In case the title doesn’t make it clear, I think the Pixel 6 Pro might just be the last traditional Android phone I’ve ever spent money on.
Now this is not wholes Due to my bad and problematic experience with my Pixel 6 Pro, as well as a few other factors, one of them (ironically) Android is is doing certain things right and those things… foldable phones!Take a look at Samsung’s first foldable trial (pictured below)… The 2019 Galaxy Fold looks like a working prototype that should never see the light of day. In fact, the first Galaxy Fold had to be recalled due to hardware flaws. But that’s not the point… The thing is, the first foldable phones walked so that today’s foldable phones can work!
A quick review of the market today shows that foldable phones have come a long way in a relatively short time. We’re talking hardware far ahead of the first Galaxy Fold, and software that’s more than ready to rival Apple’s iPad, taking full advantage of the larger screens hidden inside folding phones.
So, I know this may sound harsh, but if I’m going to risk having another buggy experience with another Android deviceI would have preferred this phone to be…“worth the effort”. But here’s a little more…
The Pixel 6 Pro is probably my last Android flagship (it doesn’t fold); iPhone 13 is the most reliable phone I’ve had in a while
From left to right – Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Xiaomi Mix Fold. Image courtesy of Michael Fisher.
To be clear, I prefer the look, feel, and even operation of (most) Android platters over the iPhone, the only alternative… Again, ANDmorning a MacBook user (far from the main reason I have the iPhone), but also – my last experience with Android (as a whole) was by chance, to say the least…
- i loved me Huawei P30 Proi used it for about a year and a half but couldn’t upgrade to it Huawei P40 Pro (which I really liked), because it literally couldn’t run Google apps; Sure, it’s not Huawei or Android’s fault, but a huge disappointment nonetheless
- We Pixel 6 ProThe most beautiful phone I’ve ever owned, it wasn’t a reliable phone due to a series of obvious bugs that Google took almost a year to fix; the Pixel 7 ProNor does it provide the consistency I’ve come to expect from a $900 phone I’ve tested for a while (although it’s much more reliable than the Pixel 6 has ever been)
- I already knew but recently (re)discovered that unlike Apple’s iPhone, Android flagship phones (like my Pixel 6 Pro) terribleresalevaluenot great for someone who likes to switch phones a little more often than the average user
My “escape” from the buggy and unreliable Pixel 6 Pro was the iPhone 13 mini and I haven’t looked back!
I’ve decided to keep the tiny iPhone 13 mini (for now) as my primary phone because nothing else comes close in form factor and performance (plus a used but new looking iPhone 13 mini sets me back just €450) or half of my Pixel 6 Pro until). The 13 mini has been my primary phone for a while now and it looks like I’ll stick with Apple when it comes to the device I always have in my pocket and need to rely on to get things done…
Android phones (and iPhones) are now getting closer to the top
But there’s something else that’s slowly but steadily pulling me away from traditional phones, and that’s the fact that they seem to be approaching the top right now.
Just take a look at the upcoming Galaxy S23 series – how good can a traditional Android phone (or iPhone) be from now on? Slab phones have great screens (much better than your TV), outstanding camera systems for social media use, and good battery life (most phones will give you a full day’s worth of use).
Make sure, there may be a few ‘final touches’ left to make an even more ‘perfect’ normal phone… Under-screen cameras for this ‘full’ full-screen view; A more sophisticated camera system with a more “real” camera feel and two days of battery life would have been appreciated, but some phones are already ticking at least one of those boxes…
To think about it: Apple’s iPhone could be an advantage here, thanks to Cupertino’s likes to play the long game, which takes longer to implement certain features compared to Android. Technically, this makes it likely that the iPhone will reach the “top” after Android competition.
Foldable phones may not be the “future,” but they’re getting better; Google and Xiaomi challenge Samsung in the global market (hopefully also at competitive prices)
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (not much thicker than a cased iPhone) will not be sold worldwide, but the Mix Fold 3 will!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I do not believe that foldable phones are the “future” of what we know as “phones”.. The entire foldable form factor seems more suitable for a laptop (Google, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold), the future of “phones” could very well be rollabledesign.
- The Galaxy Fold was not water resistant, which is not the case with Samsung’s newer foldable phones (which makes them much easier to recommend)
- The 2019 Galaxy Fold was approximately 16mm thick when folded; The thinnest foldable phones today (Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, Huawei Mate Xs 2) are 11 mm thick or … should I say 11 mm thin?
- Samsung’s first foldable phone weighed 263 grams, almost as heavy as an iPad mini 6; The new Oppo Find N2 weighs just 233g, making it lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro Max and as heavy/light as the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra (according to leaked info)
- While the three-year-old Galaxy Fold comes with a mid-range camera system, new foldable phones like the Oppo Find N2, Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 and, to some extent, Galaxy Z Fold 4 are now much more powerful and versatile. flagship-class camera kit (with larger sensors and much more advanced image processing)
As you can tell from this quick “progress check”, the key to this is that Samsung finally a little competition. There are indeed foldable phones that look better than others. Galaxy Z Fold 4 there but they are not sold worldwide… still. However, that won’t be the case for much longer!
Pixel Fold, Xiaomi Mix Fold 3, Galaxy Z Fold 5 – choosing a new foldable Android phone can be harder than ever (and that’s great news)
Again, foldable phones have come a long way! The Oppo Find N2 is lighter than an iPhone 14 Pro Max and much thinner than the Galaxy Z Fold 3 (pictured)!
This Google Pixel Fold It is expected to be released before the deadline. Galaxy Z Fold 5The Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 will likely be the first Xiaomi-made foldable phone to make it outside of China. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem perfect Oppo Find N2 will be sold globally, but A little competition is better than nothing! Right?
So, yes, I’ve decided not to buy another traditional Android flagship phone, now I can focus on the foldable phones coming out in 2023! I believe at least one of the foldable phones coming out this year might be good enough to be worth my attention (and cash). As mentioned, Pixel Fold and Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 are in the first place, followed by the Galaxy Z Fold 5, which is expected to arrive later.
Personally, as someone who prefers Google’s Android version and Pixel’s camera, I hope the Pixel Fold will be as good as the leaks suggest. Speaking of leaks, they say the Pixel Fold will cost as much as the Galaxy Z Fold 4 ($1,800), but I’ll only believe it when I see it. Google’s Pixel 7 flagships are noticeably cheaper than their Samsung counterparts (in all markets where they’re sold), and so I expect the Pixel Fold to undercut the new Galaxy Z Fold 5. Or at least I hope so!Of course, if Google does deliver another buggy phone (like the Pixel 6) and decides to price the Pixel Fold as high as the Galaxy Z Fold 5, I might have to look elsewhere and this is where the Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 5 could come into the picture.
Regardless, unless there’s an outstanding deal, I’ll most likely be buying my next foldable phone off eBay, which is exactly how I got the Galaxy Z Fold 3 for half price (finally returned it). – new situation. Of course, when it comes to the average user, another great reason to try a foldable phone – it’s not only good, but also more affordable (if you shop wisely).
Would you like your next Android phone to be foldable?
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