Samsung Galaxy Fold reviews: Awesome idea, crap execution

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Reviewers who tested the Samsung Galaxy Fold agree it’s a brilliant idea marred by terrible execution.
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The Samsung Galaxy Fold is the first mass-market phone with a foldable screen, something a future iPhone might someday have as well.

Reviews of this handset are starting to come in and they have a theme: the reviewers really like the device, despite it being terribly flawed.

Crazy ‘iPhone Z’ concept takes folding phones to a new level

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IPhone Z
This will never happen, but it’’s nice to dream.
Photo: Caviar

Caviar, the Russian company behind some of the craziest iPhone mods we’ve ever seen, has come out with its first folding iPhone concept design video today and as you’d expect, it’s absolutely wild.

Not satisfied with just one fold out display, Caviar’s ‘iPhone Z’ concept proposes having a display that folds twice. The end result is an iPhone that folds out to the same size as an iPad Pro, only its even more useful.

Prepare to be blown away:

Samsung’s folding smartphones break on Day 1

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The Galaxy Fold has some major problems.
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Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold smartphone has a serious problem with its folding display.

Multiple early reviewers are reporting that the display has broken after just one or two days of use. It appears that the hinge on some units is defective, causing the screen to be unusable.

Check out these tweets of the carnage:

Xiaomi puts a different spin on folding phones

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This might be the best looking folding phone yet.
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Xiaomi is the latest smartphone maker to tease its upcoming folding smartphone with a short new video that shows its double folding display in action.

While Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X each have one folding section, the Xiaomi’s Mi Fold goes from tablet to phone mode by folding down two sides of the screen. This leaves you with a nearly edgeless phone display that’s a bit wider.

Watch it in action:

Watch an army of robots try to destroy Samsung Galaxy Fold

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Galaxy Fold looks so futuristic.
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Ready to prove the haters wrong, Samsung published a new video today showing off the folding capabilities of its new folding phone, the Galaxy Fold.

Samsung created some small robots that fold the Fold open and closed thousands of times in a day to see how durable its flexible display truly is. The displays still haven’t been fondled by members of the press yet, so this is the closest thing we’ve seen to a durability test on the futuristic phone.

Watch the Fold bend over backwards again and again and again:

Samsung sends foldable screen samples to Apple

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Apple is serious about creating a foldable iPhone. Above, is a drawing for a patent Apple was granted last year.
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After being one of the first out of the gate with a folding smartphone, Samsung is trying to entice competitors — including Apple — to join the foldable future.

Samsung, which debuted the Galaxy Fold at its Unpacked event on Feb. 20, has reportedly sent some foldable display panel samples to Cupertino in hopes of attracting Apple as a client.

Here’s how Apple plans to stop your foldable iPhone from breaking

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Folding iPhone 2
Be sure to keep it warm!
Photo: Foldable News

With foldable smartphones becoming the hot new trend for 2019, iPhone fans are wondering when we’ll see something from Apple. It’s likely to be a while before a foldable iPhone hits the market, but there’s no question Apple is looking into it.

The company’s latest patent application details how it might prevent a foldable smartphone from breaking in cold weather.

Want a Galaxy S10? Sell your old iPhone for upgrade cash today

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Your old iPhone could be worth a small fortune.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

So, you’ve decided you just have to have Samsung’s brand new Galaxy S10. Or maybe even the exciting new Galaxy Fold. But how are you going to pay for your shiny new upgrade? It certainly won’t be cheap.

You can start by selling your old iPhone to Cult of Mac. We typically pay more than most buyback services, which means getting your hands on Samsung’s latest flagship could be a lot more affordable than you think.