This is the first folding phone that matters. And this is the Technology Tips review.
I’m just moving to Brooklyn. And having the fold during that moving process has helped illustrate two very simple reasons. I think the foldable phone is the future one. It gives you a big screen when you need it and a small one when you don’t, and it lasts a long time, even when you’re running it hard. The latter point is best illustrated in this shot from my last review. Let me explain. I had just come off an evening of shooting photos with the Google Pixel for and the phone was basically dead and my Galaxy fold had power to Fair as usual. So even though I hadn’t brought a USB cable to dinner, I was able to use wireless power share to juice up the smaller phone.
By the end of the meal, both phones were
about 30%. But the pixel had started it today, just five hours earlier. And the fold was on our 12 by this point, can you kill the phone before bedtime? Yeah, the more you use that big screen, especially.
the less time you’ll have,
but over my 30 days with it, I only needed to recharge it before bed twice.
That’s pretty remarkable.
Even more remarkable is that large primary screen and not because the execution is perfect. As I’ve said many times at this point the crease is very visible. Well mine is held up with no major damage over the past month only a few tiny marks the plastic is exceedingly fragile. To see how kind of inconsistent and modeled the display services just put on a pair of sunglasses well, and despite all the rugged ization Samsung introduced following the spring launch setback, the hinges like any hinge it loosens over time. Making the phone creak and pop a little bit as you move it around in your hand. And after a month, the phone doesn’t lie quite as flat as it once did. moving parts going to move.
And as I said, my unboxing the lack of industrial water resistance makes this field like a phone from a decade ago. Early in my review period, I was using the phone on the sidewalk when a sudden rain shower moved in and having to immediately stop what I was doing it pocket the phone or protect it was as surreal as it was frustrating. That’s a lot of compromises to accept in exchange for a bigger screen. But here’s the thing. a bigger screen is the holy grail of smartphone design. It’s why you see manufacturers slimming their bezel pushing screens over the side rails, even putting them on the back of phones. The more area you have, the more you can do it once and whether you’re studying real estate listings on a map or tracking the bus, you’re waiting for a while messaging your buddies or reading a book when you get a spare moment. Absolutely. All of that is more comfortable. On the fold, then on a conventional phone. One time that stands out, I was
double checking a flight itinerary on the pixel for as
I walked into a coffee shop and once I sat down and pulled it up on the Galaxy fold instead, the sense of relief I got, it was like moving into a larger room. This is why folding phones are going to be the future because you get the space of a small tablet. But unlike an iPad Mini you can fold this one up and put it in your pocket when you’re done. Now to last a long time and to contain more screen than it seems the fold needs to be big, heavy, fragile and expensive. And it is all of those things.
Usually reviews objective is to tell you whether or not you should buy a product. Well for this one, the answer for most people will be no. Even with the redesign. A few review units have shown display issues probably due to thumbs being used on the panel to close the phone. So you need to be ginger and gentle even when doing something you’re gonna do like 100 times a day. When it’s closed, the outside display is too small to come tight bond and switching between closed and open positions causes many apps to reopen because they’re not built for multi screen phones.
This gets really annoying if you’re on a conference call. Instagram the world’s worst app at adapting to anything that’s not an iPhone is a total dog’s breakfast on the fold. And putting up with all this will still cost you nearly $2,000 I’m still sore about the iPhone and Galaxy Note pushing us past the $1,000 mark. The differences phones like the iPhone and Galaxy Note feel like they’re giving us variations on a theme. A different presentation of the same dish with a galaxy fold feels like a bespoke meal no one has ever eaten before. And emits this the core tenets of a smartphone are all here the cameras are from the Galaxy S 10. So yeah, they lack and color accuracy but they make up for it and versatility.
The speaker at earpiece are very clear and the narrow chassis makes it comfortable to talk on. And almost all these features get sweeter when you open it For a bigger viewfinder in the camera, or to make it easier to choose what seat you’re seeing your movie from the word pen Uber Eats alongside Twitter’s you can see when you need to go get your delivery. Or as I’ve been doing a lot using Google Docs alongside the gallery to build a list of furniture you want to buy for the new apartment.
The bottom line as I get ready to pack this thing up and send it back to Samsung, is that I’m already thinking about ways to get it back. Because even though it does cost $2,000 and you need to treat it with kid gloves, there are a lot of us who actually do a lot of mobile computing on the go and need the added real estate that this screen provides and don’t always want to carry a laptop. In other words, more than a gimmick. It’s a useful tool. I’ll close with two thoughts. First, if you want to protect the galaxy fold there’s a case in the box but it makes the thing even chunkier than it already is. So feel free to hit up my sponsor D brand for a thin vinyl scan that will support What up the looks and keep it safe from scratches, all at a fair price. This also helps soothe the sting of the removal of those fun color options that we had back in the spring.
There’s a link to the brand in the description. And second, this isn’t the first time Samsung has broken the mold. In 2011, it was widely ridiculed for the first Galaxy Note, which many pandas too big and expensive to succeed. Well, we know how that went. It not only succeeded it was the primary force and driving phone sizes larger so that all of us could get more done on the go. With this one, Samsung has done it again. The Galaxy fold is the new Galaxy Note. It’s the future of smartphones here today.
And while I think most folks should wait for the rumored sequel coming in the spring, mostly, I’m grateful that smartphones are exciting again, and for mostly the right reasons. This review made possible by a Samsung Galaxy fold review sample provided by Samsung Technology Tips Faizi does not produce paid reviews however, and as always, the manufacturer was not granted copy approval. That means Samsung is seeing this for the first time right alongside you.