Foldable phones are the new craze in cell phone technology. Phones have always given us insight as to how our technology has progressed. Think back to the early 2000s, late 90s when we had flip phones or brick phones. Imagine explaining to them that in roughly 13 to 16 years, we were going to have an OLED display, touch screen phones. Now, we have screens that can bend to be more compact.
Tech Behind It
They have been in development for years, now, just think of the wallpaper TV LO has. Phones have curved edges, so the direction is surprising. The foldable technology is built around an OLED display since it’s the base is plastic, it makes it easier to shape it. A lot of phones have an LCD with glass over it. LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. And it has a light source at the back of the phone that projects to the crystals, which then give you your colour and images.
With OLED, it stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode, and the pixels are built right into the screen itself. Combine that with the fact the OLED displays are made with the thin material, and you have a screen that can bend. It would be a matter of how to structure a phone with technically three screens and multiple cameras, and a power source for everything.
At the moment, it seems that the disadvantages are outweighing the advantages. As with new technology, there are going to be bumps in the road. The unique foldable technology is no stranger to that
Let’s start with the advantages
• Convenience – You can necessarily have a tablet in your pocket: depending on who you bought the foldable phone from.
• Better performance – With a phone like this, there’s going to need to be a bump in performance.
• Flexibility – As apparent as it may be, it still needs to be acknowledged. A working phone with a foldable screen is more than worthy of a mention.
Now, you may have noticed that there aren’t a lot of advantages. That’s because there aren’t many. Remember the bumps in the road I mentioned?
Here they are –
• Price – You probably knew this was coming since every time there is something new in the tech industry, it can cost an arm and a leg. Comparatively, this isn’t any different. The prices can be as high as almost $2.000 and as low as roughly $1.500. Not a lot of wiggle room there
• Fragile – While OLED displays can show a beautiful picture, they are quite frail. Its one of the trade off’s that comes with the territory.
• First Of It’s Kind – As shown in time and time again, the first of anything is never great. There will be defects and other issues that are unforeseen until they happen. For instance. Samsung’s Foldable Phone isn’t dust or dirt proof or waterproof. Taking it to the beach may not be such a great idea.
Other companies such as Microsoft and LG are getting into the foldable phone industry. Apple is no doubt working on their foldaphone to compete with Samsung. It will be better for anyone who wants a foldable phone. Right now, there isn’t a lot of options for a foldable phone so were going to have to pay the high prices. However, once other companies start battling for the crowds and lowering prices, the others will have to follow along so they can keep up.
Motorola has already shown off their new razr, which is set to release not too far from now, however not without their delays of launch. The companies know that the first to get it right, will win the trust of the public, and in turn, their money. The general public wants to be that person that gets the new anything. People got excited for the Supreme Crowbar, which more than likely because it had the label Supreme on it. It’s the day and age we are in today, and the rest of us ride the wave.
Is It Worth It?
Now that question is just on the matter of perspective. Some people will say it is worth it because of the general thought of “It’s new, so it has to be better.”, which simply isn’t always the case. Other’s won’t even believe that someone would spend that much on the phone, to begin with. Were talking about a four-digit price tag on a phone that might start malfunctioning if the owner doesn’t have the strict guidelines.
It’s a decision of the risks outweighs the benefits. On the one hand, you got to have a phone that can fit in your pocket bag, purse, etc, that can have a wider display, should you need it. The specs are better, they generally have more cameras, so there’s potential in good quality photos. May be ideal for an artist to go, or that needs something that can be useful while being compact. All is well and good until you combine it with the fact that it can just malfunction easily. That simple fact can turn a lot of people away.
It’s a big step in technology for everyday consumers. It will improve, and it will get cheaper in time. These types of phones, while they may be faulty, are still unusual to look at when you think about where we were just ten years ago. We have access to the world, just sitting in our pocket! Like the transition, we made from flip phones to the touchscreen, there will make another transition, and it’s likely to be these foldable phone s. Where we have three screens, roughly six total cameras, and virtually tablet in our pockets.
Who knows what there will be after this. There are rumours; however, that’s all they are until there is something. A prototype. while impressive, still isn’t the real thing. Foldable phones may be our future, and it will not be where humanity settles. Our gnawing desire for looking for the best won’t allow for that.