Galaxy Fold review: Samsung's new phone shows the promise and peril of foldable screens

CNET | 4/24/2019 | Jessica Dolcourt
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From the first moment I held it, I knew the $1,980 Galaxy Fold would be something different, something special. It's become painfully clear that a foldable phone lives and dies by the quality of its bendable screen, center crease or no. It isn't enough to see that display open and close -- you have to feel it for yourself. Bending a screen is a visceral action that for me feels completely natural and right. And after doing everything from watching videos to reading the news to writing emails on the phone's enormous 7.3-inch screen, you'll never want to go back to "only" a 6-inch display again. The promise -- and peril -- of foldable phones is real.

Nobody expected the screens on some reviewers' phones to malfunction so quickly, or for Samsung to postpone the Fold's April 26 sale date for weeks -- until June 13 for AT&T's preorder buyers -- while it investigated what went wrong. That sucked, because the incidents cast a pall over the Fold and over the concept of foldable phones in general. I'd been superexcited to be one of the first in the world to try the Fold, but the screen meltdown let all the air out of the balloon.

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Because, as the first real phone of its kind, the Galaxy Fold is so important, and because of the alarming screen developments, I've taken my time making this evaluation as thorough as possible to avoid any knee-jerk reaction. We all deserve better than that. I've used the Fold every day for more than a week in every way a person can use a phone, even (gasp!) to make calls. I ran two overnight battery drain tests, peered at its screen from every angle, and typed until my hands ached.

Although the early production review unit Samsung gave...
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