Controversies about folding phones have been on for quite a while now.
A majority of people may think that Galaxy fold was the first-ever foldable phone to be released when in a real sense the first one was by a Chinese company, Royole, the Royole FlexPai in 2018.
Of course now in 2021, many companies have explored the option of manufacturing foldable phones with the intention of making theirs better than others.
The main reason why people buy foldable phones in 2021 is because of the ability to enjoy a bigger screen that can be condensed to fit your pocket.
With this comes a huge downside with foldable phones. We shall discuss all the reasons why foldable phones are a bad idea. Let’s have a look;
1. Very fragile
Just the thought of having a phone that can be folded in half, made from special bendable glass/plastic sounds fragile.
Most of these also cannot be made from glass so the only option is plastic which is not sustainable and prone to scratches.
2. Expensive to fix
As you can already tell the making of affordable phones is a very complex process. If you end up mishandling or damaging the phone, you may end up buying a new phone because it’s repaired are quite expensive.
Apart from being expensive to fix a damaged portable phone, accessing such services will mean you have to go back to the brand store. You can imagine is this none around your residence.
3. Very Heavy
Another reason why many people shy away from foldable phones is that they are pretty heavy.
The normal weight of a phone is about 140 g to 180 g with the lightest phone being Less than 100 g.
A foldable phone weighs about 200 g to 300 g. That is about double the size of a normal phone.
Most of us want very light phones that we can carry around without feeling any weight weighed on us. A foldable phone does not offer that.
4. Very costly
We have all seen the price tag of foldable phones and it is not anywhere close to being affordable, let alone cheap.
Trying to fit all these amazing specs into one gadget is amazing on the thought but unthinkable on the price.
This is because the making of a foldable phone involves quite an expensive process.
First, the manufacturing technology is new and companies are still trying to figure out how to explore this.
It demands a lot of work as the process of their manufacture is complex. The resources to are expensive to acquire.
To compensate for all these foldable phones are placed at a very high price.
Plus, it is a luxury. Let’s just call it as it is. Having a phone that can be folded into a tablet is something made for the rich.
The company’s price also is different from the retailer’s price we get them from electronics shops.
5. Very thick
It is no surprise that when you fold any foldable phone the thickness increases. As much as it is now possible to fit the tablet size phone in your pocket, it is not necessarily very convenient.
I don’t know about you but the last thing I want is a heavy phone weighing down my pants.
6. More avenues for failure
There are so many parts that have been put together to make a foldable phone. Around the hinges of these types of phones present an opportunity for debris and dirt to enter.
It makes it difficult to take the sand and dirt out of the phone, on top of the irritating grinding sound of sand against glass or metal.
Deposits of debris may also cause the screen to bulge and thus makes it susceptible to breaking.
Another challenge associated with foldable phones is that some companies add an extra layer of protection that may appear as a screen protector and in the midst of trying you may end up peeling the layer off and your phone blacks out. This happened with the Samsung Galaxy fold.
Despite all the notes on why folding phones are considered a bad idea, it is only fair to conclude that given more time, companies can crack the code and actually make durable, easy, and sustainable folding phones. We are just not there yet.