My last experience with a foldable phone was the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, and I enjoyed it immensely, even though it is an oddly long shape.
This, of course, was so that it could be both foldable and functional.
While I've never had a chance to review Samsung's previous attempts at foldable phones, as far as I could get from others' reviews, the Z Flip was definitely the best of its attempts to date.
With the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, however, I'm confident that the Z Flip has been dethroned.
I've now had about 3 weeks with the Z Fold 2 and I have to say it's an incredibly fun phone.
I'm really trying to get my praise stuck here, but after all this time I still don't get bored with what it has to offer.
For this phone, I think it's only right that I mention its foldable nature first.
The function of its foldability
The hinges are tight, but at an angle greater than 120 degrees, the Z Fold 2 couldn't stay flat on a surface.
It's still pretty stable at such an angle.
Because each half of the screen was so heavy (the one with the camera is heavier) it would tip over with a light touch.
The heavy camera and the pretty color Mystic Bronze.
If you fold it slightly with the camera side as the base, it will be more stable.
This made it less useful when I wanted to be hands-free, but I rarely had to use the phone like that anyway.
I preferred to hold the phone, but that also brought its own little challenges.
The phone weighs over 280 g, making it significantly heavier than the average smartphone.
- This phone has a lot of grooves that are easy for dust to collect.
- She is a thicc.
Holding it in the folded state is fine as the 6.2 inch cover screen is long but narrow, so it fits well in my hand.
In the unfolded state, however, it would be difficult to hold the heavy phone (or really the mini-tablet) with its 5-inch widescreen for a long period of time.
Without a phone cover, the friction is not enough to keep it from slipping after a while. Even holding it up becomes exhausting sooner or later.
Screen & performance
Like most of the current generation of Samsung smartphones, this one has a great AMOLED display, but its 120Hz capability is only available on the main screen.
Still, I really liked the gameplay on this phone, if only because of its size as a mini tablet.
It's powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ and, as expected, has done very well for my use.
I've played several games on it, Genshin Impact in particular, and after that experience, I can't imagine playing the game on a screen that is smaller than the Z Fold 2 when unfolded.
Meet Kaeya, the one character from Genshin Impact that everyone in fandom is thirsting for. (I kept the display alive, which means it can look a little too saturated in images.)
One thing I noticed was that the area was kind of warmed up by the camera after an hour or two of straight gaming, which I usually took as a sign of a break.
Watching videos is just as fun, and I didn't notice any lag between what I saw and what I heard.
The difficulty of holding the open phone for an extended period of time was still there, but it was still fun to use.
Your standard phone audio
I don't feel like speaker audio is ever that great no matter what smartphone you have, and I've felt that way about the Z Fold 2, too.
I have no complaints about how it sounds or how loud it is, but if you expect it to sound like an actual speaker you will be disappointed.
It's about managing your expectations wisely.
The phone will last at least 1.5 days if I have a quarter of the brightness and play more than 4 hours a day.
By "last," I don't mean it'll be drained by that time, but it probably has about 20% of its juice left.
It works to the usual standards of Samsung's 4,500 mAh phones. So if you already own one with this type of battery, you won't be surprised or disappointed at how this works.
Average cameras again
To be honest, this phone's cameras don't light up. They're painfully average considering the price you'd pay for the Z Fold 2, which is RM7,999.
So far, I haven't been blown a Samsung camera for someone to use it like a normal person (I mean, who but a creep would need the 100x zoom like the S20 Ultra?).
For objects farther away, the camera tries to make them appear as sharp as the eye would see them, but it works reasonably well for close-ups.
- Find the cat we are breeding in a flower pot! This picture is taken with the phone held vertically.
- The photo was taken with the phone held horizontally.
- The photo was taken in ultra-wide so you can spot the cat that was hidden in the previous picture.
- It was really hard to get him to stop rolling around for this shot. Please appreciate this photo with 2x zoom.
One pretty cool thing was how you could project what the camera sees onto the title screen. This means the subject you are shooting can preview its appearance before the photo is taken.
The preview is a nice touch and makes it a lot easier to take selfies with the rear cameras.
However, due to its size and uncomfortable shape, I cannot imagine using this phone a lot for taking photos.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a joy to use, especially since I'm so interested in it for my gaming needs.
The mini tablet size is perfect for giving you a great view of your game without having a screen that is too big.
As a larger phone compared to the Z Flip and the first version of the Fold, it also offers a better split-screen multitasking experience, although of course it's not as good as an actual tablet like the Tab S7 allows for.
Not my most prolific anime while on Discord.
One thing that felt like it was missing from such a large phone was actually an S Pen pen. It was just wrong to have a screen that big but not a pen to draw with.
Fortunately, Samsung has hinted that an upcoming version of the Z Fold series could support the S Pen.
As good as the Z Fold 2 is, I just can't justify its price.
The functions hardly differ from those of the other high-end phones from Samsung. The main difference is what it allows due to its foldable nature.
Ultimately, I don't think the Z Fold 2 would be a mass-friendly phone unless you're looking for a phone that's more fun than feature (or just for showing off, there's nothing wrong with that).
And one last thing, if you do buy it anyway I would really recommend a phone cover so as not to scratch the cover screen or the camera.
|The large screen mimics a mini tablet||Features and functions do not fully justify a high price|
|Great display and performance make gaming a pleasure||Phone is heavy|
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