Reviews are all over Youtube of the latest Galaxy Fold. The device that signify the changing of the guard for smartphones, have several fatal flaws. But despite that the future still looks bright. Lets start with the flaws.
Though I expected this thing to have display issues, I’ll admit that I did not expect them to manifest itself this soon. I knew about the crease, and expected that to later develop into a weak point. But never did I imagine the number of issues that are surfacing in week 1. One issue is a result of users mistaking the top portion of the display for a screen protector. One reviewer, MKB, talked about how removing the top display resulted in his screen not working. But all of the display failures were not a result of the user, unknowingly, tearing up the phone. On The Verge, a reviewer found that something managed to work its way under the display and causing the display to fail.
Then we have to look at the fact that the display is plastic. And where plastic may survive drops better than glass, they don’t resist scratches and dings from foreign objects such as keys, rings, dirt and debris, and chemicals (that may be used to clean off the display).
Other concerns that were raised with review units surrounded the over all build, as well as software that was not polished. Despite all that I am still feeling like we are on pace for some innovations. With this being a Year 1 device, issues were expected to surface. And though I understand that a device this expensive should be issue free, that is not realistic for a device like this. And honestly this is par for the course. The first flat screen, android phone, 4K TVs, tablet, laptops, as well as any other firsts, came to the market at prices that the upper class could afford, but were riddled with issues. About time the issues and bugs were worked out, the prices were at a point that the masses could afford. I expect this to be the case with this new tech. About time the price get to a point that it is more reasonable, the display and software issues will be figured out.
Personally I would love to be able to play with this new hardware in the Galaxy Fold, but this is not a keeper. I’ll let someone one else pay for the flaws, I’ll slide in when they figure it out.