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5 ways Samsung’s new foldable Galaxy Z Flip already sounds better than the Galaxy Fold

5 ways Samsung’s new foldable Galaxy Z Flip already sounds better than the Galaxy Fold

Samsung’s first foldable smartphone was a piece of junk. Sorry to say it, Samsung fans, but I told you so. In fact, I had been saying for about a year before the Galaxy Fold was even announced that Samsung’s first foldable smartphone would be a piece of junk. How did I know? Do I have a crystal ball? No, I’ve just been doing this for long enough to see certain patterns emerge, and there’s one pattern that is undeniable to anyone who follows the industry: Samsung’s first-generation mobile products are always junk. It was true a decade ago when Samsung first entered the smartphone market and it’s still true today. The company simply can’t stop itself from wanting to be first. Samsung was and still is more concerned with beating rivals to market with new tech than it is with creating good products. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: first-generation Samsung smartphones are the physical embodiment of a basement-dweller rushing to shout “FIRST!” in the comments under a YouTube video. Early Galaxy S phones were junk, early Galaxy tablets were junk, Samsung’s first phone with a curved screen was junk, and the Galaxy Fold was junk.

Thankfully, there’s something else I know beyond a shadow of a doubt about Samsung: it’s one of the best companies in the smartphone industry when it comes to refining devices over time. Look at the company’s Galaxy S phones now. While the early models were plasticky and cheap with a horrible user interface, Samsung’s recent flagship phones are arguably the sleekest smartphones on the planet. Based on design alone, I would take a Galaxy S10 over an iPhone 11 any day of the week. Samsung is masterful at improving its mobile products a little bit at a time, and now we’re watching the same old story unfold — pun intended — yet again with the new Galaxy Z Flip.