Folding smartphones may have been a trend this year, but so far it’s not so good. At one time, they surprised everyone, but the disappointment came just as quickly after the screen of the first such device all saw the fold. It’s really repulsive, but we have hope that sooner or later it will get better. However, I’m not ready to buy a folding smartphone yet, and I don’t plan on doing so. I have several reasons for this, which don’t come down to this crease alone. I may change my mind over time, but for now I’m with those who hesitate, and here are my few reasons why I don’t want to buy a folding smartphone yet.
The most important thing about folding smartphones is that they managed to shake up the whole industry a little bit and make manufacturers come up with something interesting. Many started competing on this field and it turned out to be generally funny. One failure of the Motorola is worth it.
If you use a folding smartphone, you may not agree with the opinion that I gave in this article, but I can not speak out, especially since the talk about it begins more and more often.
Why are folding smartphones expensive
Nobody’s gonna argue with that for sure. Folding smartphones are very expensive! Even the Galaxy Z Flip costs $1,399. At the same time, it has very average spices. It’s a lot, even considering that we’ve been living at a time when a smartphone from the category “1,000 + dollars” has ceased to cause surprise. This price used to be the reason to criticize the device on the Web six months after it was released. Now it’s more of a way to show that this manufacturer can also be in the top segment.
The prices of other folding smartphones, at least, are not lower. For example, Galaxy Fold costs $1,980, Huawei Mate Xs – $2,499 and the failed Motorola RAZR – $1,499.
Against this background I would like to think hard about buying such devices. I think that most of the reasoning will lead to rejection of the purchase. For the price of Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola RAZR you can buy a top iPhone 11 Pro Max or Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. I’m not even talking about the simpler versions of these smartphones. And especially the more affordable models like the top OnePlus. They’ll do better. They just won’t surprise others. But how long will folding smartphones be able to handle it?
The screen of a folding smartphone is very fragile.
We’re used to the fact that smartphones are getting stronger every year. They are getting new generations of glass, metal frames and other types of protection. At least it’s hard enough to scratch the screen of a modern flagship. It can be broken, but not scratched.
It’s like folding smartphones took a step back and brought us back to a time when smartphones were really easy to damage. This is true of the hinge, which can be broken by dropping the device or bending it hard. The second element to worry about is the screen.
It had to be soft to be able to bend. In the end, it’s so strong you can scratch it with your fingernail. And it’s not a guess, it’s a real strength test result.
There’s no way to protect it, because the screen has to bend freely and there are no safety glasses or films that can protect it. More precisely, there is, but you can’t tear off this foam, otherwise everything will stop working at all. We’ve had cases before.
Even if you do not use sharp objects and blow dust off your smartphone, it will still be damaged. It’ll happen in the bending point. I’m not even talking about the fold. It’s just that the coating in this place will eventually get damaged by permanent folds. You just have to accept that.
Why are there so few folding smartphones?
Folding smartphones are so few because the technology is not yet widespread and few companies can make such screens. Yes, Samsung has as many as two such smartphones, but the choice is still small.
In fact, the lack of choice once again makes you doubt the purchase. Going to spend two or more thousand dollars, you can not even choose between several options. There are only four of them and you can’t look at one of them just without crying. I mean, Motorola again.
Even if you want to spend a lot of money on a smartphone, you can only choose between Galaxy Zlip, Galaxy Fold, Motorola RAZR and Mate XS. Eat up, don’t get crumpled.
For comparison, even among ordinary smartphones can be called on the go 7-8 devices in the top category, which are available in a huge number of options and kits. Folding smartphones do not have this.
Many people, including Nokia, have said they want to make a folding smartphone, but so far no such devices are available. And they’re unlikely to be here in a year or two.
How to choose a folding smartphone
And no way… Just navigate to the beautiful videos from the manufacturers’ websites and a few reviews, which are also little informative.
Of course, there are showrooms and some smartphones you can come and touch, but they are so few that you still have to run to find what you need. Even the shops where they are exhibited often hide them under glass, and you can only see smartphones visually through the glass.
Even if you have found a place to see, say, Galaxy Fold, you can’t compare it with Huawei Mate Xs. They just won’t be “under one roof”. Gray vendors who can have both units are unlikely to let you unpack them, and the manufacturers do not give them to communication stores and electronics stores.
Why are folding smartphones worse than usual
Let’s drop the technical lag of the folding beds from the monoblocks for a while. Though their characteristics correspond to monoblocks for about $500-600, that’s not what we’re talking about now. After all, a lot of engineers worked on these devices, a lot of money was invested in the development, which should be repulsed.
The durability of folding smartphones…
Now we are talking about the fact that the bedspreads are less durable and lose a lot in price. Their durability is greatly reduced due to moving parts. Even if you are not embarrassed by the crease, the hinge will still loosen over time. There will be nothing inside the board, but if the device stops opening or half the screen is turned off, you will simply not be able to use it anymore. Because of this, the price of them will also fall very heavily.
I doubt that in a couple of years Galaxy Fold will be able to sell more than $300-400. The folding mechanism is a risk, and the iron in your smartphone is still so bad. In a couple of years, it’ll be archaic at all.
Protecting a folding smartphone from water
I’ve said more than once that you shouldn’t swim with a smartphone, as it’s not covered by the warranty if water gets inside the case. Actually, there are some of our habits that kill our own smartphones. However, just in case it’s nice to have it anyway. In folding devices, waterproofing is out of the question. The slightest puddle would probably just kill him.
Accessories for folding smartphones
There are hardly any accessories for folding smartphones now. There is only what the manufacturers themselves offer, but it’s all too expensive and therefore not very affordable. Perhaps against the background of the cost of a smartphone the amount will seem small, but in reality it is very decent.
Repairing a folding smartphone
That was the end of the story about the disadvantages of folding smartphones. Even if you are not scared away by everything that has been listed above, and you are willing to pay a lot, get a little, not be able to buy a new case and not afraid of water, you still are not insured against breakdowns.
If this happens while your smartphone is under warranty and the case is under warranty, it’s not so bad. But if it needs to be repaired at its own expense, that’s the trouble. Something can’t be repaired at all, and something will cost, like a new top flagship. That’s all.
Who do folding smartphones for?
With all the above, there is another factor that prevents the distribution of folding smartphones. By its uniqueness it is made for geeks, but just geeks all know about it and will not want to buy it. Those for whom 2,500 dollars for a means of communication is not money, do not care about this form factor. They need a reliable smartphone. They’ll choose an iPhone or Galaxy S/Note.
Of course, folding smartphones have advantages, but for now we are talking about disadvantages, because they are more obvious. What do you think about that. Did my story discourage someone from buying a folding smartphone? Or was it already gone? As usual, the answers are taken in comments