I’ve been an iPhone user since the iPhone 4 – I really admired its simplicity, but also its performance, stability, and camera quality. From there on out, I was all about the iPhone. However, with total transparency, I wasn’t super impressed with Apple’s newest iPhone 12 lineup, especially coming from an 11 Pro. While Samsung was releasing revolutionary foldable devices like the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Apple’s newest phone was still a flat slab of glass and steel. Sure, it’s a stunning and powerful slab of glass and steel, but it’s also more of the same thing we’ve seen over the years.
That’s when I decided it was time to “flip” the script and try something new. My iPhone 11 Pro is still stashed safely away on my desk, but I just had to get my hands on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5G.
The Galaxy Z Flip 5G is all-around an incredibly fun smartphone. It folds in half to become a square, which is ultra-pocketable and easy to hold when you’re on a walk or run. The hinge allows the top half to stay open, similar to a laptop (what Samsung calls Flex Mode), and is a game-changer for video calls and selfies.
The outside display certainly isn’t as useful as the new Motorola Razr’s external display, but it does allow you to check your notifications, the time, and even answer calls with speakerphone while the phone remains closed. Pretty cool.
Not only that, but Android is far better than I remember, and Samsung’s apps like Good Lock, Keys Cafe, and Theme Park let you customize literally everything you can think of to make your phone look, feel and act just the way you’d like.
This isn’t a review of the Z Flip, but it’s important to note all of the great things this phone and Android in general can offer. Even with all of these pros, there are still some cons that remind me I’ll likely never “switch” to Android, but instead, use both on and off or side-by-side.
Continue reading to learn 6 things I miss about the iPhone.