Galaxy Z Flip hands-on: The first foldable worth buying

by birtanpublished on August 28, 2020

It's hard to believe that less than a year ago we were all excited about the Galaxy fold being released and then just a couple weeks later it was clear that there were critical flaws in its build and now we have the galaxy Z flip Samsung has completely redesigned its

Foldable strategy it's improved the hinge improved the screen improved the entire experience and yeah it folds up and down rather than out like a book and that's kind of a better deal for everybody so what we get with the galaxy

Z flip is a phone that folds vertically in like a clamshell much like the Motorola RAZR which we've already seen for the last couple of months the big difference here is that this screen covering is actually glass yes it's

Foldable glass and Samsung says it's rated for 200,000 folds now we've seen the Motorola RAZR maybe not make it quite that long and we know that even the original Galaxy folds struggled with just regular use after a few weeks but

With the glass covering we should have no worries about durability in the same way that we have with all previous foldable I have to say after using this thing for just an hour I already can tell that there's a big difference in

Using the foldable with glass versus a foldable with any sort of other screen covering the screen underneath is a six point seven inch F HD Plus display looks pretty darn good let's be honest it's not gonna look the exact same as the the

Flat normal display on a galaxy s 20 plus for example but it looks pretty darn good even outside in the sunlight here and more importantly that crease across the screen of course it's a lot smaller because it folds across

Vertically but it's also less noticeable with the glass covering and because it's glass once again and the hinge has been improved from the Galaxy fold we shouldn't see any of these variations in the hinge area where on the original

Galaxy fold things got kind of wavy and bumpy and very weird and that's one thing that you notice immediately when you start tapping on the screen whether you're scrolling up over that crease or you're just doing any kind of normal

Activity you don't notice the screen flexing or denting you don't worry about getting your thumbnail in there and messing with anything every time you touch the screen it feels like you're just touching a

Normal phone which is the holy grail of foldables if you can make it fold in half like this and still come out looking like a normal screen when you open it back up again that's the big thing that we were missing out on on all

These first-generation foldables it's just crazy that it only took a handful of months for Samsung to transition to such a better design from top to bottom now of course when you close this thing let's be honest it's still pretty thick

It's pretty big it's not all that usable when it's closed either because unlike the Galaxy fold you don't get a full cover display you get this little tiny cover display which is a little over an inch diagonal and it shows the time and

Date and it shows incoming notifications you can even swipe through notifications that have come in not really all that useful one funny thing you can do with it though is you can use it as a viewfinder from the camera you can

Double press the power button launch one of these two cameras are regular at an ultra-wide it actually used this as a viewfinder I have to say doesn't work all that well it's the tiniest viewfinder you could imagine you should

Really just open up that screen and the nice thing is you do get a front-facing camera on the inside so you can take a normal video call you can just take a regular selfie with this camera it's a very unobtrusive hole-punch it's not a

Big notch but one thing that has been carried over from the second-generation Galaxy fold the Refresh galaxy fold is this large bezel around the screen the screen covering goes underneath this large raised bezel to make sure that no

Debris can get in behind the foldable portion of the display and look it's not marred by a giant notch up in the corner like the galaxy fold was but it is very noticeable you don't get that I mean especially compared to Samsung phones

That nice infinity edge or this edge to edge screen look you do have to deal with this large bezel and when you close it you can tell that the phone does not close perfectly it doesn't go all the way down that's unfortunate as well but

Again you're getting the upside of the screen actually being able to fold in half not causing problems with all these changes in the hardware the Galaxy Z flip addresses the problems that the

Galaxy fold had and that's a really good thing because it means we can look at this piece of hardware and this form factor this tall and skinny phone that folds down into a clamshell size for what it is and actually see all of the

Things that it brings to the table compared to a traditional smartphone and they're all things that we can't figure out right now we need more time with the galaxy Z flip we don't really know how the software is gonna work out with its

Split screen when you fold the hinge in or when it just uses regular apps and there's really tall and skinny aspect ratio we don't know what the battery life is like from the 3300 milliamp hour battery we're not sure what level of

Camera quality Samsung put in here and we just don't know whether it's worth the thirteen hundred and eighty dollar price tag especially when you have the galaxy s 20 ultra at almost the exact same price with a traditional

Non-folding form factor we're gonna figure out all these things when we got our hands on the Galaxy SIII flip once again and you're gonna be able to see all that on android central.com and right here on the Android Central

YouTube channel so be sure to subscribe and follow along on all our galaxy Z flip updates

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