Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, is it comfortable to use folding in 2021?

I have been with one of the most special mobiles of the year for about two weeks. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G it comes out of almost everything I’ve tried so far and has a huge wow factor for almost any user who comes across it. Get stares everywhere you go, whispers from people and many people: “Is this the new Samsung?” Let’s see… “. Today I am not going to tell you how this high end device works with cutting edge equipment or how its cameras are, also high end. If you are interested in this device, you need to a rare scan.

Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G now has a good design

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

It seems that the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G It is about 3 generations of the previous folding of the mark. The company has made some major design changes that make this device a a very different from the previous model. Only one year was enough for Samsung to model a folding to find a pretty good idea of ​​what it should be, at least in terms of design.

The construction of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 at the height of any other high-end in terms of materials and finishes, at least on the outside. Inside is a device that has few equivalents and can only be compared to previous generations.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

When the device is unfolded, it is divided into 2 parts with a hinge in the center. Each part has a metal frame which houses a glass part. In the lower part there is nothing and in the upper part we find a part tinted by another glass of a different color. This is where the exterior screen and the discreet camera module are located.

The lower part has homogeneous bezels at all ends, curved corners and a hole in the screen very similar to that of other devices on the market. The lower corners have a small rubber bump so that the top corners support when closing the device.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

End frames are halfway between curved frames and flat frames. It is an interesting design which do not sacrifice ergonomics and this makes it possible to mark the difference with the design of the previous generation.

In general the new Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a great design making it the mature piece that every user has been looking for generations after the first release.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Closed it is more compact, but also thicker

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

I was a few days debate in my head if it is more interesting to have a foldable device. The reality is that the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is more compact when folded, but this reduction in size occurs when our hand and pocket have become accustomed to carrying a common smartphone all day from there to here.

The above is no longer bad and the new one is not as good as it looks. It’s like owning a van for 10 years and then switching to a compact car. Yes, you will be parking in a smaller space each day, but you have already been parking your van for 10 years and have gotten used to dealing with it. That it is bigger is no longer a problem. Besides, you leave some details that are really important along the way.

It’s cool to finish using your mobile, fold it gracefully and put it in your pocket. Well I’ll be picky. I don’t usually wear tight pants so I don’t mind too much that the device is thicker than normal. What bothers me a bit is that now I have to lower my hand to the end of the pocket to pick up the mobile.

With my usual smartphone, I just need to insert two fingers and take it out. Now several times I have to put my whole hand in it and when I take it out my pants pocket is out. Real stupidity that only happens to me? First world problems? It might be, but at the end of the day it’s always something that that does not happen to me with an ordinary smartphone and what happens to me with the folding.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

What I want to show is that yes the device is more compact and folds, but it is very likely that you do not need it in your daily life and that being foldable will lead you to realize longer or more tedious actions.

Take the mobile out of your pocket and start using it with one hand it’s something that gets complicated when you have a folding. You have to do complicated maneuvers with your finger or use your mouth – yes, your mouth – to open it: before it was enough to do nothing. And believe me: you will not want to make strange maneuvers with a mobile at 1,100 euros / dollars.

i keep trying to think what are the real advantages of having a foldable mobile compared to a standard. After careful consideration I found one that is not silly: the screen is more impact resistant. It’s a plastic screen to be foldable, so it should be more impact resistant than a mobile with a glass screen.

Beyond that, you might just want to have a foldable mobile because of being collapsible, but not because of a real need for space or functionality. You’ll get it because it’s cool, and yes, it’s cool.

The middle curve, the big question

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

After arriving at a place and leaving the cell phone with everyone present, the big question comes: “Does the curved Isn’t this one in the middle noticeable? “. EVERYONE who sees the device runs their finger over it and asks if you’re not pulling your hair all the time to have it there.

And i won’t lie to you notice it shows. The good news is that the least visible angle of view is where your gaze is. If you look at the device in a position other than the front, you will see the screen curve with reflections, but not if you are looking at the device while using it.

Samsung got a very interesting curvature that you can see and see, But it goes unnoticed 80% of the time. That 20% of the time that the curve does not go unnoticed is boring, more or less, 10% of the time. It means that it doesn’t bother too much and that it is possible to live with a mobile of this type.

Of course, I go back to what I was before: it is a small inconvenience justified by almost no real advantage. If you read a text, you will see that there are a few lines that are slightly shifted, but it is not incredibly boring. In turn, when watching a video you almost always forget about this curve and it doesn’t matter too much.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

If you are a normal user, I assure you that your head will not explode due to a small bend in the middle of the screen. Of course, again, you might not want to go through this when you can have a normal mobile without this “problem”, cheaper and a little less cool.

A very useful outdoor screen

The Galaxy z flip 3 It has a very useful screen in the outside area. On many occasions, you will be able to see the content of notifications, control music playback or see the time without having to deploy the terminal. This screen is in color and touch, you can therefore navigate in a small interface of your own and configure it as you wish.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

You can silence alarms from this screen and also take calls that are played directly through the speaker. WhatsApp messages, for example, can be read in their entirety with just a few clicks and managed without any hassle.

This screen is also used to make rear camera selfies, as you will see the photo frame on the screen. It’s the perfect size, good brightness, and pretty decent tactile feedback. This is a good advance over the previous model and you will avoid deploying the device more than once per day.

There are several details that can be improved on this Samsung folding

There are several things that have not finished convincing me Samsung Galaxy Z Filp 3 5G. The first is the device’s worst asset: his battery. The The autonomy of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is quite poor. If you’re used to a device that arrives at the end of the day with a 15 or 20% battery, you’re in trouble.

Average usage means you have to go through the charger in the middle of the afternoon almost in all probability. Of course, that experience improves if you use a 60Hz display, but I don’t think you want a 1,100 euro / dollar mobile to have an experience from the past.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

It might sound silly, but at 100% load, using 120Hz, medium brightness, and doing common tasks. the device does not reach 4 hours of screen. But it is not that it does not arrive, it is that it stays very far. If you’re using 60Hz and not watching videos or gaming, you might come close to 4 hours of daily screen time.

This is normal when, as a manufacturer, you have to steal space from the battery to include the folding mechanism. This Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a 3300 mAh cell, something we haven’t seen in the high end for a long time.

Another detail that I did not like too much is that the device is delivered without charger. This melon was opened a long time ago and I’m not going to go back to it. I think a 1,100 euro / dollar cell phone should have a charger in the box. Samsung thinks that does not include it and does not include it. Therefore, if you want to charge quickly, you have to go to the box or use one that you have at home.

Finally, another of the “problems” I find with this The Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G is the sound. It’s quality, but again it looks like they had to minimize the component to save space. The maximum volume is fair enough And if you have background noise, that may not be enough. This did not convince me, although I am aware that this component is less and less important due to the rise of wireless headphones.

You can have a foldable in 2021, but meh

My summary of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G is that yes, it is a smartphone that is very cool, that attracts attention everywhere we go and that has everything you can expect from a top of the range: except a good battery and a good sound.

I had a good two weeks with this device, which didn’t bring me much beyond the good experience. There may be some users who need this terminal for whatever reason, but it’s not me. Yes, you could have this device as your primary smartphone without any problem., but you probably wouldn’t pay what it costs compared to other options on the market.

Having a folding in 2021 is possible, it’s comfortable and you don’t have to shell out 2,000 euros / dollars for it. The “bad” news is that you won’t have any real and substantial improvement over a regular smartphone, instead you’ll have to deal with a few small details that make the day-to-day experience a bit worse because your mobile is folded.