Did The Galaxy Fold Kill Foldable Phones?

  • Published on Apr 25, 2019
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    During the first four days I used the Samsung Galaxy Fold in public, the two questions I got most often from strangers were “what is that?” and then “is that the Samsung folding phone?”
    By the *last* four days of my review period, those two questions had become: “is that the Galaxy Fold?” and “ ... so did yours break too?”
    As Samsung knows all too well from its Galaxy Note 7 experience, it doesn’t take long for a flawed product to go from setting the world on fire to getting caught in its own combustion. The Galaxy Fold has a major issue with its folding display, one that caused Samsung to put an indefinite hold on releasing the device while it works to solve the problem. To see a defect this widespread, so soon after Samsung told the world it had redoubled its efforts on Quality Control following the Note 7 fiasco … it’s disheartening. Almost unbelievable.
    But all those saying this issue will be the death of foldable phones? I think they’re wrong. Because after ten days using the Galaxy Fold, I can’t wait to get mine back. Here’s 4 reasons I think Foldables are still the future … (and 4 other reasons why your next phone will probably still be fold-free).


    MrMobile considers a Samsung Galaxy Fold review to be premature until the world sees final production hardware following any changes Samsung makes to the design in the coming weeks. As such, this video is a combination of editorial opinion with impressions gathered across ten days with a Samsung Galaxy Fold review device, since returned to Samsung. When and if the Samsung Galaxy Fold sees retail availability, MrMobile may follow up with a proper Galaxy Fold Review.
    Samsung's statement concerning the Galaxy Fold review device failures is below:
    "We recently unveiled a completely new mobile category: a smartphone using multiple new technologies and materials to create a display that is flexible enough to fold. We are encouraged by the excitement around the Galaxy Fold.

    While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements that could ensure the best possible user experience.
    To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold. We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks.
    Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance.
    We will take measures to strengthen the display protection. We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold.
    We value the trust our customers place in us and they are always our top priority. Samsung is committed to working closely with customers and partners to move the industry forward. We want to thank them for their patience and understanding.”

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Comments • 980

  • Games 4 Days
    Games 4 Days 15 days ago

    Samsung wasnt ready to do this. Should have waited until material science was ready.

  • Bacony Cakes
    Bacony Cakes Month ago

    I'm from the future.
    Jibo says hi.
    It's tough living on Ujaria.
    I wish Earth was real...

  • Spectral Gaming
    Spectral Gaming 2 months ago

    I believe the folding phone will make a come back. I wouldn't call this a failure, but a learning experience. Samsung will try again, and they will eventually succeed! I can't wait for the next version of this phone with a larger front screen, a headphone jack, and better tablet screen. Honestly, I can see this as the reincarnation of the Galaxy Note line of phones if they added an S-pen. The pen would go great with this device! The future is ahead of us, and while we aren't there yet, looking forward to it is half the fun!

  • fatproduce
    fatproduce 2 months ago

    I am Tosk.

  • Son Of Age
    Son Of Age 2 months ago

    I really pity developers with this android ecosystem. Resizing is one thing , redesign is another. However I hope they do it well . I like the idea of a desktop like experience on my android and maybe a fold in the future. They should have options in Google play store , like download tablet version or mobile version...i can imagine the overhaul though...not going to be easy

  • Paul Donaghy
    Paul Donaghy 2 months ago

    I love the idea, but its just not for me. I need a simple smartphone that just goes into my pocket. I do think the techniques used for this will help the more "conventional" designs too.

  • Caden Dewet
    Caden Dewet 3 months ago

    When do will you get huawei mate x

  • Gentleman Fox
    Gentleman Fox 3 months ago

    One question, what does the app ‘bacon reader’ do?

  • the_boon
    the_boon 3 months ago

    2:39 - 2:43 that moment when you wish you were typing on your BlackBerry

  • James marshall
    James marshall 4 months ago

    why do we need this Fordable Phones? pcs are the future

  • RacerC45
    RacerC45 4 months ago

    They should put a headphone jack on the thing.

  • mahavpm
    mahavpm 4 months ago

    What a pleasure to hear an intelligently written and expertly presented review.

  • Cbiz 210
    Cbiz 210 4 months ago

    Wait! They've written two books about The Galaxy Fold? Wow! 🤯

  • Aaron Katz
    Aaron Katz 4 months ago +1

    Found the wallpaper! It's called "Bolted Up" in the Backdrops wallpaper app in the play store

  • Cheez Block
    Cheez Block 4 months ago

    Not surprised at all

  • siegfried greding
    siegfried greding 4 months ago

    I'm waiting for AR glasses.

  • Philip Leech-Ngo
    Philip Leech-Ngo 4 months ago

    Star Trek jacket!?

  • David Hamilton
    David Hamilton 4 months ago

    Wow video is on point!

  • Beryl
    Beryl 4 months ago

    Your way producing this video is so nice i feel like watching the old school nokia demo video

  • 의사양반
    의사양반 4 months ago

    Why are people insisting outfolding is higher level tech than unfolding.
    It might look cool, but in reality, it is not. And here are some reasons...
    1. Color of OLED gets yellowish as time goes because outfolding sometime uses half, and sometimes all, the color eventually will burn unevenly.
    2. Higher risk of getting damage, well, of course, the screen is directly exposed
    3. The outside of the device or the screen is not safe if you are in the unfolded mode, and exposed to scratches while you put your device on something.
    -It's not even a glass on the screen, but some plastic-ish material that is extremely easy to catch scratches
    And here are some problems that Mate X particularly has...
    1. Crappy hinge. I MEAN WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT RUBBERY HINGE. Doesn‘t even hold properly in a tablet mode.
    2. The plastic on the the folded side seems too long or looks like improperly applied screen protector(you know what I mean)
    3. HUAWEI processors and communication modules. If you don’t know what this means, basically what happened is HUAWEI put a backdoor on their phone and collected data and personal information from HUAWEI phone users without any consent

  • Gabriel Sanchez
    Gabriel Sanchez 4 months ago

    I know Samsung have a setback and it's a setback, but foldable phones must be done precisely and fluent with the software it runs on.

  • JJ Animations
    JJ Animations 4 months ago

    What’s that background if the phone in the thumbnail lol

  • Johnny Thao
    Johnny Thao 4 months ago

    If folding phones are the future as you think, then we are looking into a future with inherently bad design principles. Your production levels in your videos are good, but I am afraid I have to thumbs down as the concept of folding phones is not one that I can agree with.

  • Cyba IT
    Cyba IT 4 months ago

    With the thin, tall phones that we have now landscape mode is only really good for media consumption. It is hopeless for scrolling social media and websites. The fold overcomes this and I'm sure will be the future.

  • AzuMentch36
    AzuMentch36 4 months ago

    I'm willing to guess one of the "three more" that you have mentioned will be what Motorola is making! I hear they are reviving the Razr name with a foldable phone that will compete with Samsung. Combined with better software, Samsung will have a good competitor in their midst, even when quality control fixes their issues.

  • mena seven
    mena seven 4 months ago

    Nice first try by Samsung, The folding phone to tablet form is part of the future of the cell phone industry.

  • Lydia Garner
    Lydia Garner 4 months ago

    Love it!! Awaiting your next review, Great Informative, Thank You.

  • PlastaSin
    PlastaSin 4 months ago

    At $2000, the phone was a zombie to start with

  • Aqeel !!
    Aqeel !! 4 months ago

    There is no doubt that the Galaxy Fold is an inspiring piece of smartphone technology and being a first gen product, it will getter better and better. It takes heart to come out with such a piece of tech in this ever watchful world that is hell-bent on criticising anything and Samsung did show heart.

  • Aaditya Pratap Singh
    Aaditya Pratap Singh 4 months ago

    Teething problems do occur on bleeding-edge technology. Think of the losses Samsung is facing, for rectifying a naturally occurring mistake/bug. Other than the very small outer display (when folded), this phone looks to be a really desirable package. Stop hating Samsung and please give them some kudos for at least launching it first into the market. Most of you may haven't even bought the phone, so there is no need for unnecessarily harsh criticism.

  • Ya Dad
    Ya Dad 4 months ago +1

    Say what you want...but no matter your opinion, you've gotta admit:
    Mr. Mobile is classy.

  • GamingSmartVideos
    GamingSmartVideos 4 months ago

    Because I'm watching this video on an IPad mini 2 I cannot tell on the quality of the Samsung Fold's display so ya'll know its good

  • Captain Brigs
    Captain Brigs 4 months ago

    im guessing he likes ds9

  • TheKushMn
    TheKushMn 4 months ago

    Imagine playing ds games there

  • Unicorn Workhorse
    Unicorn Workhorse 4 months ago

    You're the best Micheal, keep up the great reviews

  • ruzzell907
    ruzzell907 4 months ago

    I want it. I don't have. I can't afford it.

  • Luka
    Luka 4 months ago

    How about a case, because it's that expensive..

  • Christopher Finn
    Christopher Finn 4 months ago

    I guarantee that the grayliens have foldable communicators that don't have creases. The must be laughing telepathically.

  • abhitechie
    abhitechie 4 months ago

    Dude is handsome.

  • awgg919
    awgg919 4 months ago

    A little late to this video, but it's so cool to see all of the Norfolk photo references! Shouts out to the 757! Great video!

  • Temy Nator
    Temy Nator 4 months ago +1

    Great honest review!

  • Mike Ackerman
    Mike Ackerman 4 months ago

    Whoa! Is that the Naro in Norfolk, VA?! That's my hometown! :D
    Edit: I kept watching and saw so many places I knew! Moved away 4 years ago after living most of my life there. It was nice to see back home :)

    SEXY BOY FRS FRS 4 months ago

    Michael, You can't compare the quality control of Galaxy Fold to the same fate as the Note 7. Yes the device breaks, but it's NOT something that can fatally hurt you! If you don't want the fold to break, DON'T peel off the "screen protector". Like Jaime Rivera said in his recent recap video, the fold breaking is pretty much users fault. Hopefully Samsung fixes this by making it not visible or other way to keep the screen flexible, or at least put a disclaimer on the box. Yes I watched the video.

  • nuyou21
    nuyou21 4 months ago

    Well, the twice recalled for exploding Note 7's back on the market called the Fan Edition and some dummies have bought it. So maybe there's hope for the Galaxy Fold, Fan Edition. 🤦‍♂️😂

  • 21minute
    21minute 4 months ago

    WTF, I got a Galaxy Fold ad before the video started. 😂😂😂

  • Andrew Sseruyange
    Andrew Sseruyange 4 months ago

    0:50 this reminds me of the first galaxy edge screens, they were easily susceptible to screen damage even without having to man handle the device at all. The fold was bound to be plagued by such disastrous calamity because I honestly think they released it too soon. It needs to be perfected a little bit longer. Sometimes a race to get there first can also be the cause of a major fail.

  • Norfatimah Jamilah
    Norfatimah Jamilah 4 months ago

    This is a new technology foldable phone and still not mature yet.
    Once the foldable mature, you can see others company like Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo will mass produce these new foldable phone.
    Sorry for my bad english

  • UzY3L
    UzY3L 4 months ago

    ffs, Nokia E90 could handle switching an app from small to big screen and that was 12 years ago! #E90

  • Apollus
    Apollus 4 months ago

    Kinda disappointed that this phone didn't really "work" it was such a cool concept

  • Justice Forall
    Justice Forall 4 months ago

    This phone is the future.It's obvious to see that! Well, unless you have your head in the sand. We, the people, are so quick to focus on what a company is doing wrong -vs- what they're doing right. And Samsung, has got alot right so far. I'm sure that Samsung will get the kinks out, no doubt. The only thing I would say about this phone is, when they get the kinks out, just don't forget to lower the price a bit and "Throw in and s-Pen!" Hey! Just Sayin'! 🧐 We can call it, the Galaxy Note Fold. Hey! Samsung, right me a check! I just gave you an idea!

  • fatproduce
    fatproduce 4 months ago

    A good byproduct of the Fold issues and delay is that it gives us an opportunity to further discuss the future of folding devices after finally having hands on an example.

  • Arif Kamarudzaman
    Arif Kamarudzaman 4 months ago

    There's a reason why it's called the future, but not the present.

  • Helping Mind
    Helping Mind 4 months ago

    Hope Galaxy Fold Kill Foldable Phones.

  • fnl aldpfm
    fnl aldpfm 4 months ago

    I've been lucky to use both the Mate X and Galaxy Fold. I felt that Galaxy Fold was more fantastic.
    Infolding is easier to carry and more stable. In particular, Samsung fold user interface was amazing.
    in spite of the controversy over durability.

    • sam u kuci
      sam u kuci 4 months ago

      Huawei mate x is much better

  • holyduck
    holyduck 4 months ago

    2000$ perfect kindle replacement

  • Shashwat Thakur
    Shashwat Thakur 4 months ago +1

    Your voice and presentation is just outstanding Michael! The best tech reviewer on TVclip hands down!

  • RadicalxEdward
    RadicalxEdward 4 months ago

    I seriously don’t understand why everyone hates the inner bezel lip. Would you rather the screen get scratched to hell every time a piece of dust is inside while it’s closed and the two sides are rubbing together?

  • tommy aronson
    tommy aronson 4 months ago

    Why the fk this guy using it half folded on the table. Damn hipster don't understand anything except looking good...useles

  • Clark Riggins
    Clark Riggins 4 months ago

    Awesome stuff Michael, you just keep getting better. I love the idea of the fold. It is here to stay. When they perfect the fold it will be fantastic.

  • João Linhares (Polipogas)

    Unbox therapy reference 😂