Recently, Google’s reputation in mobile hardware has grown as its Pixel phones have become viable alternatives to devices from Samsung and OnePlus. The company took another big leap this year by introducing its first foldable phone. Google’s Pixel Fold review embargo was lifted this week, and while not all reviews are positive, the Pixel Fold managed to impress some critics who see it as a first-gen competitive entry in a fledgling field.
Keep an eye out for BGR’s review, which will be posted later this week. In the meantime, let’s see what the rest of the internet thinks of the Pixel Fold.
In his review for The New York TimesRoderick Scott highlighted the phone’s design, which he prefers to the “long and narrow” Galaxy Z Fold 4. Aside from the compromises Google made to fit everything into this phone and its painful price, it really liked it:
If you have the money and want a larger smartphone screen, the Pixel Fold’s design is compelling. I especially appreciate that its outer screen is handy for quick work of replying to messages and sending emails, while its unfolded inner screen is perfect for streaming movies and playing games. I love the hardware and plan to spend a few months with it to see how it fares with daily use. But most people don’t need a giant screen at all times, and the price of being an enthusiast who wants the latest technology is still too high.
Allison Johnson in the edge had similar views, celebrating the successes of the Pixel Fold and admitting that the device is “a generation away from greatness.”
To Google’s credit, the Pixel Fold is a much more accessible device than the Z Fold 4. Rather than overwhelm you with possibilities, the Pixel places guardrails on what you can and can’t do, like limiting multitasking on the internal screen to two. Applications. . It’s a friendlier device for someone who’s new to foldables. But I find it hard to believe that anyone seriously considering the Pixel Fold (or any phone approaching $2,000) would be afraid of a bit of complexity.
In by Gadget review, Sam Rutherford also praised the design of the Pixel Fold:
Google has done some nifty things with the Pixel Fold’s hinge and chassis, so there’s essentially no gap between the phone’s halves while still remaining extremely slim. It measures less than 6mm thick and around 12.1mm when closed, so despite being a bit heavier than the Z Fold 4, it feels more balanced. Unless your jeans are painted on, you shouldn’t have much trouble fitting the Pixel Fold into a pocket.
Finally, for TechRadarLance Ulanoff praised the cameras and the quality of the photos:
Their cameras not only take great photos in a wide range of styles, but are complemented by some of the most powerful built-in image processing wizardry on the market. It had been a while since I had so much fun using the cameras on a smartphone. It’s not just the camera app or the editing I can do after the shot; the entire set of camera hardware is solid. And while the Pixel Fold doesn’t beat the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 in every way, I don’t think anyone would feel cheated by just one lens.
It doesn’t seem like Google’s Pixel Fold will significantly grow the foldable phone market, especially at $1,799, but it could at least give Samsung some much-needed competition. The differences between the Pixel Fold and Galaxy Z Fold may seem trivial, but based on early reviews, it’s clear that they make a real difference in practice.
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