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Samsung Galaxy Fold hands-on: The tablet that (almost) fits in your pocket

Samsung Galaxy Fold hands-on: The tablet that (almost) fits in your pocket

If you stretch your mind far back enough, you can probably find fault with every first-generation product. The original telephones only communicated over short distances and produced hollow, ghost-like sound. Early televisions had tiny, shadowy screens inside massive, heavy cases. Within both of those categories, innovation happened in fits and starts, but it was relatively constant. By the time we got to smartphones and flat-screen TVs, the sound had improved, the picture sharpened, but it would take many more years — ’til the mid-2010s, in fact — for them to both thoroughly commoditize without sacrificing major core features.

Which brings us to today, where I got to try — and take home — the first truly foldable phone on earth. Yes, there have been other attempts, but they have mainly been two displays crudely and deleteriously conjoined, with little to no thought as to the software experience. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is just the first of an inevitable avalanche of foldable smartphones to be released in 2019 and beyond, but the company’s bragging rights don’t just extend to timing, but to completeness. While nowhere close to perfect, the Galaxy Fold gracefully handles the transition from small to big screen, and where it can’t, it provides a pretty robust set of fallback experiences that shouldn’t upset the early adopter crowd too much.