Samsung Z Flip 3 Review

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– Now the thing I remember
saying at the beginning

of this whole foldables
wave, is if we really want

these foldables to catch on,

if this really is the future
of how smartphones could be,

then the tech is gonna have
to get better and better

to the point where folding in half

is just another feature, right?

There can’t be huge compromises,
or massive price tags,

or awkward things about it,

it has to just be one more thing.

‘Cause at that point, you
know, it’s kind of cool

that it folds, but that’s
when early adopters

are gonna give it a shot and
really see what it’s about.

But if you want everyone
to be trying these things,

it’s gotta be just one more feature.

It’s gotta be a normal
phone in every other way,

except for the fact that
it also folds in half.

That’s when it gets interesting.

So at this phone, the Z Flip 3,

the ambition’s still pretty simple.

Give us a regular phone for regular use,

and then let us fold it shut

into a sort of smaller form factor,

kinda like a throwback to the
flip phones of yesteryear.

Now there’s a couple of new
features on this year’s version

that really make it that much more usable.

It doesn’t change a ton,

but there are a few key things
that make a big difference.

So in my order of importance,

that would be the new refresh
design, which is pretty sweet,

the much improved build
quality and the bigger,

much more usable outside cover screen.

So the new design is pretty sweet.

It reminds me of the
classic Panda Pixel 2,

which was one of my
favorite phone designs ever.

But it also looks and
feels more refined too.

They squared up those sides.

You know, they’ve shifted,
obviously you can see

to a two-tone look.

And there’s some new colors.

This cream color has gotten a lot of love,

but there’s also a pretty sweet green.

And yes, it does come in matte
black if you’re into that.

Or you can just grab an icon skin

from the link in the description

and make it look even more sick.

I’m just saying, link below.

Now, there’s a funny little
quirk of using a phone.

That’s the shape, which
is when you fold it,

it’s basically a square.

And so you put it in your pocket,

and a lot of times you
flip it by accident,

or maybe it’s upside down or whatever,

it can be in your pocket in any number

of different orientations.

And so when you pull
it out of your pocket,

there’s this brief moment
where you have to figure out

where you’re at, figure
out what’s right side up.

And so this dual tone front
and also the little tiny

indentation for the
fingerprint reader power button

on the side has been my way
of just like quickly finding

home and getting into using the phone.

And so I kinda, it’s got a
little utility, I like that.

And I really like that they
found a lot of other subtle

little things to improve
about the build quality too.

The flat sides like I said, really nice,

but also this hinge is even more sturdy

and will hold almost any angle you want

until it’s nearly shut, which
is when the magnets takeover

and give this satisfying, that
clap when it slapped shut.

It’s a nice hinge.

And it also now happens to
be IPX8 water resistant.

So while you should
absolutely still keep it away

from sand or dust, it can now
survive a splash of water,

or falling into a puddle
and be totally fine.

So that’s dope.

Also underrated, the stereo speakers

are much better and fuller.

And even if you block that
small bottom speaker grill

with your finger, the earpiece speaker

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is also plenty loud too.

So no worries.

That was well done.

I only really have two minor
complaints with the build

of this phone.

One, it gets very fingerprinting.

That’s I guess, a little bit unavoidable,

or you can just scan it.

But two, the volume
rocker is like way up top

on the side of the phone.

Even with big hands, just the
way you normally hold a phone,

it’s pretty unreachable.

So it becomes a sort of
a two handed operation

to go up there and change the volume.

I definitely wish they just
put it on the other side

of the phone.

But instead there’s this cutout,

which I believe is for the 5G antennas.

So I guess I just wish they swapped those.

But I guess aside from the
hinge, the most important part

on a phone like this would be the screen.

And so there’s really only
one ambition of a phone

like this, which is to unfold

into a normal phone experience.

And so this what you get here

is a pretty big display unfolded.

It’s almost S21 ultra sized.

So it’s a 6.7 inch, 22 by nine,
10 ADP, bright Ola display,

with a hole punch cutout,
and it’s 120 Hertz finally.

So this was my biggest
ask from the last version.

It just doesn’t seem right
anymore to charge flagship money

for a phone with a 60 Hertz display.

Apple I guess can somehow
still pull it off,

because people still buy
iPhones all the time.

But this feels way
better, way more smooth,

love the higher refresh
rate experience now.

But a couple of things about this screen.

So first of all, the top
of, the screen protector,

it’s a 30% harder cover glass
on the screen, great feature.

But this top layer of the
skin protector is like cut out

around the selfie camera,
and it’s pretty annoying.

Like it kind of looks like one
of those cheap pre-installed

screen protectors, and it
really makes me wanna remove it.

But Samsung would really
like you to not remove it.

So that’s gotten pretty annoying,

although I’ll probably
eventually get annoyed

and take it off.

But it’s there.

But two, the crease.

The crease is definitely still here.

In fact, it hasn’t changed all
that much from the last flip.

It’s right through the
middle of the phone,

where your finger runs
over it all the time

when you’re scrolling
through normal things,

like social media, or emails
or whatever you’re doing.

So it’s visually there,

but it’s also physically there
since you feel it so much.

I feel like it’s both annoying,

but also like no big
deal at the same time.

Maybe I’m a little,

I’m a person who’s used
a folding phone before.

So I’m a little more used to the crease

than a normal person.

But it’s true.

If you just look at the
content on the screen

you can definitely ignore it.

The keyboard is below,
it doesn’t touch it.

So all that’s fine.

But on the other hand, it’s
definitely still noticeable.

Even if you’re just a
little bit off access,

it catches your eyes sometimes.

You know, if you’re reading text

it’ll kind of droop it in
the middle a little bit.

So I’ll like scroll a
bit extra to get the text

away from the middle.

It’s weird.

I hope they keep working on this,

because if they could get
it to feel even more flat,

like a normal glass screen someday,

that would be way better.

But yeah, I think that should
be the next big improvement.

Minimizing this crease and
also trimming down the edges

around the display, because
it’s still a bit off

on a $1,000 phone to have to
do that gesture from the side,

but have your finger
hit a piece of plastic.

But Flip 3 is all about
the outside cover screen.

So Flip 2, as you can tell by my shirt,

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had a very, very, very
small outside cover screen.

It basically would just show you the time,

and if you had a notification, right?

Then Moto Razr came out,

and while most of the rest of this phone

was pretty terrible, it did
have a massive outside screen

that turned out to be very useful.

So now Samsung has given
us a larger cover screen

on the Flip 3.

Not as big as the Razr’s,
but it’s four times the area

as the last one, and it
genuinely changes the way

you use the phone.

So actually do some quick
stuff on the outside screen now

without opening the flip.

So by default it’s just
time, date and battery,

plus a dot over on the side,
if you have any notifications.

But then you can change
the visual on the screen

if you want to a bunch of
different things in the settings.

There’s a whole page.

You can change different animations,

and different backgrounds
and clock styles.

You can even match it to the watch face

if you have a Samsung galaxy watch.

So that’s pretty smart.

But from there you can
do a bunch of stuff.

So you can swipe over to
your different widgets

in whatever order you want.

Music, weather, a timer if you want one,

some people might want
their calendar here.

It’s not unlimited widgets.

There’s actually just a list
of six you can choose from,

that Samsung has put in here,
and you can choose the order.

But even just these six are pretty useful.

So if I’m playing a podcast or music,

which I do all the time,

the music icon shows up and
then I can tap that to skip

right to the music controls widget,

and then play or pause, or fast forward

or wherever from here.

Also fun fact, when the
phone is closed like this,

the volume buttons on the
outside reverse function.

So this up direction increases
volume and down decreases,

but then it flips back
when you open up the phone.

Again, very smart.

You know, it would have
been smarter though,

Google assistant on the outside screen,

just like firing it up,
asking it a question.

That’s not a thing available here.

It does use Bixby voice
to answer text messages,

which is, whatever, that’s fine.

But then also even taking
pictures on the outside screen

is way better.

You could do it before,
but it was a tiny screen.

You didn’t want to.

This one actually would.

So it’s a decent sized viewfinder,

and it’s the primary camera,
so they’re kind of nice.

And you can swipe up or
down to change lenses

and swipe left or right to
switch from photo or video mode.

One thing to note though, is
selfies from the main camera

with the cover screen will be a one by one

square aspect ratio, and
there’s no way to change that,

just a heads up.

Aside from that, though, you do get decent

selfie image quality
from the primary cameras,

which aren’t quite flagship
level, but they’re pretty good.

Same as last year.

The primary and the ultra wide.

And that kind of checks out
across the rest of the features

of this phone.

Like I love that the cameras
are basically flushed

with this phone.

But aside from that on a $1,000 phone

they’re fine, nothing special.

The battery life, again, you know,

this is a 3,300 million
power battery split

between the top and the bottom,
and it’s powering a huge

120 Hertz display.

So it did better than
expected, but when it taps out

after four hours of screen on time,

that’s just fine, nothing special.

Call quality, again, fine.

Heat dispersion, only really
warm up when wireless charging

on the rare wireless
charger that actually fits

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a phone this size.

But again, it’s fine.

And on a phone like this,

it might sound like I’m like disappointed.

I’m saying, oh, it’s fine, it’s fine.

But really that’s kind of
an accomplishment on a phone

that screen folds in half.

Like that’s kind of amazing.

We are looking to eventually
get down to the point

where there’s no major
compromises or major shortcomings,

and it delivers on the one promise

of being able to fold your
phone down into something

that’s theoretically a bit more pocketable

for people with smaller pockets,
or for ladies with purses

and things like that.

And it does it.

So it’s not super flashy or head-turning.

It’s not even as ambitious as the Fold 3,

which is trying to give
you a normal smartphone

and a tablet in your
pocket, which is a lot.

But the fact that it gives you a normal

smartphone experience and
folds in half is very close

to what I said at the beginning,

and what I’ve been saying
since the beginning

of this whole foldable thing,

which will get them to catch on.

This is a folding phone.

I can actually start
recommending it to people.

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But that’s pretty much it.

Thanks for watching.

I’ll catch you guys in the next one.

Peace.

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