Folding phones have been a high point of conversation for tech lovers for a few years now. It was around 2019 that they first began to emerge from the deep dark hole of tech development strategies that we never thought would last, but they have. Folding phones are far more sleek and advanced than the flip phones their creators undoubtedly drew their inspiration from. They come from the best phone companies in the world, run the most advanced operating systems, have excellent camera specs, and have access to all the best apps. Folding phones have found their way into our lives and fit in perfectly – here’s why they’re here to stay.
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They’re great for gaming
Mobile gaming is now an enormous part of the gaming sector’s gross income. More than 40% of all gamers on the planet are now mobile gamers, so it’s no surprise that any new phone that comes out will be making a play for its market share. Some of the best gaming phones on the market today are folding phones. Gamers love anything convenient, and nothing is more convenient than the tiniest possible gaming device that takes up as little space in your life, pocket, or bag as possible.
They make excellent toys
Let’s be honest: people who love tech love anything shiny and new! Back in the day, that was flip phones; today, it’s folding phones. It’s something of a novelty that a seemingly solid brick of plastic and metal can kink in the middle and fold over on itself to become half its original size. In the years that these phones have been available and the tech has been maturing, the novelty hasn’t yet worn off. Foldable phones have created a niche market; out of around 1.5 billion phones sold worldwide in 2021, around 5 million were foldable phones. This can be seen in two ways. First, the phones have barely made it into the market, and second, they’re unique and unusual and people who have them become more interesting by comparison. Everyone loves to feel like they have a niche, and foldable phones are definitely a niche. There are a lot of cool tech gadgets out there to choose from, and these are an excellent way to go.
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The technology behind them is rock solid
Foldable phones are now produced by some of the biggest names in the phone and tech world, like Samsung, Huawei, Oppo and Microsoft. We have trusted these names for generations, in some cases, to develop tech that is cutting-edge and built to last. Investing in a new mobile phone is costly, whether you’re doing it on a monthly contract basis or buying the device outright. You want to know that you’ll get a reasonable cost per use out of your device over two to three years.
Foldable phone research has also allowed for advancements in the technology used on other phones, particularly screen technology. The flexible materials used to make the screens of these phones that bend, curve and pull each time they are used can only be an advantage when applied to non-folding phones, as the material is far more robust than usual. These strong materials offer us a future of phone shapes and sizes that may be far different from what we experience today.
They are incredibly convenient
One of the best things about a foldable phone is its convenience. Not only is it physically convenient, folding up to half its size to be stored anywhere you like. But it’s also an aid to multitasking. If you’re dying to watch your team’s latest game but know that you need to keep your eye on a work Discord chat, you can do both at the same time on one device. You can watch the game on one half of the folding screen while monitoring the Discord chat on the other.
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They are nostalgic and futuristic at the same time
With the current wave of 90s and early 2000s nostalgia sweeping across the world, for the millennial generations in particular, it’s unsurprising that tech is mirroring that desire to return to the good old days. We miss the days when our phones folded over our Juicy sweatpants or clipped into our jeans pockets. We’re re-watching shows like Sex and the City and missing the days when Carrie’s flip phone was the height of cool. Foldable phones fill that void but also offer us a futuristic, technologically viable device to use in daily life.
Foldable phones have taken tech lovers by storm, and with all the research still being done to better their components and composition, there’s no doubt that they’ll be with us for a long time.