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Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« on: February 25, 2019, 01:38:48 AM »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47348787

No reason for this thread other than as an excuse for the title. As you were.

Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2019, 10:07:00 AM »
These new foldable phones are going to be so easy to break.
If you put one in front of a child they will instinctively try to karate chop it in half.
That must be part of the thinking behind them, more breakages = more sales.
Otherwise, quite a cool innovation, significant in the history of smartphone design and not a fad.
In 5 years we're probably all gonna have one.

Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2019, 11:24:38 AM »
I thought of this idea years ago. If only I weren't so lazy and thick, I'd be minted right now.
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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2019, 12:10:29 PM »
Imagine being able to fold anything, never mind a smartphone.  The whole concept is mind blowing.

The best thing about this is trying to imagine the ugly, inconvenient cases that will be need to be invented for them.

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2019, 12:38:44 PM »
Pfft. I can fold the smartphone I have right now, providing I have no need to use it ever again

Two thousand squids is surely satirical pricing. For that kind of money, it should make me invisible

What fucking next? Physical versions of what I read on the Kindle, yet foldable?

Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2019, 12:46:46 PM »
What is point folding smartphone what is point?

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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2019, 01:16:05 PM »
It turns into a tablet computer. It seems like an obvious step, with phones getting ever larger.

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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2019, 01:20:58 PM »

Can they add unfolding legs to it, so I can use it as an occasional table?

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2019, 01:42:34 PM »
Two thousand squids is surely satirical pricing. For that kind of money, it should make me invisible
CD players cost that when they were first invented. Give it a few years and they'll be the usual ridiculous smart phone price.

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2019, 01:51:01 PM »
CD players cost that when they were first invented. Give it a few years and they'll be the usual ridiculous smart phone price.

CRT tellies are a quid now

And old fridges

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2019, 02:04:40 PM »
You can't fold a smartphone in half more than seven times. Doesn't matter how big it is.

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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2019, 02:21:32 PM »
CRT tellies are a quid now

And old fridges

You have to pay to get rid of them. (or just leave them in your street)

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2019, 06:36:18 PM »
We’re not too many years away from the oblivion of smartphones - as anyone who ever watched How2 knows, you can only fold a smartphone a maximum of 9 times.

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« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2019, 08:23:13 PM »
Bloody hell, it's going up quite fast. Can I throw in an 'eleven times' if bets are still open?

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2019, 08:30:01 PM »
It was always 7 in playground lore, but I've seen figures as high as 9, so fill your boots.

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2019, 09:38:26 PM »
How many fictional folds of a smartphone would be needed to reach the moon?

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2019, 08:13:06 PM »
Did anyone but any of those curved tellies when they were being pushed?

Same thing, innit? Desperate attempt to gee-up a stumbling market with a gimmick that will only appeal to people with more money than sense (so expect China's elite to get big into them).

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« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2019, 08:27:22 PM »
Maybe I'm biased, since it was my idea in the first place, but I don't understand the scornful response this seems to have garnered. I'm certainly not going to stump up two grand for one, but the concept is sound.

Take two portable computing devices into the shower? Not me.

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2019, 08:34:36 PM »
Did anyone but any of those curved tellies when they were being pushed?
Curved monitors seem to have remained sufficiently popular.

(I'd consider one, but I don't yet have more money than sense alas.)

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« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2019, 08:39:46 PM »
Honestly guys this isn't even that good.  I have been able to fold other stuff for literally years.  Things like paper, cardboard, even thin sheets of plastic.  If you want something like that folded with my bare hands I promise I will do my best for a substantial fee.

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2019, 11:29:25 PM »
CRT tellies are a quid now
High quality CRTs are beginning to go a good bit up in price, I think. Pretty understandable market for them among retro gaming purists.

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2019, 12:57:03 AM »
Curved monitors seem to have remained sufficiently popular.

Do they? I didn't even know they existed and have certainly never seen one.

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2019, 03:47:43 PM »
The form factor of modern phones has only shown incremental improvement since the original iPhone. Foldable phones - something that compresses a phone and a tablet into the same device - were inevitable. I'm really interested in seeing where this will be three or four generations from now. As with any major leap with technology, we're going to get a lot of also-ran shit along the way.

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« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2019, 04:27:52 PM »
Yeah. Until we get magic floating hologram displays, or the Google Glass idea is somehow revived in a non-wanky way, this seems like the most significant advance for phones/tablets that we're likely to see for a while.

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2019, 06:30:04 PM »
Hololens 2 is looking pretty impressive too atm, potential replacement for monitors to work from in a generation or 2.

Looking at the Samsung and Huawei models atm, it feels like Samsung will probably have the more reliable machine but Huawei are closer to having the form down. The screen being on the outside (to save the need for a second) seems somewhat inevitable

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2019, 06:34:22 PM »
Neocortex implants.


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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2019, 06:36:56 PM »
Imagine being able to fold anything, never mind a smartphone.  The whole concept is mind blowing.

The best thing about this is trying to imagine the ugly, inconvenient cases that will be need to be invented for them.

How about a folding kindle with layers, so you can flip through these layers whilst reading?

Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #27 on: March 03, 2019, 06:58:39 PM »
Hololens 2 is looking pretty impressive too atm, potential replacement for monitors to work from in a generation or 2.
A brief image search reveals that it comprehensively fails the non-wanky looking test.

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« Reply #28 on: March 03, 2019, 07:30:29 PM »
How about a folding kindle with layers, so you can flip through these layers whilst reading?

They could have one kindle for each book to minimise the frustrating menu screen nonsense.

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Re: Folding Smartphones. Mate.
« Reply #29 on: March 03, 2019, 10:22:29 PM »
They could have one kindle for each book to minimise the frustrating menu screen nonsense.

I'd also like to not have to charge it. Surely these individual Kindle books could be converted to some sort of non-electronic format? There must be something non-electric out there that can display these Kindle words! Something roughly Kindle-sized in a progressive arrangement, I don't mind if it's a little bit thicker as long as it's roughly the same weight