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
Good Lock will be rebuilt with new features in time for One UI 6
Good Lock is one of our favorite parts of the Samsung Galaxy experience. Being able to tweak and customize your OS at such a deep level is something few phones let you do, and for some of us, Good Lock is important enough to be numbered among the reasons we stay with this brand. Once a year, Good Lock breaks for a lot of users as the next versions of Android and One UI arrive, and that's no different this year with One UI 6. Many modules are broken at the moment, but now we have a timeline of what to expect next.
Does the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic require more than looks to keep up with Apple?
Last year's Apple Watch Ultra blew everyone away when it was announced. It featured top-of-the-line specs and could, in some ways, compete with professional equipment in the diving and mountaineering space. Now it's time for a refresh, refining what was already there and adding a few extras. When it comes to the best Android smartwatches, we have the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic, another chunky device that ticks as many boxes as possible. How do these watches stack up? Let's find out.
No longer will you be stuck with Amazon Music for your streaming needs
Smart speakers are an essential part of a connected home, as they let you control most of your IoT (Internet of Things) objects, as well as help you with daily tasks, such as setting reminders and telling you about the weather. They're also primarily designed as speakers, meaning you can play your favorite tunes on them, regardless of the source. These speakers can be connected to your phone using Bluetooth or used with an online streaming platform, such as Spotify.
Don't pay for Premium? Background playback is still within reach thanks to Screen Curtain
Samsung loves to release suites of apps that let more advanced users tinker with their phones. Good Lock is the one most people are familiar with, but Good Guardians is worth looking at, too. These modules help you monitor heat and thermal performance (needed features on Exynos phones), monitor battery stats, and extend your battery life. A recent update to one of these modules has added a useful new feature that YouTube users will especially enjoy.
In the market for a new phone? Get the best Android experience with these flagship phones
When it's time to buy a new smartphone, everyone has different wants and needs. Thankfully, Android has a lot of smartphones that come in all sizes, prices, specs, and even shapes. Whether you need a foldable phone with the latest Snapdragon chip, one of the best budget phones of the year that balances power and price, or something guaranteed to get the latest version of Android before everything else, there's a phone on this list for you.
Which top-of-the-range smartphone should you buy?
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max is here, and it's the most "pro" iPhone yet, with a huge 6.7-inch display and a periscope zoom system that looks to catch up with the rest of the industry. This might be the best iPhone ever made, but how does it stack up to one of the best Android phones ever?
Dyslexia affects millions of people, and it's time Android started to help
Depending on which medical institution you ask, dyslexia affects 10–20% of the population. Despite being discovered in 1877, then known as word blindness, the condition is still largely misunderstood and difficult to treat. Accessibility has been a major focus in the mobile space in recent years, rightly so, with important features like Live Caption and more. But there’s one feature missing in the mobile space, and that’s the use of a dyslexic font, something Android phones should adopt as soon as possible.
Instant discounts, trade-in promos, and more
It's no secret that we really like the Samsung Galaxy S23 series — we named two of the three models to our list of the best Android phones you can get right now. But if you want Samsung's excellent hardware and top-notch software support in a more affordable package, you should really consider the Galaxy S22 series. These devices aren't a significant step-down from their S23 counterparts, but because they are the previous generation, they tend to see bigger and more frequent discounts. As evidence of that, we've put together a list of the best S22 deals currently available.
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Pixels smart features are more useful than I imagined
If you ask a Pixel user what features stop them from switching to a different device, one of the most common answers will be Call Screening. Being able to send nuisance callers to Assistant rather than dealing with them yourself can save a lot of time and hassle. But if I'm honest, I always thought the feature was over-hyped. I've never had much trouble with unwanted callers, so I couldn't see how a feature like this could be a big deal. Recently, though, that changed.
Is it time to say, "Goodnight, sweet prince," to the Pixel 3a?
The Google Pixel 3a has achieved classic status in its life cycle, though it's no longer on our list of favorite Android phones. At the time of its release, it was a welcome step by Google towards an affordable version of its flagship phone that sacrificed little to reduce the price point. It maintained the excellent cameras, Google Assistant features, and software support that we'd come to associate with the Pixel phone while slightly decreasing overall performance by opting for a lesser processor.
Battle of the premium Samsung smartphones
The Galaxy S23 series still represents some of the best Android phones available today. While they aren't a major leap forward compared to the S22 from last year (unless you live in an Exynos region), they are a definite upgrade over the aging Galaxy S10 or S20.
Give your older smartwatch a fresh new look
While the Galaxy Watch 6 is shaping up to be one of 2023's best smartwatches, the older Galaxy Watch 4 and 5 models are still hanging around, with many of us deciding not to upgrade just yet. One of the best things about Samsung's wearables is how long they'll get new features for, with four years of OS upgrades promised. That commitment to support continues now as the watch faces from the Watch 6 are brought to older models via an app update.
Will the new release mechanism get in the way of third-party accessories?
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic are the latest smartwatches from Samsung, and once again, they are some of the best smartwatches available. The design hasn't changed much since the introduction of the Watch 4, aside from some smaller bezels, but one stand-out change that anyone who's used a Watch 6 will notice is the strap.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra changes very little, but it's still a big upgrade
When the Galaxy S23 Ultra was released earlier this year, it looked like little more than a spec bump over the Galaxy S22 Ultra it replaced. A new chip and more megapixels in the primary camera sensor aren't revolutionary improvements. So, is the S23 Ultra just a minor upgrade over its predecessor, or is it greater than the sum of its parts? Let's break down the key differences between these two Samsung phones.
Keep your phone safe and colorful with these great cases
In today’s world, finding a superb smartphone for under $250 is extremely difficult, but the 2022 Moto G Stylus 5G utterly shatters this stereotype. Sporting some remarkable features and offering excellent performance, the phone even features an active stylus, something you’d usually find only on high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
The Watch 4 saved Wear OS, but it's time to move on
Even with a smaller price tag, the Pixel 7 has some unique advantages
In a lot of ways, the Google Pixel 7 is a more refined version of last year's Pixel 6. Many of the bugs and connectivity issues that plagued the Pixel 6 are gone, leaving a device that is a blast to use. Like the Pixel 7, the Samsung Galaxy S22 launched in 2022 and was a powerhouse when it initially launched. Even over a year later, the Galaxy S22 is still near the top of the pack in capabilities. Both of these devices are still considered some of the best Android phones you can get and due to their age, can be purchased at a reasonable price. If you are on the hunt for yesterdays flagship, you can't do much better than either of these devices.
Mid-range phones from Samsung and Google, head to head
Even though the Google Pixel 7a and Samsung Galaxy A54 5G have been released, the Pixel 6a and Galaxy A53 still provide impressive value, as the mid-rangers of last year become available at a budget price this year. These phones were among the best budget Android phones of 2022, but which one should you choose for 2023?
It's time to say goodbye to the microSD slot
The original Galaxy Note came out back in 2011, based on the legendary Galaxy S2 and with a then-huge 5.3-inch screen. Fast forward to 2020, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra ended up being the last phone released under the Note moniker. It has a 6.9-inch display, a plethora of rear cameras, and an improved S Pen.