I truly wanted to get this out of the way early, but the days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months, and here I am now — inseparable from the mobile device I didn’t really see myself using for very long.
In case you haven’t been following, the Galaxy Z Fold2 is the second version of Samsung’s first crack at a foldable device. The first one didn’t quite meet our overall baseline for proper useability. However, the South Korean company learned plenty from the first version and delivered a polished foldable with the Fold2.
The Galaxy Z Fold2 isn’t a device I would buy for myself for a variety of reasons — chief of which being budget constraints. Say, that wasn’t an issue, It still didn’t feel like a practical device.
It’s too massive to comfortably put in your pocket.
It still feels like the awkward midpoint of two devices we have been used to. It’s not quite a phone, but it also isn’t quite a tablet.
But then I started to really use it…
And was gradually blown away by everything that it enabled me to do. More than anything, it’s the ability to work with a larger screen no matter where I am is my favorite “feature.”
My ageing lower back certainly appreciated how I can use it for copy editing on afternoons that I just really needed to lie down.
I’ve also been blessed with big enough hands to be able to hold this one-handed while enjoying some content. But make no mistake, this is primarily a two-hand device.
It can switch positions for you
Yes, that’s an Ariana Grande reference. But the Galaxy Z Fold2 is truly flexible. When unfolded, it’s a fantastic multimedia consumption device. The 7.8-inch screen is great for watching videos.
And it’s also fantastic for playing mobile games which the phone, as you may have guessed, had zero problems running thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip and 12GB of RAM.
But the low-key mind-blowing part is how you can easily switch from the 7.8-inch screen…
To the 6.23” tall and narrow display without missing a beat.
That 6.23” cover display is one of its biggest improvements. Itit certainly doesn’t feel like a regular smartphone thanks to it being thick when folded.
But there’s now plenty of screen real estate for it to be actually usable for an extended period of time.
The split screen feature is fascinating
I never really felt the need to run three screens on this as Han Ji-Pyeong from K-Drama Start-Up did.
But being able to split the screen vertically with plenty of room to spare meant I could watch a TWICE VLIVE while also looking at live translations from unofficial ONCE (Name of TWICE’s fans) President @misayeon while also having space to quickly take down notes should I feel like it.
It’s not something I would use everyday, but it sure is nice to have and is a feature not present in any other mobile device at the moment.
Jumping back to Han JiPyeong, I imagine the people who can actually afford this device are in a similar position that’s mostly about making decisions, coordinating, and directing. That means you don’t really need to carry around a laptop that much for your work. This might just be the best all-around device for you.
The Galaxy Z Fold2 is quite literally an all-in-one device for someone who doesn’t need to get their hands as dirty or deep their toes so much in the day-to-day grind.
That could also mean you don’t really need it much for photo-taking. But should you need it, the cameras on this thing are more than decent as demonstrated in this article. I’ll throw in some photos here for your convenience.
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The Galaxy Z Fold2 is truly one-of-a-kind. While I’m still scratching my head at the general “need” for 2-in-1 devices, the Fold2 strikes an intriguing balance. It’s more than useful enough now to be your daily companion for most of what you’ll do, while offering new ways of utilizing the primary device you carry with you.
I probably don’t need to tell you that it’s not for everyone. The price alone suggests as much, but if you have the means and are truly curious you’ll find that it truly isn’t quite a phone nor is it quite a tablet. It’s unapologetically a foldable — a new device category that we could be seeing more of in the future.
But more than its combination of specs and its overall futuristic feel, the Galaxy Z Fold2 comes with an allure that you will only truly realize after using it for an extended amount of time.
GadgetMatch Awards: Best of CES 2021
Flying cars, rolling phones, and Ice Cream right at home
CES has always been the place for dreaming about the future of tech and this year, despite the annual convention being held virtually instead of in Las Vegas like usual, is no different.
We saw plenty of exciting innovations ranging from stuff that we can purchase soon, something for the new normal, and an effin flying car. Yes. If that doesn’t get your gears running we don’t know what will.
So here are our favorites from the tech show.
Best Gaming Laptop: ROG Flow X13
Gaming laptops have been getting slimmer and slimmer over the years but this one — it’s a gaming laptop the size of an Ultrabook. ASUS managed to pack gaming power — AMD Ryzen 9/Cezanne-HS mobile processor, RTX 3080 — in a 15mm thin and 1.35kg body.
To heighten the gaming experience further, you can pair it with the ROG XG Mobile GPU that gives the Flow X13 the power of a full-sized gaming rig. That’s bonkers.
Best Auto Concept: GM flying Cadillac Taxi
The idea of flying cars has long intrigued the human race. You need not look far than the prevalence of such a vehicle in sci-fi pop culture to see how much we long for it.
General Motors’ flying Cadillac taxi concept is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle, eliminating the need for any runway. It’ll run on a 90kWh battery with 56mph top speed. New flying regulations will have to come but we can’t wait for this to take to the skies.
Best New Smartphone Form Factor: LG Rollable
Smartphones are going through a period of change. What once was just a rectangular piece of slab has seen itself fold, flip, and now… roll.
We’ve seen LG showcase a rollable concept before but the LG Rollable could be the closest thing that might actually… roll out to the market. Details are scarce for now but expect plenty of news and rumors to build up as it gets closer to launch.
Best Laptop: ASUS ZenBook Duo
The ZenBook Duo, first showcased at Computex 2019, sort of took a gap year in 2020. What we saw instead was a gaming version with the Zephyrus Duo. It makes a comeback now more refined and with internals fit for the new year.
The new ASUS ZenBook Duo is a refinement of this new laptop form factor in every way imaginable — one that, theoretically, should be much more useful than its predecessor.
Best Chromebook: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 has all the bells and whistles of the first generation but it now comes with a QLED panel. Yep, Samsung’s TV display tech has made its way to a notebook. This could just be the beginning.
Buds, Plus, Live, and now Pro — not exactly the progression that makes the most sense name-wise but Samsung may now finally have the TWS that can go toe-to-toe against the AirPods Pro and Freebuds Pro.
The Galaxy Buds Pro promises intelligent ANC that adjusts according to your environment and a playtime that’s par for the course for the other buds it’s going up against.
Best Wearable: MaskFone
Ever since the pandemic hit, face masks have come in all shapes, sizes and features — the MaskFone is no exception.
The MaskFone has a mic in the facepiece and two earbuds hanging on wires by the earloops. The mask is made of a water-resistant, breathable, and washable material and includes a pocket for PM2.5 filters. As far as tech goes, this one’s pretty in your face.
Best Kitchen Appliance: ColdSnap
What’s better than getting sweet, icy treats on a dreary day? It’s making those sweet, icy treats at your own home with ColdSnap.
It works like coffee pod machines but instead of coffee, it serves ice cream and other frozen treats from recyclable aluminium pods. Now, you can Ice Cream and chill at your leisure.
Best Smart TV: Samsung NEO QLED
Samsung’s QLED was already pretty good but turning things up to eleven is their Neo QLED. With this new display tech, Samsung promises improved picture quality — dark areas are darker, bright areas brighter, and so on. Of course, we’ll have to see it for ourselves but it already sounds promising.
Best Wellness Device: Lora DiCarlo Drift, Tilt, Sway
If you can get past snickering like a tween, you’ll realize this offers many… benefits. Inspired by human warmth, the new model mimics the heat we experience from our partners’ bodies. Lora DiCarlo used a nylon-based thermally conductive polymer and its WarmSense Technology, simulating body temperature.
I’m sure we can all use some warmth in these cold nights.
Best Cleaning Device: Samsung JetBot 90 AI+
Keeping your place squeaky clean doesn’t get any smarter than this. The JetBot 90 AI+ is a vacuum cleaner that uses object recognition technology to identify and classify objects to decide the best cleaning path. LiDAR and 3D sensors allow JetBot 90 AI+ to avoid cables and small objects, while still cleaning hard-to-reach corners in your home.
Best Camera/Drone: Airpeak
Professional videographers who’s weapon of choice are Sony Alphas are probably dying to have their hands on Airpeak. It’s a drone that can be equipped with Sony’s professional grade, mirrorless cameras. This opens up new possibilities in terms of aerial footage.
Best Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD
It appears we’re facing a future that’ll have us sitting in front of monitors for longer than we realize. That’s why having one that’s easy on the eyes could be extra beneficial. The ComfortView Plus on the Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD monitor can help with that. Not to mention, it is color accurate and should aid you nicely in your work-from-home setup.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review: Better than AirPods Pro?
Finally, real Active Noise Cancellation out of the box
Samsung has unveiled the newest Galaxy Buds Pro alongside the announcement of the latest Galaxy S21 series.
Other than the new design, better sound quality, and surround sound setup, there’s now a real and intelligent Active Noise Cancellation.
But do these earbuds live up to its ‘Pro’ branding? Watch our Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review by clicking the video link right here.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Hands-on
Most of the leaks were true after all
Samsung started 2021 early with their newest Galaxy S21 series.
Unlike last year where the S20 models were announced last February, these new S21 units were unveiled as early as January 2021. Although we’ve covered most of the leaks and rumors about Samsung’s latest flagship trio, we still need to confirm them.
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