Look. We can go the whole nine yards about the Samsung Galaxy Fold's other supposedly groundbreaking features, like it's high quality camera, a Multi-Active Window which allows you to multitask by running lots of apps at once, or its 5G speed and high power connectivity.
But we all know why we're here. We're here because the Samsung Galaxy Fold has a bendy screen. This is, for better or worse, the main pitch: “Oh my god, it bends.”
The screen itself is a 7.3-inch Infinitely Flex display, almost as large as a tablet. The phone opens up like a small book. And even when you know what's coming, it takes a while to get used to how the display creases right down the middle as you open and close it. If having the full display out makes you nervous, you can always close the phone and go about your business on a small cover display.
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What the Samsung Galaxy Fold tries to be is a phone and a tablet at the same time, and in some ways, it succeeds. Having two displays options can uplift the phone's other features—it can give you versatility with camera usage and app usage, and it's conducive for working both on a desk and on-the-go. There is also the haptic, nostalgic pleasure of being able to snap the phone open and shut like an old clamshell phone.
But are flexible screens the future of smartphones? Probably not. Users are advised to make sure that small objects like coins or car keys aren't caught in the shutting of the phone, which is an easy enough mistake to avoid, but that still gives the phone one more way to break. The future of smartphones should rest on "boring" features; users would benefit more from, for example, a battery that charges very quickly, or colossal storage space. Besides, wouldn’t a flat, unbendable screen be more durable, considering how much easier it is to get protectors for those things?
The Samsung Galaxy Fold might be for you if you put a premium on display options versatility. But considering the device's price, I would argue a more bang-for-your-buck technological purchase would be to just get a regular smartphone and a tablet. And then just get tough cases for both.