5G Wireless Technology – Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 Is Proof That You Should Skip First-Gen Tech
The original Galaxy Fold was the most important phone of 2019. It showed how flexible display tech could create a totally new type of device with the portability of a phone and the big screen and improved multitasking experience of a tablet. However, like a lot of first-gen products—especially something that ambitious—you really had to…
The original Galaxy Fold was the most important phone of 2019. It showed how flexible display tech could create a totally new type of device with the portability of a phone and the big screen and improved multitasking experience of a tablet. However, like a lot of first-gen products—especially something that ambitious—you really had to question if it was worth putting up with all of the Fold’s issues (of which there were many) to just experience something truly cutting edge.
But now the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is here with improvements that address nearly all of its predecessor’s faults, while also adding new features that make it an even better and more forward-thinking hybrid. And while its $2,000 price tag still makes me want to cry, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a massive second-gen success.
One of the most obvious upgrades on the Z Fold 2 is its design. By sharpening up the sides of the phone while smoothing out its finish, the Z Fold 2 feels significantly more solid and well-built. Samsung also redesigned the Z Fold 2’s hinge, so that the screens stay put regardless of how far they’re open, and by adding more brushes to the inside of the hinge and closing up the gaps on last year’s model, the Z Fold 2 is much better equipped to deal with dirt. Samsung even borrowed the matte glass back from the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for use on the Z Fold 2, which makes the phone more appealing both visually and texturally. That said, it’s important to remember that the Z Fold 2 still doesn’t have an official rating for dust or water resistance. We’re talking upgrades here, not magic.
Samsung has also streamlined the Z Fold 2’s design by axing the original Fold’s large interior camera notch and replacing it with a simple punch-hole selfie cam. In fact, by moving from two interior selfie cams to just one, the Z Fold 2 actually has one less camera overall compared to the first Fold, and I think the Z Fold 2 is better for it.