At this time last year, Samsung had just acquired the Samsung Galaxy Flip3, a foldable phone.
This is a smartphone-sized, foldable device for those who are unfamiliar.
We knew that it was the phone that we had been waiting for since the Motorola Razr clam shell of 2004, and that it would finally fit back into my pocket.
The dream had ended thirteen months later. The lower half of the screen went green, the upper half became unresponsive, the “fold” line suddenly became noticeably bigger and turned silver a few days ago, and a menacing black cloud started to spread across the screen.
One customer’s Flip 4 barely survived five hours after being purchased, according to a horror story.
There are a lot of people online that have had similar situations, so I’m not alone. A brand-new device just broke only five hours, according to a Reddit user.
Success depends on durability.
Foldable phones made their debut in 2019 to a lot of excitement. Despite data showing that users were holding onto their phones for longer, uninspired by uniform black rectangles, there was widespread industry conjecture that this would be the device that would revive a sluggish smartphone sector, create a new buzz around handsets, and convince people to upgrade.
Samsung claims that the latest model should endure 200,000 folds. Although I use my phone frequently and I can’t confirm this, I don’t believe I opened mine that frequently throughout the 13 months I owned it.
Regarding the “folding revolution,” Samsung estimates that over 10 million foldable phones will have been sold by 2021, and the devices clearly have a following online. Apple sold more than 49 million iPhones in just three months the same year, according consumer data source Statista. As a result, folding phones continue to be a relatively small segment of the billion-dollar smartphone market.
Ben Wood of CCS Insight adds, “I haven’t seen a lot of broken foldables, but at a time when [our data reveals] people in the UK are keeping their phones for at least four years, customers are searching for phones that last longer.”
One woman stopped me at a coffee and said, “I’ve only ever seen those on TV!” She only chuckled when I asked if she wanted one.
A folding phone might seem like a dangerous way to approach a technology that millions of people use every day in the modern world. I’ve switched back to a cheap Android until I decide what to do next, though I’m not sure I’ve completely given up on foldables.