We’re seeing more and more devices coming out as “foldable” these days – Samsung just revealed their new foldable phone/tablet device, Lenovo has a prototype for a foldable tablet, and Microsoft has one in the works.
Bringing back the reminiscent days of flip phones, but with a new age, Westworld-type feel, these foldable devices seem like they’re going to take the market by storm as they slowly start to release. And, there’s definitely a prediction that these devices will be one of the first major challengers, besides the Android, to Apple’s empire that’s consumed the international tech community since the launch of the iPhone.
Foldable devices are offering something very new looking than has been offered in years – pretty much since the launch of the smart phone. We haven’t seen something look this remarkably different in years, which means this will probably launch an entirely new generation of smart devices.
Samsung’s device allows users to use any and all apps, whether the device is folded or opened up into the tablet. And, users will be able to use three apps at once – a groundbreaking deal for users who long to use their smart phones for work, but find the phones lacking when it comes to multitasking.
There’s also the extreme cost-efficiency of being able to use one device for which you might spend hundreds on purchasing two – your phone, and your tablet. Combining them into one, where you can choose when to use either, is a huge pro that will excite many users. There’s a lot of value in being able to use one device for everything you need – that’s why the iPhone originally exploded when it was first released, because of the potential of using applications for anything you wanted or needed, without having to use a computer to do the same things.
So, there’s a lot to be excited about with these new folding devices. Of course, how they look is one thing, but how they operate is another. And, that’s where we’ll dive into what the potential cons of this type of folding device could be, and we can think of one really big con right off of the top of our heads.
Sure, the manufacturers are claiming that users will be able to fold the phones hundreds of thousands of times, but we know how this goes, and it’s not too pretty. The folding feature is one that’s likely to break, and will probably be the first feature on the phone to break. It may be the third or fourth generation of these devices before they get the folding feature really functioning as it should. However, we’re willing to suspend disbelief with this feature. Since it’s their marketing point, the folding feature will likely work pretty well.
And, Samsung just announced that they’ve also got rolling and stretchable screens in the works. The future of phones really is here.
We’re seeing more and more devices coming out as “foldable” these days – Samsung just revealed their new foldable phone/tablet device, Lenovo has a prototype for a foldable tablet, and Microsoft has one in the...