I ask again, who needs foldable smartphones? You? Why? What is it that you want to do with a foldable smartphone that you can’t do with your ordinary 6.4 inches standard smartphone? Browse the Internet? You can do that. Play games? You can do that as well, watch YouTube? Who exactly needs foldable smartphones? Do you actually need Samsung Galaxy Fold?
Despite the lack of market, phone manufacturers have insisted that they must bring foldable smartphones to the market. Samsung actually rushed so quick to be the first one to introduce its Samsung Galaxy Fold, until early tested reported hinge and screen problems, forcing Samsung to recall early editions of the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Several months after tweaking and retweaking the device, Samsung is now fully convinced that the Samsung Galaxy Fold is ready for the consumer market. Then Square Trade, a company specialized in providing case and other phone protection products, got a hold of the Galaxy Fold and put it to the test.
The first test Galaxy Fold was subjected to was the usual drop test. In this test, the device was dropped from 6 feet high (that’s about the height between your head and the ground, if you are one of the tall ones). After the drop, whether the phone dropped while closed or opened up, the Samsung Galaxy Fold became useless. ” After the larger, main screen hit terra firma, it was indented, and there were camera and touchscreen failures despite the use of a custom case. A drop test on the other screen shattered the selfie camera and the display, and caused a camera failure”, reported Forbes.
Then SquareTrade built a robot for testing just how many times one needed to fold and unfold the Samsung Galaxy Fold, before the device started giving users problems. Although Samsung has stated that the device can be folded and unfolded 200,000 times, which would mean the device can remain useful for a lifespan of 5 years if unfolded and folded 100 times per day on average, SquareTrade’s robot showed that the early signs of trouble start after a meagre 18,500 days. Divide those number of days by 100 and you get 185 days, which is exactly at the half year mark. That is, you will get your brand new $2000 (shs 200,000 before tax and shipping cost) Samsung Galaxy Fold device today, use it for half a year, and starting cursing. Why? Because after 185 days, there will be a pixel stuck on the main screen – you know, that little annoying mark that won’t go away if you have used screens for a while now.
“After 120,000 folds (or three years of use at the 100 opens/day rate), the hinge had deteriorated a little. Not perfect, but at least the device was still plenty usable at that point”, concludes the Forbes article, a conclusion that lends credence to the title – Samsung Galaxy Fold should be abandoned all together.