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It’s time for a little less hate and a little more love for the Galaxy Fold

The Galaxy Fold has been finding it difficult to shake off the negative perception. That’s because the device got off to a rocky start. Samsung had to recall the initial review units because of some very obvious issues that needed fixing. Since then, many have relegated the Galaxy Fold to the trash bin.

We have seen many online publications, including ours, talk about the many problems that the Galaxy Fold still has. To be honest, I’m kind of done with all that. It’s justified for bloggers and journalists to be critical of something, but it just seems that in all of this pragmatism, we have lost the love for technology.

The bar is being set unnecessarily high for the Galaxy Fold, a device that is in its first generation. One has to keep in mind that this is an entirely different form factor. It brings technologies and materials that have never been used before for a smartphone. Can you really hold it against the device for not ticking all of the boxes?

I have seen some of the most strange coverage about the Galaxy Fold in recent weeks. People are actively trying to see what it takes to destroy a Galaxy Fold. Sure, you can chalk that up to trying to be different in a crowded online media environment, but it betrays a flawed approach to understanding new technology.

The Galaxy Fold has understandably not been able to survive these “tests,” because they’re just so unrealistic. I’ve been using the Galaxy Fold for more than a month now and I’ve never had the itch to strap it on a robot and see how many times it can be folded and unfolded with more force than I would apply using my own two hands. Such content may be good for hits, or if you have another objective, to bash the Galaxy Fold. However, it’s not an accurate representation of this groundbreaking new technology.

It’s as if the objective here is to somehow prove that Samsung made the wrong product. Why are people going against the Galaxy Fold as if they have a personal vendetta to settle? It couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s little practical value to be gained from destroying a $2,000 phone using extreme measures that wouldn’t figure in day-to-day use. It’s time to stop this.

Even the rabid “Apple vs Samsung” fanboys have come to realize that this isn’t a zero-sum game. There are no absolutes here and there’s nothing wrong in appreciating new technology from a company that you may not necessarily be a fan of. It must be appreciated that Samsung is currently the only manufacturer on the market that’s letting people experience what might be the future of smartphones.

Yes, there are others who have teased and are testing foldable smartphones, but Samsung is the one that’s currently selling one. It’s not forcing you to buy one, either, so don’t hold it against people who can and want to spend $2,000 on a phone just because they appreciate the opportunity to try something different.

I do believe that Samsung deserves more credit than it has been given for the Galaxy Fold. This device may do for foldable smartphones what the first Galaxy Note did for phones with large screens. Nobody thought people would want massive screens on smartphones when the first Galaxy Note came out. Now you’ll scoff at a phone if it has a screen under 5 inches.

It’s easy to bash and be negative but it takes courage to give credit where it’s due. You don’t have to like the Galaxy Fold. You’re absolutely justified to have your reservations about it. However, as tech fans, you can appreciate that Samsung has given us the absolute maximum of its display tech. It has given us the possibility to experience the future and that’s something which makes me proud. Not just as a hardcore Samsung fan but also as someone who appreciates technology.

If you’re interested in finding out if the Galaxy Fold is for you, check our device page for more related coverage. You may also be interested in reading how the Galaxy Fold does in countries where the conditions aren’t as ideal. It survived my holiday in Egypt without breaking a sweat.

  • Model: SM-F900F
  • Dimensions: Unfolded: 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm Folded: 160.9 x 62.9 x 15.5 mm
  • Display: 7,3" (185.4mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Camera: 16 MP, CMOS F2.2 & 12MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4Wide & 12MP, CMOS F2.4 Telephoto

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ipsuvedi
ipsuvedi

Very good article. We should welcome and support new thoughts and technologies. Nobody and nothing can be perfect in first version/edition, but showing some love and support to these steps can lead us to new perfect device/feature/technology.
I love #GalaxyFold and salute the though and effort behind it. Keep it up #Samsung !!

GeoNez
GeoNez

In all this pragmatism, if someone ELSE shells out the cost of the device for me, I will be able to embrace the joys of new technology as never before. The horrible results from the initial units say that somebody wasn’t doing a very thorough job on design. While the hasty re-work should result in units that won’t suffer similar fates, for THIS MUCH CASH, one has the right to expect a Rolex rather than a Timex. Respectfully, I will wait for the next version.

preime101
preime101

I have no intention of ever buying one even if I had the money to spare, but I think it is an incredible innovation and hopefully the future of mobile devices. The work Samsung has put into their folding screen tech puts them a generation ahead of any rival and once they resolve the softness of the screen issue, which they undoubtedly will, they will be unstoppable.

Mecca Thompson
Mecca Thompson

Ok. I’m just a normal guy who has the fold. I’ve had it for 2 weeks. I have not babied the phone, I keep it in my pocket, I use it at work and and home and find no issues with it. I’m in a Facebook group with over 900 other normal people who purchased this phone. Everyone is happy with their device. All of this going back and forth is crazy. If you don’t like the phone, don’t bash us who do. After using this, I cannot go back to a regular phone.

LordPhex
LordPhex

Galaxy Fold owner here…

I have to say… If you hate on this device, it’s only because you haven’t held one in your hands… Samsung has done a magnificent job with this first-generation, foldable phone/tablet… I can only hope that the negativity doesn’t prevent Samsung or other companies from continuing to make these devices because this is a truly remarkable piece of tech!

Adnan F.
Adnan F.

That’s really the difference in opinion we see from people who have been using it and those who have never held it in their hands.

krym73
krym73

I agree, everyone gives this phome a hard time and focuses on how fragile it may be. After almost a month with it. I have no doubt this phone will make it for the next 2 years if i continue to treat it like the rest of my really expensive smartphones(except rinse it under water). Some people hate because they dont like Samsung Some people hate it because of how fragile they THINK it is & others are just going to hate because they cant afford it. All without truly accepting the advances that make it what it is. The… Read more »

SteveHolt420
SteveHolt420

I agree with the majority of your rhetoric, but fact is a device of this cost provides far-too many negatives than positive attributes: I bought an S6 Edge day 1. Yes I agreed to forego ip68 from my very questionable S5’s ip rating (battery door was ripped off day 6, maybe?), but the majority of innovation outweighed this small hurdle –all else were negligible from my perspective. If I’m concerned my nails using Swype are going to ruin the plastic OLED cover on a $2k device… I’m out. I agree with the hyperbole of CNET’s fold testing, but where’s your… Read more »

LordPhex
LordPhex

That’s the thing… It’s just not that fragile! I use my Fold mounted in tablet mode in the car and have accidentally pressed my fingernails pretty hard into the screen… I have not had to treat this phone like some fragile thing that could break or be damaged any minute. I even let my 10-year-old nephew play with it! Not a microscratch on the screen! Definitely not “puddy-like!”

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

It looks like a solid first step to me. My only issue is that it’s too small as a phone and as a tablet for my liking and no headphone jack.
I think that for that price Samsung should have included the jack and micro SD card to make it even more complete and appealing given the lack of a high IP rating.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

It’s ridiculous the amount of hate it gets… 😒
EVERYONE is saying don’t buy it! Reviewers, the lot!
How can we expect a better Fold in the future, if no ones buying this one…?
People are, ridiculous! Love the Fold! Invest in it! It’s the future.

GeoNez
GeoNez

It is not “hate” so much as it is caution. If it were a 100 dollar “throw away if it didn’t work” item, I would buy it in a heartbeat, but people can buy a decent CAR for less than this costs. I like Samsung products just fine and this was no way nearly as bad a debacle as the Note 7. An iron clad money back if you’re not satisfied guarantee along with a guaranteed four years of upgrades might help. Samsung is a huge multi-billion dollar global organization, and you are asking individuals to invest in their future?… Read more »

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

PASS.

bayfisher
bayfisher

Improve the display to be fingernail proof and not destroyed by heavy pressure. and I will be all in for it. You rich folk can toss 2k for it and think nothing of doing that, but for the average consumer, we are already crushed with the Note prices. Either lower the folds price, or kevlar coat the inner display. Not all on earth are wealthy and all about the corporate life.

Gunter2
Gunter2

I applaud your effort Danny but the Fold just doesn’t cut it. For $2,000 it should be the ultimate in three things. Design, features and durability. It is ok on the first two, undoubtedly it has a unique design and new features, but on durability it fails totally. I’ve become a big Samsung fan, but I must be honest about this. If you have to take care of your everyday use device and protect the screen like you would a delicate porcelain antique, that isn’t worthy to be on sale at all. Better to be late and get it 100%… Read more »

preime101
preime101

I disagree, durability is not a requirement for high cost. If that were the case then luxury cars like Ferrari would be built like a tank. If you are aiming for 100% perfect you would never ever release anything as it is simply impossible to achieve, particularly since perfection is entirely in the eye of the beholder.

kaoniao
kaoniao

oh that’s where you are wrong luxury car like Ferrari are tough enough to stand everyday usage and over long period of time

Pr1m3MOD
Pr1m3MOD

In my opinion, I don’t think we should actually point that it’s a ‘1st gen device’ as an excuse or as a life saver for anyone, nor the innovation or “the appreciation for trying something different”. We should be looking at this device as a 2000€ device that’s beeing sold to us. And for 2000€ it has too many flaws considering it’s long term reliability and endurance. By an objective point of view, sure, this innovation is nice for everyone since the more innovation more to choose from for the customers. In the other hand, as a customer, with a… Read more »

Gunter2
Gunter2

Totally agree. A $2,000 device should be perfect in every way. You can get two Note10 plus phones for that. The Fold is not perfect.

CrAzYLiFe1
CrAzYLiFe1

Im curious if this site being paid by samsung to promote the fold?

I have not seen anything negative being posted about it on thr site its either rarely neutral, positive or denying a negative and putting a positive spin on it

Shubham8P
Shubham8P

They’re not at all affiliated with Samsung. And no, they have pointed out the negative factors a number of times, but not in a negative way.

Mihai M.
Mihai M.

Or maybe the general online trend is to hate because it’s the easy way to get clicks and attention, and we don’t want to stoop to that level. Maybe we really are excited about mobile tech and we want to see new, ambitious projects succeed. Perhaps we see the potential in the foldable concept and we’d like other people to see that potential as well. You know, keeping a positive attitude and a clear mind instead of hopping instantly on the hate bandwagon doesn’t mean you’re a “sell-out.” We’ve criticized the Galaxy Fold too, except maybe we’ve criticized it from… Read more »

Adnan F.
Adnan F.

You’re free to disagree with an opinion because that’s what this post is, and as it mentions, you’re free to have your own opinion about the Fold. It’s something else entirely to imply that perhaps there’s an ulterior motive at play here. It doesn’t say that you should drop everything and go out and buy a Galaxy Fold at this very moment. It’s about recognizing the potential that this device has and what it means for the future of mobile technology. Most people have an immediate negative reaction about the Fold because of the $2,000 price tag. Imagine, a few… Read more »

CrAzYLiFe1
CrAzYLiFe1

I agree all your points a valid, Its just my opinion however I feel everything posted here about the fold comes across as ignoring the real concerns and putting a positive spin on everything, im not saying everything needs to be negative or hate to get clicks.

I’m a big fan of samsung, but im disliking alot of there latest decisions, and I feel alot of the negative articles on the fold hold some very valid weight to them.

preime101
preime101

Or maybe, just maybe, those “real concerns” are blown way out of proportion?

henklbr
henklbr

Agree completely with above!
I have the Fold now for about 2 weeks: am very happy with it!
This is what I call “innovation”; OK, it’s first generation, may not be perfect yet, but Samsung made a good start with “giving us something new”! 🙂

Ducati916
Ducati916

Thses folks just dont get it there not tech geeks and that’s ok with me don’t hate just dont buy it an let’s us that love this phone enjoy it . Haters got to hate

alastairgreen_Nexus
alastairgreen_Nexus

Even the First Note has a lot of critics as well