After testing the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, see our full review, I ordered my own Mystic Black with the Metallic Red hinge and the experience was incredible. After buying a new Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max a few weeks ago and using it, I found that the Z Fold 2 just isn’t for me right now.
Samsung has made significant improvements to the Z Fold 2 this year with hardware and software improvements. The tech behind the Fold 2 is incredible and there’s a lot to like about the device. Apple has also made major improvements to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, particularly in terms of camera technology and software.
Also: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Review: Foldable perfection almost reached
Regular readers know that I was very happy with the Z Fold 2, but here’s why I put it for sale on Swappa.
- COVID-19 and remote work environment: The original fold worked fine for more than two hours of daily train travel to and from the office, but now my office is in my house so there is no commute. The usefulness of a phone that doubles as a small tablet has been significantly reduced by working remotely. I also don’t travel that much for business so using a typical slab phone will meet my communication needs. If I commute again, the Z Fold 3 may again be the device to try out.
- Dust / water resistance: Winter in the Pacific Northwest means lots of cool running in the rain and I found myself taking the T-Mobile SIM out of the Z Fold 2 whenever I ran. The device is too big, too heavy and not optimized for use in harsh environments. I’ve tried a Galaxy Watch 3 with LTE but it wasn’t reliable enough for phone calls so I have to use my phone for work and emergency purposes.
- Infrequent use of dual screen apps: Samsung has improved the ability of apps to multitask and is as good as it is on a foldable phone. Even with a 7.6-inch display, I still found it a little too narrow to warrant the $ 2,000 price tag. I gave it a couple of months but rarely found the need to open two apps side by side. The LG V60 with dual screen cover or the Surface Duo are better suited for real multitasking.
- Not the best Samsung camera setup: The Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s most expensive phone, but it doesn’t have the best Samsung camera setup. The Note 20 Ultra has the best camera setup, and while it may not have as much of an impact on typical day-to-day use, paying the ultimate price should bring the ultimate result of all the experiences.
- Timeliness of updates: Samsung has done a great job releasing Android security updates a little over a month after Google released, and I’m excited to see the company have one of the fastest responses in the Android world. However, Android 11 was released a few months ago and the Z Fold 2 is still on Android 10. I’m not sure this version will be absolutely critical for the device, but if you pay a premium on a phone, you will should expect more timely software updates. It’s been almost four months since Android 11 was released, and I have no idea when the update for Z Fold 2 will be available.
The above reasons became clearer to me as the seasons changed and I started using the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This phone has a large display and has met my productivity needs. I also really enjoy the camera experience and iOS still has refined apps.
Also: Galaxy Z Fold 2 in depth: Flex mode, app continuity and multitasking
The fact that I can use DeX with something like the NexDock Touch is a great feature of the Z Fold 2, but when I get back to work remotely this is less of a productivity use case in 2020 and 2021. The Z Fold 2 is one of my favorite phones ever made, but unfortunately the timing of a global pandemic isn’t helping Samsung justify its usefulness for business.