The Galaxy Fold lives.
I don’t just mean in the vague “Samsung bounces back from a fiasco” sense, either. My Galaxy Fold, which I’ve been tossing around for weeks, opening and closing it like a madman, mostly works the same as it did the day I unboxed it.
Had the Fold failed again the way it did earlier this year, it might have been enough to seriously derail Samsung’s grand, foldable ambitions. This review would’ve been totally different, too. I could’ve gotten on my high horse and said a few things about innovation at the expense of usability, with a dash of pro-consumer indignation to spice things up a bit. It would’ve been a fun read.
But reality can be pretty banal sometimes. Because of that, we instead have to face a more complicated truth about the Galaxy Fold: You shouldn’t buy one. Not because it’s expensive or because of its long-term potential for failure, although those are valid concerns. No, you shouldn’t buy one because it’s just not quite as thoroughly thought-out as a $2,000 phone should be. When I wrote our original review, I said that people who did splurge on one were paying for the privilege of being Samsung’s guinea pig. Despite the company’s thoughtful design fixes, that simply hasn’t changed.