Mix up a phone, tablet and laptop and you have this new generation of handheld devices.
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This article has been translated from our English edition.
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Don Crawley once worked for celebrities; He was one of the managers at Kanye West. Now he makes clothes worn by the same stars: LeBron James, Big Sean and The Weeknd. They all wear his clothes called Just Don. If you ask Crawley how he did it and he says a big part of it is efficiency – you’re constantly multitasking and managing all aspects of your business from your phone.
So he looked forward to testing the new generation of folding phones and accepted that Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G (Crawley appeared in a promotional video for Samsungbut is not affiliated with the company). When you have more screen space, you can work faster. “I can open a separate window to access presentations or PDF files at the same time, or to reply to an email,” he says.
With foldable phones entering the marketplace with Samsung and many competitors launching devices this fall, business owners may be wondering: Do we need a new type of smartphone? And the technology’s recent past would put them off somewhat. When Samsung first introduced the concept last year, some of their phones broke and the product had to be restarted.
But now, industry experts say, there is a bigger case. Flip phones are a middle ground between a phone and a laptop or tablet. They’re still small enough to carry, but they can handle complex tasks. You can reply to a short text message on the front screen and then open the phone to view graphics or create presentations. “There’s more screen space and the ability to run two applications side by side,” says Reticle Research technology analyst Ross Rubin.
As with most new technologies, early adopters pay a high entry fee. The Fold2 is $ 2,000 which you can use to buy a new tablet and laptop. And when costs go down, even more convenient mobile technology could bring them down. “I think smart glasses are on the horizon,” says J.P. Gownder, vice president of Forrester Research and principal analyst. “You could really increase the available screen space.”
Still, smart glasses can take five or more years, which is ample time for the foldable market to refine. In the meantime, my test run with Fold2 turned out to be promising. I was skeptical at first. I wondered if two screens were too distracting. But I soon started to think of it as a mini laptop in my pocket that did everything I know … but on the go. The hardware is impressive too; Unlike Samsung’s first foldable phone, this one has a fixed hinge that keeps it in place at any angle.
What’s next? It’s a sure thing: “Brands want to highlight their ability to innovate technology,” said Nabila Popal, research director for the IDC Worldwide Tracker team. “Helps you establish your image.” Which means more wrinkles are likely on the way.
Other folding phones
Image: surface duo
- Costs: $ 1,400
- Best feature: You can “split” applications like Outlook and Microsoft Teams. Your message is on one screen while the email body is on the other.
Image: Motorola Razr
- Costs: $ 1,400
- Best feature: It’s small enough to fit in one hand. The quick view screen helps users reply to a message or check notifications without opening the phone.
LG Velvet 5G
Image: LG Velvet 5G
- Costs: 600 dollars
- Best feature: The second screen is supplied as an accessory. This phone alternates between one screen and two. It’s cheaper than other dual-screen phones.