Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Review

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

This is lisa from mobile tech review and as you can probably tell this is the samsung galaxy z fold 2 5g the second generation of samsung's foldable phone that turns into a tablet as opposed to the z-flip which turns into a regular phone from a little compact size thing so i've already done a first look video on this it was pretty comprehensive but this is after two weeks of use so i'm going to look at things like battery life what it's like to live with it the screen sizes the cameras and all that sort of thing we're

Gonna look at it now so just like the last gen model this one's really crazy expensive it's two thousand dollars and this time you don't get the wireless galaxy buds in the box like you did last time around kind of a bummer and that's probably why it didn't get more expensive but this time around they are offering trading programs samsung and so is retailers like best buy and carriers at least for a while so those are fairly generous so that does help offset the price even though it'll

Still be mentally expensive but anyway you know it's expensive already inside you know the specs are top notch on this and this is where it takes a leg up over the microsoft surface duo by the way we have a duo review and a comparison between the z fold two and the duo on our channel as well but you've got the snapdragon 865 plus no matter what market no matter what country you're in so you know you're not going to get stuck with an extro cpu you have 12 gigs of ram and 256 gigs of storage yes it is less storage from the

Last gen the original one which was 512 gigs which is kind of sad samsung said people didn't care i bet some of you are going to say just how much you care in the comments below we have triple cameras on the rear so we're not hurting there in terms of photography you have your ultra wide your main wide angle lens and the telephoto each of those is 12 megapixel and i'll talk about the cameras in a little more detail and you've got a 10 megapixel selfie

Camera on the front display you know the o-hole kind of thing going on there so pretty well covered of course you've got things like wi-fi six bluetooth nfc no water resistance because this is a folding phone no way to completely seal that yet but we do have wireless charging and we have 25 watt fast charging which does help because the first generation was normal charging and given the fact that we have a really big battery inside take a look at the specs on the screen uh yeah you want to charge as quickly as

Possible don't you so the biggest improvement for some people will be the outer display which instead of being this micro tiny mega bezel affair that it was on the original fault which very much felt almost like a prototype compared to this which feels like a very polished product how samsung got this far this fast i don't even know anyway that display is 6.2 inches it is edge to edge it's usable it's still very narrow though the aspect ratio the resolution pixels wise it's

More than twice the pixel's high that it is wide so when you're doing things like using the on-screen keyboard it's not going to feel as great as your regular phone but it's not a tiny itsy little window like the first gen i think most people will find it usable and it really it is there so when you're on the go you don't have to open the phone just to use it it's perfectly fine for really looking at the news looking at your text messages replying that sort of thing

Even it's not that bad for a youtube video obviously for things like phone calls too that is an oled display that is glass it has a factory screen protector on it you know the usual samsung plastic you can peel it off one and also the new inner display which is ultra thin glass otherwise called utg that's new the last one was just polymer so this one still has a polymer layer over the ultra thin glass but there is glass underneath that one's now 7.6 inches so you can see it with the ipad mini latest generation

It's almost the same size screen so quite an accomplishment the drawback is is it's wider to hold whereas i said like in my original video i can hold the original generation fold pretty easily with one hand this one is literally a stretch i can do it as a stretch it's oled too and it's 120 hertz the outside one is 60 hertz so for those who really like those high refresh rate displays you've got that so they really have just gone leaps and bounds here with the hardware

Improvements on this thing it's a beautiful looking display like all samsung oled panels that they use in their phones you can see even when we video it there is some pwm pulse with modulation which means you can see the refreshing of the display on a camera naked eyes no can't i don't get any eye tiredness or eye strain from it and your mileage may vary you know if you've used samsung phones it's not going to be any different in that respect yes it does feel a bit more like glass compared to the first

Generation i know some people felt the softness was a little weird or creepy feeling this feels a little more like glass a little less spongy and it looks a bit less wavy the original one was kind of ripply this one is still a little wavy ripply but a lot less obviously this begs to be used for things like video playback if you're a multitasking kind of person there is that split screen feature and you can drag the bars between the two but

You typically end up with very narrow columns not all apps work so well with it that's more like the surface duo stick if you want that kind of thing but for if you just want bigger web pages more content on screen if it's your consumption device for media it totally just rocks for that pretty obviously so for those of you who wish you had a tablet in your pocket you've kind of got a tablet in your pocket with this one sadly there's still no s pen support because

Samsung calls the display tough yet tender and it is pretty durable i've owned the original fold and z flip since they came out and they're in perfectly good shape but you're still not supposed to poke it with things like well active pens though so sadly maybe someday we'll get them when it comes to the cameras they do a good job of not making you feel like well you're a second class citizen because you didn't get a galaxy s20 family phone you know so we have those triple 12 megapixel rear cameras on here and they're all

Very good i find this a lot like using an s20 plus which is very good in terms of photography now the s20 plus telephoto lens has a 64 megapixel sensor and basically what it does instead of any kind of optical zooming is it basically crops in on that big sensor to create a zoom obviously this one isn't doing that it's a more conventional way of handling them so you have 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom and it's pretty decent you know i'm not going to complain too much about that

And compared to something like the s20 ultra or the note 20 ultra which have that much bigger sensor and all that sort of thing those are also a lot to handle for some people who are not used to say full frame photography and the very narrow depth of field of those i've seen some folks taking some blurry pictures because the plane of focus isn't right so with this this more less behaves like any traditional camera phone it's very easy to use i don't think you're gonna

Mind it you've got pro mode you've got 4k video recording at 60 frames per second slow-mo you name it all that sort of thing you'll be happy with it i think when it comes to battery life 4500 milliamp batteries so that's a good size battery and battery life of course is going to depend on what you're doing with it how much you use the inner display what your brightness is set up whether you're on 5g versus 4g but i found so far the battery life is pretty good it was on the original fall of course that one was

Only on 4g but i've been getting about six sometimes even six and a half hours of screen on time again it will depend on how much you're doing the inside versus the outside of your use it closed a lot of the time you'll get better battery life if you're always using tablet mode you may get shorter battery life if you're playing pokemon go god help you your battery's shot so in the box you get the love note from samsung that tells you do not poke

It with sharp objects and that you get their concierge service which is almost an embarrassment you know i think the people that buy this are tech loving early adopters i don't think they're the land rover set so much but they had things like michelin meal deliveries and country club visits for a day and all that sort of thing they still have the one times more affordable screen replacement service no questions asked so that's nice it gives you a little peace of mind in case you're afraid of

What might happen to the screen build quality on this you saw from my first look it's wonderful the hinge on this is just like the z flip hinge nothing really my pressure that has not changed it is excellent you can open it up in a variety of positions and it will stay there much like a very wide shallow i guess laptop it's robust i mean you know i wouldn't want to actually wet my finger with this thing it's like strong so that's nice and we still have the little dusty

Intrusion thing in the hinge there with the little brushes and all that sort of thing to try to keep dust out so after using this one for two weeks i wish it was longer but samsung took everybody's review units back after only two weeks i can tell you that the weight of it gets me down a little sort of pun intended you will feel this if you don't have good waistband in your pants let me tell you you are going to be wearing gangster pants drop them down there it's a heavy phone it's heavier than a surface duo it's heavier than pretty much everything out

There so just to let you know that so you're okay with that obviously it's a thick phone right now folding phones other than the duo are and that's how they get all the features in there that the surface duo is missing like your multiple cameras everywhere your wireless charging and you know all that good stuff right there so it's a chunky monkey but it's a narrow hold so i'm okay with the chunkiness for now so there it is

What would i like to see and this is going to require future miniaturization of technology and all that sort of thing i would like to see it be lighter and thinner no kidding right and part of the weight also comes from the quality of the build if you're using nice robust metal in that wonderful hinge that they have which is built like a tank you know it's going to be that way of course like everybody else i would love this to be more affordable i would

Love it to have an s pen i would love the display to not be as delicate where you you know you do have to kind of not poke it be careful with it all that sort of thing but beyond that they have just done leaps and bounds of improvement here and it's gorgeous looking it has great cameras the display outside is now usable it's pretty impressive and that hinge right i mean well done samsung i'm lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech videos and

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