Anyone else considering switching to Galaxy Fold?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by cinnabun814, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. cinnabun814 macrumors member

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    I have been an iPhone user since they came out on Verizon in 2011. I'm strongly considering switching over to the samsung galaxy fold. I wonder how decently it would pair with a MacBook Pro?
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    If your phone’s got more RAM than your MacBook Pro, yet can’t run VMs, DAWs and video editing in isolation (let alone simultaneously), that rings alarm bells for me — both of the OS it runs and its usefulness at its price tag.

    Honestly if you’re looking to get an Android device, that’s fine. But the Fold really looks clumsy in its infancy.

    At the very least, it would be prudent to wait for real-world reviews of the product before making an early commitment to purchase it.
     
  3. Mellofello808 macrumors regular

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    You can run all those things just fine on a galaxy fold. Samsung phones can run a full version of Linux in their Dex mode. And allow you to plug a full keyboard, mouse, and monitor into them.

    They also just announced that they have partnered with Adobe to bring a version of Premier to their phones.

    Pretty sci fi stuff.


    To OP I really want to get the fold, but my concerns about the durability, and the price are overwhelming my desire to be the first guy on the block with a folding phone. My main issue above all is the small screen on the front though. I assume that is going to look a little janky, and be limiting to work with.

    That being said today is a inflection point. It is pretty hard to deny that we are living in the future with products like this going to market.

    I will get the Fold 2 5G next year.
     
  4. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    Never buy an Alpha product. Doesn't matter who the manufacturer is. Wait until we see reviews. This thing could be really bad.

    Also: I don't want to pay my birth year for a phone.
     
  5. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    I concur with @AustinIllini. It's a product priced well above the unit construction and R&D cost through extrapolation. It's not meant to sell in record numbers. In the same manner I don't believe Apple sells many iPad Pro 12" models that are maxed out in options.

    Even Samsung teaming up with Adobe to develop their app suite for the Fold isn't enticing enough. For me, it's a cool idea. Very cool, but the form factor when folded up is a major hangup for me. I'm more inclined to drop $1,300 on a Samsung S10+ or 5G model with a 1 TB drive space than this.
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    And the reality is that while Samsung has shown they can make a paper flat TV, the other components in the phone can't be squashed to such thinness. Yet.


    That said, with the S10 lineup and the Fold being so cool for a 1st gen product, Apple really needs to hit it out of the ballpark. Cool animojis and whatever gibbon grade ideas won't cut it this year.
     
  6. theapplehead macrumors 6502

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    Keep the iPhone buddy. Don’t waste $2000. Buy a used car lol
     
  7. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    Especially on a generation 1 product.

    See also Watch Series 0 (immediately replaced by better models) owners, original iPhone (iPhone 3G was so much better) owners, and iPad owners (iPad 2 was the product to buy)
     
  8. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    Well, in a literal sense, it doesn't pair with the MBP. You can basically install Smart Switch to backup and restore, and Android File Transfer to drag n drop file back n forth. But there are no continuity services like iPhone has with MacOS.
     
  9. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    Yeah, don’t switch to Android if you want MacBook integration. The Google apps run in the cloud, but a Mac and an android device don’t really play friendly
     
  10. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    Don’t be a test rat, stay away until at least gen 2.
     
  11. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601

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    I think it's really cool, but most likely just frustrating to use until generation 3 or so. So tough price to pay, and have concern on slow software updates just to update the thing.
     
  12. mi7chy macrumors 603

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    It's a luxury device. If you've got money laying around go for it. And, don't listen to people comparing it to a children's iPad 2018.
     
  13. rafark macrumors 6502a

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    If you have enough money, why not?
     
  14. Hastings101 macrumors 68020

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    Maybe the third iteration of it. It’s very cool and I want one, but I don’t want to pay $2000 for something that probably has a lot of growing pains to go through. But between this and the S10 series I am very tempted to finally dump my iPhone 7+ for a new Samsung model.
     
  15. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    I'd have to see what the reviews are. I'm at least going to creepy stalk it at Best Buy. ;)
     
  16. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Huh? Apple didn't release a children's iPad. Are you thinking of the Amazon Fire for Kids?
     
  17. pika2000 macrumors 601

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    $2000 for a gen 1 product that will only get support for like 2 years maybe? LOL.
     
  18. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    My husband said he’s actually going to get this phone. I was suprised. However he said that he wants to wait until his note 8 contract elapses first in August.

    I was suprised. He’s not into tech at all and he just shouted out he was getting it even after he saw the price.
     
  19. Tsepz macrumors 68030

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    Yep, I do. If it can match the Battery Life of my Mate 20 Pro, I'll be looking into either getting the Galaxy Fold or Galaxy Note10.

    With this being the first proper Foldable device, I think I will wait for the 2nd or 3rd Generation when the technology is more mature though. I get the feeling this 1st Gen will probably have some issues both in Software and Hardware.
     
  20. Cladster Suspended

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    At least the iPad doesn’t have a 10mm gap in the middle ;)
     
  21. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    I'm definitely considering it, although I'm extremely weary of switching back to Android. Very cool looking device.
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    This doesn't both me much, although it is funky looking. But that's why I think Xioami's design is superior, although more prone to damage and wear.
     
  22. CalmEnvy macrumors 6502a

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    I'd wait for the reviews to come out to be honest. I usually wouldn't buy a gen1 device, I usually wait till gen2/3. I mean in Canada this would be priced at $2600 with the current rate of our dollar o_O . To much for a gen1 device, not to mention who knows how apps are going to be optimized for it when it comes out.
     
  23. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    No and I’m techy it just doesn’t seem like a product that’s ready yet
     
  24. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    I wonder if Samsung would offer a generous trade up allowance when Gen 2 is released. That would get me off the fence for sure to give this a try. Even better would be if Samsung offers a direct line for us "beta testers" to offer feedback and suggestions for improvement.
     
  25. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601

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    I don't know why, but I am tempted. I understand all of the drawbacks of the device, and there are a lot. But still tempted, probably because it is something different.
     

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