Let me say that I love the idea of a phone / tablet foldable. I was a fan of Courier when Microsoft launched this intriguing but abortive conceptual device. I am all for unique form factors and things that bend. But the real first shot of Samsung against a folding device is inexplicable and probably dead on arrival. I want to congratulate the company for trying something new, but it needed a little more time in the oven.
Of course, I did not use it. This is my uninformed opinion (for your edification). But this device is really strange, and not in a good way. It's a very thick phone with big characters around a small screen that opens in a small tablet. Nobody wants that!
Think about it. Why do you want a big screen?
If it's for the media, like most people, consider that almost all of this media is now widescreen, whether horizontal (YouTube and Netflix) or vertical (Instagram and Facebook). You can easily switch between these views. Now consider that because of the basic geometry, the "big" screen inside this unit will probably not be able to show much, if at all there is one , bigger than the front screen!
(Well, in the case of this camera, maybe a bit, but only because the bezel of this front panel is really huge.Why do you think that they have turned off the light? is the notification bar!)
It's like placing two large screens side by side. You end up with a width twice as big, but that's about what you get if you put the phone aside. All you win with the big screen, it's a lot of letterboxing or windowboxing. Oh, and probably about three quarters of an inch thick and half a pound of weight. This thing is going to be a beast.
Experienced users may also want a big screen for their productivity: E-mail and document management is especially useful on a large device such as a Galaxy Note. So here is the opportunity for a folding tablet to excel (so to speak). You can simply adjust more words, tables, and controls. Awesome! But if the phone is designed for experienced users, why even keep the small screen in front if, at any time, this user wants to engage with the phone, he will open it? For quick answers or to reject notifications, maybe, but who would really like that? This experience will always be less than that on which the entire device is designed.
I would accept a phone that is only a large internal book style screen, and I do not think it would be a pain to open it when you want to use it. Many people with a giant phone still have book covers on their devices! It would be nice to be able to use these square inches for display rather than credit card slots or something of the sort.
There are also creative ways to use the screen: the left and right halves are different applications; the upper half is composed and the lower part is a keyboard; the left half is the inbox and the right half is the content; the top half is the media and the last half is the controls and comments. These came to mind faster than I could write them.
On the other hand, I do not see how a "front-end" screen could interact significantly with a secondary screen (or is it primary?) That will never be visible simultaneously. Presumably, you will use either at some point, which means you literally can not use the full capacity of the device.
You know what would be cool? A device of this type that also uses the frame display that we have already seen on existing Galaxy devices. It would be cool to leave your phone closed as a book, but with a permanent notification tape (or two!) On the lip, telling you the battery, messages, etc. And maybe if you type one, the device will open automatically! That would be great! And Samsung is absolutely the company that, in my opinion, would do it.
Instead, they made this thing.
This is a disappointment for me not only because I do not like the camera as it was designed, but because I think that the inevitable failure of the phone will cool the ambition of the industry with respect to unique devices like this one. That's wrong, though! People want new cool things. But they also want them to make sense.
I can not wait to see how this technology evolves and I hope to have a folding phone in the next few years. But this first device seems to me to be a major mistake that will delay this flexible future instead of moving it forward.