Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: A truly amazing foldable phone

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A year later, Samsung contacted me for reviewing the Galaxy Z Fold 2, they again offered it for two days and I refused again — only for them to come around and offer it for five days. So I agreed. It came with the knowledge of knowing a couple of fold owners in my friend circle. I have seen all the reviews of the Fold 2 online from US-based reviewers and managed to test the Galaxy Z Flip, which used a screen similar to that of the Fold 2.

The hinge is never unhinged and never lets any damage-inducing particles seep through. The rear side of the phone is made of plastic and glass. Surprisingly, the plastic is on the outer display which is edge to edge diagonally at 6.2-inches in Samsung’s glorious OLED avatar. The other side is made out of glass, Gorilla Glass alongside being home to 3 cameras that have a 12-megapixel resolution, but different focal lengths. Even the outer screen has a camera which is of the hole-punch kind centered at a resolution of 10-megapixels.

Samsung has worked with partners like Microsoft to provide some meaningful experiences with some of its apps which makes things great for productivity. I also liked the external screen’s long vertical nature because it was comfortable for making calls, and for because of its narrow width, it also made for easy one-handed typing especially with messaging apps. Sure, it is not the way for one to hammer out an article such as this or read long text via the web browser but for somethings it is great.

Interestingly, even though the cameras on this phone aren’t as sophisticated as the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S20 series, I found them to perform better and more reliably. I suspect that’s got something to do with Samsung actually getting a handle on the optical hardware and also benefiting the superior image processing provided by the Qualcomm chip as opposed to the anaemic computation churned out by Samsung’s Exynos chip. In fact, the pictures during night time rivalled the Google Pixel 3 which I found to be very pleasing.

In fact, the benefits of the Qualcomm chip could be found across the board. This phone felt faster than both the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the S20 Ultra and despite having just 4,500mAh battery and those massive screens, it provided better battery life than those two phones.

Anyone having any concerns about battery life shouldn’t worry in the short term as this phone would give around 7 hours of screen on time and 13 hours of use on a single charge. That is an exceptional battery life for the type of phone this is. Samsung managed to cram in this battery in a 6.9-inch frame but when folded, it becomes a hulking 16.8mm. That’s just slightly thicker than the Nokia 9300 communicator which was at 21mm. Samsung just couldn’t add a bigger battery and till it is able to miniaturise this concept further — it will not be able to go further. In light of that, it is fantastic they have achieved this.

Another noteworthy thing about this phone is the speakers — they are loud and clear — tuned by AKG, but really a lot of fun.

All of this, of course, comes at a cost. A cool Rs 1,50,000 which is by the way lesser than the original Fold. But still, that’s a lot of money considering the pandemic and the economic downturn. Though it’s visual panache and functional nuance is meant for someone rich whose work is ticking along just fine. But the reason that I worry is that it still has quite a fragile screen, and still doesn’t have IP water and dust resistance. Since I haven’t even tested it fully for a week, I leave feeling uneasy recommending this to a person, especially after what all I’ve seen happen to the Galaxy Fold in my friend circle. It ain’t pretty or cheap!

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