I’m kind of addicted to my Samsung Z Fold 3

The Google Pixel 7 Line saw strong reviews when it was launched in October. It’s not just the Pixel 7, though Pixel 7 Pro Push photography to Close to DSLR levels, and both do so for about $600 and $900, respectively. But even with all of these positives, there’s another phone that keeps winning me over.

Even though I inserted my SIM card into the Pixel 7 that Google provided for review, I can’t completely turn off my personal Galaxy Z Fold 3 – Samsung’s $1,800 foldable from last year – with its large foldable inner screen and slim, candy bar-like outer screen.

While a foldable and a traditional phone are indeed very different, both Google and Samsung have taken distinct approaches to both hardware and software — and I think Samsung does it best. I know this isn’t a widely held opinion – the Fold still represents a small portion of the total market. But my experience with two wildly different flagship phones is worth analyzing, especially when people start to compare shopping and searching for phone upgrades for the holidays.

The power of the big phone screen

Most of the things you can do on a 7.6-inch screen also work on a 6.4-inch screen. But the aspect ratio—a measure of how square or thin a screen is—makes a powerful difference. The wider Z Fold 3, when opened, offers an expansive, almost square screen that makes the Pixel 7 feel cramped and compromised.

Instead of squeezing comics on a traditional phone screen, where you have to zoom in and out to see individual panels, the Z Fold 3 feels like it’s reading a real page.

Both the front and inner screens on Samsung’s Z Fold 3 are full HD 120Hz Super AMOLED screens with deep blacks, rich colors, and silky animations. The Pixel 7, for a third of the price, has a respectable 2,400-by-1,080-pixel 90Hz display, and an AMOLED display that’s competitive if not at Samsung’s level. Kudos to the Pixel 7, but playing Genshin Impact on a large 7.6-inch screen means a richer game world.

Multitasking fun

On my Galaxy Z Fold 3, I can use four apps at once. It’s crowded, but it’s also pretty cool. I often use two or three apps at once, with YouTube and Twitter in two corners and Reddit in the rest of the screen.

I’ve also written articles on my Z Fold 3 with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and treated it like a mini Galaxy Tab. On one hand, I’ll open Google Docs, and on the other, I’ll open Slack or a website I’m checking out. It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done.

Multitasking on the Pixel 7 feels awkward by comparison. The Pixel’s user interface has larger gaps between two apps, using up precious points of resolution that could instead be used to display information.

Samsung’s software is moving forward

Conventional wisdom says Google’s Pixel line delivers the ultimate Android experience. After all, Google makes Android, so an Android phone made by Google will have the best software design with minimal gimmicks. But after using the Z Fold 3 for a year and the Pixel 7 since October, I’m finding Samsung’s One UI interface is more intuitive and gets things done faster.

The fewer clicks needed to get the job done, the better. When you open the Samsung Phone app to make calls, swipe right on a name to make a call, swipe left to initiate a text message. On the Pixel, clicking a name opens a more complex drop-down menu with options for either a video call or a text message. To call, there is a separate phone icon on the right.

And when on a call, the Pixel lacks a dedicated speakerphone button, requiring me to use another drop-down menu. These are just two small examples and they are far from deal-breakers. But they do show that Samsung has been paying attention to the subtle pain points to deliver a better experience overall.

Foldable things are the future

Foldable devices provide huge functionality in a relatively small size. Heck, it’s even possible to use a Galaxy Z Fold 4 as a PCalbeit with some concessions.

The collapsible market is still an expensive place to be. But I hope that as prices go down, mass demand goes up. And who knows, maybe Google will create its own foldable feature. Rumors already indicate that A.J 2023 Pixel Fold release. Until then, though, the Z Fold 3 has my attention.

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