Okay, when it came to all the new foldable phones on the market, people talked about them as if they were a relapse into the past, and I personally thought, "Yes, somehow."
However, when I purchased the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, I realized that it was the farthest from a relapse to a once popular, earlier phone design.
Aside from being able to close it, it was nothing like the old flip phones, but I didn't care. However, the technology definitely fascinated me.
On the other hand, the boomer AKA, my father, whom I had recruited for this review, had never heard of the Z Flip and thought it was the same as the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
We had no real expectations, especially the curiosity about the phone itself.
In the head of a Gen Z.
First of all, I was afraid to hold the phone. It's almost all screen and something about it just seemed very fragile. I didn't even dare to fold it when I got it until I watched a video that showed me how to fold it. (Maybe I have a boomer soul?)
Fortunately, the hinge seemed pretty solid when I opened and closed the phone, and overall the phone felt pretty strong in my hands.
- Very close with the hinges
- Independent and no stand is needed
- The dent that is visible under light
One thing that drove me crazy at first was the dent in the middle where the screen folds, which bothered me in the long run, but I barely noticed it.
I felt it more than I saw it, and it didn't affect my use at all.
As a phone, the Z Flip is unique because of its foldability, which offers a maximum of 2-3 additional advantages. Apart from that, the functionality is similar to most other smartphones on the market.
What I liked about its ability to fold was how its closed clamshell shape put it so cute, compact, and easy in your pocket.
- The small display that I found mostly useful for checking the time
- I got the Mirror Black, but the light deep blue that I can see in certain lighting conditions is pretty
I think that's a lot better than the wrinkle that just became uncomfortably thin and stayed long.
It's also nice that the phone can "stand" on its own, which makes it a little more useful than an average non-foldable smartphone. This feature allows you to take pictures and videos hands-free, but it's not as stunning as it sounds.
Look ma, no hands!
I personally would still prefer to use a tripod or selfie stick (not exactly freehand, but gives you more maneuverability). If you try to watch a video horizontally with the screen slightly folded, your video will also look bent.
The selfie camera wasn't the best, but the main cameras in the back were pretty good when I say it myself. The contrast and saturation were sometimes increased a little too much, but it was not overboard.
- Details are captured fairly well
- You can tell that the colors are a little too saturated
- Vibrant colors, recorded on a normal lens
- Taken on the wide-angle lens
When it came to Multi Active Window mode, I found no use for it because I don't tend to multitask on the screen anyway.
What did the boomer think?
My father was intrigued by the Z Flip, of course, but only because he never had the opportunity to touch the crease after hearing so much about it.
"They always lock it behind the glass in the shops," he complained when he sliced fruit one evening after dinner.
He wasn't too enthusiastic about folding technology, even when it came to hands-free calling.
However, he wanted to watch videos right away, and here's one thing to keep in mind.
Since the Z Flip's screen is fairly long and narrow, you'd think, "Oh great, that means I can watch my videos in cinema mode," but a lot of videos aren't suitable for the screen.
So when you look at it, you get thick black bars on the sides (when laid horizontally), so in a way it's still your standard video ad.
My father also downloaded one of his favorite mobile games, Tennis Clash: Online League. When it came to games, he thought the Z Flip brought a whole new ball game (pun intended).
He often commented on how smooth the gameplay felt on the Z Flip, and he liked how cinematic the game looked while he was playing.
So you'd probably find my dad playing cell phone games on the Z Flip on the couch
The game was displayed from top to bottom of the screen, maximizing the extra space (thanks to the lack of a notch and minimal frame) to its advantage. It made for an entertaining gaming experience as you felt you could see more and better of the game.
The graphics were good, but with today's technology, few smartphones would dare to show up with bad ones. So it's nothing new.
He didn't like how the phone worked for other well-known apps like WhatsApp, but he pointed out that he was probably only targeting iOS and Apple (like me, but I now accept more thanks to this other review).
His problem was mainly the user interface, but I suspect that he would eventually become familiar with and accept it.
Overall, I was a little surprised that we had similar thoughts on the phone. For some reason, I thought my father might feel more nostalgia for it since he had really experienced the era of flip phones.
But as I said at the beginning, the Z Flip bears little or no resemblance to them, which is why I suspect why there is a lack of nostalgia. Sometimes I miss physical buttons.
To sum it up: we found the fact that it folds so compactly that it fits in pockets, the foldability for taking pictures and videos was less useful, and the rest of its smartphone features were nothing to sing about.
My father had an analogy to share about it. "It's like a foldable bike and a non-foldable bike. The only difference is that the foldable bike is easier to carry around, but at the end of the day it's still a normal bike. Of course it would be different if it was an electric and foldable bike Would be a bicycle, but it is not. "
And I somehow understand him. To be honest, the few reasons someone would buy the Z Flip are: 1) you are already in the market for a new phone, 2) you are an early adopter, or 3) you just want to be different.
Aside from that, the phone solves minor problems that don't really affect the life of an average smartphone user, unless you're very specific about things.
Starting at RM5,888, it's a definite no from my father regarding the purchase, and I have to say the same thing. To us, it seems like you're paying a lot more, just for a few extra features.
However, I don't blame Samsung for rating it this high. It is the first foldable smartphone that actually uses glass (but with a plastic cover for protection). I think you can set it up at this price.
Nobody is doing it yet. Why not take advantage of the situation and sell at a more exclusive price? Despite the price of RM 8,388 for the fold, Samsung is said to have sold over 400,000 units, so people are definitely still buying.
Overall, the Z Flip is a pretty good phone with a 3,300 mAh battery that lasts for average usage.
I don't think it will change life in any way, but it will pave the way for better, cooler, and hopefully cheaper, foldable phones in the future.
|Battery has good lasting performance||The screen is still fragile and prone to scratches|
|Hands-free calling and watching videos|
|Compact foldable, easy to put in pockets|
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