Samsung Z Flip 3 Review: The First Big Step!
Now the thing I remember saying at the beginning of this whole foldables wave is if we really want these foldables to catch on. If this really is the future of how smartphones could be, then, the tech is gon na have to get better and better to the point where folding in half is just another feature right. There cant be huge compromises or massive price tags or awkward things about it. It has to just be one more thing. Cause at that point. You know its kind of cool that it folds but thats when early adopters are gon na, give it a shot and really see what its about.. But if you want everyone to be trying these things, its got, ta be just one more feature.. Its got ta be a normal phone in every other way, except for the fact that it also folds in half. Thats when it gets interesting.. So at this phone, the Z, Flip 3, the ambitions still pretty simple. Give us a regular phone for regular use and then let us fold it shut into a sort of smaller form factor kinda, like a throwback to the flip phones of yesteryear.. Now theres a couple of new features on this years: version that really make it that much more usable.. It doesnt change a ton, but there are a few key things that make a big difference.. So in my order of importance, that would be the new refresh design, which is pretty sweet.
The much improved, build quality and the bigger much more usable outside cover screen., So the new design is pretty sweet.. It reminds me of the classic Panda Pixel 2, which was one of my favorite phone designs ever., But it also looks and feels more refined too. They squared up those sides.. You know theyve shifted. Obviously, you can see to a two tone: look. And theres, some new colors., This cream color has gotten a lot of love but theres also a pretty sweet green. And yes, it does come in matte black if youre into that. Or you can just grab an icon. Skin from the link in the description and make it look even more sick. Im, just saying: link below. Now, theres a funny little quirk of using a phone. Thats the shape, which is when you fold it its basically a square., And so you put it in your Pocket and a lot of times you flip it by accident or maybe its upside down or whatever it can be in your pocket in any number of different orientations., And so when you pull it out of your pocket theres. This brief moment, where you have to figure out, where youre at figure out whats right, side, up., And so this dual tone front and also the little tiny indentation for the fingerprint reader power button on the side has been my way of just like quickly finding home And getting into using the phone.
, And so I kinda its got a little utility I like that., And I really like that. They found a lot of other subtle little things to improve about the build quality too.. The flat sides, like I said, really nice, but also this hinge, is even more sturdy and will hold almost any angle. You want until its nearly shut, which is when the magnets takeover and give this satisfying that clap when it slapped shut. Its a nice hinge., And it also now happens to be IPX8 water resistant.. So, while you should absolutely still keep it away from sand or dust, it can now survive a splash of water or falling into a puddle and be totally fine., So thats dope. Also underrated. The stereo speakers are much better and fuller., And even if you block that small bottom speaker grill with your finger, the earpiece speaker is also plenty loud too., So no worries. That was well done.. I only really have two minor complaints with the build of this phone.. One, it gets very fingerprinting. Thats, I guess a little bit unavoidable or you can just scan it., But two. The volume rocker is like way up top on the side of the phone., Even with big hands just the way you normally hold a phone, its pretty unreachable.. So it becomes a sort of a two handed operation to go up there and change the volume.. I definitely wish they just put it on the other side of the phone.
, But instead theres this cutout, which I believe is for the 5G antennas.. So I guess I just wish they swapped those., But I guess, aside from the hinge, the most important part on a phone like this, would be the screen. And so theres really only one ambition of a phone like this, which is to unfold into a normal phone. Experience., And so this, what you get here is a pretty big display, unfolded. Its almost S21 ultra sized., So its a 6.7 inch 22 by nine 10 ADP bright Ola display with a hole, punch cutout and its 120 Hertz finally.. So this was my biggest ask from the last version.. It just doesnt seem right anymore to charge flagship money for a phone with a 60 Hertz display. Apple. I guess can somehow still pull it off, because people still buy iPhones all the time., But this feels way better way: more smooth love, the higher refresh rate experience now., But a couple of things about this screen.. So, first of all, the top of the screen protector, its a 30 harder cover glass on the screen, great feature., But this top layer of the skin protector is like cut out around the selfie camera and its pretty annoying., Like it kind of looks like one of Those cheap pre installed screen protectors, and it really makes me wan na remove it., But Samsung would really like you to not remove it., So thats gotten pretty annoying, although Ill probably eventually get annoyed and take it off.
, But its there.. But two, the crease., The crease, is definitely still here.. In fact, it hasnt changed all that much from the last flip. Its right through the middle of the phone, where your finger runs over it all the time when youre scrolling, through normal things, like social media or emails, or whatever youre doing., So its visually there. But its also physically there, since you feel it so much.. I feel like its both annoying, but also like no big deal at the same time., Maybe Im a little Im. A person whos used a folding phone before., So Im a little more used to the crease than a normal person., But its true.. If you just look at the content on the screen, you can definitely ignore it.. The keyboard is below it. Doesnt touch it.. So all thats fine. But on the other hand, its definitely still noticeable., Even if youre just a little bit off access, it catches your eyes, sometimes.. You know if youre reading text itll kind of droop it in the middle a little bit. So Ill like scroll, a bit extra to get the text away from the middle. Its weird.. I hope they keep working on this, because if they could get it to feel even more flat like a normal glass screen someday, that would be way better. But yeah. I think that should be the next big improvement. Minimizing this crease and also trimming down the edges around the display, because its still a bit off on a 1000 phone to have to do that gesture from the side.
But have your finger hit a piece of plastic.. But Flip 3 is all about the outside cover screen., So Flip 2, as you can tell by my shirt, I shopped that from community.com had a very, very, very small outside cover screen.. It basically would just show you the time, and if you had a notification right, Then Moto Razr came out and while most of the rest of this phone was pretty terrible, it did have a massive outside screen that turned out to be very useful.. So now Samsung has given us a larger cover screen on the Flip 3., Not as big as the Razrs but its four times the area as the last one and it genuinely changes the way you use the phone. So actually do some quick stuff on the outside Screen now without opening the flip., So by default its just time date and battery plus a dot over on the side. If you have any notifications., But then you can change the visual on the screen. If you want to a bunch of different things in the settings. Theres a whole page., You can change different animations and different backgrounds and clock styles.. You can even match it to the watch face if you have a Samsung galaxy watch., So thats pretty smart., But from there you can do a bunch of stuff.. So you can swipe over to your different widgets in whatever order you want. Music weather, a timer. If you want one, some people might want their calendar here.
Its, not unlimited, widgets. Theres, actually, just a list of six. You can choose from that. Samsung has put in here and you can choose the order., But even just these six are pretty useful.. So if Im playing a podcast or music, which I do all the time the music icon shows up and then I can tap that to skip right to the music controls, widget and then play or pause or fast forward or wherever from here., Also fun. Fact. When the phone is closed, like this, the volume buttons on the outside reverse function., So this up direction, increases volume and down decreases, but then it flips back when you open up the phone. Again very smart., You know it would have been smarter, though Google assistant on The outside screen, just like firing it up asking it a question. Thats, not a thing available here.. It does use Bixby voice to answer text messages which is whatever thats fine., But then also even taking pictures on the outside screen is way better.. You could do it before, but it was a tiny screen.. You didnt want to. This one actually would., So its a decent sized viewfinder and its the primary camera, so theyre kind of nice. And you can swipe up or down to change, lenses and swipe left or right to switch from photo or video mode.. One thing to note, though, is selfies from the main camera with the cover screen will be a one by one square aspect: ratio and theres; no way to change that.
Just a heads up. Aside from that, though, you do get decent selfie image, quality from the primary cameras which arent quite flagship level, but theyre pretty good. Same as last year., The primary and the ultra wide., And that kind of checks out across the rest of the Features of this phone., Like I love that the cameras are basically flushed with this phone., But aside from that on a 1000 phone theyre, fine, nothing special. The battery life again, you know this is a 3300 million power battery split between the top and the bottom and Its powering a huge 120 Hertz display., So it did better than expected, but when it taps out after four hours of screen on time, thats just fine, nothing, special., Call quality again. Fine. Heat dispersion only really warm up when wireless charging on the rare wireless charger that actually fits a phone, this size., But again its fine. And on a phone like this, it might sound like Im like disappointed. Im, saying oh, its fine, its fine., But really thats Kind of an accomplishment on a phone that screen folds in half., Like thats kind of amazing.. We are looking to eventually get down to the point where theres, no major compromises or major shortcomings, and it delivers on the one promise of being able to fold your phone down into something thats, theoretically, a bit more pocketable for people with smaller pockets or for. Ladies with purses and things like that.
, And it does it. So its not super flashy or head turning., Its, not even as ambitious as the Fold 3, which is trying to give you a normal smartphone and a tablet in your pocket, which is a lot.. But the fact that it gives you a normal smartphone experience and folds in half is very close to what I said at the beginning and what Ive been saying since the beginning of this whole foldable thing which will get them to catch on.. This is a folding phone.. I can actually start recommending it to people. And the fact that we got this far is crucial for them to move forward.. But speaking of crucial shout out to Crucial for sponsoring this video, its perfect. Okay, so Crucial, a brand of Micron has been really good and really experienced with SSDs.. Now, when I say SSD might be picturing like one of these guys that just goes into your computer., But Crucial is one of the biggest memory manufacturers in the world., So theyve brought their expertise to making external solid state drives., And these guys are super useful.. So a single external SSD, like this is gon na, give you incredible performance, reliable quality and durability, with zero moving parts. And theyre compatible with not just Windows and Mac iOS, but Chrome, OS, the Xbox, the PS5 Android and the iPad Pro.. You know the one iOS device that actually has a USB C port. Its a pretty ideal universal solution to so many things.
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