Samsung held an event yesterday showcasing their latest in the Galaxy line. While they leaned heavily into the 10 years of Galaxy ‘innovations’ they used this event to announce the new Galaxy Fold. (Side note: they announced the Fold first thing which I think was a mistake, the build up in these types of events are a lot of fun for fans and enthusiasts alike.)
Price: $1980 (depending on carrier and country per Samsung) This seems like an acceptable price to me. This is a new type of phone and the first foldable phone that looks useable day to day.
The look: I think that hardware is the best of all the folding phones I’ve seen. That’s not saying too much.
The front screen leaves a lot to be desired. You’re obviously going to use this in tablet mode as much as possible. When you do need to use the front screen, you’re going to be looking at a tiny window of content in comparison to the amount of physical phone you’re holding. This is fine if you just need to quickly check a site or message but I don’t see it being useful for using Waze or something when you’re driving.
At the end of the day I really like what Samsung is bringing to the phone table. They’re taking chances and challenging everyone to re-think what a slab of glass in your pocket will look like. I wish Apple would take some of these chances to challenge what people think of iOS devices. I hope for less playing it safe and more trying things out and hopefully Samsung can encourage Apple to get uncomfortable in their hardware.
I’m in the iOS ecosystem and locked in pretty hard, I do like that Samsung is providing a competitor to each of Apple’s product category and pushing the boundaries on what we think of of phones. Let’s just hope Android software quickly adopts what Samsung is trying and Samsung will provide acceptable cadence of software updates to keep everyone secure and enable new features.
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The Fold is set to ship April 26th and I look forward to seeing hands on reviews and I hope to check one out myself.