My first thought when I heard something about us getting folding phones again? Well it was two fold. At first it was kind of a thought of thinking it was a dumb idea. We are taking steps backwards to have phones that fold? Really? I thought we were going past this. Then I started to think of the nostalgia it brought with it, and this made me smile and think alright maybe there really is something there. Then I saw the phones coming out. The Fold series? Not for me. I do not need a total of 2 large screens that go into my pocket. Too big and too much to break. So it turned me off again until I saw the Razr and Flip series of phones being introduced. I was excited for this. A shorter style phone that can be opened and give me the same display sizes as what I am used to now? Perfect. However my days of being a very early adopter of certain technologies are long gone. So I decided I would wait until these phones got really flushed out. The Razr turned out to be a flop and Samsung took the generations of the Flip series and expanded and improved on them. This led me to the Z Flip 3 seeming like the perfect option for me. It was flushed out and had a lot of the features and wants I could need in the phone.
So overall first impressions of the phone. First and foremost it looks good. I went with the Green version of the phone which honestly looks like a darker blue then a green to my eyes. Nice sleek curves, the external display is nicely set in place and the cameras are not protruding too much. Then I noticed how much of a fingerprint magnet this thing is. If you are someone who wants to keep the phone clean at all times, I wish you luck because it is going to be a tough road. The phone is slippery as well. You can kill 2 birds with 1 stone by getting a case. It’ll make it less slick and will mute your fingerprints as we. I have a case in order to resolve these 2 issues. The hinge feels tight and will not randomly open and close on you, however this is something that we will have to wait and see if it is a longer term thing or if it will loosen up over time. The opening is not as satisfying as flip phones of yesteryear but still just fine. Closing it does give you that satisfying clunk when it closes and does not make any creaking or squeaking noises. The external display, while still small is an improvement, however is still lacking some functionality I would like to see adopted into. The internal screen is a nice bright and vibrant 120 HZ display. Seems like it will be able to serve my needs just fine. Call quality sounds clear on my end and have had no complaints from the person receiving the call either.
So what really drew me to this phone? The fact it does not have the large display on the outside and the fact it protects the inside display when closed. I have cracked more phones screens in my pocket than anything else in this world. Like I said I work in Industrial Maintenance. I am climbing in and out of machines constantly, bumping into things, on my hands and knees constantly, and am working in less than ideal conditions. Having this main display protected is something that is huge for me and the biggest selling point so far.
These are my initial impressions after having the phone for roughly 24 hours. I will update this post with further reviews and thoughts as time goes on. Hopefully if someone is looking into the phone this can give you a starting point.