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The Galaxy Fold is still extremely fragile, and Samsung knows it • The Verge
Chaim Gartenberg:
<p>Samsung’s video exhorts owners to handle their $1,000-plus phones with kid gloves. Some of Samsung’s requests are more logical: the company advises against adding any additional screen protectors (which could interfere with the folding display). Others, though, like not applying “excessive pressure” to the touchscreen when tapping it, are a bit more unusual for a phone. Samsung also cautions that the Fold isn’t water or dustproof and that the magnets that hold it shut can interfere with other magnetic products, like credit credits, hotel room keys, or medical devices.

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Unfortunately, despite all those warnings, it looks like the new Fold is still almost absurdly easy to break. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZBk_Hb-X0w">As JerryRigEverything shows off in a comprehensive durability test</a>, many of the issues that plagued the first attempt at the Fold are still here: the screen is still extremely soft and easy to scratch; even fingernails are capable of damaging the display. (Samsung’s warning about tapping it too hard makes more sense now.)

JerryRigEverything’s tests also found that it was far too easy for debris to make it inside the display, which is troubling. Other parts of the test were more encouraging. The Fold does hold up admirably against attempts to fold it backward, which is a testament to the level of engineering that Samsung has put into the physical hardware.</p>


"The Galaxy Fold [internal screen] has a hardness comparable to Play-doh, soggy bread or a $2,000 stick of chewing gum," says JerryRigEverything calmly. It's somewhere around 2 on the 10-denominated <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohs_scale_of_mineral_hardness">Mohs scale</a>. The outside screen (and most smartphone screens) is about 7.
samsung  foldable  hardness 
september 2019 by charlesarthur
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