Galaxy Z Flip: Selfie camera, one-handed use, early concerns (ongoing review)

id=»article-body» class=»row» section=»article-body»> The Galaxy Z Flip is the first foldable phone to have a glass screen and a hinge that can stand up on its own.

Juan Garzon/CNET Today is my third day with the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung’s flip phone with a foldable screen. I’m starting to feel less like I’ve been submerged in a mud bath, i.e. I have strong immediate thoughts, but I know the sensation is going to take a little while to get used to. Now, the Z Flip is beginning to normalize. That’s because using a foldable phone is a totally different experience than what most of us are used to today. Living with a phone that you have to open to use requires a readjustment, no matter how much nostalgia you might have for the flip phones of old.

Some immediate pros and 퍼스트카지노 cons have jumped to the surface right away, and 코인카지노 I’ll share them here, but Samsung’s incredibly exciting and innovative features need time to do them justice. Two features stand out: the foldable glass screen — a world first — and a hinge that keeps the Z Flip’s 6.7-inch screen standing upright at a wide variety of angles so you can do all sorts of things hands-free, like eat soup while reading an article, which I did at lunch yesterday.

Some questions I hope to answer over the coming week: How does the Z Flip compare to the competition, and does it make a successful case for taking foldable phones into the mainstream — or 더킹카지노 at least to the next generation? Does it effectively expand your phone’s screen (and perhaps also protect it) while keeping the device small enough to carry around without busting through your pocket?

Now playing: Watch this: 코인카지노 Galaxy Z Flip is the first phone with foldable glass 7:17 The most obvious competition is between the Galaxy Z Flip ($1,380 and £1,300, no Australian pricing yet) and Motorola Razr ($1,499), but Samsung’s latest also contends with the tablet-sized Galaxy Fold and even larger Huawei Mate X. 

So what is the Z Flip really like use? Here’s exactly how I feel about it — and how my view changes the more time I spend with the device. Keep coming back over the ensuing days as this ongoing assessment evolves into a final rated review.

Look at it shimmer in purple. Can’t. Tear. Our. Eyes. Away.

Andrew Hoyle/CNET Quick thoughts

Using the Z Flip one-handed works, but takes some muscle to flip open this way. The unlock/power button is on the top half of the phone, which isn’t ideal for one-handed use. At least not with my hands.

The inner and outer screens are huge fingerprint magnets. Because of Samsung’s care warning, I’m a little concerned about my ability to keep the inner screen clean with a microfiber cloth. Pressing too hard could cause damage to the glass and components below.

I watched several hours of video on the Galaxy Z Flip (mostly Netflix and YouTube). Playing in default mode, you get thick black bars on either side (in landscape), though this also gives you a place to put your hand without messing with the screen. You can pinch to zoom, but you’ll crop off the top of peoples’ heads.

I don’t mind the thin plastic case that comes in the box. It’s good enough and gives me peace of mind if and when I drop the phone. So far, so good.

The Z Flip has felt comfortable and secure in any pocket I’ve put it in, unlike the unwieldy Galaxy Note 10 Plus and even the folded-up Fold, both of which have toppled out. Of course, it all depends on the size of your pockets.

Typing on the smaller screen has been fine for me. My fingers are also on the smaller side. I prefer Google’s Gboard keyboard over the default.

I successfully jogged and hiked with the Z Flip by cupping the hinge end in my palm. I didn’t feel I was going to drop it.

Photo time! All shots taken on the Galaxy Z Flip. More to come soon… pic.twitter.com/Z9SPTjeqsg

— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) February 15, 2020 New: Selfie camera is good, but taking selfies isn’t always

I’ve gotten pretty good selfies from the Galaxy Z Flip so far, especially when opening the device so it sits up on its own and using the timer so I don’t have that awkward «selfie arm» that shows up in the typical handheld shot. 

What isn’t so good is trying to take a selfie when the Z Flip is closed. You can double-press the power button to launch the front-facing camera when the phone is closed. You know it’s ready for you when you see yourself on the tiny 1.1-inch cover display. Swipe the area to switch to a wide-angle selfie, then press the volume-down key to take the shot.

All that is well and good, but the diminutive cover screen makes for a short, pill-shaped viewfinder that isn’t actually useful for positioning yourself in the larger context of the image. It’s also so small that you can’t really see yourself.

If you’re taking a picture of another person, you can press an on-screen camera control to turn that cover screen into a viewfinder for them, but now they’re so far from the camera that it doesn’t do much good.

The ability to flex the display at all angles is already so naturally helpful #GalaxyZFlip #Samsung pic.twitter.com/HY5dWMO8Ra

— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) February 14, 2020 New: The outer screen needs help

The selfie viewfinder situation is the most obvious symptom of the Z Flip’s comically small display, but I’m at a bit of a loss with the rest of its features.

It’s good for seeing the time and battery percentage (though I’m going to poke around for an always-on setting). It’s not as good at other things. You can tap for Wi-Fi networks and to see missed calls and alerts. For example, I scrolled to see a Slack notification, tapped it, and saw my co-worker’s Slack message roll across the screen like a ticker. You can open the phone to open the app.

Motorola is on the right track giving the Razr the ability to send canned smart replies and voice messages, which gives that phone more it can do from the outer screen without having to open it up.

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