Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Review

this is lisa from mobile tech review and this is my full review of the samsung galaxy z flip 3. i already did a first look at both the flip 3 and the fold three so this is the individualized treatment now after i’ve had about 10 days to play with and use the phone heavily and if you don’t know already this is the one with the folding screen which folds and because it’s supposed to be a 30 stronger inner display hopefully won’t do what my shirt shows here we are going to look at it now so for those of you who haven’t already watched some of the first looks that are out there and even reviews and you want the basics this is a 6.7 inch flexible display folding android phone from samsung running android 11 with their 1ui 3.1 so the inner display is a little bit narrower than your average already narrow granted smartphone but pretty much the screen size is like having a galaxy s21 plus but something that falls and fits in your pocket and honestly compared to say something like the iphone 12 pro not pro max just a 12 pro it looks hugely tall yet it’s easier to fit in your pocket and that’s the point with the folding phones is the fact that we all like big screens now like here’s a picture of what the iphone looked back in the bat all days tiny little thing right now nobody wants a tiny screen anymore do they they want something big but as they get bigger and bigger they’re more of a burden to carry around either you sit down and you get a pocket vasectomy when it pokes you or you put it in your back pocket and you crack it or it keeps flopping and jumping out of pockets all of those things so that’s why this phone exists for some of you that will be exciting enough along with the fact that this is exciting new technology ultra thin glass a folding flexible display it’s kind of cool stuff and phones have looked pretty much the same for a decade now right but i understand there’s some of you out there who still would rather just pay for top specs you’re fine with the size of your phone you don’t need it to fold and all that sort of thing so this is for those of you who are still fold curious or maybe even fold eager because after all this is samsung’s third attempt though i would say when it comes to the flip it’s sort of more like the second there was the original galaxy z flip then not so long after they came out with the galaxy z flip 5g which is really the same phone they just added a 5g radio there really weren’t other changes at that point right so this is the first one that where they do a big redesign and much like going from the fold to the fold to where there were a lot of changes things that people wanted to see that’s what has happened with the z flip 3. what are those things first off there is that ipx8 water resistance so yeah you could even in theory carefully wash it off with clean clear water that means it’s not guaranteed against coca-cola or saltwater and all that sort of thing but if it’s raining out you don’t have to like oh my precious little folding phone i have to hide it you don’t have to worry about that anymore if you want to give it kind of a good cleaning because you’re worried about germs these days like we all are you can do that so that’s pretty important stuff it’s also the least expensive folding phone samsung i think as far as i know anybody has made 999 dollars so the price dropped two hundred dollars more if you consider what the original z-flip cost yeah so now that it’s the price of a list price of s21 plus it’s it’s in your flagship average price range with some flagships obviously like the s21 ultra and the iphone 12 pro max and all that going even higher so the price isn’t as horrible as it used to be is it then there’s the fact that the outer display got larger before it was that narrow little band-aid strip not even as tall as a band-aid which was just about useless now i understand they needed room to fit the battery in there because there’s actually a battery section in each half and the faster cpu like the motor razer has a bigger outer display still to this day but they also use a slower cpu that doesn’t need as much cooling so anyway i i’m pretty happy with the way samsung is rolling with that i’d rather have a more powerful flagshippy level phone but now you have a 1.9 inch display that’s pretty high resolution and it’s oled and it’s quite bright in itself so it’s enough to actually read things on the screen and you can swipe through there’s like a choice of six widgets you can have you can see your notifications obviously you can see the time and yes as ever with the flip you can actually take and end calls without even opening the phone you can’t open to answer and flip and shut to cl and the phone call but you can also just leave it on the desk and on speakerphone mode taking calls now a lot of the user interface with that outer display reminds me of the galaxy watch three and four which isn’t really a bad thing that’s a pretty good user interface a couple of places where it falls a little bit short is if i get a text message i can’t actually even use a canned reply i have to open the phone so even with the watch i get a can reply option you know what i mean and for some of the notifications like if you have news apps installed and all that sort of thing you can see the headline but you can’t tap it and see the first couple of sentences or anything like that so i would like to see in the future but granted it’s not a big display someday maybe it won’t seem as big as what the razer has on the outside by the way if you swipe down on the outer display you can control the volume and also the brightness is pretty bright by default we’ve talked about the outer display which is one of the big changes let’s talk about the inner display samsung said that the fold got 80 percent tougher and the flip got 30 percent tougher as far as i know when it comes to the center seam cracking thing happening to some people that happened more on the fold bigger display more chance for breakage anyway i think most of what they’re talking about there is the top layer which is the screen protector which is now pet a type of plastic that’s harder and more durable so the fingernail thing that you used to see fingernail marks that just didn’t go away the feeling of sponginess is gone it feels a lot more like glass than ever so i haven’t gotten any marks on it so far but the morally i didn’t get a lot of marks on my z-flip and i actually owned the z-flip and the fold and the full tube what is great though is it’s a lot more fingerprint resistant the old ones were just gross i mean ew you know you could hardly see the screen because it would hold on to so much and then those weren’t even water resistant so you couldn’t clean them really great so that problem is gone here resolution is no different from previous flips and it’s a full hd plus resolution display is perfectly adequate for the size and samsung is using a new brighter more power efficient oled so it is a bit brighter than it was before it’s very easy to see it outdoors now mostly before it wasn’t about the brightness it was the fingerprint schmear you could never get rid of but it looks good it’s very vibrant it’s very colorful it’s not like you’re slumming it by not going with an s21 plus or ultra in terms of screen quality this is a nice looking screen by the way it has always on display and by default with the auto brightness active for that i find it runs too bright which could affect your battery life which is a topic we will talk about later another improvement you see there really are a lot of changes here is we have 120 hertz refresh for that display so you know once you get used to 120 hertz it really isn’t fun to go to 60 hertz again now for battery life reasons if you wish to you can set it to 60 hertz or leave it at the adaptive refresh higher refresh rate another improvement is stereo speakers instead of the fairly meek mono speaker the flips used to have now we have stereo my god it’s loud you can hear the notifications even with notification volume set at like 30 if you’re two rooms away it’s uh effective and it’s not bad quality either so if you’re using it for watching videos well yeah it’s fine it’s good good job samsung inside we have the snapdragon 888 which is currently the top of the line processor with 5g low mid millimeter wave you name it you’ve got it all for 5g you can get it from all the major carriers or you can get it unlocked if you want as well we have eight gigs of ram which is fine it’s it’s reasonable it’s not the highest we’ve seen in a flagship but it’s good and we have your choice of 128 r256 gigs of ufs 3.1 fast internal storage no micro sd card slot for your power users something you won’t be thrilled with perhaps is there’s no samsung dex support so for those who like to plug in a monitor and go with that kind of desktop experience the fold three has that the flip doesn’t i suspect for thermal reasons this is a very thin very light phone i it’s it’s really amazing actually how thin it is so it’s probably why and the fold three does happen if you really need that and you really need bendy phones in addition now it doesn’t even support display out i plugged in usbc monitors i tried with docs so no you can do wireless display out so you can cast your tv and all that sort of thing but no wired display output the flip 3 has wi-fi 6 bluetooth 5.1 le nfc and well of course a gps and yes you can use samsung pay with the phone closed i know some people had problems with it early on reviewers and maybe even some of you lucky people in europe who got the phone super early but that’s because it needed some updates for the software so that’s cool one new thing about the hinge design is and by the way now it has armor aluminum which is supposed to be stronger than 7000 series aluminum which is already pretty tough and apple often uses and less heavy than stainless steel we have the straight sides it’s so much easier to hold than the slippery bar of soap design the previous one i’m pretty thrilled with that some people say that it walks on their desk when it’s closed maybe all my tests desks and tables are very level i haven’t had slide around but that’s a possibility you can get cases we have two samsung first party cases you can see one with a ring one with a kind of strappy thing and those are silicone and they’re fairly thick and fairly protective of course they might take a little the flex when you open and close your phone people might not figure it out quite a way you got to flip but that’s okay folks protect your phone if you need to and obviously they’re skins if you just want to keep it really thin and light which is me hello yeah also that hinge is improved insofar as now there are more angles you can keep it open at almost any angle in fact so i know some people want to keep it tipped almost all the way back and it would keep flipping all the way open automatically it won’t do that anymore so that’s great and for those who like to use it to take selfies to prop it on the table using your tripod mode that sort of thing you’ve got that cameras on this well you know if cameras are really important to getting the best camera probably not the phone for you because obviously the s21 ultra the iphone 12 pro max some other phones on the market can do better this basically has the s20 family of cameras yet again they didn’t revise anything other than improving the software over time like you get directors cut here now which i don’t think came out until the s21 series so you have a main camera which is 12 megapixel you have an ultra wide camera also 12 megapixel and they’re very competent they take very nice pictures and samsung as usual sometimes a little over sharpening a little bit of extra saturation but nothing over the top um honestly they’re quite nice but if you want the best you can get or telephoto like me i really admit i do like telephoto well then you’re going to have to look at a phone that does actually have a telephoto lens this one does digital zoom and it’s pretty competent at 2 to 3x but you’re not going to want to push it to 10x like you would in s21 ultra the night mode on this is actually pretty solid again did you ever hear anybody say the galaxy s20 family phones had sucky cameras no not really because they’re pretty good it’s just there’s no way to fit something more in a phone this small and then the fold gets the same cameras but it adds the telephoto lens on board so it gets one extra in case you’re trying to figure out which phone you should get based on that so you’re not going to get any better quality with the fold three you’ll just get a telephoto lens added on it does have a few neat features like the zoom in mic you can shoot in raw in hevc format if you want to up to 10x digital zoom so you’ve got all the software bells and whistles you would expect so let’s talk battery life yeah 3 300 milliamp battery is not that big is it so the snapdragon 888 is a little bit more power efficient at times they’re using a more power efficient oled display but obviously this thing is not going to be the energizer bunny either for me it’s running longer than the original z flip did probably because of those improvements if you’re a moderate to light user you should make it through the day that is by say you start at 7 00 am you’re done by 10 pm you’re ready to put on charger you should have about 15 20 left if you’re a heavier user you may well not may you will need to top it up sometime during the day if you have a wireless charger by your desk or wherever you are a wired charger but it’s it’s about four hours of screen on time but it does depend on what you do with it if you’re using something that really sucks to power quick like a game you will get less than four hours of screen on time obviously but on average that’s what i’m getting on wi-fi which is typically more power efficient than 5g if you spend your day without wi-fi coverage expect perhaps a bit lower on the run times not a huge amount maybe 20 30 minutes lower it does have wireless power share which means it can charge buds or a galaxy watch that sort of thing obviously that’s going to get into your battery too speaking of wireless charging it does support wireless charging at 10 watts so it’s not particularly fast by any means and wired charging is 15 watts so the pixel 5a that we just reviewed that has an 18 watt charger so it’s just a little bit less than that so it takes about an hour and a half to charge the phone from 10 to full it tops up the first half the first 50 much quicker which is true of all phones for thermal reasons mostly and because flagship phones don’t get chargers anymore according to samsung and apple there is no charger in the box so you’re going to have to source your own if you don’t already have one so why should you get a flip well like i said mostly because it’s really cool and phones have been staying the same forever and now at 9.99 it’s not more than your average s21 plus kind of phone or your basic iphone 12 pro right uh but there’s also the fact that i’ve been doing this for a long time reviewing phones back when hey here’s a flip phone motorola flip phone right so back when that was about as follows you got now i know a lot of you watching this were not even alive when these flip phones were a thing also united states people love flip phones not so much in europe but so i’m not loving it because it reminds me of this so much but i know for some of you it might or it might remind you of your dad’s or your mom’s phone that you never got a chance to use but it’s about the way technology is moving forward and making things happen that weren’t possible before this is an htc universal this is probably about 14 years old a keyboard a clamshell design a teeny little display this was a windows mobile phone right but at the time this was like having an office in your pocket we just see these kind of leap forward and technology and obviously this became android qwerty phones in the future and then we moved on to the fact that we could have really good on-screen keyboards and bigger screen phones so now we’re at the point where you can either get a tablet that fits in your pocket with the full three or a big screen phone that fits in definitely any pocket and easily in your hand with the z flip 3. so those are kind of neat things that change the way you use a phone again or your expectations of a phone you can get your big screen you can find ways to carry it more easily again and that’s progress is it gonna break i don’t know folks you know i actually bought one so i’m certainly hoping not we know that some of them did crack right in the center where the fold is and yes you can still see that crease so for those you have that ocd thing and you can’t take it it’s there for me it just disappears i’m hoping that it will be more sturdy especially because samsung is now giving you your first year of samsung galaxy care plus free 249 deductible on that one though so keep that in mind but that’s only if you do a whoopsie if you forget and leave it on the roof of your car and take off and then go oh no and you go get your phone and say well i just made a mess there if it breaks because of their design issues or any problem like that in the first year obviously they covered without any deductible but it is something to keep in mind you have to have a tolerance for that sort of risk i’m lisa for mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech videos and hit the notification bell so you know about them and yes the fold three review is coming next
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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Review

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