The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the best modern foldable flip phone I've tested, and it didn't take 24 hours to determine this. OK, sure, there's only one flip-style rival, the new Moto Razr, but the Z Flip beats in every major category.
Walking in New York City with both cell phones attracted a lot of attention. People could not imagine how a smartphone with a large screen – 6.7 inches in the case of the Galaxy Z Flip – could be cut in half. You certainly wanted to fold and unfold it yourself.
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1. The Z Flip is much better than the Moto Razr
The Razr wins with nostalgia – I heard that personally and on Twitter. It didn't matter that I said that the foldable Samsung has a longer battery life, superior cameras, and a slightly stronger thin glass screen. She: "Razr for me. I remember having one." Me: "Yes, but …"
The Z Flip has a larger 3,300 mAh battery (the Razr has a capacity of 2,510 mAh), and it is much easier to recommend a phone that you use supported all day long. Still, I'm going to tell people to stick with the Samsung Galaxy S20 series – the S20 Ultra has a huge 5,000 mAh battery if you don't crave something as unique as the Z Flip.
The Razr cameras were what I struggled with the most. In the poor light of a dark restaurant, the auto focus simply refused to work. Moto's night vision mode helped brighten things up, but when many shots were blurry, it really didn't matter.
The Galaxy Z Flip has three cameras (front, back wide and back ultra-wide) that all take great photos, even if they don't match the quality of the S20 cameras. The Z Flip also includes Samsung's new "single-take" mode, which can take a variety of photos and videos simultaneously for over 10 seconds. It is useful even if it shows a lot of mediocre shots along with some winners.
. 2 I took it on a tour – and it turned my head
Carrying around the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip makes a statement: "I have something completely new that you have never seen before," and that's not the case with any new iPhone happens in quite a while. Earlier.
I took it to two offices, a radio station and a restaurant, and everyone wanted it to fold and unfold. Most people wanted to try it themselves – at least one person was too worried about breaking it to twist it.
The 1.1-inch cover display was small, but it has always proven to be a popular way to take selfies with one hand, even if it's not very effective at framing a picture. Foldables as an updated product category are exciting. Smartphones get a second act.
The best thing is to inspire people's imaginations with the Z Flip. "I could put that and my AirPods Pro in the same pocket," said a friendly stranger in a restaurant. I'm sure Samsung would have loved to have said that about the new Galaxy Buds Plus, but maybe they just converted an iPhone 11 user to this phone.