Without the screen, there would be no Galaxy Fold
Before the Galaxy Fold screens began to break, it was the plastic fold that ran in the middle of the fold that caused most of the wrangling. How bad did it really look? Would it worsen over time? Creasegate threatened to tear down the crease and his vehicle before the folding telephones really got going.
Let's think about the score as well. The thick, thumb-shaped neckline that houses two front-facing cameras and two sensors was a mocking inspiration when Samsung first showed the Fold prototype at the end of February. The viewers were upset that it looked cheap and would get in the way.
People also talked about the air gap, the small loop of the open area at the hinged end of the fold, which is wider than the end where the screens collapse. I wanted to address three of your biggest concerns and communicate what they really like. Let's start with the fold.
The fold is not as bad as it seems
Once you open the phone, you will notice the fold. It dips in a bit and catches the light. I've noticed it most on white or black screens, but if you're immersed in something – a movie, an article, a game – the crease in your face will be much less. One reason is that you stop focusing on it so hard, and second, because pixels are less bright and changing.
You can also feel the fold, or more precisely the hinge underneath, as you move your finger down over the screen. Recognizing his presence is not the same as the crease that bothers or distracts me from what I do. That never happened to me, but I would not rule out the possibility that it could be a burden in certain scenarios.
Remember, it's there because the fold folds up here. I'm not sure how you would have a foldable phone with no seam, at least not with the materials we have now. Can you imagine a piece of glass that folds in half and then unfolds? I can not
Other foldable designs such as the Huaweithat have the foldable screen placed on the outside of the device, have the opposite – not a "fold" but a camber. I compare it with the skin around your knee or elbow. A foldable screen is a joint.
Wrinkles and bulges do not feel elegant or of high quality, but are inevitable at this point. The only solution I could foresee is a futuristic material that rearranges molecules when opening and closing the device.
The air gap is related to the fold
Another thing Fold does not do well is the closing. At the end, which is closest to the hinge, there is an air gap. This is because … the plastic sieve is not completely stacked on top of itself. Maybe the plastic really breaks.
I did not find that the crease through the gap became too cumbersome to put in my pocket or purse. It is barely enough to insert a credit card. If I put one and then another, they held in place, but mostly because the magnetic edges of the fold left it there. I could not put a pen in it. A bobby pin maybe, but do not do that – you do not want to scratch the plastic display.
Huawei boasts that the Mate X lies flat because of its superior "Falcon" hinge, but there are some clever designs there as well. The Mate X has a swoop on the side and "asymmetrical" screen lengths. They also have a handle to hold the phone, but this is a design solution to place the battery, cameras and other rigid electronics in a moving part. Nevertheless, it could be a good solution. We'll see if we spend more than 5 minutes on this foldable phone.
OK, the score is a problem.
Unlike the other screen issues, I think Samsung would have actually designed the score. It is thick, bulbous and takes up more space than considering that it only holds two camera lenses and two (stacked) sensors. Hold the fold to the light and you will see a lot of dead space to the right.
When you watch videos and play games, the notch falls on the screen. You do not lose a crucial scene or moment, as the activity takes place in the middle of the ad, not at the edges, but it really does not need the score to be that big.
The logic seems to be here that Samsung wanted to center the cameras close to the fold without having to fold the camera sensors over each other. I suspect Samsung has extended the notch to the right edge because that looked less awkward than cutting it off and leaving a non-centered island of a notch.
Again, Huawei bypasses the Mate X by putting all the cameras in a pile on a portion of the Mate X that does not move.
If you do not like the notch, Samsung has the option to black out the settings menu. This creates a thicker bar at the top of the screen. If you start some apps, including YouTube, the screen will hide in line with the score anyway, leaving thick bars at the top and bottom (because the size of the app can not be fully scaled in the dimensions of the fold). This makes the full-screen experience something that is primarily a big part of the fold.
The best thing to keep in mind is that this first wave of foldable phones creates the foundation for a brand. A new type of device that is much more complicated today than the phone in your pocket.
The fold may be flawed even if it works well, but Samsung and others can learnto create a foldable phone that you really want.