5 things you can buy for $1,980 instead of the Samsung Galaxy Fold

5 things you can buy for $1,980 instead of the Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is here. Hooray! Everyone with a $2,000 burning a hole in their pocket can go ahead and pre-order the first-gen foldable phone that will be hitting the shelves.

However, as a rule of thumb, getting a first-gen product means that you will be paying for the privilege to use this exclusive phone and any all issues that might arise. Judging from the latest reports, there might be some issues plaguing some Galaxy Fold devices out in the wild, and there's always the chance that your device might exhibit such nasty problems. 

Remember, people, don't peel the tiny film plastered over the display!

Anyway, seeing how people are willing to shell out so much money for a phone, we decided to round up a few other very enticing things that you can purchase for $2,000 or less. We don't say that these are better buys, but the sensible amongst you would certainly think twice between getting that foldable device.

#1. Treat yourself to this Samsung combo 

Ceramic Samsung Galaxy S10+ 512GB ($1,250)
Galaxy Watch 4G LTE in Silver ($400)
Wireless Charger Duo Pad ($100)
Galaxy Buds ($130)
Galaxy S10+ Navy Leather Case ($49)
Total  $1,929

Yep, you can get the exquisite Galaxy S10+ in ceramic black or white color with 512GB of native storage, treat it to a nice leather case in beautiful navy color, get yourself a nice manly wearable like the Galaxy Watch, treat yourself to the new Galaxy Buds for the gym, and top it all with the neat dual wireless charger. All of this would cost you a paltry $1,929 and still leave you $60 to treat yourself to an exquisite lunch in a restaurant. Win! 

#2. Get into the Apple ecosystem

Apple iPhone XS Max 256 GB ($1,249)
44mm Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular ($529)
Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case ($200)
Apple AirPower ($0)
Total  $1,979

What a wonderful time to get into the Apple Ecosystem. You can get the 256GB iPhone XS Max, which has plenty of storage to spare, as well as the larger Apple Watch Series 4 with cellular & GPS connectivity, throw in the new AirPods on deck, and even get yourself an imaginary AirPower charging pad for free. The grand total would be $1979, leaving one dollar to put in the piggybank you got when you were five. Great deal!

#3. Google crowd, this is for you

Google Pixel 3 XL 128GB ($999)
Google Pixel 3 128GB ($899)
Pixel Fabric Case ($40)
Pixel Fabric Case ($40)
Total  $1,979

Yes, you can buy two Pixels and outfit them with those cool fabric cases. One for you, one for the missus.  You will both get the stock Android Pie experience, one of the very best cameras in the mobile space, and a great overall experience. What's not to like?

#4. MacBook galore

13" MacBook Pro w/ 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 7th-gen Intel Core i5 ($1,899)
Incase 13" ICON Sleeve Case ($70)
Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha, Venti ($4.75)
Total $1,973.75

You can't really run FinalCut Pro X on any other hardware than an Apple computer, so getting a 13" MacBook Pro with a sleeve case is justified. Certainly, it will be more useful in terms of productivity than the Samsung Galaxy Fold, don't you think?

This extraordinary selection of products will treat you to not one, not two, but multiple weekend escapades full of gaming and fun as well as a slew of rather tasty yet unhealthy dietary choices, but it is what it is. You'll get a grand total of 75,400 calories from these good-boy snacks as well as enough games to wall yourself in the basement till 2022. 



1. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

I think all the sections are brilliant. Great job Peter. But I was under an impression that the buds were free with the phone? I mean even if the promotion is over, I cannot imagine Samsung not bundling their phone with something else.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Galaxy Buds are actually inside the Galaxy Fold box.

2. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Most people have that stuff anyway, you buy the fold because its different know one has it. Thats the whole point, you pull a galaxy fold out in a pub or the office or on the train, bus wherever anybody sees it goes WOW.

5. IHateAlanILikePeter

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 18, 2019

the actual whole point is a tablet like screen that fits in your pocket, if you want to impress other kids in your school I'd recommend an iPhone XS Max or the Huawei approach of foldable phone (Mate X)

11. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

All the kids have a XS Max, they dont have 1 of these.

22. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

XS Max is definitely not a head turner and I don’t know if we can ever actually buy Huawei Mate X. Galaxy Fold could definitely be head turner.

6. aleksey4738

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 27, 2013

If you have to buy a Galaxy fold to impress people in the train, you need help. Seriously.

3. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

The AirPower was a nice little touch. And the Starbucks for everyone sitting on their MacBook in the cafe looking to appear like the next best selling author was pretty solid. 9/10 because why would someone need 2 PIxels? throw a Chromebook in there instead!

7. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I am going to slap the first person I see with a Fold.

13. _deeuk

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

I'll see you soon then...

8. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Good one. Now am waiting on article that helps people avoid expensive (512GB) iPhone XS Max for $1500 (which doesn't come with airpods and fast charger)

9. Poptart2828

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Why would people consider the ios ecosystem if you are purchasing a samsung device for that kind of money.

10. zackh121556

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

typical PhoneArena story....what about the "5 Things you can buy instead of the new Mac"......used car

12. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Found a way to input two Apple Macbook and accessories and iPhone and accessories. Always have to way to link Apple to a non Apple articles

15. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Come on man, they were just making a fun post about how you could better spend $2000. You do notice they also put Google, Microsoft, and Sony in the post too

14. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think the point of this article is to note that the folding phone concept is an overpriced gimmick.

16. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

With that money, u can buy 3 flagship phones with screens that actually work and are completely flat, no creases! How about that?

17. RevolutionA

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Lol. I really think it's a great article. Nice work Peter, appreciate your effort. The air power pun intended was also good. This kind of humor in articles are nice and welcome.

18. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Gotta admit #5 was pretty funny

20. LiveFaith

Posts: 487; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Weird Article. Is it me, or does this site seem to go out of it's way to deadpan certain companies products? One side of me thinks someone is getting a check. Crap, even if this device and the other folding one suck. At least someone is stepping out of tech boredom. Then along comes the naysaying media.

21. checkmymike

Posts: 220; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Do all the items/products mentiomed fold?

23. mossman

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Fantastic -- well played! I give this article 5 stars. #5 is the best, and smartly placed last. Just to be 100% clear, my comments are not sarcasm, I really enjoyed this article.

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