A Week with the Samsung Z Flip

Samsung Z Flip

I’ve spent a little more than a week with Samsung’s newest foldable phone, the Z Flip. Yes, it folds. I’ve had the phone long enough for the novelty to wear off… except it hasn’t. Not even close. When the Z Flip is closed, it’s small (roughly 2.9″ x 3.4″) and about 3/4″ thick. When it’s open, you’re looking at a 2636×1080 pixel, 425ppi, 6.7″ FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED (21.9:9) Infinity Flex Display. (That’s techno-babble for “big and beautiful.”)

The Z Flip has most of the bells and whistles of you’d expect from Samsung. This is not a Galaxy S20 (which you can pre-order on Friday, February 21). Samsung’s flagship phones are in a different class; they are built to directly compete with Apple. The Z Flip is a full-featured Android 10 device with a 12 MP rear camera and a 10 MP front camera. It has the new “Single Take” feature, and it does pretty much everything you would expect from a device running Android 10. But… wait for it… it folds.

Do you need a phone that easily fits in almost any normal-sized pocket and still leaves room for other stuff? I didn’t think I did; I’ve been carrying either a big Galaxy or a big iPhone (usually both) for so long that it never occurred to me that I would care about the size at all. The crazy part: when the Z Flip is open, the screen is a bit bigger than my iPhone 11 Pro Max, and just 1 mm smaller than my Galaxy Note 10+.

Full disclosure: Samsung is a sponsor of our Innovation Series, but this is not a paid review. Most of you know that I carry an Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max as my personal phone, and a Galaxy Note 10+ for business. I’ve been bi-phonal for years. But this past week, I ditched my Note 10+ for the Z Flip, fully expecting to return to the Note 10+. Nope. I still have the Z Flip in my pocket. No one is more surprised by this than me.

 

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Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the co-host of "Think About This with Shelly Palmer & Ross Martin." He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com

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