Would you still buy a foldable phone, or are you good with rigid handset screens?
by Daniel Petrov / Apr 19, 2019, 8:41 AM
Since they use the two main design approaches in building such bendy devices - the Mate X is of the out-folding type, while the Fold is an innie - they still provide a good overview of what's in store for us further down that road, when more players enter the foldables scene, and prices start going down.
Well, those extra players may use a few other available approaches, like Sharp's clamshell with bendable display, or Xiaomi's dual-folding type, but they are still derivatives of the "innie" or "outie" designs. The first iterations are depicted in the short GIF here, and Xiaomi's dual folder video is right below:
There have been plenty of previews and spec rundowns on the first two foldables that will be duking it out for the hearts of early adopters in the next few months, plus we even had the first #Foldgate even before the bendy Galaxy has gone on sale.
This is why we wanted to ask you whether you are angling for a foldable handset some time in your future, or, based on what you've seen so far in that market, you are good with your retro rigid phone screen.
Would you buy a foldable phone, or are you good with rigid handset screens?
Nah, I'm good
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Never say never but I’m good with rigid design for now.
posted on Apr 19, 2019, 8:46 AM 15
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These are important evolutionary steps, but I think they are leading to the real next phase, something along the lines of the global linkl from Earth:Final Conflict. A screen that rolls out.
posted on Apr 19, 2019, 9:01 AM 0
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I always have had that in mind when we talk about flexible screen tech. But it always seem like too much effort just to check your device. The future belongs to contacts and eyewear with strong AR influence.
posted on Apr 20, 2019, 2:38 AM 0
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I use my phone to navigate.. the only option of phone mount for foldable phone is magnetic type, which isn't my favorite. I also don't want to take the extra step to unfold it every time I need to use it.
posted on Apr 19, 2019, 9:11 AM 1
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It's a solution to a problem I just don't have. It's cool, sure, but I'm just not seeing a real use case for me. I'd rather buy a really great phone and a really great tablet, and have two devices that excel at what they do *and* still save a bundle of money in the process.
posted on Apr 19, 2019, 9:28 AM 6
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Gonna buy if its apple folded phones otherwise a big no.
posted on Apr 19, 2019, 9:35 AM 0
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Yes I would buy if the price will drop to sub 1000$. Although today I am using a smartphone and a 8" tablet to have better user experience. Total my devices weight 750gr and if I can have the same in one device that can fit in my pocket for the half weight that is tempting. Everyone that has used a tablet can understand that even for proper web browsing will need a larger screen. Gaming also is getting to another level in bigger screen. Personally I am waiting to see in the market a cheaper 8" foldable that is the Energizerr Power Max P8100S with a rumored price if 900$ that is closing the screen inside like Samsung and will have 10000mAh battery.
posted on Apr 19, 2019, 11:18 AM 0
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i like the idea, and the next phone evolution is foldable phones/devices, but the tech is still to raw to be useful, I hope im wrong as i do like the galaxy fold better then the mate X, both are equally cool phones, but they are 1st gen and as we have seen with the fold, its clearly not ready for mass production, the price is also silly but again, I understand it is first gen so prices will no doubt be unrealistic for now
posted on Apr 19, 2019, 12:39 PM 2
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Verge gave 4/10 for Fold. They now have full review. They said no-one should buy it.
posted on Apr 19, 2019, 1:54 PM 0
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I've read the review. This is clearly a product with some kinks that need to be ironed out, both software and hardware wise. What bothered me about the review was the reviewer starting off by saying he'll review it as the problems will be fixed, then proceeds to continuously regurgitate them. This is a product in essentially a new category, it's obviously gonna have problems, some easier fixed than others. It's a necessary step to move forward though. Odds are the Fold will end up costing Samsung more money than it'll bring in, but the user experiences and data collected on the devices will be invaluable moving forward. So f*ck what any reviews on it say, it's about development and feedback.
posted on Apr 19, 2019, 6:23 PM 2
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Can't wait for my Galaxy Fold to come in next week. There's going to be some early adopter pains but it's the only thing actually exciting on the market now. It's fresh and unique vs the decade old blocky slab with just updated specs every year..
posted on Apr 19, 2019, 3:43 PM 1
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Samsung fold is far far far too narrow when folded. Which makes it a really odd shape when opened. The I do prefer it's idea of two screens so the inner one is protected. 7.3" is tiny compared to my 9 inch tablet, so so I wouldn't gain anything as I'd need to keep that! Huawei is a better shape when folded, but opens out almost square. It stands a far worse chance of survival with both screens out in the open.
posted on Apr 20, 2019, 2:00 AM 0
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