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 the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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