Samsung Z Fold2 short test

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let’s put ourselves in situation. You have a high budget for a new mobile. Very high. If you prefer the iOS operating system, that of Apple’s iPhone, you have it clear, but we are not going to talk about them (for now).

Let’s say you are from Android . If money is no problem, one option is Huawei . The app store is getting bigger and bigger and you don’t have to be a geek to use them. They are powerful, well designed, with good screens, first-class finishes, good manufacturing … It is also true that in Spain we have been, generalizing, much of Samsung . So let’s look at the Samsung option. Just a month ago (August 5) the Korean company launched the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G , a terminal with the latest in the house, a large screen, a large processor, 5G … If you want it for entertainment, from games to movies , no problem. That you want it to work, it’s ready for extra performance with the S Pen …It’s 1,309 euros , 400 euros less than Huawei’s P40 Pro.

But it is a higher budget and the most expensive now are the phones with a folding screen. And there is the Z Fold2 5G (there will only be one model and it will be 5G). Is it better than the Note 20 Ultra for gaming? And to work? The answer to the Galician is that it depends . The short answer is no. It’s not better for watching a movie and the Note 20 Ultra can be held better for gaming. For work, the Note pointer has always been a point in its favor.

However, it depends on the use cases . And this is where they have focused on Samsung, in justifying and explaining why and why a 7.6-inch screen in almost square format is the best you can buy if you have enough money to dedicate it to a mobile.

First: multitask . It is very easy to open more than one application. It can be done by starting one and adding others (maximum of three) or by creating a shortcut (it is also quite simple but not intuitive) of the applications that you usually use together. It’s a good point .

In addition, the windows can be reorganized in a simple way, give more or less space (only to the large window), change their place and even launch a fourth floating window. However, the latter, despite being functional, does not allow interaction with the others. Among the others you can move files or insert a photo in an email, but the fourth cannot.

Second: photographs . The Z Fold2 has cameras to bore : one on the front cover, another on the main screen and the main (triple) on the back. With the cameras they have found a few differential uses.

For starters, you can place the terminal on a surface open to 90 degrees (or a little more) so that your pulse does not shake or to record a video. They call that Flex Mode . In that position, with the Camera app, it automatically splits the screen in two. The upper part (it remains in a vertical position) acts as a viewfinder for framing while the lower part shows the settings and shooting controls and you can also view the photos you are taking. It’s a shame that they haven’t included a delete button and you have to select the image, show it at the top, hit the delete button and confirm it with delete.

Another option is to unfold the mobile, turn it over and point the main camera (on the back) towards you. If you activate the portrait function like this , you use the outer screen to see yourself and choose the best pose. With the gesture of showing the palm of the hand, the shot is activated.

In this mode, the main screen, despite being displayed, remains off. But there is another mode, dual view , that turns it on. The photographer on this occasion uses the unfolded main screen to frame and take the photo, while the one being photographed sees himself on the outside screen and can decide what pose he wants.

Let’s go back to Flex mode and with the Z Fold2 resting on a surface we can make a video or record ourselves without losing focus or framing the character. It is a tracking function, but they have decided to call it continuous framing. The terminal I used did not have the definitive software. This is the explanation they gave me when I pointed out that there was a certain latency between the actual movement and the image you see on the screen.

A square screen (or almost) is not the best support for watching movies, but it can be useful for other things. It is a good size screen and Samsung has been pulling its partners to adapt their applications to this 7.6-inch screen. Most of the Google or Microsoft programs and applications adapt, as well as Samsung’s own apps and others from third parties.

It has been a very short test and, although I have been able to see how DeX works by turning a television into a computer thanks to the power of the Z Fold2 (it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in Europe, 12 gigs of RAM and 256 of storage) and using the screen as a trackpad , I have not tried other things as simple as making calls or navigating.

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