Following the ambitious but quirky Royole Flexpai Samsung Foldpai had to be the Redeemer, a device that demonstrates the power of folding technology. Samsung then gave Fold a bunch of savages (also known as tech reviewers) who pawed at it like it was a normal phone, and then Fold had to leave for some ] improvements.
Then, on September 27, Fold finally officially officially went on sale and I've been using it ever since – without any cases, skins or protective screens. So here's what it's like to live with the most important phone of the year after a month.
Although it took five months to fix and retrofit the Fold before returning it, the terminal didn't feel so different from the original model, it had so many problems. Samsung added a steel plate behind the flexible screen to give the Fold increased rigidity. And on the software side, the biggest change is that Android's navigation buttons have already been moved to the right for better one-handed use, which doesn't sound like much, but actually makes a significant difference. (Don't worry Levites, there is a setting to move the winding buttons on the other side of the screen.)
But most importantly, Samsung hid the small holes between the Fold's flexible display and the hinge, so it doesn't particles get inside the phone. And you know what, it mostly works. Because during my month with Folding, I have never encountered anything that goes inside or under its display. And this is even with the tiny pieces of dust or hair that you often see on top of his screen after sitting closed for a while.
As for the edges of the polymer film, which were previously around the perimeter of the Folder screen, they are elongated, so that these edges now rest under the phone, away from any curious fingers. Now, is Samsung guilty of failing to do a better job of informing reviewers that they are not sticking the movie on the original Fold, or at least keeping the movie hidden better? Certainly, but at the same time at least some of the blame goes to the reviewers.
So many people went in and called Fold like any other phone, despite the mountains of evidence that they didn't it was. It's like someone trades a horse for a car through a saddle on it, and then wonders why it looks so stupid . In the end, the fact that people expose one of Fold's greatest shortcomings was an important lesson in human stupidity on both sides of the device.
All this still doesn't make Fold very difficult. You can put creases on the screen with your nails if you try, it is not waterproof and even with additional particle protection, folding cannot withstand a handful of sand.
This may sound pretty bad, but to put it another way, Fold basically has the same durability as most laptops, with a slightly softer screen. You wouldn't bring a laptop to the beach and even if you did, you would know better than to bury it in the sand. Fold's fragility doesn't sound so scary now, does it? And if you want to bring Fold to the beach, just put it in a bag. Easy.
The other two things that people are often concerned about – the fold of Fold and the hinge are honest questions When you look at it straight, the crease is practically invisible. And as for the Fold hinge, it's probably the single most durable component of the entire device.
In the meantime, if you can put up with the limitations of Fold, what you get is one of the most engaging, multi-purpose devices on the planet. Just the ability to watch videos on a large 7.3-inch screen while on the train, time goes by so much faster. Fold is also a great fitness tool because its screen is better than anything you would find on a treadmill or stationary bike, not made by Peloton.
The fold also made my Kindle and home tablet obsolete as it is almost the perfect size for reading books or books. And thanks to its ridiculously long battery life and huge 512GB storage, it feels like Fold never needs help with stupid accessories like batteries or external (or cloud) storage. Screw up all those old Vertu prices, the Galaxy Fold is a true techno luxury.
That said, Fold still has a lot of room for improvement. Making it a little lighter will make it easier to hold it for long periods of time. And while Fold pockets have never been a problem for me, some of the subtleties added would also not hurt. I would also like to see Samsung remove the slice from the inside of the phone, people can take selfies with the camera above the Cover Screen.
And as for the Fold 4.6-inch hood itself, just make the damn thing bigger. There are tons of room above and below and even a little room on the side. As it seems, even when using the "right" screen, just to search for directions or respond quickly to text, typing this tiny keyboard is frustrating.