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The Galaxy Z Flip 5’s cover screen software beats Motorola’s in every way but one

Photo showing Motorola Razr Plus and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 on a table top showing cover display home screens.
This year’s flip phones come with much bigger cover screens, but they’re not exactly created equal.

I’m a cover screen convert.

Our first flip-style phones with big cover screens have arrived in the US (pipe down, everyone in China and Europe who has options). The Motorola Razr Plus was the phone that converted me to a cover screen believer — I found it useful not just for checking quick info but also running a handful of full apps I use for simple tasks.

So I’ve been especially eager to check out Samsung’s take on a big cover screen on the Z Flip 5. I’m still putting the phone through its paces, but even after a few days with the Flip 5, I’m ready to declare it the cover screen winner — except when it comes to running full-on apps.

From a hardware perspective, the Razr Plus’ screen is nicer. It’s a smooth 144Hz panel with 413ppi,…

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