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Galaxy Fold: The real deal with the screen, notch and air gap

There would be no Galaxy Fold without the screen. Unlike other phones, where screens are a reflection of camera quality and battery life, Samsung designed the entire phone around the fact that its display bends in half. The danger of the foldable phone design sucks up all oxygen in the room, after five early Galaxy Fold review units experienced major problems . It is important, but it is also Fold's screen of a working model like mine. Before the Galaxy Fold screens began to break, it was the plastic tab that went down in the middle of the Fold that caused the most twist. How bad did it really look? Would it worsen over time? Creasegate threatened to take down Fold and its ilk before folding phones ever really started. Let us also remember the note. The thick thumb-shaped cutout house two forward-facing cameras and two sensors inspired string when Samsung first showed up the Fold prototype at the end of February. Spectators mocked that it looked cheap and would get in the way. Playing now:See here:Our Galaxy Fold did not break. Here's what is good and … 10:12 People also had words about the air gap, the small loop of open space at the Fold's hinge end which is wider than the end where the sides of the screen are snap closed. I've been using Fold every day for over a week, I wanted to deal with three of your biggest concerns and share what they really like. Let's…

There would be no Galaxy Fold without the screen. Unlike other phones, where screens are a reflection of camera quality and battery life, Samsung designed the entire phone around the fact that its display bends in half. The danger of the foldable phone design sucks up all oxygen in the room, after five early Galaxy Fold review units experienced major problems . It is important, but it is also Fold’s screen of a working model like mine.

Before the Galaxy Fold screens began to break, it was the plastic tab that went down in the middle of the Fold that caused the most twist. How bad did it really look? Would it worsen over time? Creasegate threatened to take down Fold and its ilk before folding phones ever really started.

Let us also remember the note. The thick thumb-shaped cutout house two forward-facing cameras and two sensors inspired string when Samsung first showed up the Fold prototype at the end of February. Spectators mocked that it looked cheap and would get in the way.

 http://www.cnet.com/


Playing now:
See here:

Our Galaxy Fold did not break. Here’s what is good and …

10:12

People also had words about the air gap, the small loop of open space at the Fold’s hinge end which is wider than the end where the sides of the screen are snap closed.

I’ve been using Fold every day for over a week, I wanted to deal with three of your biggest concerns and share what they really like. Let’s start with the fold.

The cruise is not as bad as it seems

The second you open the phone, you will notice the week. It pops in a bit and catches the light. I noticed most of it on white or black screens, but when you are immersed in something – a movie, an article, a game – the crease becomes much smaller in your face. This is partly because you stop concentrating so intensely and partially, because it is less obvious when the pixels shine and change.

You can also feel the creases, or more precisely, the hinge beneath it, when driving down your finger or over the screen. Feeling presence is not the same as the crease disturbing or distracting me from what I do. It never happened to me, but I would not rule out the possibility that it could be a move in some specific scenarios.

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You try to bend a phone without making a fold.


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Just remember it’s there, because this is Fold’s fold over. I’m not sure how you would have a folding phone without a seam, at least not with the materials we have now. Can you imagine a piece of glass that is folded in half and then developed? I can not.

Other foldable designs such as Huawei Mate X that put the foldable screen on the outside of the unit have the opposite problem – not a “fold” without a bulge. I resemble it to the skin around the knee or elbow. A folding screen is a link.

Heels and bulges do not feel elegant or premium, but they are inevitable right now. The only solution to this that I could foresee is a futuristic material that rearranges molecules as you open and close the device.

The air gap is related to the fold

Another thing that the board does not go well is perfectly flat. There is an air gap at the end closest to the hinge and this is because the plastic screen does not stack completely over itself. Perhaps it really gets the plastic clamped.

I did not find that the gap made Fold too difficult to hold in my pocket or purse. There is hardly enough room for inserting a credit card. When I put it, and then another, they kept in place, but mostly because Fold’s magnetic edges kept it there. I would not be able to slide in a pen. A bobby pin, maybe, but don’t – you don’t want to scratch the plastic display.

Huawei boasts that its Mate X is flat because of its superior “Falcon” hinges, but there is some smart technology there. Mate X has a stroke on the side and “asymmetric” screen lengths. It also gives you a grip on holding the phone, but it is a design solution for placing the battery, cameras and other rigid electronics in an unmoving part. Still, it may well be a good solution. We see when we spend more than 5 minutes with the foldable phone.

Okay, the tick is a problem

Unlike the other screen issues, I actually think Samsung could have constructed around the pick. It is thick, bulbous and takes up more space than you really need to keep in mind that it only holds two camera lenses and two (stacked) sensors. Keep the trap up to the light and you see a lot of dead space to the right.

When watching videos and playing, the bucket plays out on the screen. You will not lose a crucial stage or moment, because the activity is in the middle of the screen and not at the edges, but there really is no need to have it so big.

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Oh hack, why do you have to be so big?


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The logic here seems to be that Samsung wanted to center the cameras close to the fold without having to fold the camera’s sensors over each other. I suspect Samsung extended the tick to the right edge, as it looked less tricky than cutting it off and leaving you with an unshielded island in a notch.

Again, Huawei comes around at Mate X by putting all the cameras in a stack on a part of the Mate X that doesn’t move.

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If you don’t like the hack, Samsung has the good grace to let you black out it in the setup menu. This creates a thicker bar at the top of the screen. When you launch some apps, including YouTube, the screen swarms in line with the score anyway, leaving thick stacks at the top and bottom (because the app cannot resize in Fold’s dimensions). This makes something shield the full-screen experience, which is a big point in Fold in the first place.

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

Fold may be wrong, even if it works well, but Samsung and others can learn from Fold’s mistakes to create the folding phone you really want.

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