I’m going to state up top that I don’t usually write about cell phones—nor am I a tech expert.
That said, I wrote this review for people like me, which are people who use their phones for two primary functions: to communicate and to create. And by that, I mean text friends and snap a questionable number of photos of every life event (and non-event) as it happens.
I’m also a deeply nostalgic millennial who remembers life before the Internet and the joy you’d feel from renting a movie at your local Blockbuster on a Friday night—or, conversely, the annoyance you’d experience whenever a song skipped because of a scratched CD.
If you’re still with me here, you will see why I was drawn to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip phone.
I’ve been an iPhone user since 2011 and have become overly accustomed to (fine, totally reliant on) their interface. Both my parents and my brother have Samsung phones and whenever one of them (usually my mom) asks me to download an app or do any simple task on their phones, I feel like a complete luddite. I can’t find anything, and every poke or scroll seems to unlock the wrong thing; the irony is not lost on me.
I never questioned my loyalty to the iPhone...until I saw a commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip last year. While it certainly didn’t hurt that said commercial featured BTS, I was ultimately lured to try the phone because of its foldable screen.
It reminded me of my first cell phone: a palm-sized Sprint that I shared with my dad when I got my driver’s license. A petite phone that snapped open and made a satisfying clap when you shut it. A phone that fit into every purse and pocket without question.
After years of carrying what was essentially a small tablet, I wanted something that was a wee more portable. And as luck would have it, I had the chance to take the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip for a test run.
Admittedly, it took some playing around to familiarize myself with the Android OS, but once I got the basics down, I enjoyed the benefits of this foldable phone.