[Review] Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Features & Performance
My last experience with a foldable phone was the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, and I really enjoyed it, albeit its oddly long shape.
Of course, that 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, from what I’ve been able to garner reviews from other people, the Z Flip was certainly the best of his attempts so far.
With the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, however, I am convinced that the Z Flip has been dethroned.
I’ve spent about 3 weeks with the Z Fold 2 now, and have to say it’s an incredibly fun phone to use.
I’m really trying to hold back my praise here, but after all this time I’m still not bored with what it has to offer.
For this phone, I guess it’s just that I mention its foldable nature first.
The function of its foldability
Its hinges are firm, but at more than a 120-degree angle, the Z Fold 2 couldn’t sit flat on a surface.
Because each half of her screen was so heavy (the one with the camera is heavier), she just flipped over with a light touch.
If you bend it slightly with the camera side as the base, it is more stable.
This made it less useful when I wanted to have my hands free, but I rarely found myself having to use the phone this way, anyway.
I preferred to hold the phone, but it also had its own little challenges.
The phone weighs over 280g which is significantly heavier than your average smartphone.
Holding it when folded is good, as its 6.2in cover screen is long but narrow so it fits well in my hand.
However, once unfolded, it would be difficult to hold the heavy phone (or the mini-tablet, really) with its 5-inch widescreen display for an extended period.
Without a phone case, there just isn’t enough friction to keep it from slipping after a while, so even holding it upright becomes tiring sooner or later.
Screen and performance
Like most of the current generation Samsung smartphones, this one also has an excellent AMOLED display, but its 120Hz capability is only available on the main screen.
Nonetheless, I extremely enjoyed 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 it held up very well to my use.
I’ve played several games on it, including Genshin Impact, and after this experience, I can’t imagine playing the game on a smaller screen than the Z Fold 2 unfolded.
One thing I noticed was that the area near the camera somehow warmed up after an hour or two of direct play, which I usually took as a sign to take a break.
Watching the video is just as enjoyable and I didn’t experience any lag between what I saw and what I heard.
The difficulty of holding the phone unfolded for an extended period still applied, but despite that, it was fun to use.
Standard audio from your phone
I don’t feel like the sound from the speakers is really that great regardless of which smartphone you own, and I felt that for the Z Fold 2 as well.
I have no complaints about its sound or volume capability, but if you expect it to sound like a real speaker, you’re going to be disappointed.
It’s about managing your expectations wisely.
The phone lasts at least 1.5 days if I have it quarter light and play for about 4+ hours a day.
By hard, I don’t mean it’s drained by that duration, but there’s probably about 20% of its juice left.
It works by the usual Samsung phone standards of 4,500mAh, so if you already have one with such a battery, you won’t be surprised or disappointed with how it works.
Again, the average cameras
To be fair, the cameras on this phone don’t shine. They’re painfully average, considering the price you would pay for the Z Fold 2, which is RM 7,999.
So far, I haven’t been blown away by any of Samsung’s cameras yet for someone who uses them like a regular person (I mean, who other than a creep would need the zoom 100x like on the S20 Ultra?).
For objects farther away, the camera struggles to make them as sharp as the eye sees them, but it works decently enough for closer shots.
One thing that was It was pretty cool to be able to project what the camera sees onto the cover screen, meaning that the subject you’re shooting will be able to preview what it looks like before the photo is taken.
However, with its size and shape that is rather difficult to hold, I don’t see myself using this phone much for taking photos, anyway.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a pleasure to use, especially since I got so attached to it for my gaming needs.
Its mini-tablet size is perfect for allowing you to have a breathtaking view of your game without being also big screen.
Being the bigger 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 not as good as an actual tablet like the Tab S7 would allow.
One thing that seemed to be missing from such a big phone was actually an S Pen stylus. Having such a big screen but no stylus to draw on was just plain wrong.
Thankfully, Samsung has hinted that an upcoming version of the Z Fold series may support the S Pen.
As good as the Z Fold 2 is, I just can’t justify the price tag.
Its capabilities are little or no different from those of other high-end premium phones from Samsung; its main difference is what its collapsible nature allows it to do.
At the end of the day, unless you’re looking for a phone that’s more fun than functional (or just to show off, nothing wrong with that), I don’t think the Z Fold 2 would be a mass-friendly phone. .
And one last thing, if you buy it anyway, I would definitely recommend a phone case so it doesn’t scratch the case or the camera.
|The big screen mimics a mini tablet||Features and functions do not fully justify the high price|
|Outstanding display and performance make gaming fun||The phone is heavy|
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