THE BIG PROBLEM OF THE GALAXY FOLD: THE FORMATS

THE BIG PROBLEM OF THE GALAXY FOLD: THE FORMATS

 

There is also some problem with the games that were not expected to appear on the Samsung Galaxy Fold. For example, you can start using Mario Kart World Tour on the outside screen, enjoy a pixel density of 399 even if the resolution is HD +(1680 x 720 pixels) and try to move to the interior screen. What the Galaxy Fold will do is show you the entire image of the game in the middle of the screen, with two wide vertical black stripes on the sides. In this way, the real format of the game is adapted to the real size of the interior screen. But you can also expand it to take advantage of the entire screen and cover it with the game image. In this case, the menus are well reorganized, with an adaptive or responsive system. But image quality will lose quality. You will see that the modelling lacks anti-aliasing or definition, you will see-saw teeth, you will see a less defined image and you will also have a lower perspective of the circuit view. Something that may slightly affect the gaming experience.


I have also suffered from titles such as Call of Duty Mobile. In this case, the biggest problem has been that some game elements such as action buttons or menus were covered by the corner where the internal cameras are housed. A space that these cameras eat on the screen and that in this type of games is designed to accommodate buttons or actions. Which hinders its performance. Have you forced me to stop playing? No. Has my experience worsened? I wouldn't say that much either. It is something that can be modified from the screen settings to include a black stripe and save this difference. It is not the best solution but it is a good way to avoid these problems.


It is certainly a problem that is the first model of its kind. You will not find everything adapted to your possibilities and technologies. Even more so when other similar models from other brands have yet to arrive but they will have screens of different formats. It is clear to me that the software is prepared to adapt in the best possible way. But it is precisely the software, applications and games, which is not created for this screen. Even so, I have not encountered anything that I cannot use on the large flexible interior screen. And the operation is fluid in this to convey the experience of the small to the big image just by opening the mobile. Samsung has done everything it could and is not little.


6 CAMERAS IN TOTAL


Yes Yes. Six. Not three, not four, not five. Samsung has thought that, surely, you will want to use its closed Galaxy Fold when taking photos. At least it is what I have made clear after trying to do several times during this week in its deployed mode. Not only is it ridiculous, as much as taking a tablet to take pictures of your trips. But also uncomfortable. They have thought and relocated the location of the shutter button in the camera application when you open this Galaxy Fold, but holding it with two hands is not practical at any time. And what happens if you fold it? Well, you cover the double inner chamber. Therefore they have taken the sixth camera next to the small screen outside. And problem solved. All possibilities for selfies and photography are the same (or almost) with the Galaxy Fold folded or unfolded.


6 cameras in total


Starting with its rear capsule, I found three cameras in the usual ultra-wide-angle + wide-angle + telephoto system . Something logical that covers any need of the user in the photographic aspect: from wide landscapes or close details with visual deformity to normal photos, portraits or relatively distant details without loss of image quality. The ultra is wide-angle how much with a 16-megapixel sensor and f / 2.2 aperture, while the main sensor stays in the 12 megapixels with Dual Pixel autofocus and dynamic aperture technology f / 1.5-2.4. The telephoto lens also has a 12-megapixel sensor and double OIS stabilizer, being capable of up to a 2x zoom without loss, or 10x digital zoom.

My results during this week remind me a lot, too, of what I already tried with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. A system that covers any need well and that gets great photos without the need for great lighting. But there are a few buts, of course. For example the quality change between the night photos of the different objectives. And what happened to the Instagram camera mode? It has disappeared from the application. Of course, if you have some idea of ​​photography, you can get good results in different scenarios, even with backlights and contrasts marked. The truth is that they solve very well, although they are not the best mobile results in the market.

There is still a lack of definition and clarity when making the cuts in the dynamic focus mode. Elements such as the edges of the glasses continue to go unnoticed for these cameras. And it's a shame given the Samsung mobile price in Bangladesh and the advances that it includes. But they are the most versatile goals.


Front cameras


The most acute difference, although without being easily perceived, is in the change of cameras for selfies. That is, between the indoor dual system and the camera for outdoor selfies. The main cameras are the same, with 10-megapixel sensors and f / 2.2 aperture. That is the same results. Of course, if you want to take a selfie with a bokeh or blur effect, the inner camera brings a companion of 8 megapixels RGB centred in-depth, with an aperture f / 1.9. That is, it gets better looks for these pictures. In my tests in full light the difference is imperceptible, and of course, opening the phone to make a selfie in public has pushed me back. So there is no big difference in the results.

Video recording is good, although it does not match the standards of high-end premium phones that have recently been released. And it seems that Samsung has relaxed in the good and stable, and does not innovate and improve its photographic and video section. Of course, we can record content in HDR10 +. Is what I say about these cameras a bad thing? No, they are very good results. But they are not the best.


Frontal camera


FLUENCY IS THE THIRD LAST NAME OF THE GALAXY FOLD


That having two screens does not distract you, the muscle of this mobile is fully tuned for the operation of all this and more. I have gone from using the Galaxy Note 10 to the Galaxy Fold and, except for the peculiarities of the small screen and the folding screen, the sensations are the same. Of course, everything works on Android with Samsung's personalization layer on top. So it is the same experience. And this is something that helps to use the Galaxy Fold as your mobile phone without bumping into anything weird from minute one. It is an advantage.


The processor that comes inside is 7 nanometers with eight cores divided into three groups for the different functions you may need. That is four for tasks that need a lot of heavy data management, two more efficient for lighter processing and two for lighter tasks. A good way to divide the work and not saturate. Of course, having no less than 12 GB of RAM is not turkey mucus. It is surely more memory than you need, but it is enough for any application and any game in the current market to fly without any stop. As I said before, I have kept several games open in multi-window. And even these are accessible in the background for hours and hours without you noticing that the mobile is running slow. Not even with the jump between screens. Everything goes smoothly, as expected in a high-end mobile.


Nor does its storage go unnoticed. Its 512 GB may seem little compared to other figures. But the interesting thing about the data is its UFS 3.0 format. That is, with really fast reading and writing rates that help to give this mobile solvency even more in any situation or task. I have not caught any pull during my entire week of use. There is no way. It is agile you look at it wherever you look.


Software

ADAPTED SOFTWARE


As I said above, the double screen system is very well thought out and implemented. It is so much that there are hardly any references about it in the terminal settings. Everything is organic, natural. The transition of applications from one screen to another is done almost intuitively. But there are new settings to organize this.

I have already commented, just as you can intuitively switch from the outside screen, you can enable selected applications to do the same inside (the large and flexible screen) outside. Only if you mark it voluntarily. Also, there is all the treatment and adaptation of formats between both screens. Something I 've only noticed when black stripes appear on the flexible screen or when I see an enlarged image and something pixelated on it. But there is another curious detail.


Software


This mobile has two desks. And they are independent. Desks or home screens, whatever you want to call it. First, there is the one on the exterior screen, which is predefined with a large clock and three icons for basic applications such as the phone, Google Play Store and Camera, in addition to the Google search bar. But in my week of use, I ended up customizing a second desk, to the right of this main clock, to host several applications that I use more regularly. WhatsApp or Instagram are among them. And it is that this smaller exterior screen has been but the main one during my use of this mobile this week.


The second desktop is the flexible screen. It is a format very similar to that of Samsung tablets. It also has the main desktop, with its wallpaper and icons of the most used apps, as well as a bar with shortcuts to other tools that can not be missing. Then, the rest of the applications are found by swiping up to access the drawer, where to find the rest.

Use


Of course, in both desks, we can do everything. With any application. There are no limitations of use beyond size and experience. In anyone, we can display the notification menu to access the settings. Or start an application. Or change an option that depends on the mobile. Enable or disable Bluetooth connectivity. Everything is possible since it is the same mobile. But changing the wallpaper and base structure of these two desktops can make you feel during the first measures of using the Samsung Galaxy Fold. At least I have been bundled until I have understood how everything worked.

Another detail of software that has surprised me for good is the split keyboard. Samsung BD has modified its keyboard application for this device in its deployed format. Thus, when writing an email or answering a WhatsApp we find a complete keyboard divided into two halves. Each well placed at the end of the screen on which it is located. If you are a regular user of the keyboard and have basic notions of typing you will see that the difference in use with a normal keyboard is not much. I've only been surprised looking more at the keyboard than at the screen on occasion. But after installing Gboard to retrieve my usual words (I am an active user of Gboard), I have realized that it almost compensates for this system. At the end of the day, you will have to hold and write the mobile with both hands in this format, so it is better than the keys are accessible to your thumbs. Also, if you get tired of this system you don't need to change the keyboard This same one has a button to “re-fix” the keys in the usual format. With an aspect that reminds more of a keyboard for a tablet, but in which you will have more displacement to reach the central buttons. Ergo is more tired and somewhat more complex when you write a lot or to write fast. It is a detail that Samsung has included as standard.


 

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I am Masum Hossain. I live in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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