07 October 2019
Samsung's Galaxy Fold is undoubtedly a smartphone that represents innovation and future but when it comes to daily life usage, it seems to be not so good for it. We first came to know about this when reviewers complained about their damaged units earlier this year. It is claimed to be fixed now as it finally went on sale this month but if you are wondering exactly how durable the new version is, well-known YouTuber Zack Nelson aka JerryRigEverything has posted a Galaxy Fold durability video.
The video confirms our doubts as the Galaxy Fold is indeed a fragile device which needs extreme care. It is a smartphone where even a small mistake can result in irreversible damage. The external display on the phone starts getting scratched at a level 6 on Moh's scale of hardness which is similar to traditional smartphones. It is the internal bigger display with plastic which scratches at level 2 and is a sign of major concern. It means even your fingernail scratches can do significant damage to the display.
One of the major issues with the first Galaxy Fold units was related to dust particles and debris entering the hinge. As it turns out, the issue still persists despite Samsung claiming to have made necessary changes. Nelson put some sand between the foldable display which managed to make its way into the hinge. Even though he put more sand than most people would during daily usage, it is worth noting that the luxurious foldable phone is not suitable for a trip to the beach or anyone who lives in a dusty area or any place where dust is common.
But there is one good thing about the Galaxy Fold and it is the hinge's durability. Nelson put the Galaxy Fold to bend test by trying to bend it in the opposite direction but could not be successful. He tried it on more than one occasion and with enough strength but the phone did not bend. You can check out the complete video but the headline is that if you are planning to buy a Galaxy Fold, you can never be too careful while handling it as Nelson even ended up killing a complete row of pixels on the upper display portion making it unresponsive to touch input.