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  • So we've been talking a lot about the fold and more specifically to questions that you guys have.

  • The type of stuff that's coming at me that you guys were asking, and one of the big questions that I've been getting is relating to cases.

  • It wasn't immediately obvious when you saw this thing at the keynote what would happen in a case department, even for myself.

  • And I didn't expect cases to exist at all because of this very bizarre hinge situation.

  • But it turns out I completely missed a case that was included in the box during the Unboxing video.

  • Samsung includes something.

  • It's I mean, it's very flimsy and basic as you can see.

  • Not that that's a bad thing, because it doesn't add much bulk.

  • And this is the weird part.

  • This part right here, because it has to have this screen cut out because you have the external display, as you're aware of, as well as the cutouts for the camera, ear piece and what not now I've had cases like this in the past for different smartphones.

  • I believe this is made out of ah, material called air, amid which is like a Kevlar it allows it to be rigid enough to not just snap in half, but also be incredibly thin and light.

  • So I don't mind the material.

  • But it's not a case in the sense that it's gonna give you a ton of protection, if that's what you're looking for to protect your investment.

  • Because, as we know, this is a very expensive smartphone.

  • I thought I should go ahead, install this thing and talk a little bit about the restrictions relating to cases on a device like this.

  • Whatever case comes out for it, whether it's from 1/3 party manufacturer or from Samsung themselves, is gonna have to deal with the fact that this thing bends in the middle.

  • It has a hinge in the middle.

  • So as you can see this on, Lee installs to that point there and then the other piece clips on like this, leaving space for the front facing display, and then this allows you to close it down like this.

  • I've had this case on a little bit, and I've interacted with it to decide whether I like it or not.

  • It's a bit strange.

  • There's some benefit, some drawbacks, obviously, the benefit it's a bit of protection.

  • It slides out of your pocket less because, well, it's not a slippery as glass happens to be.

  • And then when it comes to the front facing screen, the exterior screen, it tells you very obviously where the edge of that screen happens to be.

  • So when you go to pull down the notifications or bring up your APS, you know immediately where the edge happens to be the right left top Bottom edge.

  • Now the downside of that is, it's not.

  • It's not incredibly smooth dragging up from there.

  • I guess it's just not that elegant is the way I would describe it.

  • It does work, but it's not particularly elegant now, the backside of the case that's less of an issue.

  • This is more of a typical case fit that you used to on a standard slab style smartphone.

  • It doesn't really interact with the phone in the way that the front portion of the case does now, when it's in the flipped open mode.

  • You also get this weird thing where part of your hand is grasping a nice case texture, and the other hand is touching this glass, so that's a bit odd as well.

  • I'm sure you'll get used to it.

  • But here's the thing.

  • Should this phone have a case on it?

  • I mean, that's the real discussion.

  • That's what many of you guys were hitting me up about.

  • Am I personally worried about the durability of it?

  • Of course it's not I p rated.

  • I don't think it's a particularly durable phone when compared to some other stuff that's on the market.

  • I do believe in the hinge mechanically, but as far as like dropping it a CE faras beating it up or not treating it nicely, I don't think I'd recommend based on my experience with it to this point.

  • It has moving parts.

  • Most of these smart phones, whatever we happen, to be looking at their slabs like, I mean, they're just solid slab solid state.

  • Nothing moves in there.

  • This is a gigantic moving component in the form of this hinge.

  • And so I understand theat apprehension regarding durability and the need for a case.

  • But I do think it's nice to have the option for a case, but as far as protecting it from a drop otter box style, I just don't see how that could possibly work and still interact with the hinge.

  • Putting this case onto the device exposes just how hard it would be to manufacture a case for something like this and whatever kind of case you have, it has to meet up here.

  • It can't extend beyond this.

  • Point is, there's a glue material on it right there.

  • This strip on there, you have to take off a plastic piece in order to apply this, and it sticks on there like a glue.

  • Now I've taken it on and off a couple times, and it still remains somewhat sticky, so I suppose it's intended for a multiple installation if necessary.

  • But it does also showcase that unlike a regular case for a phone that can grip around all sides, this flat edge presents its own issues.

  • That requires an adhesive.

  • So I don't know how long this thing is going to remain on the device before it starts to ship me off a little bit.

  • My feeling is that this is a case lis phone, even though they've gone ahead and included one, and I'm happy about that, and I'm happy to have the option.

  • It's such a feat of engineering.

  • You kind of want to enjoy the full potential of it.

  • And when you're holding it like this, you want to feel glass across the entire back.

  • When you get to this ridge with this thing here, it just feels awkward, You're reminded is another display there.

  • You're reminded of this bizarre implementation.

  • It's just not the most confidence inspiring feeling toe have on your really expensive device.

  • This could be part of a bigger conversation in general about cases on smartphones.

  • But I feel like at least if you put a case on something like this, this is the S 10 or an iPhone or something you could get when it could protect it.

  • Depending on what kind of work you do.

  • I just don't see how an option like that could be implemented for the fold.

  • I think all cases beyond the one that's in the box is going to be something like this one in order to protect the way you interact with the device and just the way that it functions.

  • And because of that, I think this is gonna be a case lis situation for me.

  • I'm just gonna have to live by the sword die by the sword on this one.

  • And this is part of the reason why if you need this next smartphone purchase to be rock solid, it's probably not a good idea to buy a 1.0, device.

  • In general, when you're talking about a year, two years or however long it is the chokes you expect to be using something like this, then those durability questions do come into play.

  • If you're hoping that some super rugged case is gonna come out for this, I don't see it happening.

  • And if it does happen, I have to believe it's gonna experience with the device is going to suffer because of it.

  • So I'm not gonna put the official Samsung case on.

  • I'm gonna leave it case list, and I think most people who buy this thing are probably gonna do the same.

So we've been talking a lot about the fold and more specifically to questions that you guys have.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold - What About Cases?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/09
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