Why folding is the future of smartphones
One of the best things about being a tech journalist is seeing the pace of innovation. Sure, this means that we can also get a close look at the pace of e-waste that is drastically contributing to climate change and will eventually kill us all. But the fun part is seeing things like flip phones go from being an impractical and expensive gimmick with major flaws 3 years ago, to being the obvious future shape of phones in 2021.
I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 for the past few weeks and while it’s not perfect, the issues seem surmountable.
The original Fold didn’t seem viable because a single drop on a solid surface, a small amount of crusty lint in your pocket, or a little rain could kill your $ 3,500 phone or require an expensive repair. Premium phones are for the people who live in them, which means there will always be spills, drops, and crumbs.
The next problem was that the inner plastic screen felt and scratched like a toy, wedged into a phone that was too thick to hold comfortably when folded, but the hinge was too stiff to open whenever you wanted to reply to a message. Quick. .
Finally, to achieve the desired shape of the phone when folded, the front screen was long and thin and the inner screen a square, neither of which was very friendly to applications made for traditional phone screen shapes.
All of those issues except the last one have been addressed, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before the last one is resolved.
Durability is good now. While I haven’t dropped it from standing height yet, it has fallen off the arm of my couch onto a hardwood floor countless times and is still totally fine. It also has an IPX8 water resistance rating, so it could survive a fall in the bathroom.
The new inner display is made of glass so it can withstand the crumbs of life and has support for the S Pen. The Fold series is the obvious successor to the Note, but future versions will need to have a place for the stylus in the body of the phone; Samsung’s official S Pen case for the Fold3 strangely covers the front screen.