With Samsung’s big Unpacked event only a day away, I have to ask the question about the push for foldable phones and how they can help when it comes to productivity. Now to be fair, I’ve been a long time Samsung user, especially the Note line including the S-Pen so I’m not going to spend a lot of time digging into the pros and cons of the platform. Rather let’s look at how having a device with more screen real estate could be of benefit.
If you’re taking notes using your phone, the larger screen could make it easier to read and organize, but I wonder about typing on that screen for an extended period of time. If you’re using a stylus (S-Pen) it might be easier, but it’s still not the same as working on a dedicated tablet. If you’re a mobile worker, combining the foldable design with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse could be a win as well when it comes to minimizing the amount of gear you’re carrying.
Where all this comes together isn’t as much on the hardware as it is on the software. In the Android world, the tablet version has been anemic at best when it comes to productivity. Samsung offers Dex, a desktop like experience, that may work well with the foldable phone, but we won’t know for sure until it’s in everyone’s hands.
If you think you’d benefit from a foldable phone, let me know how in the comments. I’d love to hear some use cases that could justify the design as well as the price tag.