The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is great, but Android is not made for folding phones

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is great, but Android is not made for folding phones

The biggest problem with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is that folding mobiles are something so new that Android is not adapted to its characteristics and this ends up weighing them down

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is great, but Android is not made for folding phones

We have already talked on a couple of occasions about the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Samsung's third folding mobile and the second in the format 'it looks like a tablet when it is opened, it is a mobile when it is closed'. If we write about it again, it is because now I have been able to test it more freely and judge it more fairly.

I would not like to repeat things that you already know, but I will make a quick summary: it takes photos similar to the other high-end Samsung mobiles, such as the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5g; has a sufficient battery, but not dazzling; And yes, they have fixed the serious design problems of the original Fold, among which I list its small exterior screen, which is now huge and allows the Fold 2 to be used as a 'normal' mobile when it is closed.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is great, but Android is not made for folding phones

It is a mobile of the highest range, perhaps not so much for its gross performance, but also because it is a new type of phone, one that is not yet clear that it will settle among the general public. But the leap from its first version is bigger than it seems at first glance.

The hinge, a fundamental component, is stronger and safer. Strong, while the phone holds up better in many angles without giving a millimeter; and safe because no dust enters behind the body, which in the original model was an amalgam of problems and a relaunch of the product.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is great, but Android is not made for folding phones

I have to praise Samsung's chosen format for the Fold because you can quickly take calls or reply to a message or just see if a notification is important or not without having to open the phone screen. I have realized that this is something that works and that I ended up doing several times a day: simply using the mobile without opening it.

But the incredible thing about this mobile when you open it. Reading THE WORLD on such a wide screen becomes something almost close to using a tablet, an ebook or even a paperback. To my surprise, I ended up using the Fold 2 half-folded, like a booklet, when I was reviewing a long report, since it is more comfortable to pick up the phone with one hand.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is great, but Android is not made for folding phones

Although nowadays traditional telephones are already huge, using them with two hands is not the most comfortable, and that ends up resulting in pain in the thumbs or the 'chicha' under the little finger. The Fold 2 has to be used with both hands, but the position is somewhat more natural, although I think that the use of an S-Pen in the style of the Galaxy Note 20 would greatly benefit this phone. Maybe in the future.

As soon as you scratch the surface a bit, you realize that there are many inconsistencies and problems due to one clear culprit: Android. Google's operating system is not adapted to folding mobiles and it is not much use that most applications rescale well: it is useless to have Twitter open in large size if there are huge targets on the sides.

Not all applications are so useless and there are some that do not really need adaptation because in themselves they are better made. Gmail, for example, is fatal, but YouTube or Google Maps are a delight with a mobile like the Fold 2.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is great, but Android is not made for folding phones

Samsung has made a good effort to adapt its own apps to the Fold 2 screen. Its mail application makes good use of the big screen, although I have opted for Outlook, which directly displays the version for tablets and leaves you at a next to the post column and, in the other two thirds of the screen, the body of the same.

But the highlight of the software applied to the Fold 2 is the multi-window, the possibility of having several apps open and being able to use them properly given the large size of the screen. For example, use the calendar app and the email app together with a calculator to pass some data to a co-worker.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is great, but Android is not made for folding phones

Everything that I have been able to test in these two weeks with the Galaxy Z Fold 2 leads me to think that, on the one hand, folding mobiles are still a rarity that we will not see hit the mass market for a long time, if anything. This is how it ever happens; and that, if the big companies want them to succeed, who will have to bet on them first is Google, because Android needs a lot of work to work well.

It is ironic that the only major drawback that you can get from this mobile is something that is not entirely your fault, since the software comes more or less taxes. It is true that it is thick when it is closed, that it is more fragile than other mobiles when it is closed and that it is expensive like a second-hand car; but the only thing that has really irritated me about using the Fold 2 has been that Android is the way it is.

After several years in which mobile phones, high, medium or low range, are all the same and they are beginning to be boring because they always compete to see who beats whom in artificial numbers of use tests; It has been a real pleasure to have in my hands a device that I cannot stop looking at and using, despite its weak points, because it is different.

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