We all use our phones to open the can. It’s okay to admit it. Sometimes it’s to look at a cat and push a glass off the counter. Other times it’s to reply to Slack notifications. Some tasks I hate doing on my phone are why I wait until I return to my desk. Samsung’s new folding phone, the Galaxy Z Fold3, was born. It has the same shape as the old Nokia E90 Communicator, but it opens like a book to reveal a huge 7.3-inch screen. The front has a narrow screen for those times when you don’t need as much screen space, or when you don’t have enough hands. The sales pitch? You can convert your phone to a mini-tablet from anywhere. Even the bathroom. The bathroom was the first place that this premise worked after two days of use. I was replying to an email but had to simultaneously view an attachment. A normal phone would have allowed me to juggle between the attachment and the mail, but this is annoying, especially when trying to reference text within the attachment. It’s not very fun to use a split-screen mode in a cramped space. The Fold3 was a great alternative. I opened my phone and placed the attachment on the right and the email draft on on the left. There’s no need to remember anything or juggle multiple apps. It’s a great thing! These are just a few of the many tasks I have been doing on the Fold3, which I would normally save for a computer or laptop. Sometimes I’m not in the bathroom. Sometimes I go to the bathroom while I’m sleeping, sometimes when I’m walking the dog. It’s not always work-related. I have also used Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip3, which is a more portable and useful smartphone that can be carried in almost every pocket. Although they are still iterations of their predecessors, these two phones have reached a maturity level that allows me to recommend them to anyone who can afford their price. Flip OutThe Flip3 is a clamshell-style device.
Photograph by SamsungThe Galaxy Z Flip3 is the more popular of the two foldables. It’s stylish and colorful, and it starts at a very attractive $1,000. This is the lowest price we’ve seen in this category. It also comes with a great selection of accessories. It’s also compact. Fold a regular rectangular smartphone in half. Then, fold the top edge down so that it meets the lower edge. This is the Flip3. It’s hard to hate this! It’s about the same size and thickness as a stack of Postit Notes folded in half. It can fit almost anywhere. It can fit even skinny jeans. You can also store your cargo pants. It took up so little space that I couldn’t stop admiring it every time it was on my desk or nightstand. This is a great solution if you have ever complained about the size and weight of modern smartphones. I also like the feel of opening and closing a smartphone. I found that I kept the phone in my hands even when I wasn’t using it. It was almost like a high-end fidget spinner.

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