After two months with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, I’m convinced it was worth the $ 2,000. The big screen makes working on a phone a fun activity and remains my favorite phone of 2020.
As was the case last year, Spigen is one of the few companies that has case options for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, and we’re going to cover three of them in this post. The most innovative case from Spigen is the new Z Fold 2 Slim Armor Pro, which protects the long spine hinge in the closed position. The only housing offers this protection.
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Slim Armor Pro
Once I tried the Z Fold 2 review and placed an order for a black one with a red metal hinge, I ordered a Dbrand Swarm back and camera covers. For this test, I removed the back cover so I could make sure the Slim Armor Pro case would fit as intended.
Following last year’s design, the Spigen team worked to create a better case for the Z Fold 2, while Samsung also made significant improvements to the phone itself. Part of the reason I bought the Z Fold 2 was because of the amazing technology that has been incorporated into the device with extremely successful results. We see efforts, innovations and the intention to offer an excellent product also with the result of Slim Armor Pro.
The most unique aspect of this case is the hinge protector that covers the long hinge of the Z-fold 2 in the closed position. Samsung’s phone hardware covers the hinge in the fully open position. However, if the phone is carried around and the outdoor display is used, the hinge can be damaged from a fall. This hinge is critical to the usability of the device itself, so protecting the device is important.
The Spigen Slim Armor Pro case, like the other Z Fold 2 cases, is a two-piece case and frankly the same designs as other designs for this unique foldable phone. The back cover has a large opening for the cameras and is cut out on the edge for the volume and fingerprint sensor areas with enough openings for the USB-C port and two microphones. The back is black with a matte soft-touch finish and has multiple yellow foam inserts to help with bumps and protect your phone.
The front is primarily a frame part with the hinge protection part. The two pieces of the case fit tightly with double sided tape to hold it in place as well. The matt soft-touch frame part covers the edges with openings for the two stereo speakers.
The hinge mechanism has spings and an arrangement where it slides over the top of the back cover when the phone is fully open. In the fully open position, when the hinge is hidden on the front and back of the phone, the hinge protector rests on the back. This actually helped me get a little better grip on the phone with the hinge protector handle.
The Z-fold 2 rests largely flat with the exception of the camera array when it is fully opened and laid on a surface. This is not the case with the phone wrapped in Slim Armor Pro. There is now a big hump in the middle so the phone rocks on that arm.
When the phone is closed, you can lift the hinge protector to reveal the color of your hinge. However, when it is fully open, this part rests firmly against the back of the phone.
There are two things I’m not a fan of on this one. I can’t see the metallic red custom hinge I ordered and there isn’t a slot to simply remove and replace the SIM card. I understand that most people won’t remove their SIM card, but as a phone reviewer, I swap it out pretty often. I don’t think a small opening for the SIM card slot would significantly compromise the protection of the phone.
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I rarely lay my Z Fold 2 flat on a surface so that the newly added hump doesn’t affect my usage scenarios. I’ve also confirmed that the Z Fold 2’s media viewing modes work fine in this case.
The Slim Armor Pro is available in black for $ 89.99. That’s a lot of cash for a case, but when you consider that you have a $ 2,000 investment on hand, it seems like a fair price to pay for protecting that investment from minor bumps and drops.
My second favorite Spigen case for the Z Fold 2 is the Thin Fit model, which comes in matte black or bronze for $ 49.99. This case has a back cover similar to the Slim Armor Pro with a front frame piece that also has a matte finish.
The two parts of the case are attached with double-sided stickers and have a secure fit that clicks into place easily. Wireless charging, wireless reverse charging, and Samsung Pay work just fine in this case too.
In this case there is no hinge protection. When the phone is opened, the two parts meet to protect the back of the phone. The back cover’s matte soft-touch finish helps you hold your phone securely in your hand.
Another case option from Spigen is the Ultra Hybrid model, which uses clear hard plastic with black edges. The great thing about this case is that it shows the color of your phone and the color of your hinge.
It is constructed similarly to the Thin Fit case, but instead has clear hard plastic. All edges are well protected and reinforced with ample openings for all functions.
The Ultra Hybrid case is available now for $ 59.99. It hardly adds bulk to your phone and only 1.1 ounces of weight.