I loved the original Galaxy Fold. It's, gigantic screen top tier performance and head turning & quot wow cool phone & quot factor was enough for me to ask it to go steady with me. Until I eventually got tired of carrying a second device Around in my back pocket and ultimately junked it for one without a floppy hinge, dim screen and game breaking software bugs.
I mean how could Samsung treat their most premium customers, The ones who spent $ 2,000 on a smartphone like second class citizens, Is the question that I asked back then. Well now I have the answer. Along with my one month, review of the only smartphone who's, asking price would make Apple blush, the Galaxy, Z, Fold2.
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(, upbeat music ). The original Fold already did a lot of things right. Once we got past the whole breakage scandal., But it had four obvious flaws.. The outer screen was too small to really be usable.
Even with my homunculus hands., The main foldable screen was too dim. The hinge seemed great out of the box only to turn into a flacid pile of suck down the line and the software was buggy. And I'll address each of these, with the Z Fold2, as we go.
, But first the pitch.. Why on earth would you spend $ 2,000 on a phone? Well, I never would., But if dbrand wants to send me one, there is a solid argument to be made for chucking everything else and switching to it.
For starters .... Yes, my friends. From a dollars per square millimeter of screen area standpoint, the Z Fold2, actually doesn't, look too bad in comparison to the latest and greatest in Apple or Samsung's, own lineups does it.
It really is like carrying a tiny tablet around in your pocket., And almost everything about the experience is better than last time.. For starters, the weird jello effect when you're scrolling is almost completely gone and that gigantic multi-lens selfie camera is replaced by a tiny little hole punch.
That drove me crazy at first'cause like why wouldn't. I just take a selfie like this and use the front screen and then my better rear camera, And then I could have my screen totally unblemished. Until I realized what a terrible experience using it.
This way was ergonomically and accepted that yeah the hole punch here was probably the best they could do. Next up is brightness.. The final straw for me, when I was using the original Fold, was a trip to LA when I realized walking out of the airport that it was completely unusable in strong sunlight.
. By contrast, totally intentional by the way, the Z Fold2's, max brightness managed 741 nits in GSMArena's, tests., Not market-leading, but in the real world it was noticeably more usable. And then finally, there's.
The hinge. I'm gonna admit something. Andy. I'm sorry.. I was super miffed when I got my Fold1 back from the camera guys with a bit of a Gull wing, shape to it. Unless you like, really crank it open., And even though I never said anything, I blamed my shooters.
, But it's clear to me now I'm. Sorry, I'm. Sorry, seeing the infinitely better hinge on the Z Fold2 that the old one never stood a chance., This feels much more sturdy., And on top of that, it actually opens up to almost any angle that you could want.
, Although I have to confess that, with all this Screen real estate at my fingertips, Samsung's, idea of using the fold as like a built-in stand. While you watch movies feels pretty wasteful., I'm. Just gonna.
Do that and use the whole thing., Unlike multitasking, which is where this device really shines. Got a WhatsApp chat going and you wan na browse the internet. No problem. Got a spreadsheet, rolling and wan na reference, some data to copy into it.
You can do that. Too., Are you more of a single task? Kinda person No problem. In supported apps. We will talk about this later. The Z Fold2 offers what is simply the most immersive experience of any phone that I've ever used ever.
And pretty much without compromise.. With the latest Snapdragon 865 processor, 12 gigs of Ram and a 120 Hertz display., Oh, I can't. Believe I didn't mention that before. Apple's. A14 Bionic might be a lot faster on paper and when rendering a video and when gaming okay.
It's, a super impressive chip. And we'll, make a video about that. Make sure you're subscribed., But the Z, Fold2 and any device with a high refresh rate display just plain feels smoother in day-to-day use.
. The best part is that, even with that enabled the 4500 milliamp hour battery only failed to get me through the day, a couple of times. And that's with me, seeing a fair bit of TV. Don't worry, though I'm actually sleeping for a lot of while that's running.
I don't, actually watch eight hours of TV, a day. And by the way the speakers are great.. I also unlock 70 times a day according to Samsung's, usage stats with 100 plus notifications coming in., Although that notification number seems a little off.
And we will talk about that later, too. For now more good, things., 5G Corning Victus glass on the Front up to 512 gigs of internal storage, wireless charging with reverse charging as well.. What could be bad All right here's something.
, The unfolded screen is bigger than last time.. I know I know crazy thing right. I'm, like & quot, Hey sales pitch giant screen. By the way, my biggest complaint giant, screen. & quot Lem me explain..
One of the biggest reasons that I almost never use a tablet is that unless you sit down at a table and hook a keyboard and track pad up to it, it's basically impossible to type., And at that point I might as well just Use a laptop.
Now phones get around this by allowing anyone with fast thumbs and a reasonably good predictive keyboard to get darn close to desktop typing speeds.. As long as the whole keyboard is actually reachable with your thumbs.
. So, for me, a taller unfolded screen would have been way better.. It would have reduced the size of black bars on full screen media and resulted in a better fit when reading large documents in portrait.
. But then Samsung went and widened the screen instead making it hard for me to reach the middle of the keyboard quickly.. I know both the stock keyboard and actually Swiftkey for that matter do have split modes.
, But for me, I reach over the center line. A lot when I'm at full speed, and I can't do that on a splitty.. Now, if you & # 39, ve got big hands or you don't mind the split you can ignore all that., But I did have to get it out there.
And this too., The included screen protector, is horrible.. I understand why it's. There. Glass, doesn't fold, at least not yet., Which means that almost anything is gonna leave horrible, scratches in that underlying plastic screen.
. Unfortunately, using the also plastic screen protector has really felt like going back over a decade. Ago. Like the way my finger like here, listen to this. Right And it's almost impossible to keep clean.
. So here's. What we're gonna do., Oh yeah, that and it's actually starting to come off at the bottom hinge point.. I'm just gonna pull it off right. Now. Samsung does not advise it., But my understanding is that technically it's, a thing that you can do so this really does feel like the kinda screen protector.
I would have gotten on, like my HP, IPAQ Pocket PC. Immediately looks better. Feel how thick look, how thick this is. Check this out. It's disgusting., Oh, my God that is so much better. [ Guy ] Yeah, that's way.
Better., That's, actually my backhand making that noise. Way smoother.. If that gets ruined at least the Z Fold2's outer screen is a whopping two inches larger diagonally than the old one.. It's, still not a pleasure to use by any stretch of the imagination.
, But compared to the tiny first gen outer screen it's way, better. Like if you just need to quickly reply to a text or something it gets the Trick done., Even if holding a device like this makes me feel a little bad for mocking, like the makers of chunky gaming phones.
. Now let's. Talk in detail about the camera.. Actually I'm just kidding.. It is fine.. It's totally, not the main attraction for a device like this, though so I didn't bother sending Brandon out for two days to take pictures.
. Realistically, all it needs to be is good enough that the vast majority of people would never notice the difference. And it definitely manages that.. I never felt like it was holding me back., But then I'm, also happy with my daily driver Note9, which at this point is basically crap compared to the latest Pixels and iPhones.
. Did you notice that, by the way That bit where I said daily driver, Note9 Yeah, I think it's happening again., The Z Fold2 simply can't, be my one and only phone when it has game breaking bugs like this.
Back To my notification, stats., Where the hell is Microsoft Teams, I use it for work. And I promise you I get plenty of messages from people at work. Notifications are enabled, and yet somehow I don't get any of them.
Now to be clear Teams. Notifications are a festering piece of crap and Microsoft should feel bad.. I'm, not the only one in this building that is like having problems with it., But for all I know Samsung could easily be partially to blame for this.
Because even very mainstream apps like Instagram and YouTube, offer degraded experiences on the Z, Fold2. Instagram, actually, I hadn't even put this in the script, but this is hilarious.. Instagram looks like garbage and has black bars on the side.
, Not to mention that it started double posting. Every time I tried to post an update. Which was especially charming because I couldn't even go back in my older posts and see that there were two posts on the Z Fold2.
. I had to check on a different phone to realize & quot. Oh, no, all these comments about double posts. & quot'Cause. There's, the second post., So it took me a while to figure out there was a problem.
And then YouTube still. Doesn't, have support for community posts or stories features that well as a YouTuber. I regularly use.. Now, when pressed my Google contact all but confirmed what I've always suspected is the case with the device like this.
& quot, Yeah Linus. We know it's, expensive, but frankly, that's, not our problem. And for anything that's, not running stock Android. There's, just no guarantee that it's. Gon na work out of the box.
, And it takes coordination between Google engineers and engineers at the device manufacturer to make these kinds of things work.. As you can imagine at the moment, the dozens of people like you running, foldable phones, just aren't.
A priority compared to the millions who will be running iPhone 12s within the next few weeks, so you're. Just gonna have to deal with it. & quot. Well, okay, then. See you later. ( phone thuds )! Oh it's.
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