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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?
Mr. Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Flip Review:
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