Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G Review
By Shafiya Nawzer
Mobile phones are the most valuable thing in today’s world. Phones are needed by everyone; having a mobile in your hand is like having this whole world with you. Remember the days when text messages and snake game on your old Nokia 3310 were two of the most exciting things a phone could handle? Fast forward to today and we have in-display fingerprint scanners, face recognition, bezel-free displays, punch-hole front cameras, plus a whole new take on the flip phones.
Flip phones were once slim, compact, and hinged devices. Now, flip phones have morphed into foldable phones with actual bendable screens. Samsung introduced the revolutionary Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, proving to the world that they are on top of their innovation game! This year they have introduced the Galaxy Z Fold 2, I had the opportunity to test the phone and I must admit that I have absolutely fallen in love with this genius work of technology.
Using the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is simply a joy and Samsung has done a convincing job to prove that this concept has an exciting future ahead of it. The Fold series’ proposition is a simple one; It’s a phone and tablet packed into one device that is convenient to use and carry around.
Samsung has further innovated to make this phone-tablet hybrid a lot more versatile, thanks to the new Flex Mode. Multitasking is even better for running up to four apps at the same time, and several apps have a dual-pane view for enhanced productivity. The inside display is fantastic; big, bright, colour-rich, and crisp. It runs at 120Hz, which eliminates any potential problems around scrolling lag.
The Fold 2 is a device that invites more usage. Whether working on the go or gaming, the device is ready to offer the best experience for a portable device. The gorgeous 7.6-inch main screen is a pleasure to use on the go. You can use the cover display to take calls and check notifications or browse social media. I personally, find it convenient to use the cover display to take pictures and for WhatsApp messaging.
One word that captures the device is ‘versatility’. In comparison to the last one, the new larger cover display and free-stop hinge on the Fold 2 widens how you can customise the foldable smartphone experience.
To be honest, at first, I was skeptical about the large screen and user-friendliness of the device, but in a day or two, I was so comfortable with it and found it adaptable. Using the Fold 2 has been a blast and I find the large screen to be a near-perfect experience! When using the device, I felt a sense of gadget euphoria that I haven’t felt in a long time. It’s the best to watch movies, videos, and YouTube; however, I was a tad bit disappointed to find out that Netflix wasn’t compatible with the device.
Packing all of this versatility, the Fold 2 is a heavy device. Although, after a couple of days of use, you forget that additional weight. Combining a 6.23-inch cover display with an 816 x 2260 resolution, the front screen is tall with a 25:9 aspect ratio, so almost as novel as the inner screen.
Yes, there’s a crease, but you can hardly see nor notice it; you get used to it. Unfolded, the Z Fold 2 is a svelte 6.9 mm thin. With a similar matte glass finish to that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, it keeps fingerprints at bay, catches the light in a demure, diffuse way, and proudly shows off the buffed hinge. The fingerprint scanner is in the power button, there’s a USB-port at the base, and the top and bottom of the phone are bookended by stereo speakers.
You get three traditional 12MP cameras. The primary camera has an f/1.8 aperture and the biggest sensor of the bunch. Alongside it, there’s an ultrawide camera and a 2x zoom equivalent telephoto camera. The primary and telephoto cameras sport OIS and phase detection autofocus.
Samsung’s shooting modes are comprehensive, with AI photography detecting the scene you’re in and optimising snaps accordingly. There’s a handy Pro mode too, as well as the Single Take mode introduced on the S20 series.
I am big on photography and was super impressed with the camera. The pictures were crisp and clear, easily on par with some of the best camera phones in the market.
The Fold 2 5G shoots up to 4K resolution video at 60fps and supports Pro Video capture, so you can get manual with your moving images too. The most exciting thing about the camera experience is using the gorgeous tablet screen as a viewfinder - maximum novelty-factor. Using the Z Fold 2 half-folded as its own ‘tripod’ is also fun and handy.
Not content with one selfie camera, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G packs in two, one on the front and another inside. They both shoot 4K resolution video at 60fps, making them exceptional and very good in the flesh. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the best foldable phone yet and a productivity powerhouse
The design highlight has got to be just how well the hinge mechanism locks in place throughout its range of motion. Set it half-open and it balances itself up like a mini laptop.
Many apps seamlessly transition from the external screen to a tablet view when the Fold 2 5G is opened up. You can multitask across up to four apps simultaneously on the tablet.
The Z Fold 2 has Qualcomm’s latest top Snapdragon 865+ processor. That means the foldable has the highest performance available in an Android smartphone or tablet. With 12GB of RAM available, it can run any number of apps simultaneously without breaking a sweat, which is something you may actually want to do with the solid split-screen experience.
Battery life is excellent, considering the number and size of the screens. The Z Fold 2 lasts about 32 to 48 hours between charges. I am a heavy user, you could easily use the phone for two days without charging and the long-lasting battery life was a winner!
Google Play Store access means lots of apps, Samsung’s UI optimisation coupled with the 120Hz screen means smooth interaction. What you get from the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G is beautifully performance. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ paired with 12GB RAM, it’s one of the most powerful Android phones.
Gaming is a treat on the Fold, with the stereo speakers booming, both displays shining brightly and the power under the hood able to keep framerates up and lag down. Unlike most Samsung phones, there’s no micro SD card slot here, though the 256GB starting capacity should suffice for most.
Finally, the 4500mAh battery lasts a full day or two easily. You’ll get great mileage from it if you mainly use the front screen. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is an absolute triumph for Samsung, cementing foldable screen devices as not only a possible novelty but as a useful device worth buying right now. I worked from home during the recent lockdown in Sri Lanka and I must say the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 was a lifesaver; I preferred working from it over my laptop. I also wrote this article on the device, it’s by far my most favourite device. This is the best foldable phone yet and a sign of great things to come in the future.