Samsung is in its fifth generation of selling foldables. While the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is its biggest upgrade to the clamshell form factor, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is an experiential upgrade this year – which might cause some problems for Samsung.
The year is 2023, and more
I wrote a wishlist for the
First, the crease situation. In short, the crease on the
I only feel it when I graze my thumb across the middle of the display, which isn’t often. But I’ve had readers email me and friends tell me that the one thing that’s keeping them away from buying a Galaxy Z Fold device is the bend in the middle of the display. And
Secondly, no foldable sports a flagship-grade camera system when compared to the flagship slab phones. The
Samsung could have been the first company to offer true flagship cameras on the Fold 5, but instead, it is sticking with the
First, I like my book-style foldables with a taller aspect ratio (like the Galaxy Z Fold and Honor Magic V series) rather than a wider aspect ratio (like the
In my time with the Oppo Find N and N2, every time I opened the phone, I was reminded that the web is built for taller phones and not wider phones. You need to rotate foldables with wider form factors to the taller side to get a better experience on the web. Although I still consider the Honor Magic VS, Magic V2, and Vivo Fold to be the ideal form factors for me because of the wide cover display and a tall aspect ratio, the Samsung software on Galaxy Z Fold is unparalleled … at least for now.
Second, I loved using the
I like the fullscreen experience on the Galaxy Z Fold series, which is the only foldable phone lineup to offer this feature. I’d have liked the 4MP under-display camera to be upgraded, but I still prefer having a fullscreen design over a good video-calling camera because my use cases involve more fullscreen interaction with browsing and reading rather than taking calls. To be clear, having a hole-punch camera cutout on the foldable screen isn’t a deal breaker or unintuitive but the fullscreen experience on the Galaxy Z Fold series is much more satisfying.
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