Huawei Foldable Vs. Samsung Foldable – What the Tech Ep. 430

Posted on March 1, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, What The Tech with 6 Comments

Andrew and Paul discuss MWC Barcelona, folding smartphones, HoloLens 2, and rumors about the Chromium-based Edge browser.

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6 responses to “Huawei Foldable Vs. Samsung Foldable – What the Tech Ep. 430”

  1. harrymyhre

    Not so sure about that square screen.

  2. Jason Peter

    The tech is interesting, but still not ready for consumption. Too expensive, yet still too beta and untried. But at least the Huawei is somewhat fashionable and usable, while the Samsung Fold’s design is an embarrassment. But nevertheless, $2000 to $2600 for either of these are a complete no-go. At this point they are insanely expensive tech curiosities for those who possess more money than brains.


    But I am interested in whether this tech catches on with consumers, or if it ends up becoming another discarded solution in search of a problem to solve...

  3. truerock2

    I happened to see my father's old iPhone 4s last week. The battery only works for about 2 hours per charge.

    My take is that Steve Jobs designed the perfect form-factor for a smart phone.

    I guess Steve's design could perhaps be improved using current technology by reducing the bezel sizes by 90% and figuring out a way to make it an ounce or 2 lighter.

    I really, really wish Apple would start selling a smartphone in the old iPhone 4s form factor.

    I have an iPad and an Apple watch. An iPhone 4s form factor better fills the requirements between those 2 devices than a ridiculously large smartphone. A smartphone is something a carry around with me everywhere I go - it needs to be small.


    Other form-factors that intrigue me are - iPad mini, sometimes my iPad just seems more size than I find optimal - and, my son's $200, 11 inch, Windows 10 Dell Inspiron 11 3000. This diminutive notebook computer makes a notebook computer truly portable.


    Big smartphones seem idiotic to me - but, I begrudgingly accept they are very popular. I just can't fathom why someone wants to lug around something so large all the time. What is the driver? It seems everyone I know is kind-of stuck around the iPhone 6 to iPhone 7 because the latest iPhones are ridiculously too big. Are they for people who can't afford to also own a tablet-computer?


    • Rob_Wade

      In reply to truerock2:


      I find that, for ease of carrying in most of my clothing, as well as one-handed use (which is an absolute MUST for me), a 5.2 to 5.5" smartphone is the max for me. I can do EVERY SINGLE THING that anyone who just uses it for light email, social media, web browsing, YouTube videos and, yes, even very light MS Office edits would ever need to do. Zero issues. When I need to DO work, when I need support for things I do as a musician or for live theater, there is NO SUCH THING AS A FOLDING DEVICE THAT FITS. My Surface Pro 6 is absolutely perfect for these functions. I do run music for theatrical productions, develop artwork for shows, do light video casting, work with music charts for live performance, all on the SP6 and I have the ideal balance of screen real estate and mobility.

  4. truerock2

    So, I did some research on the problem with giant smartphones and read a lot of different opinions as to why this problem exists.


    I think the most insightful analysis of the problem is that it is a problem purposely created by Apple.


    When Apple was designing the first iPad, the design team kept coming back to the philosophy: "The iPad should be a large iPhone", There was a lot of resistance to this realization and the sales-marketing individuals really wanted a different product that was not the iPhone. Apple sales-marketing wanted differentiation between the iPhone and iPad so that individuals would be more inclined to own both products.


    I saw one article about how there was concern in Apple that putting a cellular modem in the first iPad would lead people to understand that the iPad was purposely being crippled to leave iPhone features out of the iPad design. But, Jobs insisted that the first iPad have a cellular modem.


    To this day Apple is constantly trying to figure out how to make iPad apps different from iPhone apps so Apple can sell 2 of everything to the same customer. This was in direct contradiction to the Apple iWork apps that were trying to smoothly integrate between touch-based-iPhones and keyboard-mouse-Macs - with iPads in the middle.


    Supposedly, the whole keyboard and mouse issue within the context of the first iPad design bogged down because of the issue of trying to make the iPad an iPhone like product - except not. Apple has not been able to develop a clear vision of the iPad because Steve Jobs was gone before he could implement a clear direction.


  5. Rob_Wade

    The reason I bring my tab (Surface Pro 6) has much less to do with being able to see it. It has almost everything to do with I CAN GET REAL WORK DONE ON IT. The screen real estate is an optimal balance between mobility and PC functionality. These laughable folding devices, as a form factor, suck as phones and suck as tablets. Since I can have my Type Cover on the SP6 and I'm a touch typist, I can easily and quickly get stuff done. As a musician the device is pretty much perfect for working with music charts. Since I do video casting occasionally on the device, I have plenty of power and speed to handle that.


    But as often as not I don't need to do any real work, so I do NOT want to have to carry some ridiculous 6, 7 or 8 inch device that barely if at all fits in my pocket. That's why I can't even stand most of the current smartphones---THEY ARE TOO BIG.

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