About Zachary Kew-Denniss
Zachary has loved writing about Android since he was a teenager and has worked as a freelance writer at Android Police since the beginning of 2020. He specializes in Samsung products covering hardware news, software updates, and deep dives into new features and customizations. While Samsung is Zac's primary specialty, he has plenty of experience with Pixel devices and Android in general. He's often among the first to install the latest Android beta or Developer Preview onto his phone. In addition to news and features, Zac often works on buyer's guides to help readers find the best purchase for their situation. After hours, Zac can be found watching old Transformers cartoons and gaming into the wee hours of the morning, yelling that it was lag that made him die rather than his lack of skill.
What is their favorite ever phone?
Samsung Galaxy S2
Keep your phone safe from the elements
An entry-level device from a storied manufacturer, the 2022 version of the Moto G Power doesn't exactly wow in terms of specs, but it's a reasonable choice among the various affordable Motorola smartphones. Like most of today's smartphones, it's a bit large and heavy, and most owners will want to protect it with a decent case.
The lock screen could become more useful than before
Android has an inconsistent history with lock screen widgets. Google added the feature all the way back in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, only to remove it a few years later with 5.0 Lollipop. Despite that, Samsung has kept these widgets around in some form, but they aren't very useful in their current state. Thankfully, it seems One UI 6 could put that right.
30% off of the best Android smartphone is not a deal to be ignored
The Galaxy S23 series has been a breath of fresh air for Samsung fans, especially for those outside North America who finally benefit from a Snapdragon chip over an Exynos. The smallest S23 manages to last long enough on a charge to finally be a viable small phone, the S23+ nails the same basics in a larger package, and the S23 Ultra finally lives up to its name with insane battery life and performance. That means the prices are as high as you'd expect, but Prime Day has brought some decent pricing to all three models, so if you've been eyeing these phones up since launch, now could be the time to pull the trigger.
Supreme battery life is just one of the things that got me hooked
Last year I stopped using my S22 Ultra and swapped it for a Galaxy Z Fold 4. Having a phone when you need it, as well as a tablet you can unfold from your pocket, is a great experience. I was hooked, and I didn't think I'd ever go back to a normal phone again. But that changed when the S23 Ultra arrived, and that's been my daily driver since it launched. With Prime Day taking $350 off of one of the best Android phones around, now is the perfect time for me to explain why I love using it.
Save $700 on the best folding phone available
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 didn't look that impressive when it was announced. The specs were basically the same as the Z Fold 3, save for minor changes in display ratio, a new rear camera, and the usual bump up to the latest Snapdragon processor. In reality, though, the difference was night and day. The Z Fold 4 turned out to be the best foldable Samsung ever made, and Prime Day is making it more accessible than ever.
Keep your foldable safe and sound with the best Galaxy Z Fold 3 cases around
Despite its advancing age, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is still an excellent foldable. Its age leads to frequent sales and discounts, so it could be the perfect foldable for someone who wants to try one out without fully committing.
A rugged case is the best way to protect your Galaxy S22
It might not be as new and shiny as the Samsung Galaxy S23, but the Galaxy S22 series still offers some of our favorite Android phones. It’s also extremely easy to find the smallest version on sale, making the S22 a good go-to for people who want a tough flagship device with a lot of oomph.
What switching means giving up, and what you get out of it
Spotify has been the de facto music streaming service against which we compare all others for years now. Sure, there are plenty of competing services, of course, but none of them are anywhere close to being as successful as Spotify: In 2022, Spotify had a 30% market share for music streaming, with Apple Music in second place with 15%, and YouTube Music in fifth at 9%. Despite that well-earned popularity, back in February I decided to switch to YouTube Music. Why would I put myself through that?
Free up performance and make your phone as fast as it should be
The RAM Plus feature introduced with Samsung's One UI 4.1 was meant to bring performance improvements to a variety of Samsung devices, including Galaxy smartphones and tablets like the Galaxy Tab S7. While it has been supplanted by One UI 5.0 (based on the excellent Android 13 OS), many of its features are still kicking around, including the problematic RAM Plus tool.
The patch is also available for several tablets and A series phones
Samsung has really become a dominant force in software updates, showing the rest of the its competitors how things should be done. If we're not getting the latest big Android update or monthly security patch right on time, we're probably getting it early. In this case, it's the latter, as the May 2023 update has started becoming available in international markets, before April is even over.
It's also hitting several A series devices
Continuing to build its reputation for fast software updates, Samsung is already releasing the June security patch for international devices even though we're barely a week into June. The update isn't super early, as previous updates have often been, but it isn't exactly late, either. There don't seem to be any new features in the update — this is just your usual round of bug and security fixes.
The update is reaching unlocked and carrier devices
As is the custom at this point, a new month means a new round of software updates for Samsung devices. The June 2023 security patch contains the usual bug fixes and security enhancements but no new features of note. The update has already started to reach international devices, and now it's doing the same in the US.
It's also available for several A, S, and Z series devices
As has been the case for years at this point, Samsung releases its monthly security patches in excellent time every month, often beating Google to the punch. These updates are usually limited to bug fixes, security improvements, and performance optimizations. In this case, there are some extras included for the Galaxy S23 series.
If you need maximum protection for your Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra phone, these heavy-duty cases fit the bill
Samsung's flagship Galaxy Ultra lineup offers the best possible specs and power you can find in a modern smartphone. And while the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has been supplanted by this year's Galaxy S23 Ultra, it's still versatile and powerful enough to serve you well for years to come. After all, one of the reasons flagship phones carry a premium price tag is that they're built with staying power. However, that longevity is mostly from what's found on the inside. The exterior of the Galaxy S22 Ultra may be gorgeous and feel great in hand, but it's still quite fragile on its own, so it's a good idea to get the best protection you can to keep your investment in pristine shape.
Adding origami to your products complicates things
It's hard to believe it's been four years since Samsung unveiled the first Galaxy Fold. Things have come a long way in that time, with more durable displays, smaller and smoother hinges, water resistance, and improved software from Samsung and Google in the case of Android 12L. As the technology improves, pricing has slowly come down, too. But cost isn't the only deciding factor for consumers considering a foldable phone.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra changes very little, but it's still a big upgrade
The Galaxy S23 Ultra is Samsung's latest phone to bear the name "Ultra." As such, it has a spec sheet that can make even the most casual tech fan's mouth water. Even so, that doesn't mean you should forget about the Galaxy S22 Ultra just because it's a year old. As one of the best Samsung phones, it's an exceptional device that will likely see significant discounts now that the replacement has arrived. Not sure which Ultra to buy? Let's break down the differences between them.
Battle of the premium Samsung smartphones
The Galaxy S23 series is the latest and greatest from Samsung. While they're an iterative progression compared to the Galaxy S22 from last year, they're a significant upgrade over older models like the Galaxy S20. If you're eyeing up one of the new phones, the two that stand out are S23+ and S23 Ultra. Many of the specs are the same, but there are some significant differences, so you'll want to make sure you pick the right one. Let's take a look at how they stack up.
You get to choose between two kinds of convenience
When the Galaxy Z Fold 3 came out back in 2021, it finally added S Pen support to the foldable form factor, something we had been waiting for since the original Galaxy Fold. The Z Fold 4 continued that support and improved it with better cases and accessories centered around the S Pen. If you want to use the S Pen with your foldable, you have two options: The S Pen Fold Edition and the S Pen Pro. Let's explore the differences between the two.
Proving that the best value isn't always the cheapest
The Samsung Galaxy A53 was a letdown compared to the A52 5G that it replaced, offering worse performance and value across the board. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy A54 has done a lot to reclaim what was lost and looks like a phone that provides compelling value for your money.
A battle of exciting new hardware vs. old-school reliability
The Pixel Fold is one of the most anticipated devices since the start of the Pixel line, and now it's finally with us. At $1,800, this phone will need to prove itself and justify why people should spend that kind of money on it over other capable Android phones.