Are flip smartphones the next big thing? | The Tylt
Samsung's latest smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip, has a new kind of allure: it flips open. If the Z Flip is a sign of what's to come, the days of a bulky, index-card-sized smartphones may be over. Fans of the Flip say it is a "refined" version of the smartphone we've all come to know. But Apple loyalists say flip phones are not the future, arguing there's no real purpose to adding a hinge to a smartphone. What do you think: Do flip phones and smartphones make a great pair?
Are flip smartphones the next big thing?
Who said flip phones have to be low-tech? Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip combines all the power of the smartphone with the convenience of a flip phone. Imagine if you were able to suddenly cut the size of your iPhone in half whenever you want. You'd be able to actually put your phone in your pocket or purse without worrying about it tumbling to an early death. Flippable smartphones are the future.
But not everyone is convinced. The Z Flip may fold in half, but it is far from "sleek." Plus, the Flip's predecessor, the Galaxy Fold, was a massive failure. Per ARS Technica:
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Fold was supposed to be revolutionary. The futuristic $2,000 phone was positioned as the first foldable smartphone from a major manufacturer, allowing Samsung to leverage its display leadership into a hybrid phone/tablet device that no one else could produce. The Galaxy Fold's early media-review period was a disaster, though, with social media quickly filling with photos of dead and dying Galaxy Folds.
Although a repeat of such a large-scale failure is unlikely, the jury is still out on whether or not the market actually wants a flippable smartphone, or if it's simply a passing fancy.