Galaxy Z Flip: Even I’m surprised by how much I still love this phone
Last year, if you told me about all the things happening in 2020, I would shake my head in disbelief. It contains the facts that I would likeFoldable phone. (By the way, Samsung recently announced 7. To be released on August. I was skeptical when it was launched in February as the Galaxy Fold reviewer units had several issues a year earlier. Was Then . It was launched before Flip and even though it was more expensive and had less impressive specs, .
However, and fast forward to now. I use it like a regular phone, which sounds silly to say, but one of my biggest drawbacks against foldable phones is that they don’t hold enough for real-world use. Initially, I was protective about the phone; Now I am less cautious and it is still going on.
Above all, the Galaxy Z Flip is fun and it’s something I don’t say about many phones. Folding and opening it is as enjoyable as the first time I did it. Turning off the phone to end a call gives me a level of satisfaction that I don’t get from anyone iPhone 11 Pro Or Pixel 4. And with opening it like a whip to my wrist I feel like a crook.
I know that the Galaxy Z Flip is not the right phone or the most powerful. This is not the best camera or battery life. It is quite expensive. And even then I can’t stop using it. After three months, the Galaxy Z Flip costs $ 1,380? Yes. The high price indicates that this is a phone that can physically change in half. Should you pay $ 1,380 for this phone?. But for those of you who want to flirt with the Wild West of mobile phone design, Z Flip has a lot to offer.
Z Flip’s beautiful but damned performance
I love and hate this performance. When it is clean, the tall narrow screen is amazing and vibrant. The videos look outstanding. The 21.9: 9 aspect ratio is also really wide, so most of the videos have black bars on the edges. I watched widescreen films like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and they fit the performance incredibly well.
But once upon a time, plastic polymer coating got in the way of the beauty of the screen, especially when there were fingerprints on the screen that the coating seems to attract endlessly. When I wipe clean smoke from the sleeve of my shirt, they are not as easy as a phone without a plastic polymer on it.
Then there is the crease. Ah, the crease. Three months after using it, I came to notice that I feel the crease continuously with my fingers. The crease of the Z flip cuts the middle of the screen and if I scroll through an app like Instagram or Twitter, my finger becomes like a car rolling over the seam in a concrete driveway. But that doesn’t bug me specifically and because it’s a horizontal crease instead of a vertical one on the Galaxy fold, I actually see it less. To me, the crease is like background music in a restaurant. I notice it but forget about it after a while. Just as I got used to noting on the phone, I have come to the crease now.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Affects Almost Every Angle
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Z flip flex mode
It is a pleasant amount for me how happy I am when the phone is switched off. I never hesitate to take it with me because it is very pocketable (although the mileage inside the pants of women pants can vary). The longer the z flip opens in the phone, A Skinner version of that though.
I like to open the phone to use it because I’m more selective about what I’m doing. The only time it seems tedious is messaging, I have to open the phone to read and answer the text and then I close it. If I get a second answer, I have to start the process. I would be very happy if I could reply to messages from outside displays with my voice,
Over time, I stopped turning off the phone and instead left it open at a 90-degree angle. This made it like a mini laptop and meant that I could keep a message thread open or scroll mindlessly to Instagram or Twitter. Samsung calls this half-fold flex mode, and it is excellent for filming vertical videos as well. I honestly didn’t expect to use the Z Flip as a video camera. It’s too much but in flex mode the phone becomes a tripod on its own, meaning I have more options where I would call it a regular phone. Than I can set to get the perfect shot.
In the next version of Z Flip (after), It is), I hope Samsung embraces the video capture aspect more. There are rumors that the Galaxy Z Flip 2 will have a third external camera. If this comes true, there is an opportunity to convert the Z Flip into a final phone to capture video. Samsung will need to make the third camera the same as the main, but rotate it by 90 degrees (think Motorola One Action). This way when the phone is in flex mode it can capture vertical video with existing two cameras and horizontal video with third camera.
Flex mode also has a software component, where apps adapt to L-shaped positions. But few apps take advantage of it and even then it seems limited. The Gallery app, for example, puts photos at the top half and controls navigation at the bottom. But when I go to edit a picture, the picture moves from the top half of the screen towards the center. Why not put it on the top half of the screen and use the bottom half to make adjustments?
With Android 10, I can have two application displays in a split screen, which I have done for a zoom meeting (at the top) and email (at the bottom). This is a good way to use the device without holding it. But again, functionality is limited.
The thing I enjoy doing to position the Z Flip at different angles is that I can fit the phone to my face when I’m talking on a call instead of being flat. It is the early 2000s and I almost enjoy it by turning off the phone and ending the call.
Etsy-Bitsy Teeny Exterior Display
The small, tablet-sized display on the exterior of the phone is incredibly quiet and minimal, but also useless. I enjoy looking at the timing and battery status, and using it to skip tracks in Spotify. But the display turns off very quickly to read the information and I can’t find the setting to adjust it.
Taking a selfie with it is also a strange experience. The display becomes a viewfinder and allows you to use external cameras for high-resolution pictures, but the preview on the screen is misleading because it does not reflect the actual framing of the photo.
The usability of external displays on foldable phones varies. Galaxy tries to do too much on the fold and feels tight. On the other hand, the screen of the Galaxy Z Flip is very simple. The Motorola Razor struck a sweet spot between the two.
While I understand that phone manufacturers have to strike a balance between the size and usability of external displays, improvements can still be made on the Z Flip. Samsung can go the Motorola route and touch the screen big, or be able to display notifications for a long time. It is also necessary to have some capability to allow users to perform basic actions with information.
Dust, debris and durability
When the Z Flip launched, there were concerns about its flexible performance and long-term durability. After three months of regular use, I don’t see a single scratch or nick on the display (though again, a lot of smells). When the phone slips from my desk and onto the floor, there is a small scuffle from the body. When we are on that subject, I have not dropped the phone but it has fallen on itself several times. The outer coating is ridiculously slippery and there were many times when I leave it on a counter or table and come back to find it on the ground as it closes.
When off, there is an air gap between the two parts of the screen. The only downside I’ve noticed is that it lets the dust and lint collect on the display. Unlike the review units of the Galaxy Fold, I had no problem with dirt or dust under the display or in the hinge mechanism.
My biggest way when it comes to durability is that I can use it just like a good old smartphone. I don’t baby this phone, or I’m worried that I might break it. Daily use over months and years would be the perfect test for its durability.
Last year’s performance is fine in use
In terms of performance, using the Z Flip is similar to using the Samsung Galaxy S10E. Both are not at the top of the Samsung spec; The title goes for the similarly priced Galaxy S20 Ultra. But I never found the performance of the phone limited. The animations look smooth and apps launch quickly. I wonder how long this phone will be in terms of software support.
The battery, which is moderate compared to a regular phone, is probably the biggest compromise. I barely get through a day and a late afternoon fee is typical. It is not terrible, but it needs to be charged until dinner time.
Galaxy S10 cameras on Galaxy Z Flip
In terms of cameras, I won’t go into it in depth (just). In short, the cameras are good, but not great. It is essentially the S10 camera system, with an ultra-wide-angle camera (lower resolution than the S10) and a main wide-angle camera that lacks dual-aperture. Photo and video image quality earns a solid B compared to Google Pixel 4 or iPhone 11 Pro.
In use, the camera always chops to capture a photo or video in any situation. Heck, there is also night mode on this puppy. Watch the video below, footage entirely filmed on the Galaxy Z Flip.
At the end of the day, I think there is much to admire about the Galaxy Z Flip, but for most people it is still far more of an experiment than a dependable daily driver. That said, if you want a cutting edge, warts and all, it is definitely in a store (when we can do that again) or waiting to go on sale.