I had the chance to play with my first folding phone the other day, and it was better than I thought – but worse too.
A friend had purchased the new Galaxy Z Fold3, which folds in half like an old Motorola Razr.
The screen was brighter and sharper than I was expecting, and it feels durable and long-lasting, despite the fold in the middle. I got. kick out of the folding action. It’s pretty compelling to see a fairly compact package fold out into a full-sized phone screen.
There were two things I didn’t like: the screen is plastic and has a plasticky feel; and the bulk of the phone when folded shut. The phone is already pretty thick, and it’s double thick when closed. It’ll fit in a pocket, but not like the old slimline Razr. This phone makes a bulge.
If these are the issues that Apple is facing with its prototypes, I can’t see the company releasing a folding phone any time soon: the design just isn’t there yet. But if Apple can crack these problems, a folding iPhone might be a great device.
– Leander Kahney, EIC.