Examine the Pros & Cons of the Galaxy Fold

Examine the Pros & Cons of the Galaxy Fold
Examine the Pros & Cons of the Galaxy Fold

Out of all the upcoming smartphone releases in 2019, Samsung has stolen the show with the Galaxy Fold. After enduring repeated mediocre design changes in the last few years, this release is a welcome escape from traditional smartphones.

Samsung has been teasing fans with foldable releases for 8 years, and seeing this promise finally come to fruition is a treat. Boasting three screens, six cameras and a gorgeous 7.3-inch foldout screen, this phone is like no other. While it’s far from perfect, it’s a promising first step for foldable phones.

No release is surrounded by more rumours and speculation, which is why getting a firsthand review is essential. To separate fact from fiction, we got access to the Galaxy Fold and tested it out for a day. What we discovered was breathtaking, since this release managed to surprise us on multiple levels. To showcase the good and bad of this highly anticipated smartphone, we compiled the most comprehensive review online. Prepare to get an intimate glimpse at the first high-end foldable phone on the market!

Exploring the Galaxy Fold’s Capabilities

Galaxy Fold
This phone provides the best of both worlds.

When holding the folded-up Galaxy Fold, it’s impossible not to feel slightly nostalgic. The first 4.6-inch Super AMOLED screen boasts bezels that are so large they take users back to 2008. While this screen is too narrow to effectively use apps, it’s ideal for making calls and responding to notifications. Even though it’s 0.66 inches thick when folded, its narrow width makes it feel about the same size as the Galaxy S10 Plus. The right side houses a power button, volume control and fingerprint reader that doubles as a Bixby button.

Desing

Despite having an alarmingly chunky folded design, this phone has enough charm to dissuade any concerns. The back panel comes in four colour options that are extremely vibrant: Martian Green, Cosmos Black, Space Silver and Astro Blue. Its 20-part, dual-axis hinge opens and closes with a fluidity that eludes most new designs. The amount of tension is perfect since it creates a delightful clap every time the phone is folded shut. The device is made to endure 200,000 openings, which equates to 100 times a day for five years. That’s plenty of time to save up for the next foldable phone, so its durability is impressive.

Once the phone is folded out, users are reminded why the Galaxy Fold is a game changer. Backed by HDR 10 support and a Super AMOLED display, this 7.3-inch screen is absolutely breathtaking. Its vibrant colours are only outdone by the ability to simultaneously run three apps at once.

The programs we tried all ran seamlessly with the only distraction being the crease in the middle of the screen. Fortunately, Samsung fortified this impressive screen with an advanced composited polymer layer to increase its durability. Combined with the included Kevlar sleeve, this phone has enough protection to survive until phone protectors catch up.

Camera and Power

Galaxy Fold
There’s no denying the appeal of this phone’s stunning display.

When examining the specs, this phone holds its weight against this year’s best flagships. The Galaxy Fold boasts Samsung’s One UI software, which runs over Android 9.0 Pie. This is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor and an extra-large 4,380mAh battery. While this amount of juice may seem like overkill, it’s just enough to sustain a heavy day’s use on three screens. The Galaxy Fold packs 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage, which makes the missing MicroSD card slot irrelevant.

In the camera department, this release proves that more isn’t always better. The Galaxy Fold sports a total of six cameras, which is unheard of on any other Samsung device. When compact, the front of the phone has a 10-megapixel lens. As it’s unfolded, the front cameras consist of a 10-megapixel lens that’s backed by an 8-megapixel 3D depth sensor. A 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens, 12-megapixel telephoto lens and 12-megapixel standard lens make up the rear cameras. While they take stunning photos in optimal lighting, the quality goes down drastically in low-light settings.

Synopsis

At the end of the day, Samsung did an amazing job with its first foldable release. The biggest complaints are the lack of water protection and crease, but those are forgivable offences. Even though this phone is currently incomparable to any other release, there’s a price to be paid for innovation. The Galaxy Fold is set to retail at $1,980, which makes it a luxury device that’s out of reach for most of the population. Despite being a wild splurge for regular people to invest in, the Galaxy Fold proves that foldable smartphones are here to stay.