After all this drama, would you buy a Galaxy Fold if it launched now?

After all this drama, would you buy a Galaxy Fold if it launched now?
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is truly a revolutionary device — a folding smartphone with two displays. A super-slim handset that can turn into a tablet by opening its two clamshells. Now, that's the future right there.

But, apparently, the future was not ready to come just yet. As Samsung was gearing up to launch the Galaxy Fold to the public, it gave out a few early units to reviewers and influencers worldwide. And one by one, they started to break.

Granted, some of the users were removing a thin film of protective plastic, thinking it's a regular screen protector, only to find out that it was a vital part of what keeps the Galaxy Fold together. But others started experiencing issues out of the blue. Presumably, they were caused by the fact that the hinge was letting debris enter behind the display and wreck things while you were happily using the Fold.

Samsung recalled all units and pushed back the launch of the device. Up until now, we don't have an official release date, but Samsung is reportedly ready to ship the Fold as "most" issues have been ironed out. Interesting! So, maybe, probably, but don't quote us on this, we could see the Galaxy Fold launch alongside the upcoming Galaxy Note 10?

Whether or not that's right, let's assume that the Fold launches "soon". Are you ready to throw $1,980 at it now that it has shown it's 1st gen device colors, or would you rather wait for the next reiteration?

Would you buy the Galaxy Fold when it re-launches?

I'll have a "nope" on that with a side dish of "no way"
59.72%
Yeah, I am pretty sure Samsung will get it straight on the second try
40.28%

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Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h talk time)

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25 Comments

1. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I'd rather get a Moto RAZR (flip phone) than a folding phone

2. alanrock

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

i'd rather drink petrol and piss on fire...

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So alanrock that is a big fat no for you. However for me I would get one, but since that price is too high. Then I won't be getting one.

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I agree. If they figured out all the bugs, and brought the price down to something more reasonable. No headphone jack though which sucks.

5. MEeee

Posts: 412; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Years from now you will get a foldable phone, but not a flip phone I guaranteed it. I bet back then you said the same with big screen phones. Don't lie to yourself.

3. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I see minimal risk with this. Samsung has 3 options: 1. deliver a good product with no above-normal mishaps; 2. deliver a buggy device that fails again; 3. not deliver anything. 1. is a win-win for everyone. 2 and 3 will most likely result in a refund and some good web traffic to Forbes/BI and all the other websites that suck at reporting. I see minimal risk in trusting Samsung this time around. The ones with the most to gain are Samsung haters so they can jump around the room smashing their faces with keyboards in the comments. Also, at the end of the day, $2000 is a lot of money for a lot of people, but if it's a lot to you, you shouldn't be spending it.

4. Metropolis75

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

For $2000 I'd need to know the phone would last me at least 4-5 years. Since it's first generation we know it most likely won't.

22. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Fact is your $2000 lasts for 2 days. Maybe you buy 2 Apple’s stand for the same price will last for 10,000 years.

7. Nionx

Posts: 196; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

When its available, I will have it. There is no question, no doubt that it is a wonderful device. I've used it and was blown away by the potential for everyday use i saw in it. I do hope they find a way to implement the s-pen though. Until then, here I wait, patiently for the future.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Needs S-pen to unleash it's full potential so a no for now.

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

No, not because I worry about device quality though. It's more a question of value. I could buy a high end phone and a high end tablet and still be saving at least $500, and end up with two devices considerably better at what they do than this one device. Maybe in the future this type of device will make more sense, but I don't believe that a first gen device of this type will be anywhere near as good as two dedicated devices.

10. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 102; Member since: May 29, 2019

I wouldn't spend anywhere close to that amount of money for something I can't fix easily. For that factor alone, I'd rather get their A10. Cheap, basic saltine cracker specs, but a generous screen with non-fragile construction materials sans the obvious glass screen. Aim higher and get the A50, even, Samsung was right to release the A series which will never likely have the same issue as a $2000.00 recall sensation.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, and wouldn't have bought one before the drama. I'm a Note kinda guy. S-Pen addict.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4104; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Would still consider 2nd or 3rd gen vs the initial roll out and as others have stated, would be even more enticed with spen integration.

13. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

No. I will not spend thst kind of money if can't produce any return. Then again there will be group just love pleasure spending money just because they can.

14. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The price + phone breaking within days of use + extended delays = ain't no way in the world. For $1300 maybe.

15. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Sure, but only when the price of foldable phones is slashed in half. I know it's first gen, and thus the high price, but I definitely won't be paying more than a 1000 dollars for a phone.

17. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

I wasn't on board with the Galaxy Fold device to begin with. I use to be a Note series user, but then realized that I rarely use the stylus so it didn't make since for me to pay a higher price when I can get everything that I need from the S series.

18. Poptart2828

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Yes I would.

19. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Of course no, not now, not before the fail.

20. technut

Posts: 153; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Regardless of a fix, it'll still have that unsightly notch. No thanks.

23. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

They’re really bad in copying apple’s notch. After all their ingenious mocking with notch and so they decided to put that ugliest notch on a big screen.

24. shonasof

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

That and the _awful_ external screen keep this phone from being aesthetically amazing.

21. db1020000

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 17, 2019

So I expect nobody to buy the $2,600 huawei X...

25. AlienKiss

Posts: 137; Member since: May 21, 2019

I ditched Sony for removing the 3.5mm jack, but I guess I could live without it since everyone is removing it. BUT I can't live without the SD card slot. For a phone so expensive, it seems quite silly that they didn't include those features, especially when Samsung makes it's own SD cards (I'm a SanDisk fan). Also the front display is too damn small and makes me feel like using a 2010 phone with humongous bezels. So my answer is NO, I'm not interested. At least not the first 2-3 generations. I'll wait for it to become a standard and hopefully with those features included. For 2000 bucks minimum, I expect it to have even a floppy drive :))

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