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The Samsung Galaxy Flip is the original iPhone of foldables. That’s what some people have been saying and… ah… I mean I get it. Well, first, no, it totally isn’t. But I get it. I get the allure of of flipping phones. I’ve done umpteen videos about them. Hit subscribe and you can see all of them.

They’re new. They’re fun. They’re different. At least so far, because there are only a few of them out right now. In a few years, I expect there won’t just be many but generations of many, so they won’t be so new or so different anymore, but they’ll still be fun, and they’ll still be welcome by people who want a big screen that isn’t so big in their pocket or bag.

That’s what happened before, right? Back in the days of feature phones or dumb phones or whatever you want to call them, both candy bar and flip phones were super common. There was nothing new or novel about either, you just weighed the trade-offs and got the one you wanted.

Smartphones obliterated that for a while. Turning candy bars into slabs and flips into memories, at least for a while.

Now, during that period, the iPhone was the paradigm shift. The moment when smartphones went from the early adopters of Treo and BlackBerry and Windows Phone, to the mainstream acceptance of, yeah, iPhone.

And yeah, sure, the iPhone was still limited in so many ways, but all the ingredients were finally there. So much so, even if you didn’t upgrade the next year, you still got the App Store and everything else that defined the modern smartphone for the next few years.

And the Galaxy Flip just isn’t any of that. Not yet. It’s closer akin to the Treo 680 or BlackBerry Curve or whatever you want to call the refinement of the early adoption device. When the huge honking antennas went away and we were pretty much at peak PDA pager phone.

That took years, so it’s incredibly impressive Samsung got from the Fold to the Flip in just months.

But even the Flip, as improved as it is, an early adopter device. And, I’m going to say again what I said before — no one should be buying them just yet. No one who doesn’t have money to burn or is making content to earn.

No one who plans on buying and keeping one single phone for the next 3-5 years and need it to last that long and well. If that’s you, you should still stay far, far away.

But the concept itself is still super intriguing to me. The iPhone of flip phones. To get to that, to be that — the iPhone Flip — what exactly would it take?

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24 Comments

Jay 985

May 23, 2020

if apple makes a flip phone i’m going to flip out leave flip phones in the past🤦🏾‍♂️

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Shahad Cicek

May 23, 2020

All I want to know is if IPhone will release an iPhone flip, I like the galaxy flip z but I'd rather have it as an iPhone.

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Tanaka Chigura

May 23, 2020

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162

May 23, 2020

Maybe the best way to put the notch is on the back when it s close not when we open it

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Shawon Ashraf

May 23, 2020

Foldable iPhone? NOPE. NEIN.

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JONES

May 23, 2020

why is Apple struggling in this area while others are succeeding?

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꧁‡Äesthetić Skylar‡꧂

May 23, 2020

Ugh this is such copy of Zflip no hate its just wrong😒🙁

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App 4 that

May 23, 2020

This dude is way better than all other tech journalist

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App 4 that

May 23, 2020

This dude is way better than all other tech journalist

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ateezing g

May 23, 2020

I’ve seen the korean Samsung flip phones, I just want one made here like that, I think it would be super cool.

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nine moon

May 23, 2020

그래서 언제 나온다는거야

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Chris Boge

May 23, 2020

I don't think the technology has been perfected yet for a flip Smartphone… because over time the crack with use… Thats my 2 cents on the subject

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Michael Segal

May 23, 2020

I’m still waiting for Apple to make a flip iPhone

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Brock Johnson

May 23, 2020

Dude your a tool box, get a job

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Nick S

May 23, 2020

i hate this ultrawide format

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X l X

May 23, 2020

Please, stop with the flip phones. Apple should go for a rollable phone.

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Akhen Aten

May 23, 2020

I just came here for the ridiculousness of the thumbnails. I am fully disturbed by this concept. Can you tell them to stop the flipping madness please.

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John A

May 23, 2020

I think Apple should make an iPad that folds in the way the Fold does and an iPhone that folds in the way the Z flip does

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Reggo Sire

May 23, 2020

iPhone won’t make a flip phone until they get it right. Android just keep rushing crappy products out as usual.

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Ventus Tenebris

May 23, 2020

I actually like the Galaxy Fold better, but I am using the iPhone 11

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Willem Gr

May 23, 2020

I loved the Razer

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J L

May 23, 2020

A flip Apple Watch with a camera. Come on Apple, make it happen please.

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lac92576

May 23, 2020

Are there even cases available for these new flip phones???

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L moabiterpflanze

May 23, 2020

I want an iPhone-iPad-hybrid. :/

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