You know. Innovation Samsung style. Hell, to hear the nattering nabobs of negativism tell the tale, Apple can’t even keep up with Microsoft’s Surface (despite Mac sales five times higher), and is falling ever farther behind. So, what’s the next great thing? A folding iPhone?
Remember The Watch
Let’s face it. Apple seldom is the first mover to a new technology party. Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, AirPods were not the first to market yet each set the standards that the rest of the tech industry followed.
So, Samsung, Huawei, and others have folding smartphones; supposedly the next great thing. Sam Rutherford explains just how it will be in the not-too-distant future for those of us who want smaller devices with bigger screens.
Damn, Could The Samsung Galaxy Fold Be Worth It?
Hmmm. Let’s answer that by applying Betteridge’s Law of Headlines.
Betteridge’s law of headlines is an adage that states: “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” It is named after Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist who wrote about it in 2009, although the principle is much older.
Well, that settles that. The answer is, well, No.
Or, is it? Again, don’t expect Apple to hop on board the folding train any time soon. Apple usually lays the track that the train follows.
Despite its nearly $2,000 price tag, the Galaxy Fold is proof that the whole bendy phone trend could be more than just a fad.
Uh, not at $2,000.
The trick with this new technology will be more about price tag than technology, and once those folding displays become more affordable, they’ll show up in ever more devices.
I’m OK with that. Now, what about this Galaxy Fold thingamajig?
It emits a super satisfying snap you every time you close the phone, something that echoes the best thing about flip phones from back in the day.
It’s been a decade since my phone did a click. But, if what’s old is new again, then we’re heading in the right direction.
So, how does all this folding work?
You can either use the exterior “cover screen” as you would any other smartphone, although its 4.6-inch display means you’re a bit limited on real estate.
Oh, I see. Two displays. One small one on the outside, one larger one on the inside.
What does a folding display bring that I don’t get with a single display?
If you’re a heavy multitasker, things only continue to get better, as you can then swipe in the from the right side of the screen to get a little row of apps that let you open up to three different apps at once.
OK, I don’t believe in multi-tasking. Nobody waits for a spreadsheet to compile or a database query while writing a research paper. A screen with options that take one to another screen which does work is fine by me. Put two together and in split-screen mode, and it gets complicated but it’s not multi-tasking.
The Galaxy Fold features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 512GB of storage, and a whopping 12GB of RAM.
Are we talking about a smartphone that folds into a tablet or PC notebook? Because that’s the price equivalency and specifications and nearly the size.
The Fold’s ability to switch apps between screens, what Samsung calls App continuity, is still very much in its early stages.
Relative to earth’s existence in an ancient galaxy, humanity has the same issue.
The Fold also comes with six total cameras, so you’re never without some way of taking a selfie.
That makes sense in a $2,000 smartphone.
The Galaxy Fold has a noticeable crease, but when you’re using it normally, it’s way less distracting than I anticipated.
And yet members of the technorati elite politburo complained bitterly about iPhone X’s infamous Notch.
I was charmed by the package as a whole.
It was free to try out.
I found myself imagining the Fold fitting into my life seamlessly with almost zero adjustment.
You might need an adjustment in your pants.
OK, I get it. A folding smartphone might soon reach a point where an iPhone SE-like device folds out to be an iPhone XS Max fully maxed. Or, an iPad mini might fold down and fit into your pocket like the aforementioned iPhone maxed.
Technology marches ever onward so it’s best to get ready for the future, which, if the past is any indicator, will be determined by Apple with iPhone Fold. The next great thing.