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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: a success or a disappointment

Samsung wants to excite you by offering a device with a folding screen. Too bad it's horrible to use (and bulky in a pocket).

Technology Product Reviews

As the devices have increased in speed, skills, and price in recent years, tech companies have given product reviewers less time to test them.

When companies give us access to their devices, they set a date and time for reviewers to post their verdicts before products are released.

More than a decade ago, we had two weeks, which seemed like an ideal amount of time to properly explore the pros and cons of a device.


We only have at most a week to test and write about products like iPhones, Microsoft computers and Google Pixels.

Samsung was even more grim: It allowed reviewers to test the $ 1,380 foldable display Galaxy Z Flip that debuted in mid-February for just 24 hours.

This minimized review period screams "Buyer, be careful" especially since some Samsung products have had durability and security issues.

Last year

The first samples of Samsung's first folding device, the Galaxy Fold, which cost almost $ 2,000, reached the reviewers in a matter of days. In 2016, the company also canceled its Galaxy Note 7 because a design flaw made it prone to explode.

Smart phones

The foldable Samsung, cost a lot of money and are important tools in our lives.

To seeedict: I found it impractical to use the foldout and paid a $ 45 restocking fee to return it.

The new Samsung works in a similar way that preceded the era of smartphones to a compact makeup mirror.

The Z Flip has a small screen on the external case that shows the time and notifications from the application. Unfolded, it reveals a screen that measures 6.7 inches diagonally. To fold, the device is based on a mechanical hinge and a flexible glass panel.

The main benefit of this design: it takes up less space in your pocket while providing all the features of a normal smartphone.

As the former owner of an original Motorola Razr, the iconic flip phone from the mid-2000s, I'm used to the flip concept. It felt good to quickly open the phone to answer a call and then close it to hang up.

But the Z Flip failed to conjure up the freshness of the Razr. A warning label advises users not to press the screen too hard or place the device next to coins or house keys.

In other words

It's tricky enough that you'll want to gently pry it open with both hands to answer a call, not a gentle one-handed gesture, as with old flip phones.

For two weeks, having to constantly unfold and fold this phone became horrible and frustrating. And not only is that, but it is also frustrating to open the phone, unlock it, put the mark on it many times because the digital scanner does not work well, let's say, and the facial scanner just the same and where there was not much light it did not work.

A simplified alternative is to skip the use of biometrics or an access code, but we all know this is a bad idea.

Finally, on the unfolded screen, there was a fold visible in the middle. And I found it very annoying and unpleasant to slide an application from one side to the other.

On the outer cover of the Z Flip there is a small screen that mainly shows the time. Swiping right allows you to view alerts from thumbnail apps, such as text message notifications. While I liked the overall aesthetics of the folded device, I missed text messages because the screen was too small to tell me much.

For the sake of being polite in public

I usually turn off my phone so it doesn't ring and make noises from text sounds; I trust screen notifications and vibrations. With the Z Flip closed and by default showing the clock, I often didn't notice when I received a text message. There were a few days when I passed the small screen and noticed that I had received text messages

Then there is the capture capacity factor, which is supposed to be the most important benefit of the device. Folded, it was about 1.5 times thicker than a regular smartphone. Although it was shorter in a pocket, it felt bulky.

The design is short and quite thick, the Z Flip is more comfortable to wear on the top of the jacket, because it added an unflattering volume to the pants pockets.

Let's go over the rest of the basics: camera, battery, phone calls, and durability:

  1. The Z Flip's camera is satisfactory and took photos that were on par with last year's Samsung Galaxy S10 camera. But it's not as good as the cameras on the latest high-end phones, like the iPhone 11 or Pixel 4, which detract from the value of the Z Flip as a $ 1,380 device.
  2. The battery life was good enough to get through the day. But at dinner, I usually needed a charge.
  3. As expected of any modern cell phone, calls made with the Z Flip rang clear and of high quality.
  4. I didn't test the durability of this phone because I already knew that foldable ones are more fragile by design; To fold them up, their screens can't be as strong as regular smartphone glass. Many other reviewers conducted torture tests on the Z Flip and found the screen to scratch very easily.

Lovers of technology rather and who wants to live at the forefront NOBODY. But due to the many compromises of the phone, it is not practical even for the gear heads.

Samsung has marketed the Z Flip

How »An outstanding device for those who live to excel«, in other words, a smartphone that looks so different that it will attract people's attention.