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Believe me, a foldable phone is not a replacement for a tablet

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There is a saying, “Technology that forgets its history is doomed to repeat it.” This is not an exact saying but bear with me. Every few years, one piece of technology is tapped to replace another, no matter how rooted the original device may be in our daily lives. First, it was Tablets After laptops. Now, it’s foldable phones It comes after tablets. As someone who has spent time with both large screen devices, I’m here to put an end to this idea early. A foldable phone is not a substitute for a tablet.

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Samsung Galaxy Zfold 4 Standing Foldable Phone

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Unless you have the world’s largest pockets, you probably don’t carry a full-size tablet every day. However, you can easily carry a foldable phone thanks to the compact form factor. It works as a phone for the times you need one but doubles as a tablet when you have a lot on your plate.

I regularly go back to my country Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 When I’m out in a new place. Its large screen provides more than enough real estate for Chrome and Google Maps to coexist, allowing me to track a restaurant and browse the menu simultaneously. I can multitask the same way with the Galaxy Tab, but then I’ll stick to drawing eyeballs when I prefer to blend in. There is no separate way to pull out and check a tablet on a noisy sidewalk.

Have you ever tried to use a tablet as your GPS? Or as a camera at a kid’s party? I certainly hope not.

Then there is the issue of cameras. Foldable phones take after phones, while tablets add rear cameras just for the sake of looks. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 borrows its cameras from the flagship Galaxy S22 Plus, but Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra – A top-notch Samsung tablet – Offers a lens setup on par with the Galaxy A11. You can use the Fold’s cameras as you would any other smartphone, but trying to take pictures with the Galaxy Tab might make you laugh at your child’s party.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Netflix

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No matter how powerful a foldable phone is, if I want to sit back and stream a movie or TV show, I reach for a tablet. The crease down the center of a foldable screen has nothing to do with it either – it’s all about aspect ratio. Where foldable phones offer nearly square aspect ratios as a byproduct of the foldable rectangular design, tablets embrace the world of widescreen with open arms.

Prepare for a lot of numbers, but I promise it will show how difficult it can be to watch a movie on a foldable phone.

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 has an internal aspect ratio of 21.6:18, which we’ll round up to 5:4 for simplicity. On the other hand, the Galaxy Tab family offers a 16:10 ratio, which is much wider, as we saw above. They’re tuned to modern ratios like 1.85:1 and 2.35:1, so most movies and shows will find a way to skip – or at least reduce – letterbox effects.

Letterboxing isn’t anyone’s best friend – especially the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

You can, of course, watch videos on a foldable phone. It’s a go-to when browsing YouTube on a train, but I’m well aware of its shortcomings. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 loses up to half the width in letterbox — black bars that appear above and below your content — sometimes resulting in an image no larger than that on the Galaxy S22 Ultra or other traditional device. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 doesn’t seem ready to adapt to the aspect ratios as it should shine either.

If anything, I thought Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse – shot at 1.19:1 or about 4.8:4 if you scale the ratio – would be perfect for the fold. Instead, you get this:

galaxy z fold 4 lighthouse

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That’s right, even the thick black bars, and not just on the sides. The entire movie is a letterbox in a smaller image, and tweaking to fill the screen comes at the expense of clarity. However, on the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, The Lighthouse extends to the top and bottom of the screen, resulting in an image roughly the size of the Galaxy Z Fold. There are still bars on the left and right sides, but I’ll take the bigger picture any day.

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Samsung Galaxy Zfold 4 flip phone flat open mode

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I’m not an anti-tablet, nor am I an anti-folding phone. What I’m against is the idea that one piece of technology needs to replace another whole point. Tablets and foldable devices have strengths in common, just as tablets and laptops share some strengths at the height of their competition. However, it is also unique enough to stand on its own and meet different needs.

After all, Google developed Android 12L as a way for both tablets and foldables to get the most out of their large displays. The taskbar makes controlling extra real estate within easy reach, and optimized app layouts keep you from feeling like you’re using a bloated smartphone. Even then, formatted software can’t beat the hardware options. They won’t make the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s cameras compete with any phone, nor will they make a modern widescreen film that fits perfectly on the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s square screen.

In the end, it’s all about getting the right tool for the job. If you are going on a road trip or trying to catch up Dragon House While I’m lying in bed, I reach for a tablet. If I’m on the go and need portable power for multitasking, a foldable phone is my go-to. Why can’t we all be friends who have multiple big screen devices in our lives?

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