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What do you think of the foldable smartphone?

     
5:34 pm on Feb 21, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Most smartphones these days are pretty much alike, with a few exceptions at the top of the range.
The foldable phone seems a breath of fresh air. See the Samsung Galaxy Fold. It looks good, but seems a little chunky, but when opened, could provide the user with a much bigger interface. At the moment, it doesn't seem big enough, but an alternative to a phablet.

Is it just going to a niche with small volume sales, or will it develop to become much lighter and more of a practical alternative to tablet computers?

I understand Google is going to support foldable phones in Android, so there's another screen style for developers to deal with?

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A return to flip phones?

What's next? Phones that are the size of WWII walkie talkies?

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> A return to flip phones?

LOL, I suppose they are, but, really, it's the screen size they are working on, and i've seen some using roll-out displays.

To my mind, it's just not yet a finished product at an affordable price, but dev's wil have to consider it in their apps.
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A return to flip phones?

I'm still waiting for a phone that comes with a built-in record player so I can play vinyl collection on the go.

Seriously, it seems gimmicky. I guess it will depend on a how popular it ends up being and if it a can provide any really meaningful new features for apps (that is besides the larger screen).

Oh! About that larger screen, will Google now switch back to desktop first indexing?
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Older eyes like mine would appreciate the larger screen...

I think we should just forget about making larger screens and skip straight to holographic display. When I tweet about what I had for breakfast, I want my emojis to be REAL 3-D! ;)
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The return of the CRT monitor is long overdue.
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Flip phones do have an advantage... They protect the screen when closed. As for phone size, The flagship phones of today are bigger than phones from the 90's lol

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That phone costs more than my first new car ... uh oh, now I'm showing my age ... :)
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Heck, my first car was $25. Only cost me $75 and some shade-tree mechanic work to make it run. Then again, back then gas was 23 a gallon and the monthly phone bill was $4.25, including all taxes and line charges.

These new phones are, on the other hand, pretty amazing! I am not surprised they are progressing "backwards" to keep them small enough to fit in "most" pockets.
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Besides, there's something "cool" about flipping your phone open to take a call ... kind of like Zippo lighters (any one remember those?) and yeah, my age is showing.
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there's something "cool" about flipping your phone open to take a call


Captain Kirk used to do that.