MemberSeptember 18, 2021 at 10:12 am
When not passively consuming content, the large display (which is essentially a side-by-side dual-screen phone) can be used in a number of ways. Apps that have been updated, like WhatsApp, will display its main screen, a list of chats on the left and the one the user has selected on the right. Or the Camera app will show the viewfinder on the right and a list of recently-taken photos on the left.
Samsung says that 100 of the most-used apps will be optimised for large-screen use by the time the device is launched on 27 August. Those included will be; Amazon, Google Meet and Maps, Teams, Netflix, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, and Zoom – many of which were not available when we tested it.
Some apps like Instagram and TikTok load in the middle of the two screens and have large black bars along the right and left to fill the empty space. Samsung said that both of those apps will be getting updates, but users may have to wait for longer until more niche software is properly optimised for a multi-window experience.
Don’t let that completely write off their usability; one of the best ways to use this device is with one app running on the left and another on the right. Samsung has made its Edge Panel pinnable to the right-hand side, so it looks like the Taskbar on Windows 10 (or the Dock on a Mac), for quickly switching between the most-used apps which is incredibly useful. The Z Fold 3 has 12GB of ROM and 256GB of RAM (or 512GB for an extra £100), and apps load snappily with no issue.
This power really comes into its own with software like Xbox Game Pass – putting the Z Fold 3 into landscape mode, pairing it with a controller, and using the larger screen’s real estate to play games like Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice with ease. This is the dream of the device: rather than having to take my tablet with me, or endure playing on a small screen, the Z Fold 3 is small, or big, depending on what I need it to be.
Putting it on its back and folding one side of the screen upwards like a laptop also works well – and is more convenient than having to stack a conventional phone against a makeshift stand. There’s a future where users pair this phone with Bluetooth keyboards and it becomes a decent enough word processor, rather than having to carry a laptop around. But while such things are tangible, they’re not quite practical yet.
It’s these kinds of use cases where other manufacturers, including, and perhaps most importantly, Apple, simply cannot compete yet. Samsung’s UK Corporate Vice President, Conor Pierce, says that 25 per cent of people buying Galaxy Z Fold devices come from previously having used competitors devices, seeking the kind of next-generation tech that other companies can’t match yet.
MemberSeptember 18, 2021 at 3:59 pm
Well only push factor to buy Z fold must be use of update technology otherwise people usually take less risks with new devices.