We're still in the early days of the foldable phone re-emergence, but there are a couple of options available if you want to buy-in. These are no longer concepts or prototypes, they're complete phones that are on store shelves just like any other. Right now, the best overall foldable is the
Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
The best thing the
The Galaxy Z Flip also has the most durable folding screen available today, with its
As a compromise, you're giving up a little bit compared to a normal phone of the same (or lower) price. With just a 3,300mAh battery, longevity is on the low side. While its screen is great for a foldable, it's just 1080p and doesn't have the same clarity and quality as a fixed panel — and its large bezels can be cumbersome. You're also getting a pretty weak single speaker, there's no ultra-wide camera on the back, and the tiny 1.06-inch cover display on the outside isn't useful for much more than showing the time and date.
- Most durable foldable screen
- Really strong specs
- Typically great Samsung build quality
- UTG screen covering still isn't very strong
- Cameras a step behind 2020 flagships
- Weaker battery life than standard phones
- Tiny cover display is almost useless
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
The most user-friendly foldable with the fewest compromises
The best part of the Galaxy Z Flip is its ability to feel like a normal phone when it's open, and then quickly fold in half to a compact size.
Best Big Screen: Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Galaxy Fold has had a
The real bonus of the Galaxy Fold is that it can open up and provide a mini tablet-sized screen, with real possibilities for using multiple apps at once and comfortably viewing content in either portrait or landscape mode. Samsung backs it up with high-end specs, long battery life, and the full array of cameras from the Galaxy S10+. Of course, that all feels a bit old compared to the new Galaxy S20 Ultra, but as far as foldables go this is still top-of-the-line.
The Galaxy Fold won't appeal to as many people as the Z Flip because of its size, but its potential for being a true productivity machine can't be understated. It just comes with more compromises and a higher price.
- Massive screen when unfolded
- High-end specs and more cameras
- Strong battery life
- Galaxy Buds included in the box
- Incredibly thick and heavy
- Cover screen is tough to use
- Internal screen prone to damage
Samsung Galaxy Fold
A tablet that folds down into a phone, sort of.
Samsung's first foldable comes with more compromises, but a perhaps more intriguing form factor.
When it comes to the limited selection of foldable phones, the
As far as a foldable goes, it offers the best combination of features and quality while limiting the compromises. When it's open, it operates mostly like the Galaxy S10+ — and then you can fold it in half to a more compact size to better fit in your pocket or bag. Being familiar and normal is a feature in this case when you get the extra benefits of having a folding display on top of it all.
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