Foldable phones are coming

Discussion in 'mobiles, tablets and wearable tech' started by editor, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  2. 8ball

    8ball BUY QUALITY SLAT NOW!!

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  3. cheesethief

    cheesethief Well-Known Member

    I respect your scathing contempt for foldable phones, if you're going to hate something, do it with gusto. But I'm equally a tad perplexed at the strength of your derision. It's not like anyone's going to put a gun to your head & demand you invest in an impractical, exorbitantly priced floppy phone. I'll wager that good, old-fashioned non-foldable phones will be around for many years to come.

    Personally I'm excited by the technology, but extremely sceptical of the practicality. But who knows what the future holds. I'd rather see innovators coming out with interesting stuff like this than yet another excruciatingly expensive phone that's no different to its predecessor beyond being a bit bigger & sporting an ugly notch...
     
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  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  6. 8ball

    8ball BUY QUALITY SLAT NOW!!

    Not sure that 6 foot high 3-screen jobbie will fit in my pocket.
     
  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Folds up to the size of a postage stamp. Fact.
     
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  8. 8ball

    8ball BUY QUALITY SLAT NOW!!

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  10. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Yep, I saw that advert yesterday in the cinema and was surprised to see the foldable phone featured on it, I was wondering if the advert was even meant to be released yet, but clearly it is. Forgot all about it by the time I'd come out the cinema mind, which proves how pointless ads at the cinema are.
     
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  11. cheesethief

    cheesethief Well-Known Member

    AFAIC the only cinema ads should be ultra low budget ads for a curry house round the corner. Optionally followed by Morecambe & Wise singing "give me sunshine" for a charity appeal.
     
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  12. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Folding phones are the obvious next step in phone evolution. There's nothing else exciting happening in the handset world.
     
  13. 8ball

    8ball BUY QUALITY SLAT NOW!!

    Bit of a sequitur fail, no?
     
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  14. NoXion

    NoXion Keep an eye out for diamonds

    The only obvious thing about folding phones is how rubbish they are with today's tech. If anything that only confirms my suspicion that they're running out of ideas.
     
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  15. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

  16. cheesethief

    cheesethief Well-Known Member

    I think that's a bit simplistic. The limiting factors are imagination and technology. One can have amazing ideas, but without the technology to realise them they're just fanciful. Equally it's sometimes the technology that drives the ideas. Once designers can see the potential - say a crappy first-gen foldable phone - it can spur on creativity & ultimately yield novel results. I see where we are now with foldables as comparable to the early days of "laptop" computers - unwieldy, unreliable technology demonstrators that few people bought into. But 3 years from now? or 5 or 10? I can't wait to see what happens in this space, I think it might turn out to be pretty amazing...
     
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  17. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

  18. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    U.G.L.Y you ain’t got no alibi. You ugly. You ugly.

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    Let’s wait for version 3 hey. And a price drop.
     
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  19. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    It's like they've designed a tablet with a preview screen, rather than a phone that is also a tablet.
     
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  20. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    17mm thick? Jesus, that thing’s not just slipping into my pocket. Even with a case on, my current phone isn’t that thick. And speaking of such things, what do you do about protective casing? Or is my £2000 phone getting broken the first time I drop it, which will be within 2 days?
     
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  21. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Inevitably any Gen 1 device isn't going to be peak times for the technology, but it's a good marker in the sand from which future upgrades can build, rivals can try to better, and a price drop is virtually guaranteed.

    Plus the more convergence they can get with the tablet/laptop market, the more a slightly higher price is justified as this becomes both your main phone, and your main tablet/laptop.
     
  22. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    I can live with the thickness. My wallet is not much thicker than that. I think protective casing may end up going the way of the interchangeable fascia though. As in, it's not really suitable for any device which folds and has screens on either side. On the upside, given this is a completely new style of screen which doesn't shatter upon bending, I'd expect them to be rather more durable if dropped. Time will tell of course.
     
  23. 8ball

    8ball BUY QUALITY SLAT NOW!!

    If it's dropped while open, I wouldn't expect it to fare well.
     
  24. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Kind of like most other tablets then. It's usually a good idea to try and not drop these things.

    All I know is that they aren't made of glass, so perhaps they may be less prone to smashing on impact.
     
  25. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    It's a very ugly piece of kit isn't it?
     
  26. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    When somebody answers a question about the problem with dropping things with “try not to drop it” I know there’s a problem!

    My tablet also has a protective case and thank fuck it does, frankly.
     
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  27. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    If you're worried about breaking anything by being clumsy, then just buy a more appropriate device. It's why I personally never buy expensive sunglasses for instance.

    But I think it's premature to write something off entirely for that reason. Especially when we don't even know how fragile it is yet. There's never been a one device suits-all with any other phone or tablet. So we've no reason to think this will be for everyone either.
     
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  28. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    There are two types of people in the world. Those that know they are clumsy enough to drop their devices and those who have cracked screens and bashed bevels.
     
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  29. 8ball

    8ball BUY QUALITY SLAT NOW!!

    I expect they've made it as robust as they can. That might partly explain some of the painful design compromises/
    I'm perfectly happy for early-adopters to shell out for the development of this tech.
     
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  30. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    As I keep saying, the fact that these phones have screens that can literally bend in half, kind of hints that we may be talking at odds when it comes to screens shattering on impact.

    And as I also said, we haven't seen them out in the wild yet. I'm going to reserve judgement until I do.
     
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