A $2,000 Experiment ➝

Nick Heer, on the Samsung Galaxy Fold:

But not this product. Even if we totally ignore the unignorable display problems and questionable reliability, there are so many basic software implementation problems that it’s hard to see this as anything more than a prototype that is years away from being ready to ship to consumers.

Except it isn’t shipping years from now; I still can’t believe Samsung will deliver these things to customers next week. But they will, and those customers will pay $2,000 for an experiment that might break at any time, all so Samsung can say that they were first.

There’s only been about a dozen Samsung Galaxy Fold devices in the hands of people outside of Samsung and about a third of those broke within the first few days. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why Samsung isn’t delaying the product for a few months so they can get an idea of what’s going on before it’s in the hands of customers.