Samsung Galaxy Z Flip After The Buzz: Did It Survive?

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By definition, the word gimmick means: a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity, or trade.. We use the word a lot to describe ideas that make a product stand out, but are not necessarily useful.

The other day my buddy Jon Rettinger asked everyone what their favorite phone was on Twitter, and I couldn’t name just one. Cellphones have been my life since 1998, at a time when owning a clamshell was the exclusive privilege for the wealthy.

I paid a lot of money for my first Nokia 282, and even more for my Motorola TimePort 8167, later my StarTAC 7860 and then my all-time-favorite, the Motorola V60i. All had one thing in common: They were clamshells at a time when every other phone was the size of Texas. See, back then, having your phone collapse was NOT a gimmick. And sure, everyone wanted to be that guy with the flashing LED on his belt holster, which he would then unsnap with a single hand to make or take that call.

So of course I was the perfect target for the new RAZR and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Tablets collapsing into phones is definitely more useful, but only the clamshell would allow Generation X folks like me to re-live the nostalgia of being “that guy” again.

So, I tried both. Compared them in a video, and quickly realized Z Flip was the better foldable, but then using it for months has made me ask a more important question: Is a clamshell a better phone, just like in the old days? I mean they’re cool, and they do turn some heads, but does the clamshell solve a problem, or is it a very pricey and fragile solution in search for one? Heck after the frenzy of stress testing videos, most of the people I talk to just want to know if it survives real world use, and that is this series’ specialty. I’m Jaime Rivera with Pocketnow and this is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip After The Buzz.

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  1. Remember the Samsung SCH-U750 hybrid?
    Yeah, to me that's still the best cell phone of them all.
    Why didn't you mention the phone quality, both hearing and speaking?
    Am debating/comparing the Samsung Z-flip vs Motorola Razr flip…both are still over-priced.

  2. I've had mine for 8 months now and love it. Compact when folded and full size when opened. Battery life is not S20 level but very good. I've never ripped open the phone like that & watching him do it gave me anxiety. I use a bit more care. Would you kick open your car door on your Tesla like that? lol. I've kept the original purple mirror finish uncovered along with bare screen with no scratches on it and even dropped it on hard floor a few times with no problem. No regrets and for a 1st gen design; it's a definite winner.

  3. Samsung has made a flip phone for years where the top is all screen and runs android but never sold them in America.
    Why not? I would buy that.

  4. I am most likely going to get the Galaxy Z Flip 2 when it eventually releases next year. If it adds a bigger/better front display, 120hz, and stereo speakers this phone would be perfect for me. Thanks for the great video Jaime!

  5. When the phone is closed, it looks like a $1,000+ Gameboy Advance SP. The first thing I’d do, if I owned this phone is download Mario Kart Tour 😍

  6. Calling a innovative 1st gen folding phone a gimmick and comparing the all features to the flagship models is pretty ludicrous. Gee Samsung you can't please us all but do keep trying despite these "critics", some may call him sincere but he comes off douchy to me. Its like complaining that the initial $200k Tesla roadster doesn't have the boot, comfort or 4 doors that the maserati quattroporte has at the same price.

    Someone needs to be "that guy" that tries to give us what we want and to bring us mind blowing latest tech. Let hope that Samsung never stops trying.

  7. I have now watched so many review videos, I really liked your honesty and straight forward review. We can all read tech specs, but getting real reviews of someone using the actual phone is great. Thank you so much.

  8. I hope they make a Z Flip 2, but expand the outer screen to the full size of one of the halves of the phone. so it would me more similar to the Z Fold 2, edge to edge outer screen.

  9. Had mine since March has developed a sort of clicking noise wen I open it and part of the edge that holds the screen in place has split and come away will be changing it in March next year but not for another Z flip

  10. Thank you for this review! I was waiting to see if this phone would last before making a decision. I’d be switching from Apple to Samsung, so now I just have to see if they come out with a flip. If not, the Galaxy Z flip is definitely the phone!

  11. Bottom line is flip phones have always been the "COOLEST" style phone ever made. Old style flip along with the new Z Flip just resonates coolness. I bought this phone 9 months ago and just like you said in the video it's still works and feel like brand new. The ONLY down to me is that it is TOO EXPENSIVE. However, just the idea of FLIPPING it shut and tucking it inside your purse, pocket, or shirt and nobody can see that you have it is a A+ factor for me. I hate large cell phones it is the equivalence to walking around town carrying a 1980's BOOMBOX on your shoulder which is so uncool. 😀 #CoolAndFunctional💯💪

  12. I USE THIS Pphone since january ,and i must say its the future of cell phone.
    once you go back to a normal phone,you miss right away the flip factor

  13. The technology is very cool for sure. But I'm not sure I have any desire to fold my phone. Especially if I need to open it to get 2020 quality smartphone use out of it.

  14. taller and thinner for me is good, check, it folds check!…. 3000 mah battery and mono speaker? meh….. trust me after having dual speakers on the last 3 devices added to playing mobile games like asphalt and watching you tube…. its something i will miss…..

  15. Great review. Watching this on my galaxy z flip 5g. So happy to see that it lasts long time. It is expensive and fairly new. So hard to say will it last 1 to 2 years

  16. If you have un used screen protectors you can trim one to fit the outside of the case and this takes care of the very slippery problem. No more death slides.
    Did it to mine and it works great.

  17. If you were to have the same specs all around but u hade to choose the regular smart phone or the flip if they were exactly tge same but the flip could flip

  18. 10:05 I still have the original Galaxy gear! Now my friend used to own it before he sold it to me and I have basically let it sit for 2 years before I started to find an use for it, I'm still using it today and it's still working!
    And it turns out it uses the EXACT SAME battery as the one inside a Gear IconX charging case, which is also a first generation product. That one stopped working because one of the buds have a dead speaker but swapping that battery into the original gear and with more mature software and bluetooth connection, it now gives me 3 days of battery life!