Who should I start and who should I sit? Image: Adam Patrick Murray/IDG
The Galaxy Z Fold3 features a dead-simple split-screen mode with
more multitasking functionality than what's built into Android
itself. With the phone closed it defaults to the typical top/bottom
split on the outer screen, but opening the phone reveals
many more possibilities. I can still stack apps like
usual, but I found myself opening apps side-by-side much more
often. In this configuration, each app takes up half of the big
interior AMOLED screen—each essentially in the size of a whole
normal phone's screen. It's similar to using a dual monitor setup like I have on my
desktop PC, and it's truly a revelation in daily use.
I've experimented with a number of combos during my time with
the phone and found some uses really level up my phone game,
rivaling what can be done on a tablet. There are productivity uses,
like having Slack open on one side to keep track of a conversation
I'm having while searching for the answer to a problem. As a video
producer I watch a lot of YouTube through out my day, so having a
video playing above something else is an even better example.
There's a whole world of possible uses, but the main one I'm here
to talk about involves real business: Fantasy football!
As the commissioner of an employee-based fantasy football league
here at PCWorld's parent company, I take my job very seriously.
I'll check updates to my roster multiple times each day, and read
ranking articles for the latest info. Having the Yahoo Fantasy
Football app open on the left side of the unfolded screen, with
Google Chrome open on the right, saves me the hassle of constantly
switching back and forth between the two. Add the Galaxy Z Fold3's
ability to save that window layout configuration in the quick
launch bar and I feel like I'm cheating.
The time I use this configuration the most is on Tuesdays,
leading up to our weekly waiver wire claims. I'm able to have ESPN's
weekly rankings up while also perusing the available players in
the Yahoo app, and it saves a ton time and energy. I also
lean heavily on the setup during the early morning on gamedays,
when I compare my active players on FantasyPro's comparison page. Like I mentioned, the
Galaxy Z Fold3 feels like having a dual monitor setup on my phone,
and it affords me the ability to perform these data-intensive tasks
away from a computer.
Using the outside screen to see how bad I'm doing. Adam Patrick Murray/IDG
Having these tools available in my pocket is a fantasy football
game changer, and while I'm sure Samsung didn't account for this
particular use case, I can tell you it's what sold me on the idea
of a folding phone. A quick look at how my team is doing on
gameday? Just check the outer screen. More complex lineup research
and placement? Unfold the phone and get working. While the Z Fold3
is far from perfect, and some people might not have use cases like
this, it really has opened my eyes to the ‘folding' future.
Unfortunately, all these tools haven't saved my team from
suffering through an injury riddled season that has kept me in last
place, but I never said it made me an improved fantasy football
manager. Just a more efficient one.