Thanks lớn a ton of improvements, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the best foldable phone yet and a productivity powerhouse

ByMark Spoonauer11 August 2021

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(Image credit: Future)Bigger front display makes a huge difference: The cover display has grown to lớn 6.2 inches, which means you don’t have to use the internal display khổng lồ get stuff done. The exterior screen is narrower than typical phones, though.

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Apps finally make the most of tablet-size screen: For example, in Gmail you’ll see your danh sách of emails on the left and the body toàn thân of messages on the right, và Slaông chồng will display contacts on the left & messages on the right. The iPhone can"t vày this.The multitasking is better: It’s pretty easy khổng lồ create tiện ích pairs to lớn launch three apps at once. I also lượt thích that you can drag & drop content from one window to another in certain apps.Flex mode adds versatility: Thanks khổng lồ the cam mechanism in the hinge, you can open the display at various angles. Flex Mode is there to take advantage of that. For example, in the camera app, you’ll see the live previous up top và controls down below.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: What I don"t like

The main display is smudge prone: Although the Ultra Thin Glass on the 7.6-inch screen is more durable and has a better feel, it picks up smudges quickly. And, yes, the crease is still noticeable.Limited zoom: I can live without the Galaxy S21 Ultra"s 108MPhường sensor, but having just 2x optical zoom on a $2,000 phone when you can get 10x on the Note is a bummer.No water resistance: When it started khổng lồ drizzle outside I took the Z Fold 2 indoors because there is no water resistance promised for this device.This is a hefty device: At 9.9 ounces, the Z Fold 2 is heavier than the original Galaxy Fold (9.5 ounces) và I felt a bit of strain after several minutes of typing. Then again, you are getting a phone & tablet in one.

Price: $1,799OS: Android 10Main display: 7.6 inch inches 120Hz (2208 x 1768 pixels)Cover display: 6.2 inches 60Hz (2260 x 816 pixels)CPU: Snapdragon 865 PlusRAM: 12GBStorage: 256GBRear cameras: 12MP wide, 12MP. ultra-wide, 12MPhường telepholớn (2x optical/10x digital zoom)Selfie cameras: 10MPhường (cover), 10MPhường. (main display)Battery: 4,500 mAhBattery life: 10 hours 10 minutesSize: 6.2 x 2.6 x 0.66 inches (closed); 6.2 x 5 x 0.27 inches (open)Weight: 9.9 ounces

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 release date was September 18, 20trăng tròn. It"s available for sale through multiple carriers as well as unlocked.

When it debuted the Galaxy Z Fold 2 cost $1,999 for 256GB of storage và 12GB of RAM. cảnh báo that a microSD thẻ slot is not included and there are no other capacities available. These days, after a permanent $200 price cut, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 sells for $1,799. (That could be a sign that Samsung is looking lớn clear out stochồng in advance of the anticipated launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 later this year.)

To put the Z Fold 2"s price in context, Microsoft charges $1,400 for its Surface Duo phone. To see how similar these two foldable devices are, check out our Microsoft Surface Duo vs. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 face-off.

If you"re looking for Galaxy Z Fold 2 deals, the phone has been discounted as low as $999. So it can pay khổng lồ look for sales on this foldable phone. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is available through all of the major carriers, including AT&T, Verizon và T-mobile (Sprint), as well as unlocked.

Samsung offers the Galaxy Z Premier Service for the Z Fold 2, which includes on-dem& concierge support from dedicated experts. In addition, Z Fold 2 owners can get a membership khổng lồ FoundersCard, access lớn a prepared meal from a Michelin star restaurant & access lớn a various golf clubs.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: Design & durability

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The Galaxy Z Fold 2 immediately makes a better impression than the Galaxy Fold because of its larger exterior display. You no longer feel like you"re operating Android through a peep hole, và that"s because the cover screen has grown from 4.6 inches lớn 6.2 inches.

The interior display is also bigger at 7.6 inches for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, compared to 7.3 inches for the previous model. Even better, the ugly notch on the main screen is gone, replaced by a small cutout for a selfie camera.

Samsung also made several enhancements fo the Galaxy Z Fold 2 to improve sầu durability and usability. This includes a sturdier new Ultra Thin Glass display, which is designed to lớn provide a better touchscreen feel than the plastic screen Fold, and a Hideaway hinge that uses sweeper công nghệ to lớn prsự kiện dust & dirt from entering the phone.

In a third-tiệc ngọt test by YouTuber JerryRigEverything, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 survived having dirt thrown on it, which suggests that the new hinge works better than on the original mã sản phẩm.

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Similar to lớn the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, the Galaxy Z Fold 2"s hinge uses a CAM mechanism that allows you khổng lồ position the screen in multiple positions. And while there"s still a gap between the two sides of the phone when closed, it"s narrower than before.

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The Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes in two colors: Mystic Bronze và Mystic Blachồng. But you"ll be able to lớn add some flair in the khung of four hinge color options if you order through Options include Metallic Silver, Metallic Gold, Metallic Red & Metallic Blue.

Measuring 6.2 x 2.6 x 0.66 inches when closed & 6.2 x 5 x 0.27 inches when open, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is slightly shorter but wider than its predecessor. It"s also heavier, as the Z Fold 2 weights 9.9 ounces, compared to lớn 9.48 ounces for the original Model. I definitely felt a bit of strain after using the phone several minutes and typing out messages.

Another bummer: The Galaxy Z Fold 2 doesn"t offer water resistance, so you can"t get it wet as you can with other flagship phones.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: Display

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In addition to lớn a larger form size, the 7.6-inch main display on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 boasts a 120Hz refresh rate, so you should enjoy smooth scrolling and overall performance compared to the 60Hz rate on the Galaxy Fold. Plus, because the panel is adaptive, it"s smart enough khổng lồ dial the rate down or up based on the content on screen.

The cover display on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 does not offer a 120Hz refresh rate, but it"s still a heck of a lot better than what the first Fold featured. Measuring 6.2 inches, this OLED screen is big enough to persize pretty much any task, & you can still instantly resume what you were doing on the main display when you unfold the device.

Just keep in mind that the aspect ratio on the Z Fold 2"s cover display is narrower than most phones, so typing can feel a bit cramped.

Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: Software and Flex Mode

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One of the complaints we had about the Galaxy Fold is that many of the apps just felt lượt thích blow-up phone apps in tablet mode. But Samsung is addressing this drawbachồng with the Galaxy Z Fold 2.

For example, in Gmail I could see my messages on the left và the body toàn thân of emails on the right. And in Slaông chồng my contacts were on the left and messages on the right. You need to lớn flip the Galaxy Z Fold 2 display"s orientation to lớn landscape mode to see these changes, but it makes a huge difference in productivity. And it makes the Galaxy Z Fold 2 feel more laptop-lượt thích. Samsung also promises an optimized viewing experience in Microsoft Office and YouTube.

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The Galaxy Z Fold 2"s Flex Mode gives this foldable phone a lot of versatility. The idea is that you can have controls or settings on one side of the display and nội dung on the other for maximum productivity.

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I really enjoyed using Google Duo in Flex Mode, as it lets you mix the phone down in a laptop-like position & have a video clip Điện thoại tư vấn with the other person without having lớn hold the device. It"s something I immediately wished my iPhone could do.

Samsung says that Flex Mode is supported by several Samsung apps, including Camera, Video Call, Gallery, Video player, Cloông chồng and Calendar. And Google is supporting Flex Mode with YouTube as well as Google Duo. Samsung is working with third-các buổi party developers as well to create Flex Mode optimized apps.

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Another key Galaxy Z Fold 2 tăng cấp is multi-tasking. With the improved Multi-Active sầu Window feature, you can open up lớn three apps at the same time and can quickly create presets called App Pairs that you launch with just a tap.

I tried this with Slachồng, Twitter, & Spotify as well as YouTube, Photos and Messages, and it was very cool khổng lồ launch three apps at once.You can also quickly re-arrange the layout with a tap or drag an ứng dụng from one window khổng lồ another.

Even cooler, you can also drag and drop nội dung from one window to lớn another. I had no problem dropping a photo from the Gallery phầm mềm inkhổng lồ an outgoing message. However, it didn"t work with the Google Photos tiện ích. Multiple Samsung apps tư vấn Drag and Drop, as does Microsoft 365, Gmail, Chrome và Google Maps.

Samsung"s App continuity feature is also on board from the original Galaxy Fold. The idea is that you can start an tiện ích on the cover display, open the main display & piông xã up right where you left off. This worked in most apps, but the Sky Force 2 game forced lớn me restart the app when moving to lớn the bigger canvas.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 cameras

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It"s a bit strange lớn say this, but the $2,000 Galaxy Z Fold 2 represents a step down from the $1,300 Galaxy cảnh báo trăng tròn when it comes to lớn the cameras. You don"t get a 108MP.. main sensor, a 5x optical zoom or a 50x Space Zoom, but you do get three capable shooters you can use in a variety of ways.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a 12MP main wide-angle camera, a 12MPhường ultra-wide angle camera with a 123-degree field of view & a 12MP telephoto lớn lens with a 2x optical zoom & 10x digital zoom.

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The fun really starts with the camera features that are quality to the Galaxy Z Fold 2. For example, Dual PĐánh Giá lets subjects see how they"re going to lớn look using the front display while you"re taking the shot. You can also take higher chất lượng selfies with the rear cameras.

All you need lớn do is fire up the camera on the cover display và then press a button in the top right corner, then the Z Fold 2 will invite you to unfold the device and you"ll see a live pReview.

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Another perk: you can prop up the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in what looks lượt thích máy tính xách tay mode and it will keep your subject in focus when shooting đoạn Clip using a feature called Aukhổng lồ framing. Thanks to Flex Mode, you can also review recent pictures on the bottom half of the screen while maintaining the live sầu pnhận xét in the top half.

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The Z Fold 2"s camera did a fantastic job capturing a close-up of these yellow & violet flowers. You can make out fine details in the petals và even fine droplets of water when you zoom in.

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I also took this selfie using the rear 12MP camera and the Z Fold 2"s cover screen as the viewfinder. The blue in my shirt pops, và the surrounding trees and grass look vibrant. You simply can"t do this on an iPhone.