I love tech and my house is full of gadgets, old and new. I use a laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart speaker and smartwatch every day, and they all have their uses. My laptop is for work, my tablet for entertainment such as watching Tv or playing games, my smartphone is my main device for everything throughout the day, my smart speaker helps me plan my day and I use my smartwatch to pay for things and play music when I’m out and about.
But I’m really intrigued by this new foldable technology. Samsung is bringing out a foldable smartphone, which you unfold to reveal a tablet. The technology itself looks amazing. The Samsung Fold looks sleek and stylish, and there’s no visible line when you unfold the phone. I’m tempted to buy one just for the design, but I think the two-in-one functionality of a foldable device could be really useful and appeal to a lot of people.
Do I need a foldable device?
I remember thinking ‘what would I use this for?’ when tablets first came out. I mean, I already had a laptop and smartphone, so why did I need an extra device. However, when I started using a tablet for work and streaming more content on Netflix, I could see the benefits of having one.
I think the benefits are more immediately obvious with foldable tech. I can’t do without my smartphone, so that has to come everywhere with me. I often tend to just ‘make do’ with my smartphone when watching content on the train or sending emails on the move, because I don't want to carry an extra device with me. I prefer to leave my tablet at home and find it convenient to watch content, browse the web or send emails while lounging on the sofa at home.
With a foldable smartphone I wouldn’t have to choose one or the other. I could just unfold the phone whenever I wanted.
Most of the time the size and form-factor of a smartphone suits me fine, but there are times when the bigger screen on a tablet is really handy. The smartphone is there for everyday tasks like making calls, sending texts, taking photos and picking up notifications, while the tablet is better equipped for gaming, reviewing photos, web browsing on the train (when I get a seat), sending emails, watching films and reading.
It certainly doesn’t seem like these manufacturers are prioritising form over function, either. Beneath the bonnet of the supremely stylish looking Galaxy Fold is a fast processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage, and a long-lasting battery. I certainly think that’s powerful enough to run the programs and apps I use for work.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Galaxy Fold also allows for easy multi-tasking – you can open three apps at the same time and resize them on the tablet’s display. And it even features five cameras, just like on the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
I’m really excited to get my hands on this innovative piece of technology. I think foldable could well be the future.
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