Have you ever wondered why most technology websites fawn all over anything made by Samsung and criticize Apple ad nauseam? Apple drops the price of the entry-level iPhone 11 by $50 and critics say the company is desperate. Samsung Galaxy-whatever models explode and catch fire and supporters say it could happen to iPhones, too.
It didn’t. What did? Resurrection.
Fellow Londoner Andrew Hoyle decided to wait for the second coming of Samsung’s latest and greatest
first-mover second-mover Galaxy Fold– the one that hasn’t folded yet– and declared:
I like the Galaxy Fold more than I thought I would.
The original design had a gap between the hinge where the Galaxy Fold does its folding, and the two arms of the screens. This is now diminished. Also, you can’t see an additional metal plate beneath the display, which is meant to reinforce the fragile plastic screen, but Samsung assures us it’s there.
Samsung never lies. I read that on the internet. You know they can’t put it on the internet unless it’s true.
Beyond those design tweaks, the phone remains unchanged. The hinge feels smooth to use and the phone snaps shut satisfyingly like those snappy cases you get with your glasses.
Yes, I know they’re called smartphones but they’re so smart the phone part gets used less and less these days. When people ask me for my mobile number I tell them, “Sorry. My iPhone is one of those that only dials out. It doesn’t take calls.”
Often I’m asked if I paid more for that.
What about the crease in the display? Well, it’s there and there’s no getting away from it. Catch reflections from overhead lights in the right way and you can easily see ripples across the surface, instead of the smooth expanse of glass you’ll see on any other smartphone.
Now, imagine if this was the iPhone Phold. iPhone Phold Pro. And it had a visible crease. Already there would 274 YouTube videos exposing Apple’s design flaw. For Samsung lovers, it’s just something you don’t notice.
Like the Notch.
There is, of course, a cut-out notch in the top left corner (assuming you’re holding it in landscape orientation, and in the upper right corner when it’s in portrait mode).
Now, the Galaxy Fold is so big and bulky when unfolded– or folded– that customers don’t want to be seen carrying it in public, so, they fold it up and use the Fold’s other display. The outer display.
Out on the street, however, I didn’t want to gingerly carry a massive — and expensive — device so openly, so I snapped it shut and used the 4.6-inch outer display.
This is beginning to sound like an iPad mini that makes calls. Regarding the 4.6-inch backside display…
For me, this display is just a little too small. It’s fine for seeing incoming calls, changing music on Spotify or using as the camera viewfinder instead of looking like a buffoon who takes pictures on a tablet.
Think about it. iPhone SE has a 4-inch display. iPhone 8, the last remaining Touch ID iPhone, has a 4.7-inch display.
I’d have loved to have seen it go further to the edges, giving enough room to make it usable as a standalone device. Right now, it’s best thought of as a stopgap until you can find a moment to unfold it into true tablet mode.
We Brits have too many first world problems that they’re difficult to manage.
Kudos to Samsung for not giving up entirely when faced with disaster. The Fold folded. The new Fold is better. The next one will be even better. There might even be a Fold in a few years that’s affordable.