Foldable smartphones: Are we ready for them?

Foldable Phones James P. DeVellis
A lot of tech news in the past few months covered foldable phones, the ones that have been showcased by Huawei and Samsung, as well as concept renders by other developers like Motorola. While they may look good in showrooms and the review tables of notable online influencers, are they ready for let’s say the everyday people of Oregon or Portland? The answer is no. James P. DeVellis.

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There are a lot of things to consider as to how viable these new smartphones before they deserve to be in everyone’s pockets. And one of the most pressing issues people have actually have to do with their pockets. These foldable phones are going to be larger and thicker compared to today’s regular smartphone models. James P. DeVellis

Another thing we have to consider is the price point. Samsung priced the Galaxy Fold close to $2,000. Surely a phone with that price tag isn’t for everyone. But if mid-tier manufacturers were to replicate the technology, would they be able to recreate a foldable phone for less than $500? That is highly unlikely. James P. DeVellis.

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Next, we have to look at these units as a piece of hardware. Folding phones means moving parts. The more complex they are, the easier for them to malfunction and the more difficult they are to repair. This is why manufacturers such as Samsung boast the longevity of their Samsung Fold and their 200,000 fold test. James P. DeVellis.

Lastly, there’s the user experience. Clearly, this is more for the app developers and web content creators rather than consumers. The proliferation of foldable phones could mean creating and recreating content using different aspect ratios.

All in all, the concept is great and fresh, but the public is not ready for the foldable phone. It can turn heads, but it’s still not worth the purchase. James P. DeVellis