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  • - Okay, okay, okay.

  • Here it is, the Galaxy Fold.

  • Samsung actually managed to release this thing.

  • It still folds, it still costs $1980,

  • and it's still, I think, pretty delicate.

  • Look, we reviewed this thing earlier this year

  • before Samsung had to cancel the launch

  • and then delay the re-launch,

  • and then, "hey Bixby, how ya doin'?"

  • And, then it finally launched the thing,

  • and because we had already reviewed it,

  • I kinda wanna just look back at the original review

  • and see what's still true

  • with this slightly revised version of the Galaxy Fold

  • and see if it holds up.

  • The phone, I mean, not the review.

  • Let's take a look.

  • Verge Galaxy Fold review.

  • Ah, man, that intro, it still holds up.

  • Okay, so the first thing we need to do

  • is talk about what Samsung has changed

  • with the Galaxy Fold, and specifically why they changed it.

  • There are two different issues here.

  • The first is that on the front of the screen,

  • there's this thing that looks like

  • a removable screen protector, but it is not removable.

  • Instead, it's the layer that's applied

  • with some serious adhesive,

  • and it's basically part of the screen.

  • If you try to pull it off, which to be clear,

  • seems like a totally reasonable thing to do

  • given how it looks,

  • you'll end up wrecking the hell out of this phone.

  • All right, so Samsung doesn't want people

  • to rip off the screen protector on the top

  • so what do they do?

  • Well, they extended the screen protector

  • up underneath the plastic bezels here.

  • And, they also added these funny little tabs

  • on the top and the bottom

  • so that you couldn't even reach it there

  • if you really wanted to.

  • But, this isn't the thing that happened to me.

  • What happened to me was

  • I got some debris underneath the screen

  • and that's what broke the screen.

  • So, as you can see, the screen

  • on our Galaxy Fold is broken.

  • I've got a line here and a line here.

  • And, here's what happened.

  • Right about here, under the screen last night

  • I noticed that I could feel a little bump

  • under the screen when it was completely opened.

  • When it wasn't completely open,

  • I didn't feel the bump at all.

  • And, last night, it wasn't causing any problems.

  • It was flexing the screen out a little bit,

  • I called it like a bulge.

  • But, when I woke up this morning, opened the phone up,

  • it had caused apparently a little bit more damage.

  • And, so it's ruined the screen.

  • All right, so how did Samsung fix the debris thing?

  • Well, they did a bunch of stuff.

  • They say they put an extra layer of material

  • underneath the flexible screen.

  • There's these caps again, of course,

  • and then they also say that they've limited

  • the size of the gaps so that less debris can get inside,

  • so here, and it's even thinner when you close the thing.

  • So, maybe it'll be less dust on the inside.

  • So, did they fix it?

  • Man, I don't know.

  • I've had this thing for a few weeks now,

  • and I've been treating it really, really carefully,

  • because I'm so nervous about it.

  • I mean, it's not like I've been living

  • in a bubble like Joanna Stern has.

  • I mean, actually, look at this clip.

  • So, I haven't gone that far, but yeah,

  • I'm definitely being more careful with this

  • than I otherwise would be with a phone,

  • and I still have a couple of nicks and marks on the screen.

  • Now, if you buy this thing,

  • and you break the screen, you get a one-time only,

  • extra $150 screen replacement service that you can go get,

  • so I guess that's a little bit of an insurance policy,

  • but I mean, what are we doing here?

  • Are you actually gonna buy this phone?

  • Is anybody actually gonna buy this phone?

  • The answer is no, nobody should buy this phone.

  • This is a science experiment,

  • but it's an interesting science experiment,

  • so a better question than did Samsung fix the thing is,

  • is the thing still interesting?

  • Is it still useful to have a little screen on the front

  • to open it up to a big screen and

  • I wanna talk about that question.

  • I think the answer to it starts with the software.

  • So, let's see what I said about the software.

  • You can swipe over from the right,

  • and select a second app to open in split screen.

  • Then, you can do it again to open a third app

  • underneath that one on the right.

  • And, then you can do crazy Samsung stuff

  • like open popover windows like real windows

  • and move them around and resize them,

  • and it's all just kind of a lot.

  • And, it's okay, but it's nowhere near as elegant

  • as how multitasking works on an iPad.

  • So, all of that is still true.

  • The experience here is still a little bit weird

  • especially moving from the front screen

  • to the inside of the screen.

  • I do enjoy having the single app split screen

  • over on the right,

  • but once you start trying to do anything more than that,

  • it does get a little bit janky.

  • It feels like everything is a little bit tacked on.

  • And, there's also just like the standard hardware stuff,

  • like the jelly scroll is still here,

  • which is super annoying,

  • but I do love having this big screen.

  • I still love reading eBooks on it.

  • I still love it when I'm sitting on the couch

  • or at a table in a meeting, or whatever,

  • but I hate it when I am walking around or I'm on the subway.

  • And, here's what I had to say about this last time.

  • Think about this thing that happens

  • all the time with your phone.

  • You pull it out to check something quick,

  • but then all a sudden, a half hour has gone by

  • while you were scrolling Instagram or whatever.

  • It's a real problem, but it's a problem

  • I didn't really have with the Galaxy Fold.

  • Because, when I was just using the tiny screen,

  • I wanted to get something done and put it away really fast,

  • cause the tiny screen's not that good,

  • but then when I unfolded it and used it,

  • I was really using it.

  • I had to hold it in two hands.

  • It became an active thing that I chose to be doing.

  • It required some intentionality.

  • All of that is also true.

  • I just hate using this tiny screen,

  • and sure I've got a better work, digital life balance

  • because I'm using the phone less,

  • but that's not the answer.

  • You need to be able to use your phone

  • when you're walking around

  • or on the subway or wherever,

  • and this is just too small and awkward

  • of a screen on too tall of a phone,

  • that's also too thick to fit in your pocket

  • and then if you wanna use it opened up,

  • you can't use this when you're walking around either,

  • so it's just all a little bit too awkward.

  • (upbeat music)

  • You know, the more I think about it,

  • the problem here is honestly the folding screen,

  • because I love the idea of having a phone

  • that's bigger on the inside,

  • but all the compromises you have to make

  • with this flexible display, the durability issues,

  • the fact that this bend makes it a lot thicker

  • is the problem here.

  • Maybe we should give dual screen phones a try

  • for a little while until we get this thing better.

  • And, actually that's happening.

  • LG is releasing the G8X like right now,

  • and next year, Microsoft is gonna have the Surface Duo

  • running a Microsoft-ified version of Android

  • that's in a much nicer form factor when it's closed.

  • Look, anybody that buys the Galaxy Fold

  • right now after all of the drama,

  • they know exactly what they're getting into

  • and as great as this experience is,

  • this for me, I'm not into it.

  • Hey everybody, thanks so much for watching.

  • What do you think?

  • Should we be jumping right into flexible screens?

  • I mean, that Huawei's coming out next month.

  • Or should we give dual screens a try for a while?

  • Let me know down in the comments,

  • and if you wanna know everything

  • I think about the Galaxy Fold

  • you can watch our full video review from back in April.

- Okay, okay, okay.

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Better luck next time, Samsung

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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