Samsung Galaxy Fold review: future shock

The Galaxy Fold has been the most polarizing product I can recall having reviewed. Everyone who learnt it wanted to play with the long-promised smartphone paradigm shift. The ensues, on the other hand, were far better mixed.

If nothing else, the Fold has a remarkably high-pitched Q-Rating. Each person who envisioned me applying the product had at least a vague thought of what it was all about. I candidly can’t remember the last time I’ve had that reaction with a non-iPhone device. That’s great from brand view. It necessitates a lot of people are curious and potentially open to the notion that the Samsung Galaxy Fold is the future.

Of course, it also signifies there are a lot of people appearing on if you fail.

In some ways, this past week with the Samsung Galaxy Fold has been an extremely public beta. A handful of tests were given out to reviewers. Most worked fine( mine included ), but at least three neglected. It’s what we in the industry call a “PR nightmare.” Or at the least it would be for most companies.

Samsung’s weathered larger storms — most notably with the Galaxy Note 7 a few years back. Of course, that machine attained it much further along, ultimately ensuing in two large-scale remembers. The nature of the two issues was also vastly different. A malfunctioning screen doesn’t set the user at bodily risk like an exploding battery. The optics on these things don’t get much worse than having your smartphone banned from planes.

As of this writing, the Fold is still set to go on sale, most likely this year. To be perfectly frank, the April 26 liberation date seemed overly optimistic well before the first reports of malfunctioning units. It’s never a great sign when a machine is announced in February and is only made available for review a few weeks ahead of launch. It’s kind of like when a studio doesn’t let reviewers watch a cinema before liberation. It doesn’t inevitably mean it’s bad, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

That’s the thing. The Galaxy Fold is the kind of device you crave badly to succeed. You want it to be great and you want Samsung to sell a billion because it’s a genuinely agitating product after a decade of telephones that appear predominantly the same. There’s also the fact that Samsung has essentially been hyping this thing for eight years, because it debuted a flexible display at CES 2011.

In spite of that, nonetheless, the dwelling extend feels rushed. Samsung no doubt ascertained the writing on the wall, as companies like Huawei readied their own foldable. And while Royole beat the fold to sell, Samsung still had a very good shot at the claim of first commercially viable foldable on the market, with a decade of Galaxy devices under its belt and hand-in-hand work with the Google team to create an Android UX that attains sense on a pair of very different screens.

[ Source: iFixit]

But this iFixit teardown speaks volumes. “Alarmingly” isn’t the kind of word you crave/ expect to hear about a company like Samsung, but there it is, obeyed directly by “fragile” — itself echoed five times over the course of the write-up. iFixit’s findings match up pretty closely with Samsung’s own reports 😛 TAGEND

A fragile presentation intends knocking it the wrong way can result in disaster. A crack in the hinges allows dirt and other specks to wedge themselves between the folding mechanism and screen. Don’t peel off the protective layer. I know it looks like you should, but this is probably the easiest way to wreck your $2,000 telephone that doesn’t involve a pistol or blender.

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