Should I buy a folding smartphone?

Trends come back not just in fashion but in technology too, and one is currently making a major return – folding phones. In the early 2000s, the foldable phone was the ultimate accessory – oh remember the joy you got from flipping the phone when you ended a call! In 2021, these handsets are making a comeback to offer us a device that has all characteristics of a touch-screen smartphone, but in a more compact format.

While foldable smartphones are not mainstream yet, with Samsung set to announce the third generations of its Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold devices in August 2021, this could change in the near future.

So, what’s so different about them? Let’s dive into the characteristics of foldable smartphones.

Foldables are dubbed as the next frontier of smartphone design. There’s a reason for this: versatility. There are two leading design forms at the moment: the horizontal fold that opens up from a “normal” phone size to a mini-tablet, and the vertical fold that opens up from a compact size to a typical phone size and shape. Both designs offer utility and address the needs of different types of users.

For example, if you often use your smartphone for work, you might find the horizontal design more convenient for you, as it gives you the opportunity to essentially work on two screens. Whereas, if you keep complaining about how big smartphones have become and prefer to own a smaller device that easily fits into your pocket, then the vertical version is a great for you.

The cool design as well as the additional extras that foldable phones offer, such as having an extra screen, larger batteries (in most cases) and quirky photography possibilities, are among the main benefits that make them so interesting. Looking at Samsung’s latest foldable devices, one cool feature of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is its Flex mode, which lets you get some additional use out of the phone when it’s folded halfway. For example, a video can play at the top screen while control sits at the bottom. The device also has S Pen compatibility, meaning that users can use it to jot down actions instead of using the keyboard.

However, there are some drawbacks to consider as well:

  • If a foldable phone is supposed to be your primary mobile device, make sure that the one you choose is really good at traditional phone tasks. Not all apps are optimised for the foldable design, so some of them might look a bit weird on the screen.
  • The crease – the part where the flexible screen folds on both phones, is still very much visible, which could be a bit distracting.
  • Foldables aren’t nearly as durable as the smartphones we’re all currently used to. They also have inferior specs and cameras, and are quite expensive for what they offer.

We’re witnessing the first rounds of the emergence of a new device, which is bound to become better and more innovative with time as technology improves. It’s exciting to see how foldables will develop further and we’ll make sure to keep you updated about the latest innovations.

Owning a folding smartphone is certainly cool and fashionable, but make sure you weigh up the pros and cons of these devices, before making the investment.

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