from the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s branding, but just like its predecessor, it supports sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G networks in the US. We used the device on T-Mobile’s network without issue.

Software updates: Samsung is well-known for its unrivaled commitment to software updates, and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is no exception. It’s set to receive four full Android version updates and five years of security coverage, which will carry the foldable through to Android 16 with security support into 2027. So far, we’ve seen an update to the March 1, 2023 security patch and official Android 13 support.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 enjoys an immediate position of power in the global foldable market.

The easiest to recommend is Samsung’s own Galaxy S23 Ultra ($1169 at Amazon), which would still be $100 less than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 even if you opted for the maxed out configuration with 1TB of storage. It’s as large of a traditional phone as you’re likely to find, with a hefty 6.7-inch display, and it comes with an S Pen built-in like the now defunct Galaxy Note series. You get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset under the hood, and the 5,000mAh battery is built to last easily beyond a day. Likewise, while the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has made great strides with its cameras, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is currently the best camera phone in the business.

Another rival that might work for some is the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max ($1099 at Best Buy). It means switching from Android to iOS, but it’s as premium of an iPhone experience as money can buy. MagSafe opened the door to a whole host of new accessories, and Apple finally swapped one of its stalwart 12MP lenses for a 48MP alternative. You should have no trouble pushing a smaller battery further, either, thanks to excellent optimization.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it rolls a whole lot smoother thanks to Android 12L and its flagship-tier cameras.

As you learn to use the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in its many different configurations, it will feel like a new and powerful tool time and time again. It makes little difference that Samsung didn’t reinvent the wheel at the end of the day because the Fold remains an excellent — if expensive — technological marvel.

Samsung’s prospective competition remains limited, at least in the US, which means the Galaxy ecosystem is your best chance to try a foldable phone for at the very least another year. The company’s generous trade-in deals (at least if you already have a Samsung phone) also make it more affordable than ever to get your hands on one. While the more conservative buyers will find themselves drawn to the smaller, cheaper, and generally more practical Galaxy Z Flip 4, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 reclaims its spot as the most innovative ultra-premium smartphone available to the world at large.

Top Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 questions and answers

Foldable phones are more likely to break than regular slab phones. However, the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s internal display is covered by Ultra Thin Glass which is rated for up to 200,000 folds, while the phone itself is a Gorilla Glass Victus Plus sandwich with an Armor Aluminum frame. Samsung has also improved the adhesive applied to the internal display’s protective film to prevent rippling at the edges.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has an IPX8 rating for protection against immersion in water, though it has no rating against dust.

Yes, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a crease running along the center of the larger internal display where it folds. Sadly, this hasn’t improved much since the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 supports wireless charging though it tops out at 10-15W.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 does not have a headphone jack.

No, you only get a USB-C cable and a SIM ejector tool. To charge it at maximum power, you will need a Power Delivery PPS charger with a 25W rating or above.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a one-year warranty in the US.

How To Turn Off Keyboard Sound On Android And Iphone

There are two kinds of people: those who like the keyboard tap sound on a smartphone and those who don’t. If you belong to the latter category, you can easily disable the keyboard sound on Android and iPhone, where it is enabled by default. Let’s examine how to turn off keyboard sound for Gboard, SwiftKey, Samsung, and Apple keyboards.

How to Turn Off the Keyboard Sound on Android 1. Disable Keyboard Sound on Gboard

1. Open the Gboard keyboard settings by following the above method or launching any app where you can use the Gboard keyboard to access the settings quickly. Tap on the Settings icon at the top of the keyboard. Alternatively, open the App drawer on your phone and tap on “Gboard.”

2. Tap on “Preferences” in Gboard settings. Scroll down and turn off the toggle next to “Sound on keypress.” If you want, you can decrease the keypress volume instead of completely disabling it. For that, tap on the “Volume on keypress” option and adjust it to your needs.

On the same screen, you will be able to disable keyboard vibration. For that, turn off the toggle next to “Haptic feedback on keypress.” You can also adjust the vibration strength if you decide to keep it enabled.

2. Disable Keyboard Sound on SwiftKey

1. Open theSwiftKey keyboard settings. You can do it in multiple ways. Firstly, open the SwiftKey keyboard in any app. Tap on the Settings icon on the keyboard. That will take you to the keyboard settings. You can also open the apps list on your phone and tap on “SwiftKey” from there.

2. Inside the SwiftKey settings, tap on “Sound & vibration.” Turn off the toggle next to “Keypress sound volume.” Similar to Gboard, you can increase or decrease the keypress volume using the available slider if you want to keep it enabled.

Interestingly, SwiftKey also lets you change the keyboard sound from the Keypress sound profile. And if you want to disable vibration as well for SwiftKey, disable the toggles next to “Use the Android default vibration” and “Keypress vibration.”

3. Disable Keyboard Sound on Samsung Keyboard

The steps to disable the sound or vibration for a Samsung keyboard are slightly different as you will see below. However, if you are using Gboard or SwiftKey on a Samsung Galaxy device, follow the steps mentioned above.

1. Launch Settings on your Samsung phone.

2. Tap on “Sounds and vibration” followed by “System sound/vibration control.”

3. Turn off the toggle next to “Samsung keyboard” under the Sound section. If you want to disable vibration as well, turn off the toggle under the Vibration section for “Samsung keyboard.”

Tip: if you are a Samsung keyboard user, find out how to change the color of the Samsung keyboard.

How to Turn Off the Keyboard Sound on iPhone

Often, we want to turn off the keyboard sound only for a brief period. Let’s say you are at a place where you don’t want others to hear the keypress sound. In such situations, you can turn off the keyboard sound by using the physical mute button on your phone. It should be on the left edge of your phone. Simply, push it toward the back of your phone to enable Silent mode. That will disable keypress sounds for all keyboards.

As you may have guessed, while this method is helpful for temporary times, it does turn off all the sounds on your phone. You won’t even get a notification or ring sound, so use it wisely.

Disable Apple Keyboard Sound on iPhone

If you don’t like the Apple keyboard keypress sound and want to keep it disabled at all times, you can do so from Settings as shown below.

1. Open Settings on your iPhone.

Turn Off the Gboard Keyboard Sound on iPhone Turn Off the SwiftKey Keypress Sound on iPhone

1. Open the SwiftKey app on your iPhone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Simply repeat the steps mentioned in the above methods and enable the toggle next to the sound option.

2. Can I change the keyboard sound on iPhone and Android?

You cannot use a different keypress sound on iPhone. However, you can do so on Android using the SwiftKey keyboard.

3. Why is my keyboard so loud? Try New Keyboards

Mehvish Mushtaq

Mehvish is a tech lover from Kashmir. With a degree in computer engineering, she’s always been happy to help anyone who finds technology challenging. She’s been writing about technology for over six years, and her favorite topics include how-to guides, explainers, tips and tricks for Android, iOS/iPadOS, Windows, social media, and web apps.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Second Opinion: Big Steps Forward, Small Steps Behind

Our verdict: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

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The ups and downs of foldable design

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As someone who only had fleeting looks at the likes of the original Galaxy Fold, HUAWEI Mate X, and Royole Flexpai at industry trade shows, jumping straight to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 for testing as a daily driver means I’ve skipped some of the early teething issues with large screen foldables.

Best of all, Samsung has implemented an IPX8 water resistance rating here. This represents a major step for foldable phones in narrowing the feature/durability gap to conventional flagship phones. Unfortunately, the phone isn’t rated for dust protection, which is a downer and means you might still have to baby the phone in certain situations or leave it at home if you’re heading to the beach.

Another notable hardware improvement is that Samsung claims the foldable screen is 80% stronger than before. Samsung is also confident enough in the folding screen’s durability to offer S Pen support, albeit via a bespoke Fold Edition stylus ($49) with a tip that retracts under pressure.

More reading: The best thing about foldables could one day be their durability

It’s also worth noting that the Z Fold 3’s foldable display has a noticeable crease, which makes me wonder just how much bigger previous creases were. The crease is very noticeable under your finger too. However, I did get to spend a few hours with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and I’d say that the crease there makes for a worse experience, as you’re almost always going to be touching it. On the Z Fold 3 though, you’re mostly touching the left and right-hand sides of the foldable display and avoiding the middle altogether.

As for handling the phone while closed, the narrow design when folded means that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is pretty comfortable for daily use, despite the thickness and heft in general. The external screen — clad in Gorilla Glass Victus for protection — is pretty sharp and gets more than bright enough when outdoors too.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 could do with a wider external display. HUAWEI managed to do this with the Mate X2.

The external display is a little too narrow though. This downside is felt keenly when you need to enter text, as the keyboard is just a little too small for the screen. It’s also acutely felt when reading passages of text (e.g. in the Kindle app). I understand that design considerations likely forced Samsung’s hand here, and I’m well aware that this still seems to be a big improvement over the original Galaxy Fold. But it certainly feels like Samsung is gently prodding you to use the large screen when reading.

On the plus side, scrolling through something like Reddit and Twitter is pretty neat here. You’re only getting slightly more content in your feed compared to a traditional smartphone, but it’s still a pleasant experience. Nevertheless, perhaps going a little wider while slightly reducing the overall thickness would be a better solution for a future Z Fold device. After all, the HUAWEI Mate X2’s phone display goes a little wider (delivering a 21:9 aspect ratio).

There’s definitely room for improvement though. For example, the ability to toggle refresh rate by screen would be great. Separate volume controls for each screen would also be handy, as I’m far more inclined to require volume on the media-friendly foldable screen.

Samsung’s foldable software is pretty polished, but it could do with a few more mindful tweaks.

Another minor annoyance is that auto-rotate can’t be toggled on a per-screen basis. The external display is just too narrow for doing things in landscape orientation, but things like Flex Mode rely on auto-rotate functionality. There are rotate prompts as per Android 11, and these do make life easier, but these prompts affect the other screen too. So that means when rotating a video on the main screen to landscape, you’ll need to hit the rotate button again before closing the device, as your smartphone screen will be in landscape mode too.

Perhaps the biggest issue with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 software experience is that quite a few third-party apps still don’t account for the foldable form factor. For example, Samsung’s own keyboard offers a split arrangement, with half the keys on the left side and half on the right (and nothing on the crease). However, Google’s Gboard misses out on this feature altogether. It’s a particularly weird omission as Android Marshmallow for tablets offered a split keyboard way back in 2023.

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Another major third-party app that hasn’t been optimized for foldables is Instagram. You’d think the company would want to use the entire foldable screen to showcase content, but you get an extremely unpolished interface instead, as seen above. This is doubly disappointing because this was an issue with the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Fold 2 but still hasn’t been resolved.

Hey, Galaxy Z Fold 3, 2023 called and it wants its cameras back

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Those hoping for a modern flagship camera experience will be disappointed, as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 camera specs read like a Samsung flagship from a few years ago. The rear combo features three cameras, namely a 12MP primary sensor, 12MP 2x telephoto shooter, and a 12MP ultra-wide lens.

You’ve also got a 12MP selfie camera in a punch-hole cutout on the front and a 4MP under-display selfie camera on the foldable screen. The latter produces a very noticeable haze with light backgrounds. You’ll also notice the camera outline when the screen is turned off or against dark colors.

I could certainly excuse the haziness if the under-display selfie camera was good, but even budget phones have better selfie shooters than this. Despite Samsung’s software smarts, the under-display camera lacks detail, with shots in ideal conditions looking mushy too. And you often don’t have to pixel-peep to notice how bad these images look. An equally big casualty is dynamic range, and while it’s clear that the phone’s image processing attempts to balance things, it simply doesn’t hold up compared to even budget phones from three or four years ago.

Then again, Samsung is positioning this for use during video calls. Either way, you should use the smartphone screen’s shooter, as it’s noticeably better in terms of capturing overall detail in the scene as well as HDR. Check out a comparison below.

Video quality tops out at 4K/60fps, and the actual quality is pretty good. I saw little to no dropped frames and while there is some noise in dark parts of the clip, it’s kept under control. Samsung also offers a Super Steady mode, which tops out at 1080p/30fps. Stabilization here is pretty solid, albeit with the jelly effect now and again. I would love to see Samsung bring this up to 1080p/60fps, as the extra frames make for a much smoother video.

Taken together, the cameras are definitely the weakest link in the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s chain. And if Samsung wants to attract Galaxy Note enthusiasts or premium flagship fans in general, it’ll need to address this with the Galaxy Z Fold 4, because software updates can’t fully address everything that’s wrong or missing here. That’s not to say you aren’t getting a decent camera experience in general, but you can get a similar experience from other phones like the Galaxy A72 and Galaxy S20 FE for under half the price. You can take a look at full-resolution shots via our Google Drive folder.

Flagship-level performance

The Galaxy Z Fold 3, much like Samsung’s previous foldables, has high-end internals to keep things ticking. For 2023, that means a Snapdragon 888 SoC, along with 12GB of RAM, and 256GB to 512GB of expandable storage.

Benchmark performance generally reflects the flagship silicon, although the AnTuTu score was a little on the low side. Meanwhile, our in-house Speed Test G benchmark yielded a time of about 97 seconds. That’s significantly slower than phones like the Xiaomi Mi 11 series, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and the OPPO Find X3 Pro.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 isn’t top of the class for benchmarks, but real-world usage shows that it’s pretty fast.

The phone clearly delivers plenty of real-world horsepower then, but what about mileage? I was able to get over six hours of screen-on time with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 on several occasions using the dynamic refresh rate option. This usage was mainly via the smaller screen and was relatively heavy too, with one cycle consisting of roughly 90 minutes of YouTube, half an hour of Genshin Impact, some YouTube Music playback, and podcasting.

A day of pushing the device pretty hard resulted in six and a half hours of screen-on time. This consisted of plenty of benchmarks, just under an hour of gaming/emulation, and almost three hours of YouTube playback (mostly on the small screen). That’s quite impressive in our book, so mobile gamers or those wanting to consume plenty of videos will be in good stead here.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review second opinion: The best foldable, but not the best phone

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The Galaxy Z Fold 3 isn’t necessarily the best foldable for all people, as the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a great pick if you want to buck the trend of ever-larger smartphones while still having all the wow factor of a folding screen. Samsung’s smaller foldable also delivers a more durable screen and an IPX8 design, but the small size comes at the expense of a decently sized battery and telephoto camera.

How To Turn Off Notifications For Specific Podcasts

Because notwithstanding your fondness for the dozen podcasts you love to zap through, collectively they sure can generate a bevy of notifications on your iPhone. Speaking from experience, the crux of the matter is that some of these notifications are much more hotly anticipated (e.g. surprise releases) than others (daily shows), which means neither leaving all podcasts notifications activated nor fully switching them off is going to genuinely cut the mustard for most users.

If you have made it this far, you will already have an inkling that there is luckily enough a much more satisfying middle way. And thankfully, you called it right. The square, purple icon on your Home screen itself holds the answers we need when it comes to selectively dumping the episode-drop notifications. So in the interest of a tidy Notification Center and minimal maintenance efforts, here’s how to remain in control of podcast notifications by toggling off the ones that have been bugging you for too long.

Flatly turning off notifications from your Podcasts app in Settings is one way of coping with the barrage of new episode reminders popping up day in and day out. It is in fact a pretty common conclusion listeners eventually arrive at, simply because often times the bad outweighs the good, the pesky notifications drown the few ones you are looking forward to finally roll in. While this is a tradeoff you might have begrudgingly agreed to making some time ago, let me tell you that in iOS, this last resort type of action is frankly not needed. So how about we get you back in the Podcasts notifications game, except this time you’re only going to get signed up for the show reminders you actually want to receive?

How do I turn off notifications for selected podcast subscriptions?

1) First off, we need to ensure overall permission is (again) given for the Podcasts app to display notifications. Therefore, open Settings on your Home screen.

2) Not too far down the list, tap Notifications.

3) Open Podcasts.

4) Be sure to toggle on Allow Notifications as well as the remaining three switches. The standard alert style for notifications is Banners, double-check it is locked in.

If you have not previously meddled with individual podcast’s notifications, across the board your podcasts will now by default send out notifications again. Time to change that and seperate the wheat from the chaff!

5) With the ground work completed, exit the Settings app and pop open your Podcasts app.

6) Go to the My Podcasts tab. Operating on the premise that all your podcasts currently do display notifications, take stock of the podcasts you no longer want to nag you.

7) Once you have worked it out, select the first podcast that you want to dismiss the notifications for. In this example, I have decided that I want to remain a subscriber of Stuff You Should Know, but am increasingly growing tired of the constant notifications.

8) On the podcast’s main page, locate the little cog left of the ‘share’ icon and touch it.

10) With the first lever on and the second off, hit Done in the top right corner to save the setting.

11) Kudos, you’re still signed up for your podcast of choice but have silenced the relentless episode reminders. Incidentally, this setting also pertains to the app’s badges.

Now we have walked you through it once, apply your newly acquired knowledge to all the other podcasts you want to stop taking up space in your Notification Center.

As a general rule, you might want to consider deactivating notifications from shows that release their episodes like clockwork anyway, or the ones that drop just too many too rapidly to keep up with. Conversely, leaving them on for shows typically unpredictable in their release schedules or rare in numbers makes a lot more sense and the pop ups on your iPhone or iPad actually valuable.

Fortunately, you can have one without the other, so get out there and clamp down on your podcast notifications today!

How To Turn On Mobile Data On Iphone And Android

With the introduction of 5G, mobile data brings improved data speeds and more versatility. While Wi-Fi only covers a limited range, mobile data can be accessed from anywhere as long as you have a network signal and data plan. 

In order to access the internet on your phone, you need to turn on your mobile data provided that you have a proper data subscription. The process is not that cumbersome either. You can turn it on through the Control Center or your phone’s settings.

Before turning on mobile data, it’s better to understand and check a couple of things.

You need to have a mobile data plan.

While using data on roaming, network carriers may charge you high if you are in some other country.

If your device supports physical SIM and E–SIM, you can switch between them to use mobile data.

You need to have a correct APN (Access Point Name) for mobile data to work. 

The speed of mobile data depends on different factors such as your location, weather, network generation (5G/4G) and so on.

Now, let’s quickly jump in to see how you can turn on mobile data.

Here’s how you can turn on your mobile data through your phone’s settings:

Open the settings by tapping on the Gear icon.

Alternatively, you can do it from the Notifications/Control Panel:

Open the Notifications/Control panel by swiping down from the top-right corner.

Here’re the steps to turn on the mobile network through the Phone’s settings:

Tap on the Gear icon to launch the iPhone’s settings.

Alternatively, here’s how you can do it from the Control Center

Swipe down from the top-right corner to open the control centre.

There can be times when you may need to share your personal hotspot using mobile data. For instance, if your Wi-Fi is not working on other devices (laptop, tablet, etc.), you can use your mobile hotspot to share the internet connection. 

When you turn it on, your device will act as a Wi-Fi network to offer internet to nearby users. Other nearby users can find and join your network using your hotspot password. The password can be found in the hotspot settings. 

Turn on the Mobile data from the Notifications/Control panel or Mobile data settings.

Then, open the device’s settings. Go to a Portable hotspot.

Firstly, turn on Cellular data from the Control center or Cellular data settings.

Then, open the iPhone’s settings.  

Go to a Personal Hotspot.

When you restrict background data, the apps won’t run in the background, which helps preserve your mobile data. For instance, your mobile won’t sync data in the background and won’t get app notifications or updates until you open that specific app.  

To restrict the background data on mobile, follow the below steps.

You can easily restrict data on all Android devices. However, some Android manufacturers have provided a feature to limit data usage. Once it reaches the limit, mobile data will automatically be turned off. Here are both ways to restrict and set a data limit.

 To Restrict Data

Open the phone’s Settings.

Scroll down and Go to Apps.

Now, open the apps you don’t want to run in the background.

To Set a Data Limit

Open the Notifications panel.

Here’s the best way to restrict the usage of data on your iOS device.

Launch the iPhone’s settings.

Go to General.

Tap on Background App Refresh.

If you want to disable all the background apps from consuming mobile data, simply tap on background app refresh and select Off or Wi-Fi.

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