Thursday , April 22 2021

Galaxy Fold: I live with a dash on the screen, a notch and an air gap

All the reasons that Galaxy Fold exists because of the screen. Unlike other phones, where the LCDs later relate to the camera's quality and battery life, Samsung designed the whole phone over the fact that its screen bends in half. The dangers of the switching design of the phone suck the whole oxygen in the set, after the five early products Galaxy Fold review units experienced great problems. It's important, but it's also the Fold screen of a working model like mine.

Before the Galaxy Fold screens began to break, the plastic advancement ran across the center of the overlap that caused the greatest corruptedness. How bad did it look? Will it get worse over time? Creasegate threatened to download Fold and its kind before assembling phones ever really started.

Let's also recall the notch. The dense-shaped housing with two cameras with two cameras and two sensors inspired ridicule when Samsun first showed the Fold prototype at the end of February. Observers worried that it looked cheap and would get on the road.

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People also had words about the air gap, the small loop open space on the trouser hinge, which is wider than the end where the screen sides are closing.

After I used Fold every day for more than a week, I wanted to look at three of your biggest worries and share what you really like. Let's start with the wave.

The hitch is not as bad as it looks

The second one will open the phone, you will notice the crease. It dipped slightly and captures light. I mostly noticed it on white or black screens, but when you immerse yourself in something – a movie, an article, a game – the bear becomes much less in the face. This is partly because you stop concentrating on it so carefully, and partly because it's less obvious as the pixels shine and change.

You can also feel the strain, or rather the hinged beneath it, when you launch your finger down or on the screen. The sensitivity of her presence is not the same as the hustle disturbs me or distracts me from what I do. It never happened to me, but I did not rule out the possibility that it could be pulling in some specific scenarios.


You are trying to curl the phone without making an obstacle.

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Just remember that it is there because this is where the strains are overlapping. I'm not sure how you will have the ability to overlap the phone without a junction, at least with the materials we have now. Can you imagine a piece of glass folding in half, and then unfolding? I can not.

Other switching designs such as Huawei Mate X, which puts an overlapping screen on the exterior of the device, has the opposite question – it's not "lubricant" but a bulb. I compare it to the skin around my knee or elbow. Folding screen is common.

The blooms and bumps do not feel elegant or premium, but they are inevitable at this point. The only solution I could anticipate is a futuristic material that rearranges the molecules while you open and close the device.

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The air gap is connected to the wave

Another thing that is wrong is close perfectly closed. There is an air gap at the end that is closest to the hinge, and this is because … the plastic screen does not fully rely on itself. Perhaps it really causes the plastic to fall apart.

I did not realize that the gap made the convenience too unpleasant to hold in your pocket or purse. It's barely enough space to insert a credit card. When I put one, and then another, they were held in place, but mostly because the magnetic edges of the Folder were stored there. I could not slip into a pen. A Bobby Pin, maybe, but did not do it – you would not want to scratch the plastic display.

Huawei boasts that its Mate X is flat because of its superior "sophisticated" hinge, but there are some clever engineering there. Mathex X has side elevations and "asymmetric" lengths on the screen. It also gives you the grip on holding the phone, but it's an obstacle to designing the battery, cameras and other solid electronic devices in a removable part. However, good can be a good solution. We will see when we spend more than 5 minutes with this folding phone.

Okay, the problem is a problem

Unlike other screen problems, I actually think that Samsung could design around the incidence. It is dense, bulb and takes up more space than you really need to think it has only two lenses with a camera and two (lined) sensors. Hold Fold it to the light and you see a lot of dead space on the right.

When watching videos and playing games, the top descends on the screen. You will not lose a key scene or moment, because the activity takes place at the center of the screen, not on the edges, but there really is no need to be such a large sack.


Oh, a notch, why must you be so big?

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It seems logical that Samsun wanted to center cameras closing the wave without having to overlap the camera's sensors one over another. I doubt that Samsung widened the right-hand slip because it looked less uncomfortable than cutting it off and leaving you with an unclassed island in one piece.

Again, Huawei gets around this on Mate X by placing all the cameras in the stack of a piece of Mate X that does not move.

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If you do not like the notch, Samsung has good grace so you can shorten it in the settings menu. This creates a denser bar at the top of the screen. When you drop some applications, including YouTube, the screen in line with the trimmed blacks, in any case, leaving thick bars along the top and bottom (because the application can not completely resize the Fold dimensions). This somehow cuts off the full screen, which is a big point of overlap in the first place.

The best thing to keep in mind is that this first wave of switching phones is laying the foundation for a brand new type of device, one that will be much more complicated than the phone in your pocket today.

The fold may be wrong, even when it works well, but Samsung and others can learn from Fold errors to create a mobile phone that you can really get.

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