Ready to fold?


So, I ran across this video this morning…

All of this in front of Apple’s Special Event today.

I’ve seen plenty of offerings in the news from other vendors about foldable phones – Samsung, LG, Motorola, … Don’t rely on me – read this.

I wondered if the whole world had changed again while I was sleeping so I hopped over to the Bell and then the BestBuy website to see if they were indeed selling foldable phone. They sure have a lot of different phones; I sorted from highest price to lowest figuring that anything foldable would be at the higher end. I didn’t see anything foldable but I did get a bit of sticker shock seeing the highest end phones coming in at $1 500. Wow, it’s been a while since I bought a new phone.

I guess that I’d always thought that a foldable phone was shown to us as a kind of proof of concept. It’s not something that you can buy today, kind consumer, but it’s your future.

I’m still a bit confused as to what the device actually is. Super-phone, phone-tablet-wannbe, a tablet that folds, …

From GSMarena, the dimensions are:

  • Unfolded: 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm
  • Folded: 160.9 x 62.9 x 15.5 mm

This link includes a nice picture of the foldable versus conventional Samsung phone.

I’m trying to visualize myself holding it on the subway and it visualizes a bit awkward to me. I could see myself holding it in my lap or on a table. At the suggested price of $1 980 US, I’d be holding it very tightly. I’m aware of my limitations with portable technology and invest in an Otterbox to keep thing safe.

I’m trying to figure how a price and functionality like that would make me want to use one of these things. After all, I do have a smartphone, a tablet, and a computer. Is this device designed for a consumer like me? (Assuming that I could come up with that kind of money) Is the device designed for business so that a salesperson could show a Powerpoint presentation to a customer on it?

If it’s a thing and smart people have thought through the intended audience, I’m sure that we’ll find out in the keynote later today. That is, if it exists. One thing that Apple does do well is put a “you want need this spin” on their products.

Will this be one of them?

More importantly, do you have a burning desire for a foldable phone for purposes that elude me? It also eludes my spell checker as foldable keeps getting flagged as a spelling mistake. Maybe our language is about to change too…

OTR Links 09/10/2019


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