While I wrote in my full review that few should purchase this phone, it's honestly been my favorite device in years and if you think you will get value out of it then don't be afraid to pick one up. It remains my daily driver and my SIM stays inside it more than 95% of the time.
The only time I swap SIMs is when I want to take a phone on a run outside since the Galaxy Fold is big and has no water resistant rating. However, it has been with me around the US and to Europe, held by more than 100 people, traveled on plans, trains, ferries, cars, and more, opened and closed hundreds of times, and yet the display remains as perfect as the day I purchased the Galaxy Fold while my average phone usage has increased because of its ability to serve as both a fully functional phone and small tablet.
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Before I hunted down and purchased a Galaxy Fold, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro was my daily driver. That phone is fantastic and for the majority of people it remains the best smartphone currently available.
I've taken my SIM out of the Galaxy Fold a few times and tried going back to the iPhone 11 Pro, but I just can't do it for more than a couple of hours. I am used to having ready access to the large 7.3 inch display, fantastic cellular reception, and enhanced productivity provided by the Fold so my iPhone 11 Pro sits idle most of the time.
Last week at SDC 2019 in San Jose, we saw Samsung provide a glimpse of another form factor Fold so the future looks exciting. Based on my usage over the past month with the Galaxy Fold, I find it extremely compelling for the following reasons:
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The only thing I've noticed that is a bit of a concern is there is a bit of extremely small movement when you grasp the closed device and squeeze it in your hand. There is a bit of "play" in the hinge where the back and front panels meet along the spine. There is no movement when you open it up, but just a slight bit I notice in the closed position. We'll see how it holds up over time.
Max Weinbach helped answer some questions before I bought my Galaxy Fold and recently gave me some directions on how to clean up this Fold to remove the AT&T elements and turn it into an unlocked model. As a result, I now have the latest update that brought camera improvements and the October security update.
Even if you don't purchase the Samsung Galaxy Fold, I highly recommend you visit a Best Buy store to see one in person. You may not have good luck at an AT&T store, but you could try getting a look at one there too. It's an extremely capable phone that has impressed everyone I've shown it to and provides us all a look at the future of smartphones.