The radical Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 offers new ways to use a smartphone, and it has been exciting to try one for the first time. With a 6.2-inch AMOLED screen on the outside and a 7.6-inch tablet size on the inside, it has made me reconsider how I use my phone. Although I have found several unique uses for its folding design, one of the biggest game changers for me was one I had not thought of – until it was time to manage my fantasy football team.
Who should I start and who should I sit?
Adam Patrick Murray / IDG
Galaxy Z Fold3 has a dead-simple split-screen mode with more multitasking functionality than what is built into the Android itself. With the phone closed, it goes to the typical top / bottom split on the external screen by default, but opening the phone reveals
many more options. I can still stack apps as usual, but I found myself opening apps side by side much more often. In this configuration, each app fills half of the large internal AMOLED screen – each substantially the size of an entire normal phone screen. It’s similar to using a dual monitor setup that I have on my desktop PC, and it’s really a revelation in everyday use.
I have experimented with a number of combinations during my time with the phone and found some uses that really enhance my phone game and compete with what can be done on a tablet. There are productivity applications, like having Slack open on one side to keep track of a conversation I have while searching for the answer to a problem. As a video producer, I watch a lot of YouTube throughout my day, so it’s an even better example to have a video played over something else. There are a whole world of possible uses, but the most important 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 will check for updates to my list several times each day and read ranking articles to get the latest information. 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 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 exemption requirements. I’m able to get ESPN’s weekly rankings up, while also browsing the available players in the Yahoo app, and it saves a yours time and energy. I also lean a lot on the setup early in the morning on game days when comparing my active players on the FantasyPro comparison site. As I mentioned, the Galaxy Z Fold3 feels like having a two-screen setup on my phone, and it allows me to perform these data-intensive tasks away from a computer.
Uses the outside screen to see how bad I’m feeling.
Adam Patrick Murray / IDG
Having these tools available in my pocket is a fantasy football game changer, and while I’m sure Samsung did not take this particular utility case into account, I can tell you that was what sold me on the idea of a folding phone. A quick look at how my team is doing on game day? Just check the outer screen. More complex line-up research and location? Unfold the phone and get started. While the Z Fold3 is far from perfect, and some people may not have utility cases like this, it has really opened my eyes to the ‘folding’ of the future.
Unfortunately, all of these tools have not saved my team from suffering through an injury season that has kept me in last place, but I have never said it made me an improved fantasy football manager. Just a more effective.