Samsung’s Flex mode is unique to its foldable smartphones just like the Galaxy Z Fold 3. It permits the show to adapt accordingly primarily based on the angle the place the smartphone show is at. Nevertheless, the million-dollar query stays: Is it actually helpful?
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is working on the Android OneUI 3.1.1 pores and skin since its launch on August 27. It is a variant of Samsung’s person interface that is still unique to the Fold and Flip fashions, primarily as a result of it incorporates the Flex mode. This mode is not actually new because it was first launched on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 final 12 months, which I discussed in my full evaluate as nicely.
Flex, in English, also can seek advice from the act of displaying off, actually talking. Exhibiting off! “I will flex on you, bro.” However actually, other than displaying off your foldable smartphone, what’s the level of this Flex mode, and are the utilization situations actually related for on a regular basis use? Spoiler alert: Probably not, however it’s type of just like the 120Hz vs 90Hz refresh charge debate, when you get used to it you could have a tough time with out it.
Flex mode: Remodeling your Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 right into a mini (actually, actually mini) laptop computer
Flex mode actually refers back to the capability of the OneUI 3.1.1’s interface to adapt to the angle at which the display screen of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is folded. As a way to be extra precise, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 must be tilted anyplace between 75 and 115 levels to ensure that Flex mode to be activated, and this has been out there because the Z Fold 2.
This lets you use chosen purposes with the display screen partially folded in two methods. On the one hand in “laptop computer” mode will make use of the twin interior screens (the principle display screen) and then again in “tent” mode, it would use only one display screen (see beneath to get a greater concept). Allow us to take a better have a look at the laptop computer mode.
Particularly, while you use an software on the principle display screen (the part that folds), you possibly can fold one of many two panels to activate Flex mode. Thus, all essential info will probably be displayed on the highest panel whereas the underside one will function the applying controls or the digital keyboard, and many others…
This lets you lay your Galaxy Z Fold 3 flat on a desk and use it as a mini laptop computer. Throughout my take a look at, the Flex mode labored with note-taking apps like Samsung Notes or Google Maintain. I may kind out my notes on the underside display screen in a horizontal digital keyboard, whereas the textual content was displayed on the highest display screen, in a barely tilted method similar to a laptop computer display screen.
The identical course of labored roughly equally nicely on on the spot messaging purposes. On WhatsApp, I encountered some bugs at first with the highest display screen turning white after I typed on the underside display screen. Nevertheless it labored usually after that, so I’m not positive whether or not it’s a one-off glitch or it impacts everybody. On Telegam, I did not discover any visible bugs.
On the Z Fold 2, this function was often called App Continuity. Samsung most popular to rename it to Continuity this time round, presumably for branding functions. This function means that you can intuitively swap from unfolded to folded mode with out having to relaunch an software.
This is available in particularly useful while you’re utilizing a GPS software like Google Maps. You possibly can discover the map in unfolded mode, making the most of the bigger show of the unfolded Z Fold 3. However as soon as you have determined the place you need to go, you possibly can merely fold the cellphone and the GPS software will proceed to operate with none interruption.
What’s fascinating is that this: you can even mix this Continuity function with Flex mode. For instance, after I take my lunch break on the workplace, I watch fascinating movies from the NextPit France Youtube channel with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in “tent” mode. The display screen is barely folded and the smartphone is flipped like a tent, doubling up as a tripod whereas the content material is displayed on one of many screens. For those who’re used to consuming video content material in your smartphone, that is nearly a killer-feature, and I’m not exaggerating (nicely OK, perhaps slightly).
Flex Labs is a particular menu within the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 settings that permit you to allow sure experimental options to “drive” Flex Mode compatibility with different third-party apps.
On this menu, you possibly can notably drive multi-window and pop-up shows on any software, whether or not the developer has deliberate to help it or not, with a usually fairly good success charge. For instance, I beloved with the ability to use the Z Fold 3 in laptop computer mode with a YouTube video on the highest half of the display screen whereas my Twitter feed is positioned on the backside half.
Additionally within the Labs menu, Samsung has thrown in a “management panel” to drive Flex View mode even on apps that do not help it. Mainly, all app content material is transferred to the highest display screen, whereas the underside display screen shows a variety of controls with buttons to:
- Take a screenshot.
- Launch the short entry menu and notifications pane.
- Alter the brightness stage.
- Handle the amount.
I did not use this function a lot since a lot of the purposes I used did not require these capabilities. Additionally, this “Flex mode panel” takes up all the backside display screen, which logically talking, hinders any try at multitasking.
Effectively, I’ve made a number of hue and cry about this well-known Flex mode. However actually, is it helpful? No, however it’s charming and funky!
It is not helpful within the sense that you just will not use these capabilities since you want them or as a result of your particular utilization sample requires it. Nevertheless, it’s far much less of a gimmick in comparison with Soli on the Pixel 4 (although I used to be a fan of it), or the Fnatic mode on OnePlus smartphones, or the 2MP macro sensor on many smartphones.
Nevertheless, I additionally don’t intend to dismiss it fully. These are completely non-obligatory options that you would be able to stay with out dropping part of your soul. However when you resolve to make use of them, they will not taint the person expertise. It is merely a bonus.
Personally, I feel it is also a matter of the shape issue. The Flex View mode, for instance, permits the Z Fold 3 for use in laptop computer mode and could be extra related if the smartphone have been to be barely bigger. With my fats fingers, I discovered typing on the keyboard somewhat uncomfortable over time.
On YouTube, watching a video on one facet of the display screen in laptop computer or tent mode is a really good expertise. However could not we simply do the identical in full-screen mode with the smartphone totally unfolded, whereas letting the machine stand towards one thing to stay upright?
It is clearly not a killer-feature and these options are nonetheless a bit immature. However I feel they are going to finally totally justify the curiosity of this new type issue that Samsung is, for now, the one one to grasp. Personally, I am flexing in your iPhone 13s proper now.