Glaxy Z-Fold – Review after use
It’s gigantic screen,top tier performance, and head turning, “wow, cool phone” factor was enough for me to askit to go steady with me. Until I eventually got tired of carrying a second devicearound 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 monthreview of the only smartphone who’s asking price would make Apple blush; the Galaxy Z Fold2. And it’s brought to you by, this ugly picture of me. Thanks dbrand. You can get this, or the infinitely moreattractive sticker bomb skin, which is chock full of LTTmemes and tech references at the link below. But only for a limited time. So act now, or robots willcome murder your pets. Why do they want me to say that? I don’t condone pet murder. Wait, sorry, they’re paying how much? All right. Pet murder then. (upbeat music) The original Fold alreadydid a lot of things right, once we got past thewhole breakage scandal. But it had four obvious flaws. The outer screen was toosmall 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 flacidpile 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 youspend $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 everythingelse 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 latestand 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 effectwhen you’re scrolling is almost completely gone and, that gigantic multi-lens selfie camera is replaced by a tinylittle hole punch that drove me crazy at first ’cause like, why wouldn’t I justtake a selfie like this and use the front screen andthen my better rear camera? And then I could have myscreen totally unblemished. Until I realized whata terrible experience using it this way was ergonomically, and accepted that, yeah, the hole punch here wasprobably the best they could do. Next up is brightness. The final straw for me, whenI was using the original Fold, was a trip to LA when I realized, walking out of the airport, that it was completelyunusable in strong sunlight. By contrast, totally intentional, by the way, the Z Fold2’s maxbrightness 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 backfrom 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 infinitelybetter 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 screenreal 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 thatand use the whole thing. Unlike, multitasking, which is where this device really shines. Got a WhatsApp chat going, and you wanna browse the internet? No problem. Got a spreadsheet rolling and wanna reference somedata to copy into it? You can do that too. Are you more of a singletask kinda person? No problem. In supported apps, we willtalk 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 Snapdragon865 processor, 12 gigs of Ram, and a 120 Hertz display. Oh, I can’t believe Ididn’t mention that before. Apple’s A14 Bionic mightbe 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 ahigh refresh rate display, just plain feels smootherin day-to-day use. The best part, is that even with that enabled, the 4500 milliamp hour battery only failed to get me throughthe day a couple of times. And that’s with meseeing 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 watcheight hours of TV a day. And by the way, the speakers are great. I also unlock, 70 times a day, accordingto Samsung’s usage stats, with 100 plus notifications coming in. Although that notificationnumber 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 withreverse charging as well. What could be bad? All right, here’s something. The unfolded screen isbigger than last time. I know, I know, crazy thing, right? I’m like, “Hey, sales pitch, giant screen. By the way, my biggest complaint, giant screen.” Lemme explain. One of the biggest reasons thatI almost never use a tablet is that unless you sit down at a table, and hook a keyboardand 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 todesktop typing speeds. As long as the whole keyboard is actually reachable with your thumbs. So for me, a taller unfolded screenwould have been way better. It would have reducedthe size of black bars on full screen media, and resulted in a better fit when reading large documents in portrait. But then Samsung went andwidened the screen instead, making it hard for me to reach the middle ofthe keyboard quickly. I know, both the stock keyboard, and actually Swiftkey for thatmatter, do have split modes. But for me, I reach overthe center line a lot when I’m at full speed, and I can’t do that on a splitty. Now, if you’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 thealso plastic screen protector has really felt like goingback 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 thingthat you can do, so this really does feel likethe kinda screen protector I would have gotten onlike 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 mybackhand making that noise. Way smoother. If that gets ruined, at leastthe Z Fold2’s outer screen is a whopping two inches largerdiagonally than the old one. It’s still not a pleasure to use by any stretch of the imagination. But compared to the tinyfirst 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 littlebad for mocking like, the makers of chunky gaming phones. Now, let’s talk indetail 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 thevast 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 happywith my daily driver Note9, which at this point is basically crap compared tothe 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’tbe 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, Iget 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 crapand Microsoft should feel bad. I’m not the only one inthis building that is like, having problems with it. But for all I know, Samsung could easily bepartially to blame for this. Because even very mainstream apps, like Instagram and YouTube, offer degraded experiences on the Z Fold2. Instagram, actually, I hadn’teven put this in the script, but this is hilarious. Instagram looks like garbageand has black bars on the side. Not to mention that itstarted double posting, every time I tried to post an update. Which was especially charming because I couldn’t evengo back in my older posts and see that there were two posts on the Z Fold2. I had to check on adifferent phone to realize, “Oh no, all these commentsabout double posts.” ‘Cause there’s the second post. So it took me a while tofigure out there was a problem. And then, YouTube stilldoesn’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. “Yeah, Linus, we know it’s expensive but, frankly that’s not our problem. And for anything that’snot running stock Android, there’s just no guarantee that it’s gonna work out of the box. And it takes coordinationbetween 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 likeyou running foldable phones, just aren’t a prioritycompared to the millions who will be running iPhone12s within the next few weeks, so you’re just gonnahave to deal with it.” Well, okay then. See you later. (phone thuds) Oh, it’s just the ROG phone. For a limited time, we’ve got a drop whereyou can, for some reason, buy this face skin. But I kind of figured, we talked to them. I was like, “Really you guys.” So we also worked on thissuper cool sticker bomb skin. It’s all the same dbrand quality that you guys have come to expect. You know, precision fit, comes off without any residue, protects your device fromincidental scuffs and scrapes. And the drop is available for two weeks. So get it while it’s here. Because after that, it is gone. It’s gonna be linked down below. If you guys enjoyed this video, maybe check out… I don’t know what the hey, go watch “Whole Room Water Cooling.” That was years ago, but a lot of the new viewers probably have never heard of it. We water-cooled an entire room. Yeah, it was awful. Pet murder then. (laughter) Sorry? Is it funny though? Okay, you sure it’s not too far? Okay. People can tell it’s just silly? Okay.