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Oops! I was wrong about foldable phones

They’re here to stay in the years to come

Illustration by Migs Buera

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When the first foldable phone came out, the words I blurted out of my mouth were “Who the F needs that?” At the time, no one really needed it. It was a showcase of what the future might hold; a glimpse of where we’re headed.

For someone whose work requires him to be appreciative of technology, I wasn’t particularly receptive to change. Inherently, I believe that necessity is the mother of the invention which is why I was hesitant about the whole foldable concept — and even called it a fad. Smartphones are doing fine, why change what’s not broken, right?

Yes, my thoughts are the same about the flip phones that resemble the phones of the distant past. An ex-lover and I were jokingly discussing how impractical these phones are, despite working in the electronics and technology industry.

But the same thing cannot be said to the most recent foldable phones anymore, especially in 2021. There’s a certain allure with the Galaxy Z Fold2 that you can only experience when you use it. And the same goes with the Huawei Mate X2 when Michael Josh decided to play around with it. And I couldn’t agree more.

Using the Galaxy Z Fold2 for quite a while now made me realize how it fills the gap in the smartphone industry, and how they can help keep the technology industry from pressing forward.

Not the usual smartphone, not yet a tablet

By now, you probably know this foldable’s form factor. So I don’t need to go into the technical details and let me speak from experience.

The first time I got my hands on the Galaxy Z Fold2, I was afraid. It felt like a delicate flower that evokes grandeur and beauty. When folded, it’s nearly the size of average smartphones that you’re familiar with. It’s just thicker to hold and quite slippery that you might want to strengthen your grip to be on the safe side.

Opening it requires a gentler approach, but this is where the magic begins. The Galaxy Z Fold2 offered a bigger screen that I can hold for a longer time, which a tablet can’t even provide. It gave me the ability to work elsewhere without carrying my laptop all the damn time.

Though you can’t do heavy work in it, I was able to keep my social platforms running and I was able to hop on a meeting, check my designers’ works, and coordinate with my team — even if I was outdoors eating at an al fresco restaurant.

It’s also a head-turning accessory, seeing how foldables are unique to the average consumer’s eyes. And honestly, I liked the attention I got from it.

Okay, enough with its allure. Let’s talk about what my issues were and how it’s relevant to the future of smartphones.

Pushing the boundaries of what a smartphone should be

One of the issues most tech reviewers had with the foldable phones is the creases that, frankly, make or break an experience. I can live with it, but not a lot of people can (probably). But my issue was how most apps aren’t optimized for a foldable phone, yet.

This is why depending on how it pans out, foldable phones can turn the wheels again and make the whole industry move forward. Smartphones are getting boring and obsolete.

When every smartphone manufacturer releases a smartphone every damn three months, we get bored seeing how all of them look similar or offer a minor reiteration of the common slab devices. Remove their brand and coating, and they all look the same.

Companies have nearly perfected the design and experience of flagship smartphones. Midrange and budget phones, on the other hand, need a little bit more refining.

Other companies like LG — whose mobile division already shut down — started working on different form factors like the LG Wing. And we love it. Even ASUS made the whole Zenfone 8 an engineering solution, packing heavy features in a compact smartphone by shrinking some of its components.

Although frankly, we can all agree and settle with foldable phones as the next form factor. It’s starting to make sense, at least when you get your hands on it. With Samsung and Huawei leading the race on foldables, it’s certainly a phone war we’d love to watch from beginning to end.

The next standard of premium phones… or the future of smartphones?

If more people adopt foldable phones, smartphone manufacturers will be forced to step up their game and go where the demand is. Except, foldable phones still aren’t made for general use.

It still is a phone for those who have the money to burn, who want to be on the cutting-edge of technology, and those who need a device that fills the gap between a smartphone and a tablet to augment their lifestyle.

But whatever the future has in store for us, I’m certain that foldable phones — if done right — can be the next standard of what makes a phone premium. That, or it could be the next generation of our smartphones. Nonetheless, my mind has changed thanks to the Galaxy Z Fold2. And now, I’m excited to step into the future.

SEE ALSO: I’ve grown attached to the Galaxy Z Fold2

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Samsung Black Friday Cyber Monday sale back in Singapore

Pokemon-themed accessories also launched

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Samsung Singapore is bringing back its Black Friday Cyber Monday sale campaign, offering flash sales and discounted rates for customers.

During these two days, selected products will be available for 7% off with the discount code ‘7OFF’. From 12 midnight to 9 a.m. on both days, customers should also be on the lookout for flash sales.

For a sneak peek of what devices, electronics, and home appliances are included in the sale, check the list below.

Product Black Friday Cyber Monday promo
27-inch Odyssey G4 240Hz Gaming Monitor SG$ 360 (from SG$ 568)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 5G SG$ 2,578 (from SG$2,938)

  • Free Galaxy Watch 5 40mm BT
  • Free upgrade from 512GB to 1TB (Samsung Online Store exclusive)
302L All-Around Cooling Top Mount Freezer 25% off retail price of SG$ 699
Crystal UHD 4K AU7002 Series Up to 40% off retail price, which starts at SG$ 799
Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 2022 Edition (Wi-Fi) SG$ 468 from SG$ 598 (flash deal hours only)

  • Additional free Targus Antimicrobial Foldable Keyboard and Samsung Universal Stand
Galaxy A23 5G SG$ 398 from SG$ 498 (flash deal hours only)

  • Additional free SG$ 20 Dairy Farm voucher

 

Aside from irresistible deals, the Samsung Online Store is releasing a special-edition range of Pokémon-themed accessories.

During the Black Friday Cyber Monday campaign period, consumers will receive a complimentary Galaxy Buds2 Poké Ball Cover (worth SG$ 58) with every purchase of the Galaxy Buds2 Pro (SG$ 328).

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PMC’s film-making contest lets you win an iPhone 14

Presence and Presents

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Power Mac Center has officially unwrapped its holiday campaign, Presence and Presents, which includes giving interested participants the chance to take home an iPhone 14 by simply joining a contest.

For its “Unwrap Moments” short film competition, PMC is inviting everyone 18 years and above to use an iPhone, be creative, and capture the joy of togetherness during the holiday season.

The final output should answer the question “Why is presence the best present for Christmas?”.

Shortlisted entries will be judged by PMC representatives and two renowned Filipino filmmakers in Antoinette Jadaone and JP Habac.

The prizes up for grabs are as follows:

  • Grand winner: iPhone 14 128GB worth PhP 61,990
  • 1st runner-up: iPad Air 5th gen 64GB worth PhP 41,490
  • 2nd runner-up: AirPods 3rd gen worth PhP 12,990
  • People’s Choice Special Award winner: PhP 5,000 worth of 1 Infinite Access points
  • 3 special awardees: PhP 10,000 worth of products from partners Adam Elements, Energea, and Logitech

Submission of entries is until December 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. For more details and specifics on the mechanics, visit this link.

Holiday deals, exclusive rewards for members

Aside from the contest, Presence and Presents also features “Unwrap Dreams” which lets customers score deals of up to 25% off on selected premium iPhone cases and screen protectors – when they purchase the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

Those buying the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, on the other hand, can score up to PhP 2,000 worth of store credits which can be used to buy any available accessories at all PMC and The Loop stores.

PMC’s partner brands also get as much as 95% off on chargers, earphones, speakers, storage devices, and more. All these promos last until December 31, 2022.

Lastly, “Unwrap Treats” is PMC’s way of giving back to 1 Infinite Access members as they can get up to an additional 10% off on participating premium accessories.

SEE ALSO: Best iPhone 14 Cases

 

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Trip to Boracay awaits lucky vivo Y22s, V25 buyer

More prizes await this holiday season

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Boracay photos Shot on the vivo V25 Pro

Christmas season is usually a time for customers to invest in new things to use for the next year or so, and smartphones are no exception.

With vivo, fans do not only get a quality smartphone; they also get a chance to win a brand-new mountain bike, a buffet package at Okada, or even a trip to Boracay.

That’s made possible by vivo’s Wish for Christmas promotion which offers everyone exciting holiday treats for every purchase of the Y22s or V25 5G until December 20, 2022.

Every purchase of either phone entitles customers to choose one gift from the wish list below when they get selected as the lucky grand winner:

  • Round trip ticket to Boracay (for 1 person only)
  • Okada Buffet Meal package worth PhP 10,000 (maximum of 4 people)
  • Rock Rider 27.5 mountain bike
  • Havit projector
  • vivo Y15 smartphone
  • Standard e-scooter

Aside from the grand prize, four (4) more winners may take home any of the following gift items:

  • Neckband earphone
  • Havit Bluetooth earphone E505BT
  • Havit smart bracelet H1100
  • Baseus Encok TWS W3

Just to recap, the V25 5G is priced at PhP 23,999. The Y22s, on the other hand, is available for PhP 10,999 for the 4GB variant and PhP 12,999 for the 8GB variant.

Qualified participants can submit their raffle entries until 10 in the evening on December 20. Winners will then be announced on December 23 at 12 noon, on vivo’s Facebook page.

Claiming of prizes is only until 60 days upon receipt of notification. Winners must present a valid ID and proof of purchase with date, as well as their notification from vivo.

vivo Blue Santa’s visit

Furthermore, vivo is giving away more prizes through its Blue Santa holiday promo. The instruction is quite simple.

Customers who purchase a vivo smartphone in a participating store where Blue Santa is located can get a free vivo baseball cap by taking a photo with Blue Santa and posting it on Facebook using the hashtag #vivoBlueSanta.

The schedule of Blue Santa’s visit to vivo concept stores and kiosks is listed below.

  • December 16: Glorietta, Century Mall, Cash & Carry, Xentromall, Lucky Chinatown
  • December 17: SM Muntinlupa, WM Sucat, WM Bicutan, Metropoint Pasay
  • December 23: SM Valenzuela, SM Sangandaan, Ayala Feliz, SM Center Pasig
  • December 24: Fishermall QC, Trinoma, SM North Edsa, Fairview Terraces

SEE ALSO: Taking the vivo V25 Pro on a date night in Boracay island

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