The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the best case Samsung can make for a phone that appears on a small tablet. It is the fourth repetition of the same basic concept, refined and corrected over the years following the shameful first false failure in the first attempt.

Because this is a refinement issue, changes from the last model are small. But when they are put together, they make this a model that transcends that difficult defining line between test and standard.

Although Z Fold 3 feels like a pure, established product, it is still quite unusual. It is a miracle of material science that turns out to be incredibly complex and unpopular. And its price is also far from normal, and – even after a drop in price, it starts at $ 1,799.99.

If you like the basic concept of Z Fold but are waiting for Samsung to fix its major issues, the stable and endless refinement shown here should be considered. If you think the whole idea is delicate and you are not a dynamic technology dynamic, none of these changes will change your mind.

Even though those two ideas are almost completely contradictory, I can’t really argue with the other. Z Fold 3 is good and not stupid.

When turned off, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is still an extremely long, slim, dense device that is more compatible with the controller than the traditional phone. It is difficult to fit into both pockets because of its shape and weight – although it is a little lighter than last year, it is basically still two phone sizes and weighs the same.

Samsung’s biggest addition to IPX8’s water-resistant hardware. I danced it in a vase and held it under the spring without a problem. Not to mention that the robust upgrades made by Samsung this year will be enough to keep the phone unchanged for a long time, but at least initially it seems solid. I don’t feel like I need to upgrade this device.

There is still a gap in the balance when closed, but otherwise all tolerance between the parts is strong. Samsung still uses small brushes on the inside of the hinge to keep dust and debris on the outside, but I recommend keeping it away from any rough stains or sand.

The outer screen fills the entire front of the display, and although it is 6.2 inches apart, it feels very small because it is small. Samsung has increased the refresh rate on the external display to 120Hz, so everything in it sounds smooth; the main concession when using is that it is very difficult to type. Swipe typing helps, but Samsung’s built-in keyboard isn’t as good as Gboard’s precision, and you’ll want to stick to Samsung’s keyboard because it has better options when in tablet mode.

Turn the phone upside down and be treated to a 7.6-inch display, bright, sharp, and with the same 120Hz refresh rate of smooth scrolling under the “jelly effect” that bothered the previous versions. A beautiful screen with one glossy problem: an internal selfie camera.

Samsung has opted for a blurry camera, one of the first to be shipped to the US. The camera itself is awesome, only 4 megapixels, and even a few are compromised on the brightness of the screen. Camera quality is not a problem, however – if I want to take a selfie, there are four other cameras I can use that are better. Think of it as a webcam for video calls.

Instead, the problem is what the screen looks like when the camera is turned off. If there is a bright background above it – or text – you have a nasty and disturbing screen door appearance. When I move my head or phone even slightly, there is a moire effect that catches my eye immediately – even after a week of use it still happens.

Samsung wants the Z Z 3 to be a testament to its technological resilience, but that desire has led to the placement of a more experimental feature on a premium device. The camera under the display literally sets the experience. Samsung needs to set the setting to unlock the screen above the camera and put the object back in the hole punch.

Surprisingly, that is the end of my real complaint about the internal screen. Which means something like a giant, 7.6-inch display that folds in half. Samsung emphasizes how it has made the screen stronger, thanks to the redesign of various interior parts from the screen.

It still uses Samsung’s so-called “Ultra Thin Glass,” but that glass is still covered with plastic layers. The top layer is a PET screen protector that feels like any other screen protector you use on the phone. It drastically changes what happens in Z Fold 3 as it is very resistant to smudges and indentations.

There is still a rift between the two, and I’m not too worried about it. It is very visible in the corner and disappears when you look at the phone directly.

Another new layer on this screen has a few Wacom digitizing numbers so you can use the new Samsung S Pen stylus. The S-specific S Pen is sold separately, and there is no place to store it without a special case, which means you will spend more than $ 50 or even $ 80 more if you want to use stylus inputs.

Drawing and drawing with the S Pen on the big screen is great – there are not many drawbacks, it seems accurate even everywhere (where the algorithms find the position), and it slides cleanly throughout that new layer of PET. Unfortunately, the Fold loosens when you draw on a table, or with a single Samsung case.

And you can’t use a pen on an external display, which means it’s not good to take quick notes like the Galaxy Note. Hopefully Samsung will not give up that line of people who rely on having quick and easy access to the stable.

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