Why are technology writers and watchers and anti-Apple screed folks upset on a regular basis that Apple does not follow major trends. 3G? It wasn’t major until iPhone had it, right? Tablets? They existed a decade before iPad. Even portable music players were in abundance until iPod came along.
Apple doesn’t so much as set the trends as it does correct the trends. The latest bandwagon for technology manufacturers is foldable smartphones. Maybe they’re foldable tablets? Or, maybe they’re smartphones that fold into tablets?
Whatever foldables are they are not there yet. How can you tell?
Apple does not have a foldable iPhone so that just means foldable anything is not mainstream, despite the aforementioned yellow journalist’s attempts at creating a controversy where none exists.
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold was first to market. It folded. Half a year later and Samsung is back, but not necessarily better, though that depends on what you read. The anti-Apple screed writers at ZDNet love everything Samsung, and Galaxy Fold 2.0 heralds, well, something.
Prepare to be amazed by the future of smartphones
Is it possible to be amazed any more? Nobody was amazed by Touch ID or Face ID though they redefined convenient security. Samsung’s first Galaxy Fold folded with a crummy crease in the fold and units in the wild were recalled.
Now version 2.0 is on the streets and again, it represents the future. Maybe.
Get ready to then be amazed as you open up the fold. Powerful magnets keep the phone securely closed so you need to apply a bit of pressure as you pry open the front and back. After releasing the magnets, each side pops out about 45 degrees and then you slowly pull the two sides down until it snaps soundly into a flat position.
Don’t magnets wear out? Just asking.
I’ll be the first to recognize that today’s smartphones– as embodied by Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10-whatever and iPhone 11 Pro Max– are devices that would be considered sorcery or black magic just a few decades ago.
Look at all an iPhone can do. Yet, somehow, a smartphone that folds up like smartphones did a decade ago is the epitome of the future.
While you can see the crease when the Fold is angled away from you or the display is off, when the display is on and you are using it, the indent is not that obvious. I barely notice it, and yet it is a compromise you have to be willing to make to accept this stunning approach to a folding phone.
Miller was quick to point out the HTC U12 Plus is wonderful because it does not have a notch. Imagine the outcry if Apple had turned the Notch into a big black forehead instead.
You know. Like Samsung.
There are very few options for the Galaxy Fold, with a single RAM and storage capacity model. There are two colors — Space Silver and Cosmos Black — with AT&T and unlocked models, both priced at $1,980 each.
A few thousand words later and Miller continues to salivate over Galaxy Fold and how it represents the future and blah and blah.
As reviews go, Miller’s is detailed and it will give you a glimpse into two things. First, how Samsung does work to press and exceed the envelope (good for them), and, Second, how lengthy reviews can be summed up in far fewer words.
Don’t buy it
Foldabable smartphones will be a thing when Apple’s iPhone or iPad goes there. Not. Until. Then.
I’m going to tell you one last time: the Galaxy Fold is a piece of junk. It was always going to be a piece of junk. Samsung’s first-generation mobile products are inevitably pieces of junk for all the reasons I’ve explained time and time again. They’re the physical embodiment of a troll racing to type “First!” in the comments section under a YouTube video.
When Apple’s iPhone Fold hits the streets you’ll know the technology is ready for primetime.