Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G: A clean hinge but a dusty screen
When Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold, the manufacturer showed a foldable smartphone with a hinge in the middle. During the prerelease testing, however, it became apparent that dirt quickly accumulated in the hinge, hindering not only the mechanics, but also the display at some point.
After a modification made by Samsung, this issue was resolved, and the folding smartphone technology has now progressed both in the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G as well as in the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. In our review of the latter, we not only liked the folding mechanism, which worked reliably, but the system and camera performance were also impressive.
We can definitely tolerate the absence of an option to expand the internal storage, and we can also overlook the USB 2.0 speeds and the not-so-excellent battery life.
Dirty display edges
What was very noticeable, though, is dust, which didn't spread inside the smartphone, but collected neatly in the area between the display edges and the protective foil that is glued on top the screen. According to Samsung, the protective film must not be removed, so it creates a crease where dirt can accumulate.
The best way to clean it is with a cotton swab, and simply wiping it with a dust cloth is not enough, unfortunately. Overall, this is the only real point of criticism that would bother us in everyday use.
Notebookcheck review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G