Listen: Samsung Galaxy Fold, Microsoft Surface Duo and the future of smartphones
"After five months of delay. The Samsung Galaxy is now on sale. It's two thousand dollars. It's got a foldable plastic. Seven point three inch led screen and its second screen is four point three inches on the front but Scott will revolutionize the smartphone well I think Samsung is trying to figure out where and a lot of compuserve trying to figure out where to revel revolutionized the smartphone but I think this is not at the point to get on board looking at Jessica's review on CNN. It's expensive. It doesn't have the Water Indus- resistance. It's a fragile phone battery. Life is shorter order. Nobody figured out really how to how to use these screens with software and APPS so these are a huge amount of drawbacks a on a two thousand dollar phone compared to anything else on the market that Samsung or anyone else makes so you can tell between this Microsoft that people are trying to figure out the future but we're not there yet and you're basically buying a prototype concept device at a premium so one thing that Jessica mentions at the end of her video review is that foldable phones are not in inevitability. We're still kind of groping around to try to figure out what the future of smartphones are. What's your perspective on that because you write a ton about out phones. Obviously the iphone has been very incremental the past couple of years but there's this expectation that eventually apple. We'll get into a foldable phone. Do you see the it as a potential inevitability or is this at least something that we're going to be dabbling around with smartphones for at least the next couple years. I think we're definitely take stabs at it but I look at phones and future tech and I use a lot of different devices. I mean I'm not saying everyone. We'll do this but I wear a lot of things on my face. I will experiment with VR and AR. I think about like like we're those screens are coming from. Maybe it's on the phone. Maybe it's something you're casting to. I still like the idea of phones that connect to something else and become like Samsung Index. Yeah becomes a monitor for computer connects to your TV. We've talked about that for years and we're not really they're still but it's obviously technically possible. I think that there's a convenience to folding it open but I think the ways that you get your second screen in your extra. Information are GONNA come from all over the place a good point yeah. That's the promise of five G. That's the promise of like this. The super streaming interconnected life so by the time we get to dual screens. I feel like we're also going to have many other ways to tackle that so I like it but you know I didn't like the Nintendo. Ds when it came out and then I liked it later so maybe I'll change my mind unfolding phones but it seemed cumbersome to me well speaking of the Nintendo. Ds Gas Bring it out. That was a little mean but I'm GonNa do it anyway. Microsoft introduce another concept for the folding phone at its launch event yesterday yesterday the Microsoft surface due out it has to five point six inch displays connected by hinge in the middle. It also doesn't come out until later next next year right so this is kind of hinge instead of a crease how revolutionary do look at this or do you just think it's kind and two displays pasted together. Well other phones have done this to. We've listed them on. CNN and there have been hinged dual screen phones but Microsoft doing. This is really exciting citing interesting. I think it's a it's a bet on again trying to figure out that future. I think I like the laptop one the neo more more the bigger one yeah because I think you're gonNA unfolded in use it like a laptop and I love that keyboard. So you have a real physical keyboard. That's going to shift around and become the track pad or were the touch bar thing which they call Wunderbar but whatever so that's that but that's trying to figure out like I don't want to type on a screen but I wanNA keyboard aboard. It looks like the Super Ipad. That's exciting. The other wine is a bigger phone. It's to five point six inch display so it's take big. Whatever that's duo which is about what's fascinating to me is the the collaboration with Google android Microsoft plus Google android to me says that Google can obviously work on making dual screen phones now but maybe use cases aren't there. Microsoft is practically minded minded productivity company so this is a year long task to figure out. Can we come up with functional things which I'm sure they will so. I think that's a great that's a great company to put on tackling that challenge will benefit all the android folding phones sure okay. It sounds promise it but it's like an absolute a research research project. It's like it's what it is with you on that however if anything people have started to get a little bit uncomfortable with the creeping prices in phones yeah this is potentially doubling the price of a thousand dollar phone. We already know the folders two thousand dollars this phone. The duo is probably going to be really expensive valued expensive. Do you think people are GonNa Balk at this and you know only neo hipsters are gonNA be really interested. Purchasers Yeah Yeah. I think I think and people will balk at it or would just choose not to get it. I think this is something again like they're gonNA lead with. This is a future move down into other types of products that kind of happen with other there have been tons of weird windows laptops and devices over the past number of years so this is almost like more of that plus android. I I think a lot of people do it. I think it's good if it's an all in one do everything thing like if it's your laptop your tablet if it's your communicator or whatever you WANNA call it. You're paying enough now for your paying enough. You would hope so better be yeah. It's like your car so hopefully it's that the fact that they have to devices though suggests that they haven't quite quite solve the do everything between all of it because you do have to pick the smaller large. How small is that small is it. It does feel good to type on how how many apps are going to be working nicely that which is more like a laptop. I wonder if the radio which is the bigger. One is almost like a laptop either way. I think it was going to feel more Microsoft Microsoft."