This is the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Technically it’s the third because the first wasnever really released and so the second foldbecame the first fold, which makes this attempt number three for Samsung’s idea ofmaking a phone that unfolds into a little tablet. It is 2000 bucks, which is way too much to pay for what you get out of this thing. But having said that, I gotta tell ya, I feel like the third time’s the charm, because I’m a little bit charmed. (upbeat music) There are two ways totalk about the hardware on the Z Fold 2. The first is to just talkabout all of the things that Samsung has fixedfrom the original fold. And that list is actuallyquite a lot longer than I would have guessed. The main display here ismade out of glass now, the hinge is way betterand the cover display on the outside is actuallybig enough to use. They’re all huge improvementsover the original. So for example, thishinge now has eight cams that make it a little bit stiffer. There’s elastic brushes on theinside to keep the dirt out. Now, when you close it, there is still a little gap on the inside, but Samsung has added some little bits to make that gap feel smaller. They’ve moved the magnetsaround a little bit, so there’s still a satisfying (flip sound) when you close it.
The edges overall arejust a little bit square, the bezels on the insideare a little bit smaller. The whole thing just feels alittle bit more professional. The tolerances are tighter andeverything has been refined to the point where it reallyfeels like a well engineered product instead of being alittle bit loosey goosey, like the original one. Those cams hold the screen inplace at different angles too, so you get some extra functionality there.
Now I can’t promise thatthis is gonna be more durable than your original Galaxy Fold, but it sure does feel stronger. And Samsung will provide aonetime screen replacement for 149 bucks if you happen to break it. Now, the other way totalk about the hardware in the Z Fold 2 is to just point out that it’s still a really unfamiliar object to carry around for most of us. When it’s closed, it is this super thick andsuper heavy oblong stick, remote thing. I don’t care what your pockets look like, or what pocket you put this in, you’re gonna feel it. it’sjust a weird big object. But when it’s open, you get this very good,very big 7.6 inch screen. And there’s a lot totalk about this screen, but I just want to start withthe downsides kind of quickly, because I don’t know, I think they’re just therealities of what a folding glass screen has to be like in 2020, because physics instead ofbeing straight up errors on Samsung’s part. So even though this isSamsung’s ultra thin glass here, instead of plastic, it is still covered with aplastic screen protector, and technically I’m toldthat you can go to Samsung and have them take thisscreen protector off, but honestly having iton here is for the best, but that does mean that itwe’ll pick up little dings if you’re nailed hits it and it does feel like a plastic screen.
Now the screen is alsosurrounded by a fairly thin plastic rail that youcan’t feel on the edges. There’s even two little nubbins here that keep this greensfrom clacking together when he closed it too hard. Finally, yes, there is a crease inthe middle of the screen and you can see it and feel it when you rub your finger over it. If you’re viewing the screen at an angle and the light hits it just right, it’s visible enough tobe a little bit annoying, but straight on the creasepretty much disappears, like notches or hole punchesdo on smartphone screens. You get used to it and eventually you almost forgetthat that crease is there. Now having said all that, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. I think the screen is very, very good. It’s only about 372 pixels per inch or so, but that’s more than enough tomake those pixels disappear. More important to me isthis corner right here. There is no longer a big huge cutout for a bunch of selfie cameras, there is just this one little hole punch for a single selfie camera, which means you get thefull expanse of the screen to work with and to watch videos on. But the most importantthing that Samsung has done to this screen is put ina dynamic refresh rate. It goes all the way down to11 Hertz and save battery life or all the way up to a highrefresh rate of 120 Hertz. And what higher refresh ratescreens do is they make it feel more like you’re physicallymoving the pixels and that’s here on the fold too but the most important partof it is that it significantly improves a big problem thatI had with the first fold and that’s jelly scroll. Pretty much all smartphonescreens have this little difference in howquickly the pixels update from one side to theother when you scroll. But usually you don’t noticeit because on most smartphones it happens vertically fromthe top to the bottom, but the fold needs to haveits little bits to drive the screen on the sideinstead of on the bottom, so you see it more oftenwhen you’re scrolling. However, switching to120 Hertz refresh rate cuts that difference way, way down. So it’s really hard tosee that jelly scroll unless you’re really looking for it. Samsung has eliminated the problem by switching to a higherrefresh rate screen. Now this outer cover display, it’s not as technically impressive, it doesn’t have a high refresh rate, but that’s not really a big deal. I am wildly happy that Samsungmade it the full height of the fold, which makesthe screen actually useful. It’s still really narrow though, so it’s hard to type onbut if you just use it for those quick phone thingsthat you do when you’re out and about and on a waiting inline or something, it’s fine, but for anything else, I ended up opening it upto get the big screen. And that’s the point, right? To have this big screen,to do big screen stuff like gaming or watching moviesor reading or multitasking. So let’s just talk aboutthe big screen experience on the Z Fold 2, because the way that I wouldcharacterize it is mixed. Alright good stuff for us this time, Samsung has gotten the messagethat it’s little tablets should have a tablet layout. So you can go into the settings and select that layout for apps, which means it’s slightly fewer apps have that big blown up phone app look on here, but really only some of them do it when you hold it normallyvertically like this. For the rest of them, ifyou turn it 90 degrees, you do get that nice tabletlayout with multiple panes or tabs, or two pages in the Kindle app, or the whole tablet deal. Plus having a biggerscreen for games and video is very, very good. If you are not watching it full screen, I don’t know if picture and picture doesn’t cover your other work, reading PDFs and docs and other things that are annoying to do on yourphone are really nice here. Plus just a few apps likeMicrosoft for example, do support drag and dropbetween apps and multiple pains, but you really shouldn’tdepend on it being there. Android has always the go. There’s also this featurethat Samsung calls flex mode, see because the hinge is strong enough to hold itself up at multiple angles, Samsung has made some software tricks to take advantage of it. So for example you can starta video on the outer screen, flip it up to view it like that, then you can flip it over to view it on the top of the middle screen, and then you can open itall the way up to watch it on the big screen. A few other apps do things in flex mode like Samsung’s camera app, but really not enough apps support it for it to matter that much. But do you know how youalways hear the Android apps are bad on tablets? Yeah. Here’s Facebook all stretchy and weird. And here’s Twitter alsoall stretchy and weird, and here’s Instagram, itdoesn’t even have a tablet mode. Neither does Lightroom. The whole situation is a little bit better than it used to be withAndroid apps on tablets, but that’s not saying much. Now Samsung has anoption where you can like change the stretchiness ofphone apps if you want to but really the fix is to useSamsung’s windowing system to tile apps and split-screen, or even like a three up layout. You pull this little dockhere out to the side, it’s like a drawer and thenyou drag out the app icons to where you want them on the screen. It works really well. You can even drag apps outinto the middle of the screen to make them into little popup windows, that can then reduce down into a bubble. You can swap apps around and the pains with these little bars, you can even save combos of apps that you use often togetherso you can just open up both apps with a single tap. There’s a small problemwith the system though, notice that I said you useSamsung’s windowing system, not Google’s. Android is dumb aboutmulti window systems. All of this multi-taskingstuff is something that Samsung had to builditself on top of Android, and it does work pretty well, but you can also hell thatit’s like a layer above what the system understands. Plus Samsung system iscompletely different from how LG handles multi windowsor how Microsoft does it with the Surface Duo. But different companies doing multitasking in different ways, reallyshouldn’t bother you too much. But what should botheryou is that the core stuff that the operatingsystem should understand just doesn’t work likesaving your window state when you switch between screens, or putting app pairs thatyou’ve got tiled together into the multitasking screen, when you switched tomultitasking it just goes back to being a single appbecause Android doesn’t know that you can have two appsopen at the same time. Now, if you’re adept withAndroid and you understand all of these differentoperating system layers, it’s actually not too bad, but you shouldn’t have tobe that good in Android to understand how all this works. And even in the best casesif you’re a nerd like me and you get all those layers of UI, you still feel like you’reconstantly rearranging or relaunching things to getthe layout that you want. But even after all of that, Istill loved this big screen. I love typing on it, I love reading on it, I love watching movies on it (indistinct), I love looking at Google maps on it. Having a big screen is great and it almost makes theawkwardness of this shape totally worth it. (upbeat music) Okay, let’s do the classic phone stuff. Specs. It is fast, it has enough RAM to handlemultiple apps at once, it’s got 12 gigs. There’s 256 gigs of storage, but that’s not expandable,but that’s fine. Battery life is good, but not amazing. You’ll get a day for sure. I’m getting a little overfive hours of screen time, but it’s a big screen. And I have been pushing it pretty hard. There is 5G and maybein a couple of years, you’ll be glad that it’s there but right now it’s hmm 5G I don’t know. There are two speakers, and Samsung says that they canreplace a Bluetooth speaker and no, but yeah, they get really loud andthey do sound pretty good, but I do wish there was a little base. Cameras, don’t buy this for the cameras. There is a 10 megapixelselfie camera on the inside and also on the front, and they feel a little bit after-thoughty. They’re really not that great. The main camera systemconsists of three 12 megapixels sensors, wide ultra wide and telephoto, they’re tuned in the way thatSamsung photos get tuned, which means that they’rea little bit overzealous with brightening things up, but you’re not gonnaget any fancy zoom stuff or 8K video or even if I’m really honest results that are quite asgood as say a Galaxy S20. I mean, I’m getting slightly better photos out of Galaxy S20, here’s a couple of comparisons. Low-light performanceon the Z Fold 2 is good. And I think Samsung hasactually figured out low-light which I’m glad. Samsung says that inflex mode here it can pan and zoom on you whenyou’re recording video, but the actually neattrick on this phone though, is you can hit this button right here and then use the good 12 megapixel cameras to take a selfie of yourself. You know those annoyingpeople who take tablet photos at concerts? Well now you could be the annoying person who takes tablets selfies, do it, don’t be ashamed, they’re great. (upbeat music) So that is the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Should you buy it? No, it’s $2,000! Only buy it if you wantlike a luxury phone or you want an extravagant techie thing. But do keep an eye on it because now that it’s on its second,well third iteration, Samsung has done what Samsung does, aggressively improve thehardware to the point where it’s genuinely greatand done a passable job with the software. If the cost can come down andI’m looking at you, Samsung, and if tablet apps and multitaskingand that whole interface can get better and look at you Google, then the fourth or the fifthiteration of this phone is gonna be super popular,like replace the note popular. And I think Samsung knows it too. They’ve hinted at a futureversion of this phone that’s gonna have stylus support. I wouldn’t turn that down, but I would rather see a price drop. (hands clap) Scared the cat. Hey everybody thanks so much for watching. If you’re wondering how the Z Fold 2 compares to the Microsoft Duo or even the weird LG Velvet thing, I’ve made a processor video of that. You can go check it out.