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Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Review

Samsung Galaxy Fold Review

Posted   April 20, 2019
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70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is one of those devices that inspires adoration and annoyance at the same time. Its foldable design means you can carry around a tablet in your pocket and get plenty of work done along the way. Even after our testing was complete, we still found the Fold’s power and flexibility nothing short of intoxicating. As a commercial product, though, it leaves much to be desired. While closed, it’s chunky and clumsy, and we have serious concerns about how well its main screen will hold up over time. The Galaxy Fold offers a glimpse at the future of smartphones, but almost no one should consider buying one.

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Pros
  • Game-changing flexibility
  • Excellent performance
  • Solid battery life
Cons
  • Seriously expensive
  • Outer screen is of limited use
  • The inner screen’s durability is concerning
  • The software feels unpolished
70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

70
 

User Reviews

90
James
I have had the Galaxy Fold 5G since October and it has rekindled my interest...read more
70
Ryan
I absolutely love the phone. The large display provides an excellent gaming...read more
10
Troy
Poor signal quality on esim and sim card doesn't matter which one calls been...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average user Score
 
90
James
01.28.20
I have had the Galaxy Fold 5G since October and it has rekindled my interest in the mobile market. I have had many devices in my life including many of the Galaxy phones, iPhones, as well as Palm and Blackberry phones. This new form factor is definitely the future. Most of my day is spent using the front display for messaging, phone calls, and other quick usages while at work, and using it fits my needs perfectly. Then on the "flip", it is glorious to unfold and watch YouTube, Crunchy Roll, Instagram, read eBooks, etc. Consuming content on a phone has never been so convenient. The resolution of the inner screen is not lacking by any means, as it displays video in very crispy and high resolution. The 12GB of ram makes everything feel snappy, never experiencing lag or latency. 512GB of storage is a great spec on this device because it ensures that we can take high quality photos/videos, download games, etc. and not worry about storage. At 4380 mAh, the battery life is outstanding. I can heavily use my phone through the day, and always have plenty of juice left in the tank by day's end. I usually don't charge it over night, because I usually have around 40% left still when I wake up. The camera quality is definitely a great spot about this device as well (sharing the S10+ camera set up). I am a fan of having multiple front facing cameras on the front of the phone, as well as on the inside (the unfolded portion), because you always feel prepared, never sacrificing functionality. Of course there are things that could be improved such as the weight, and possibly expanding on the front screen size. Overall, having this device in my pocket everyday has been nothing less than a plus. It is very easy to carry, has outstanding technical specs, and the new form factor has really changed the way I view what a phone should be. It is only a matter of time before we find ourselves using folding screens on all types of devices as Motorola, Huawei, and Samsung have demonstrated. The real question will be, do you want a foldable tablet/phone? Or a more traditional slab that folds in half?
 
70
Ryan
01.19.20
I absolutely love the phone. The large display provides an excellent gaming experience. I can easily play xbox games on the phone, using the Xbox "Game Streaming" app, without straining my eyes. The dual speakers and large display gives you a cinematic experience when watching movies. I have never been able to read E-Books comfortably on my phone until now. But what about the crease in the screen? You won't notice it at all! The multitasking features, RAM, battery life, memory, screen size, and Samsung Dex interface, make the Fold a worthy substitute for a computer. Plug the phone into a monitor, grab a keyboard, and the built in Samsung Dex software transforms the phone into a full on computer. The phone fits in my pocket much easier than all of the Galaxy Note series phones. I would've given the Fold a 10, but the only downside is after about 2 months the top edge of the main screen developed a yellow discoloration. This discoloration is due to stuck pixels (the pixels remain white). The nice thing is that Samsung has a dedicated Fold customer service team who is easy to reach. I would recommend getting the $20 per month Samsung Premium Care insurance if you purchase this device.
 
10
Troy
01.04.20
Poor signal quality on esim and sim card doesn't matter which one calls been missed on my second fold unit now with same issue,not all apps work full screen. Heavy after using for awhile battery is good software seems poor sometimes not easy flow.
 
90
matt
01.04.20
The only thing I would change about the Fold would be to put a *smaller* battery in it to make it a bit thinner when folded. It's just a bit thick for a pocket. I have 50% battery at the end of most days anyway. Having a huge screen is a revelation. It's the size of a Kindle and makes for a fabulous reading experience. "Skinny" screens are a pain. You can get so much more done with the bigger screen - no more "let me wait until I get back to my computer." Some days I carry a Bluetooth keyboard and a stand and don't use my laptop at all.
 
80
Andrew
01.04.20
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
Kurt
01.04.20
This is easliy the best phone I have ever used and I use it far more then any phone I have ever had (not necessarily a good thing) because reading manga and comics is amazing on this as is the battery life and it is weirdly the best thing to view old tv shows in 4:3. I have been using the phone without a case since the phone was released and I accidently threw the phone unfolded face down on the internal screen across a wet tiled bathroom and it didn't leave a mark on the screen so I think all the stuff about phone durability is bullshit. The external screen is a little small for typing but only ever use that for typing when out walking as internal screen is so much better for typing. I can never go back to a normal phone again so will keep this till the next foldable phone with similar size screen comes out.
 
80
Hong
01.04.20
Had Fold for over a month as my daily rider. Loving it so far. Battery life has been amazing, which should be the number 1 priority for all phone makers. No issue with using it as a phone for calls. Enjoy the large screen for text messaging, email and watching videos. Call quality sounds as good as my old note 9. Hard to find cases or other accessories. Tried Spigen silver thin case and was very disappointed. Still have concern over the long time durability, but because I change my phone at least once a year and will be very happy if it lasts that long. Overall, very happy with the purchase.
 
90
Abdullah
01.04.20
The Galaxy Fold is a daring experiment to try a new form factor for cellular devices. I was super excited back in April when they announced it and was itching to get mine. I purchased the regular 4G version since it was the model available in the region. made my holiday much more exciting!. It is an amazing and completely new feeling trying to adjust to the dual screens and you can have a hard time deciding which to use at times. Media applications such as Spotify, YouTube etc run flawlessly and the 12gb ram helps it in any situation and makes the device more future proof. As a paid service Samsung store also wrapped my phone with some special silicone sheet for added protection. The fold can be abit heavy for long one handed use although this drawback discourages me to use the phone in random positions while lying down. The larger inside screen is a major plus and really makes using media applications more fun. I am generally much more careful with this phone given its unknown durability although it feels like a solid device even after 3 months of use. One needs to wipe the larger screen every now and then for clear views. Would I pay apple/vertu territory cash for a device like this again? probably not but I had to go for the Fold just cause of it's insane new form factor and some more utility + it feels good to stand out when every new phone literally looks like its competitor. My old main phone (Galaxy S10e) is doing good as a Work phone and gives a good piece of mind for when s**t goes south with the fold. Also the S10e helps in the shower for music which is one place I can't take the fold anywhere near. The fold has other tiny flaws like you cant change your Folds member market location to use the added benefits and discounts. Basically so far I am a satisfied Galaxy fold user and hope that they keep working on this and make it better. (water proof, stylus etc) thank you.
 
90
Inatorinator
01.04.20
I absolutely love my Galaxy Fold. Engadget's review was overly harsh and it certainly didn't deserve to make it on to the worst products list of 2019. It is a ground breaking device packed full of cutting edge specs and tech. Sure, Samsung botched the initial launch but fixed it. I've not had any issues with it all and can't ever see myself going back to a regular, boring, candy bar form factor device after this. The only device I will replace it with is a direct sequel -- otherwise, it looks like I will be hanging on to this for some time!
 
90
Jose
01.04.20
After 4 months of use, there is not way that I'll be back to a regular phone. The Fold offers productivity and efficiency as not other. I have leaving my laptop behind for work and take advantage of its display using the Microsoft Office suite. No screen or structural issue after being my only personal and work phone.