Technology companies are constantly striving to create the next ‘big thing’ in the tech market- especially when it comes to our everyday devices like our smartphones. In the New York Times article by Brian X. Chen entitled “Foldable Phones Are Here. Do We Really Want Them?”, Chen discusses how some of these technology companies are experimenting with foldable smartphones.
Some of these companies include Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei. While the idea of a foldable smartphone is innovative and interesting, Chen points out that the reality of it is not as appealing.
For instance, Samsung’s first foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, broke within days of use by tech reviewers when it was released last year. Though, just earlier this month, two new foldable phones have been announced: The Samsung Galaxy Z flip and Lenovo’s Motorola Razr.Both of these devices work by opening up to reveal a standard-size touch screen and then folding to a miniature screen that shows notifications.
When looking at the advantages and disadvantages of these foldable devices, Chen points out that the only advantage is that “you can enjoy a big screen that takes up less space in your pocket”. On the other hand, there’s a lot of disadvantages with these new products.
For starters, to achieve the bendableness of the screen, thinner plastic is used to layer on the screen which is much less durable than the usual glass on phone screens. According to the article, “There’s no protecting the foldable display in a real-world environment the way that consumers treat their smartphones,” said Raymond Soneira, the founder of DisplayMate.
Also, when you unfold the phone there is generally a design flaw- there is a visible crease, which is pretty unappealing to the eye compared to our current sleek smartphone screens. On top of everything, these foldable gadgets are pricey. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is $1,380 and Lenovo’s Motorola Razr is $1,500.
After reading my post, what is your opinion on these foldable phones. Do you think it is a good and useful idea, and more importantly, would you think about purchasing one?