Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective I love the Fold3, but the Flip series is one that I have never really been able to wrap my brain around.

I mean, why go to all the effort of engineering a folding screen, just so that you can use a phone, that fundamentally looks exactly like the one that you’ve been using for the last four years?

Everything from the thickness to the size of the display, I mean, even the IO is, it’s just the same.

Let’s take a look at this thing. we’ve got our lock button, which doubles as a fingerprint sensor,

our volume rocker, a noise-canceling microphone over here.

We’ve got our SIM tray. Single SIM on this particular model, just one SIM card installs in there.

Down at the bottom we’ve got more microphones, a speaker, got a USB C port. Everything about it, it’s pretty much your old phone, but new.

Well, with the exception obviously being the folding display, and Samsung has come a long way

with their foldable screen technology. Unlike the first-generation ones, this screen is bright enough that I can comfortably use it outdoors.

That was one of my big issues with the original Fold. The crease is still visible. In fact,

I wouldn’t really say that it’s any less visible than it was before, but that part also never bothered me.

The part of the hinge that did bother me was the fact that it acted as a point of ingress,

which made it impossible for Samsung to rate these folding devices as water or dust resistant.

Well, that changes. The Flip3 is actually IPX8 water-resistant. So, they’re rating it in two meters of water for up to 30 minutes, if I recall correctly.

Another key benefit of Samsung’s latest-generation foldable OLEDs is that they can run it up to 120 hertz,

which means whether you’re just swiping through notifications and home screens

or whether you’re gaming on the go, you’re going to get a much, much smoother experience.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective

Pricing

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective

Last time around, the flagship Flip device was just shy of 1,500 US dollars. That’s a lot to pay for, in my opinion, a user experience that is pretty much the same as a regular candy bar phone.

This time around, the story changes.

Now they’re asking just over $1,000 for the Flip3. Now, that’s still a lot of money,

but when you consider that flagship phones from Samsung’s competitors like Apple are already at or above the $1,000 price point, all of a sudden, well, it starts to make sense.

Because instead of just being basically the same experience as my old phone, but for more, it’s basically the same experience as my old phone, and now the folding is just extra.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective

So, it’s still got a Snapdragon 888 processor. It’s still got 8 gigs of RAM, 128 gigs, or 256 gigs of storage, just like other flagship phones on the market, but it folds.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have any disadvantages. If you were hoping to find a headphone jack,

you won’t find one here. It has a mere 3,300 milliamp power battery, which is on the low end for a flagship phone these days.

Because they’re trying to build this thing to be as thin as humanly possible, because most of the time when you put it into your pocket or your bag or whatever else,

you’re going to have it folded, you’re giving up some of the, well, some of the optical advantages

of having a large camera bump, as you might have on a typical candy bar phone these days.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective

Camera Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective

It does have two 12-megapixel rear shooters, as well as a single selfie camera,

which can be digitally adjusted to accommodate a larger group of friends, if say, for example, you have them.

I’ll just put my arm around someone imaginary, but I’m sure you would have a friend to take a picture with.

And switching back to the rear, you’ve got just a regular, sort of regular lens.

And then you’ve got an ultra-wide that is extremely wide.

It’s basically fisheye. So, I’ve got my finger here, just holding it by this corner.

Yeah, I mean, if you’re into it, then I guess that’s an advantage.

But if you’re not going to use that all the time, then I don’t personally see that as an advantage.

Another big advantage over the last Flip is that the exterior display is a lot bigger.

So, whether it’s showing you charging indication or the time or notifications, it’s, in my opinion, a much, much more usable size.

I have to confess that personally; I find these types of mechanisms kind of gimmicky.

The reality of it is for me, it’s all about time to use. So, if this is in my pocket then it is just as fast for me to pull it out and flip it out and just be looking at the main display

as it is to pull it out, Like,

what do I want, a pager?

Like, what year is it?

Pull it out, look at this, then decide to open it up. That to me is not very realistic.

But if you’re the kind of person that typically has your phone on the desk next to you,

I could see it being useful. I just don’t see it being that much more useful than just having it sitting there like that.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective

One Cool Feature Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective

One cool feature that Samsung’s added this time around, although it’s more of a software feature,

am I thinking they call it care battery or battery care or something along those lines, but you can configure your phone to the only charge to 85% maximum?

It’s something that shouldn’t give you a ton of stress if you 100% charge up your battery,

but every little bit counts and your battery is under its most stress when it is completely charged,

like that last 20% or so.

So, if it was me personally, I would actually use that feature, assuming that it was a convenient one for me to make use of.

Now I want to talk about one of the things that’s different about this particular folding candy bar experience compared to a regular phone,

and that is the extremely tall display.

So, it’s a 22 by 9 aspect ratio, which basically means that cinematic content

Yes, it does have an amplified earpiece speaker, so you can expect a good stereo experience out of it.

Like, the compromises you’re making for the foldability, they are there, but they’re not nearly as there as they were even one generation ago.

And the fact that the pricing is now coming down, it’s like the one multiple device categories

where prices seem to be coming down rather than up.

It’s starting to get compelling. Something I didn’t mention before, but that I noticed almost immediately, is that I do find between the taller display as well as the fact that the hinge gets in the way,

the lock button and the fingerprint sensor are a little bit out of the way for me to reach.

From the bottom, I don’t have very big hands, that’s where my thumb comfortably rests.

And it’s a solid like centimeter and a half below where that lock button is.

And I have to kind of, I have to shift. I like to have this corner of the phone in my palm

and I have to shift it in order to access it. Not the end of the world by any stretch of the imagination,

But it does mean moving the phone around in your hand more, which could increase the likelihood of drops.

Samsung does seem to have kind of at least thought of this. So, they’re using Corning Vectus glass in the design, obviously not on this site,

But, fortunately, the foldable screen is another area where Samsung has improved a ton.

There’s actually an included screen protector that in my opinion feels almost as good as glass.

Even last generation it was kind of soft like you could put your fingernail into it and it would have a clear indentation left behind.

I mean, I’d say it’s good enough, in my opinion.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 A Perspective

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