The original Galaxy Fold was the main phone of 2019. It demonstrated the flexibility of display technology to create an entirely new type of device with the portability of a phone and the large screen and enhanced multitasking experience of a tablet. Like alWith many first-generation products – especially such ambitious products – you really had to ask yourself whether it was worth going through all of the problems of folding (of which there were many) just to experience something really modern.
But now the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is packed with improvements that fix almost all of the flaws of its predecessor, while adding new features that make it even better and more future-oriented Hybrid. And while the $ 2,000 price tag still makes me cry, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a huge second-generation hit.
One of the most obvious improvements to the Z Fold 2 is its design. By sharpening the sides of the phone and smoothing the surface, the Z Fold 2 feels significantly more solid and well built. Samsung has also redesigned the hinge on the Z Fold 2 so that the screens stay in place no matter how far they are open. By adding more brushes to the inside of the hinge and closing the gaps on last year’s model, the Z Fold 2 is much better equipped to deal with dirt. Samsung even borrowed the matte glass from the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for use on the Z Fold 2, which makes the phone both visually and texturally more appealing. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that the Z Fold 2 doesn’t yet have an official rating for dust or water resistance. We’re talking about upgrades here, not magic.
Samsung has also tweaked the design of the Z Fold 2 by taking out the large notch on the original Fold’s internal camera and replacing it with a simple hole-hole selfie camera. By switching from two inner selfie cameras to just one, the Z Fold 2 has one less camera overall compared to the first Fold, and I think the Z Fold 2 is better for that.
Weigh however with 9.95 ounces, it’s actually a touch heavier than the original Fold and compared to something like the Surface Duo you can really see why Microsoft was like that committed take a foldable phone that is extraordinarily thin and light. While the Z Fold 2’s weight isn’t a deal breaker, I’ll be looking for Samsung to bring it down on future models.
By far the most important design gain of the Z Fold 2 is the significantly larger 6.2-inch cover screen, which takes full advantage of the phone’s facade. With this extra space you can finally use the cover display of the Z Fold 2 to quickly read emails, view cards or reply to texts. Sure, typing on such a narrow screen still feels a little tight compared to most phones, but it was practically no problem compared to before. This means you can finally use the Z Fold 2’s outside screen for short tasks, while leaving the phone’s flexible display when you want the full, big-screen glory.
And what a great experience it is because Samsung has not only increased the overall screen size from 7.3 to 7.6 inches, but has also supported a variable refresh rate of 120 Hz. This allows the phone to adjust the refresh rate based on the type of content being displayed. This will help you extend battery life while viewing static photos and charge it while gaming. Samsung has even improved the Z Fold’s multitasking, making it easier to use two apps at the same time, or even three if you need to. And when combined with a peak brightness of over 650 nits, even the faint crease in the middle of the screen, the Z Fold 2’s screen looks better than many boring old glass front displays.
Now I realize that drooling over a 7.6-inch screen on a phone is just a step away from officially adopting grandfather status and doing things like taking everyday photos with a tablet. With so many different activities, bigger screens are just better. I am more comfortable watching a movie in bed or playing games without blinking at a tiny crosshair. And because the Z Fold 2 has an OLED screen, it is ideal for reading e-books with white text on a pure black background. It is that dark mode dream.
One thing drives me crazy, however: the pre-installed “screen protector” on the Z Fold 2. After the Debacle that was the original launch of Galaxy FoldI thought there was no way Samsung would allow it everything happens near it once again. But for some reason the Z Fold 2 comes with a screen protector that is loud The warnings that came with the phone should “not be removed” as they “may cause product damage”. What the hell is it a screen protector or part of the screen itself?
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the need for an abundance of caution when it comes to such an expensive phone, but the problem is the screen protector feels worse than the bare flexible display on mine Galaxy Z FlipI imagine that at some point Galaxy Z Fold 2 owners will be forced to remove the screen protector or send the phone in for service. And if something happens to that screen protector, Samsung wants users to take their phone to the service center as we idiots cannot be trusted to do it themselves. Sigh.
Elsewhere, the Z Fold 2 has expectedly powerful specs, including a Snapdragon 865+ processor (which supports 5G), 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, wireless charging, and wireless reverse charging. Even the speakers sound louder and clearer, which means all you will want is a headphone jack and microSD card slot.
The Z Fold 2’s battery has also gokill Bigger at 4,500mAh, which is good as it takes all the juice it can get between the 120Hz display and 5G. In our video rundown test, the Z Fold 2 lasted a little over 10 hours with the 120 Hz mode switched on. With 120 Hz deactivated, it ran much better with a time of 15:03. That’s still less than the 17+ hours I got from the original crease, and I suspect Enabling 120 Hz will cause YouTube suck up more juice than you really should because with normal use the battery life is amazing. Even after a full day, I often had 40% or more of the battery before I plugged it back in around midnight.
Finally, with its triple rear cameras that include a 12 MP main camera, a 12 MP ultra wide camera, and a 12 MP 2x telephoto camera, the Z Fold 2 is a strong, well-rounded shooter. Now, it’s true that the Z-fold 2 is still losing ground compared to a Pixel 4 when it comes to sheer image quality (even though they’re close to each other). But when you consider that even the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra doesn’t always outperform Google’s best, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
For all people who are (and rightly) careful with first-generation products, the Z Fold 2 is a shining example of why it makes sense to wait. It’s faster, has a hugely nifty design, and thanks to its upgraded and upgraded flexible display, the Z Fold 2 is an even better replacement for a wide variety of devices in your life.
It’s a phone, a tablet, an e-reader and, with its beautiful, perfectly sized display, it’s also an almost ideal comic book display device. That’s three, maybe four devices in one. There is a futuristic face of technical convergence available today. And thanks to a stronger, more stable hinge, the Z Fold 2 is also part-time Cameraman too, so you can record videos of yourself by simply turning off the phone, tilting the rear camera up and clicking record.
The only thing Samsung didn’t really fix is the price of the Z Fold 2. $ 2,000 is not only expensive, it’s downright absurd, and I can’t blame anyone for turning a cheek or getting them out of their mind immediately because of the cost has banished. For many people, the typical single-image plate is perfectly adequate.
For anyone who has dreamed of technology that enables phones to do more, the Z Fold 2 is a pioneer of the post-phone era. The Z Fold 2 offers an unparalleled experience on the market. While this price may not make any logical sense, it is still not entirely off-beat.
- With a larger cover screen and a flexible main screen with support for a refresh rate of 120 Hz, the Z Fold 2 is always a better phone / tablet hybrid than before.
- While the top layer of the Z Fold 2’s screen is still made of softer plastic, the rest of the Fold feels much more substantial and durable.
- Unlike last year, the Z Fold 2 comes without bonus accessories like a pair of Galaxy Buds.
- Samsung Z Premier Service For foldable devices, there is a one-time screen replacement worth $ 150 and a few other perks like escalated tech support and Discounts on unusual things like wine, country clubs and more.
- The ability to transform into multiple modes and replace various standalone devices is always a delight.
- Yes, there is still a crease.