I never imagined that I would actually be doing a review for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip smartphone, especially when we have been going through the Covid-19 pandemic here.
Anyway, since I am unable to travel anywhere, and I assume everyone else cannot travel since the 18th March 2020, and I have resorted to a general review based on my daily use.
Review of Galaxy Z Flip in Malaysia
Before I start, I wanted to say that my first impression of this was going back to the good old days of the flip mobile phones in the mid-90s. If you come from my era, you would remember those days.
On with the review and for your info, this is the second series of the folding phones created by Samsung, and the first was the Samsung Galaxy Fold which was announced in October 2019.
In January of 2020, I received one unit and I did a complete review of the Galaxy Fold smartphone minus the technical jargon. You know how some techies love to throw in all those big and unexplainable words.
Anyhow, it is now May 2020, and I was handed the all-new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip along with the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G to test out.
It is not easy to test out two phones at once, hence I only put my focus on the Z Flip for now, and possibly by the end of May, I will test out the S20 Ultra 5G.
Well, it has been two weeks since I have been using the Galaxy Z Flip and so far, everything has been great apart from the minor pros and cons I have experienced as a general user.
Honestly, I would love to take the flip phone on one of my working trips into the rainforest, where I can fully test the capabilities of this little beauty.
But we all know that because of the Covid-19 pandemic, travel and tourism is a total shutdown, hence I just use it daily.
|The all-new Galaxy Z Flip folding smartphone.|
What I Liked About the Galaxy Z Flip?
Honestly, I could write all good things here just like others who say only nice things so they can continue to get products and so on. Well, that is not me, so I choose to be honest and neutral.
1. The whole concept of the phone being able to flip into a compact case with a 7.5 cm size totally blew my mind away. This is coming from a guy, so imagine it coming from a woman's point of view.
2. It's nifty, sleek, and yet functional as a conventional smartphone with split-screen functions. The two 4-inch split screens can do wonders depending on the apps you are running.
3. The 90 degrees unfold is super cool especially when multi-tasking with the split screens. Even when taking photos, I find the angle very steady with the base at your palm.
4. Hands-free video chat is something I never expected to be so cool. I can just leave the phone on a table and chat with friends while doing something else.
5. Privacy! Yes, this is one of the perks when using the flip. When you are with strangers, you need not worry about prying eyes when you activate your phone to see messages or those random Whatsapp images being sent. You can casually unflip it to a certain degree to see private photos or messages.
6. The mini cover screen is so cute, you can just see the basic notifications show up while the phone is folded. It's cool, but I wish it would be a tad larger.
|The accessories that come along with the flip phone.|
What I Disliked About the Galaxy Z Flip?
Of course, there are going to be things that I disliked when using the flip phone and hopefully, the people in Samsung will read this and take note.
1. The biggest let down for me was the fact that the battery was quick to go down and this was based on my regular usage minus streaming or social media.
By the evening, I had to plug it in for a quick charge so it will last through the night. So I did another test where I avoided using the flip as regularly as I would and the battery did last the entire day. This means that if you are a heavy user, you may want to carry along a power bank just in case.
2. The top part of the flip tends to heat up quite a bit. Yes, when I constantly used the flip for some minor gaming, emails, and WhatsApp all together, the back of the top portion gets a little hot. I can understand why the larger portion of the battery is placed there and it is because when you use the phone, the bottom portion will be in your palm, so it does not heat up in your palm.
3. The screen is still a little small for me. Yes, after being used to the S10 Plus, the Galaxy Z Flip's screen shrunk a little. Perhaps they could consider a larger sized flip for bigger palm users like me?
4. The crease between the fold still gets to me. I know they have improved it a lot compared to the first folding phone, but somehow when my fingers slide through the crease, it kind of bugs me.
5. Not a lot of apps support the multi-active windows or split-screen functions. Perhaps in the near future, we will see more of this.
Galaxy Z Flip Specifications
The phone opens up to a 6.7-inch infinity flex display and operates a simple triple camera system. This is not the high-end camera that is available on other supreme models.
The memory comes with 8GB Ram which is pretty cool and an internal 256GB storage. The battery is 3,33mAh dual style and the overall operating system or OS is Android 10.
The flip phone uses two types of sim cards which are an eSim and a nano sim. Other than that, most of the specifications are the general up-to-date ones which are found in most newer models.
If you really are a tech geek or a self-proclaimed smartphone guru and want to know every little detail of the flip phone, you can check it out at the Samsung Malaysia website.
|The Sim card slot on the flip phone.|
How Many Times Can The Galaxy Z Flip Fold?
A common question asked by many as there is some concern or worry in the number of times a person will flip or fold the phone.
Well, the unofficial number stated was 200,000 times and this was answered by one of the people in Samaung during the official launch in the USA.
This means that if you flip your phone open and close 30 times a day, it will last you a good 6,666 days or 18 years in total. How about that?
How Many Colors Available for the Galaxy Z Flip?
As of writing this, there are three main colors available for the Malaysian market and they are Mirror Black, Mirror Purple, and Mirror Gold.
The unit that I am testing is the Mirror Black color and it looks simple and straightforward. It feels more for those non-colorful people or those in the corporate world.
The Mirror Purple and Gold are very vibrant and seem like they will cater to the younger or more outstanding people.
|The flip phone in Mirror Gold color.|
When was the Galaxy Z Flip Launched?
Officially, it was launched in San Francisco on the 11th of February 2020. In Malaysia, it was launched on the main Samsung website but it is yet to be officially launched.
However, pre-bookings can be done through the main Samsung website for anyone who is interested.
How Much is the Galaxy Z Flip in Malaysia?
Right now, the recommended retail price for the Galaxy Z Flip is RM5,888, and if you buy this direct from Samsung, you will get some additional perks.
Where to Buy the Galaxy Z Flip in Malaysia?
For now, the Galaxy Z Flip is available for pre-order from Samsung Malaysia and you can get more information from the Samsung website.
Is it Worth Getting the Galaxy Z Flip in Malaysia?
I leave this entirely up to you. If you are a practical person, then I suggest you go with the Galaxy S10 Plus, Note 10 Plus, or even the Galaxy S20 series.
If you are a gadget freak and love to be in the limelight, then the Galaxy Z Flip is right up your alley. Especially if you love compact gadgets as this flip phone sits perfectly into bags and pockets.
As smartphones get more interesting and creative, I find Samsung leading the way in today's technological world. Yes, other brands may be equally advanced, but it is Samsung that impresses.
Right now, the Galaxy Z Flip has gained a lot of attention in the world, with the ability to flip a smartphone into a pocket-sized gadget that fits just about anywhere.