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Foldable phones

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones / Entertainment' started by DaveF, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. DaveF

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    I was the guy poohpoohing bigger phones and then went and bought the biggest iPhones on offer 3 years running... buuut so far I don’t see any appeal here.
     
  3. Scott Merryfield

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    I'm sure it will be quite a few years before the cost comes down on such as feature. I still prefer a smaller phone -- I need to be able to put it in my front pants pocket, as well as the valuables pocket of my golf bag. I went with the smaller Samsung Galaxy S8 over the 8+, and will do the same thing when my lease is up on that phone (hopefully the Galaxy S9 will be offered at a low price before summer by Sprint, since the S10 should be out any day now).
     
  4. DaveF

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    This unfolding phone looks to me like a possible future. All-screen device. Bigger on the inside. I’m intrigued.

    Now the other one from Samsung that folds the wrong way around, that’s just dumb.
     
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    No interest here.
     
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    I can’t help it, Sam... I laughed when I saw this ridiculous thing announced, then again when it was publicly revealed. It’s a dumpster fire of a phone and laughable at best.
     
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    I’m really stunned by this debacle. Obviously the tear away screen element is a late addition kludge to the manufacturing design.

    But allowing for that, how did Samsung not bother to tell reviewers to not tear this off? They knew it was easily removable and looked like a new-in-box removable plastic film. There’s a warning in the retail boxes!

    Crazy! Madness!
     
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    So how will the Huawei with its exposed screen be any better? I can see that phone's screen becoming unreadable in a very short amount of time from taking it in and out of one's pocket.
     
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    The Wall Street Journal broke their Galaxy Fold too. Sorry for the paywall.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/samsung-galaxy-fold-non-review-we-are-not-your-beta-testers-11555691833

    This makes me appreciate my $18 ZTE Android 7 phone even more.
     
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    By having designed and built it well? That’s how things are built that work compared to things that don’t.

    But maybe not. Maybe foldable phones are still only prototype concepts for a few more years.
     
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    Can't believe anyone's surprised a foldable screen breaks. If you flex anything enough it'll break.
     
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    I am due for a new phone, as the Sprint lease on my Galaxy S8 is up. I can guarantee everyone I will not be getting a foldable phone. This seems like a recipe for disaster.
     
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    We’re surprised they broke in a single day. Review units seeded to reviewers to get the good word out. A day’s use can’t possibly constitute “enough” to be unsurprised it broke from long term use.
     
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    DaringFireball has posted some good remarks on this debacle, capturing my views.


    "Daring Fireball: Know When to Fold ’Em" (https://daringfireball.net/2019/04/know_when_to_fold_em)
    This is a sign of deep dysfunction within Samsung. Let’s think this whole thing through.


    "Daring Fireball: Don’t Hold Your Breath" (https://daringfireball.net/linked/2019/05/07/fold-breath)
    Today is May 7. How can anyone take them seriously that they do not know if they’re going to ship by May 31? This thing is never going to ship and everyone knows it.
     
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    Nah. New Coke was a century old company attempting to change the best known and beloved drink in the world, and completely failing. It was a profound failure cutting to the soul of the Coca Cola company.

    Samsung, they who sell exploding phones...doing really stupid things is their brand. They throw spaghetti at the wall and keep selling that which doesn’t self destruct. In the scope of Samsung mobile division, this isn’t anywhere at the scope of New Coke.

    Also: Amazon Fire Phone. :D
     

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