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Currently, as a partMobile phoneGalaxy Fold is not a good mobile phone, not even a tablet without flaws. Although Galaxy Fold is known as a combination device that can be freely transformed between the two, it is known as the future of mobile computing, but for now it is just an idea.
Samsung’s first beta version of the Galaxy Fold phone arrived on April 15th, and it’s exciting to get a mobile phone. In this world of black shiny rectangular phones, which is filled with companies like Apple and Google, the move shows that Samsung is at least trying something different.
However, it quickly became apparent that there were still many problems with this device. When using the phone in a folded way, the device looks thick, about twice the thickness of a regular smartphone, and looks cumbersome. The 4.3-inch front display is too narrow and has no use other than being able to make calls. Compared to the mainstream full phone, the top and bottom borders of the entire front display are very thick and look strange. Fortunately, the glass front panel is as durable as other smartphones.
Then open the folding phone with a huge, bright and colorful display. But this built-in screen has serious flaws. The inner screen has a plastic film that looks like a normal screen protector. This layer of protective film began to peel off in the lower left corner, and the most natural impulse of each assessor was to tear it off. But if it does, the screen will fail almost immediately. Samsung did not tell the tester to keep the film, and did not warn the user not to tear it off.
When the author accidentally peeled off the film, the left side of the folding display stopped working after one day. About three-quarters of the right side of the screen turned black. The next morning, the entire screen was gone. There is also a small crack in the top of the hinge, which may be one of the other causes of display problems in addition to tearing off the film. But in any case, tearing off a layer of film shouldn't be the cause of a complete failure of a $1980 phone.
After several testers complained, Samsung returned to the damaged phone last Thursday and provided a new evaluation machine one day later. The phone still does not issue warnings for critical screen protectors, but Samsung said last week that it would clarify this requirement to consumers.
With the lessons learned from the previous car, the second evaluation machine did not have the corresponding problem. However, after opening the box, the film on the left side of the foldable screen has concave streaks, and there is also a significant gap between the edge of the screen protector film and the side of the display, which may accumulate dust and fluff accumulation. After two days of normal use, the edge of the screen protector began to scratch slightly.
There are other subtle traces on the screen that indicate that over time, folding the screen repeatedly can cause problems. There is also a lot of glare and reflection on the entire screen, which makes viewing the screen content quite difficult in some cases.
There are also obvious creases in the middle of the screen, so the crease is not so obvious when watching the video. But when you read a blog post or click on an app, you can clearly see the crease.
This evaluation machine is not perfect, and the software is the perfect part of the Galaxy Fold experience. Many applications can seamlessly switch from small screens to large screens. Some built-in features of the operating system have a good user experience, and it’s good to watch the NBA playoffs with this phone. Once the user is set up and used to the mobile phone interface, he can run three applications at the same time.
Seeking truth from facts, after nearly a week of Galaxy Fold's release, it still looks like a concept device, not a finished product. The built-in display has too many flaws. While having both a phone and a tablet in your pocket is appealing to consumers, it's still an idea.
Users are better off spending $1,000 on a Galaxy S10+ smartphone and $250 on an 8-inch Samsung tablet, which saves about $750. Consumers who like Apple products can consider buying $1,100.iPhoneXS Max, plus $400iPadMini, the same can leave $500.
In any case, Galaxy Fold has great potential. Samsung or other companies will eventually improve the technology of foldable mobile phones. If such a device can have both the functionality of a mobile phone and a tablet, optimize the user experience of the software, and without these drawbacks, then it is likely to become the next hot mobile device.