Everyone's favorite Samsung flip phone can withstand water, but what about dirt and debris?
An all-new era of Samsung smartphones means more innovation, improvements, and a host of returning features that new users and vetted Samsung pros will enjoy. One model making a splash is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, one of the brand’s signature flip-top phones. Powered by the formidable Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and Android 13, the powerhouse mobile device comes outfitted with a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x screen with an Infinity Flex Display on the inside and a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED 60Hz display on the outside.
Dress up your Galaxy Watch 6 Classic with the best protection
Samsung's Galaxy Watch-series smartwatches have traditionally had solid build quality to offer a respectable level of durability. And the same is true for the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic; it has a steel body and sapphire crystal to handle everyday mishaps. But as we know, even with these materials, the Watch 6 Classic can catch scratches, scrapes, and other blemishes. So, opting for a case is a good idea to keep your investment in the Watch 6 Classic safe. If you are even more concerned about protection, a Watch 6 Classic screen protector will also help.
It's possible to do but there's a catch
In this modern era of online banking and mobile apps, picking one service to send money to friends or family can be challenging. Zelle stands out from other payment services since it has partnered with over a thousand banking apps. Using one of the most affordable Android phones lets anyone send and receive Zelle payments. You might be able to send Zelle payments from your bank app, but there's also a dedicated Zelle app. In this guide, we cover how to cancel a Zelle payment using the official app from the Google Play Store.
Can the Galaxy Tab S9 tolerate the odd splash?
Samsung recently announced the latest and greatest models to join its tablet lineup — the Galaxy Tab S9 series comprising the Galaxy Tab S9, S9 Plus, S9 Plus 5G, and S9 Ultra models. The fresh additions supersede the Galaxy Tab S8 series, which is still one of our favorite Android tablets, although it lacks any form of water resistance. If you are in the market for a powerful device that you can take anywhere to get work done, the Galaxy Tab S9 series is the ideal choice now for one more reason. Unlike its predecessor, Samsung says all the variants in the Galaxy Tab S9 series are IP68 water-resistant.
How many times can I describe Samsung's 2023 output as 'familiar' before the word gets as stale as these phones feel?
There's nothing quite like unboxing a new smartphone, even if it's not the most exciting year-over-year upgrade. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 — Samsung's latest ultra-expensive foldable — fits that description to a tee. While it's been a while since I used last year's Z Fold 4, I did rock that model as my daily driver for more than a month last fall (which is an utter lifetime for someone who reviews as many phones as me). And as I came to learn during my hands-on with the device prior to its announcement last week, there's a serious case of déjà vu affecting Samsung's entire smartphone lineup this year.
Showing up in more places and carrying different shortcuts
The Google Play Store has been through various redesigns over the years, with the most recent one turning most interface elements blue rather than green, likely in preparation of full Material You support. That’s not the only thing Google is working on, as new variations of the Play Store’s bottom bar have been spotted.
Make your routine tasks a thing of the past on Slack
Even with the intense competition from the likes of Microsoft Teams, Slack's popularity remains intact among startups, small businesses, and organizations. One of the reasons for Slack's high acceptance is the built-in Workflow Builder. Slack lets you automate routine tasks to save productivity hours on the go. You can either start from scratch or use one of the templates to create a Slack automation.
A considerable upgrade from the OnePlus 11, at least on paper
The OnePlus 12 is still several months away, and yet, we already know a lot about it. We know how it might look, and how powerful it might be. We also know when we might see it launched — for Chinese users, that might be as early as December, which would give it a considerable head start over other 2024 smartphones. We're learning more stuff as the weeks go by, and now, we have a very early look at the kind of camera hardware the OnePlus 12 could pack. And if this is anything to go by, it shouldn't disappoint.
Game-changing headphones for sports and fitness enthusiasts
Out of all the different form factors audio gear comes in, bone conduction headphones may be the most unique. You’ve seen plenty of earbuds and over-ear headphones, both wired and wireless, and they all have their purposes. So, why would you move on from the tried-and-true options that everyone already loves? Surely, the best wireless earbuds that are widely available are enough for use on an airplane or in the gym.
Amazon has removed payment functions in its Android apps, but there are ways to work around that
Before May 2022, picking up the latest movies, captivating e-books, and exciting music on Amazon was as easy as grabbing a new pair of shoes or a comforter set. The digital and physical shopping worlds blended seamlessly. However, you'll notice that things have since changed. While everyday items that need a delivery truck are still just a click away in Amazon's apps, buying digital content requires a little extra work. Here's your roadmap to help you purchase Amazon's digital content on your Android device.
YouTube's new experiment is currently limited to English content
YouTube constantly adds new features to its mobile, web, and TV apps to enhance user experience. Some of the Google-owned platform's changes, such as the recent decision to jack up the prices of grandfathered Premium accounts, haven't gone down well with longtime subscribers. Nevertheless, YouTube continues to push on, and the brains behind the operation continue to add new functionality focused on both creators and viewers. We've seen a handful of under-testing features being added to the streaming service recently, and the makers are now adding one more — AI-generated video summaries.
Let someone message you in a snap
WhatsApp is one of the best encrypted messaging apps, and sharing your QR code helps you grow your contact list. While someone can manually type in your details, scanning your QR code is quicker and easier. This can be done in person or remotely.
No need to search through your emails
Amazon is one of the most popular online shopping sites, making it your go-to option when you want to buy something. The more orders you place, the more likely you'll want to review your past purchases. There may be various reasons to check out your past orders, including buying something again, downloading an invoice, or returning an item.
Looking to relax with some peaceful farming games? You've come to the right place
Relaxing gaming activities pair well with brand-new Android tablets and phones. As part of the desired R&R package, many games turn into simulators of some kind, whether those become more focused on building, gardening, farming, or harvesting. Unfortunately, most simulator games tend to scope macroscopically and, as a result, may overwhelm the player with too many menus, tedious tasks, and a heavy reliance on micromanagement.
Samsung's Flex Hinge supposedly adds less stress to the display
Displays are always a big highlight of Samsung phones since the company's display arm is the leader in the OLED space. And while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 are iterative upgrades over their predecessors, their screens are among the best in foldable phones. The way display tech has improved over the last few years, you might not notice the Fold 5 and Flip 5's superior screens. This is why Samsung Display has published an infographic focusing on the new and improved displays of its latest foldable phones.
Android Auto's random disconnection problem seems to have made a comeback
If you have been using Android Auto for a few years, you'll know connection issues are common with the app. This causes Android Auto to randomly stop or crash on your phone, which can be a frustrating experience when you are using the feature to mirror Google Maps on your car's infotainment system for navigation. The situation has improved though, with Google taking multiple steps to mitigate this problem. But it seems the connection issues are back, with some Google Pixel users facing random disconnects with Android Auto.
HDMI-CEC can help you narrow down necessary controllers and save time. Here's how it works
Do you love tinkering with your home theater to get everything as streamlined as possible? Or maybe you're tired of juggling devices and remote controls to various boxes and streaming dongles, especially when you switch from playing games to watching the news or changing channels vs. turning up the volume.
Internet Identity is a new type of authentication for Web3. Here's what you should know about it
Passwords are hard. Even with password managers to generate and autofill them, they're still a pain to use for all the daily logins in our lives. The problem is that there aren't any great alternatives. However, the Web3 techs at the DFINITY Foundation are working on a promising alternative. It's Internet Identity (AKA II), and it could reshape our online security. Here's what we know.
Developing a new tool to work amicably with third parties is better than coughing up billions
Hopping onto a service and building a profile that caters to your unique preferences is relatively simple, but as we discovered while migrating from Spotify to YouTube Music, it isn’t easy to jump ship once you’re locked in, because companies like Google don’t allow smooth data sharing with third party services. Italian startup Hoda highlighted concerns with these practices last year, prompting an investigation from the competition authority in the country. Now, the authority has approved Google’s three-pronged action plan for Google Takeout to get the complaint dismissed.
The EarFun Air S buds punch well above their weight for just $40
It's not often that a pair of cheap wireless earbuds offer what the EarFun Air S buds do at their standard $60 price tag. Delivering much of what you'd find from earbuds twice the price, including Qualcomm aptX high fidelity sound and multipoint connectivity, these nifty little in-ears punch above their weight for the value. With Amazon offering them at their lowest price ever of just $38 thanks to an on-page $10 off coupon, as well as a code that offers an additional 20% off the price, the EarFun Air S buds are some of the best earbuds for the price right now.