Google Fold or Hold for Fold 5

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Okay, now I'm in a quandary. Guess maybe I'll wait to see the official Fold 5 release for better compare.

I'd be interested to hear from the current Fold 4 owners what you think of the Google Fold? Would you switch?
 

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Fold 4 was my first foldable. Unless something drastic happens in development with the 5, this will be my last fold for a while.

I've learned my lesson with adopting the first generation of any device, car, boat, etc. I'll let the first generation of buyers - beta testers - work out the bugs and maybe look at the 3rd generation of the device. I do, however, like the design of the Pixel Fold over the Fold 4. Bigger front screen.
 

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I probably would stay with the Samsung fold for now. This is Google’s first fold and you know who are the testers for new things , us the consumer.

These are neat phones but expensive and expensive fixes. Samsung just recently denied my fold hinge issue and as you can see below I’m using a iPhone now. I don’t have patience for a company not standing behind their product, the service center stated the phone was in excellent condition to rule out abuse. If there is a hinge issue you have to replace the screen to fix it $550+ repair. The service center told me that Samsung would deny the hinge deal, they haven’t approved one yet and they said hinges are a common problem. Just repeating what I was told.

You will love the fold, just making you aware of possible issues that could happen. Obviously this isn’t everyone’s experiences. I know my experiences. Fold 2 hinge broke, Samsung covered it. Fold 3 screen protector bubbled and Samsung replaced free. (Service center said they don’t replace screen protector anymore.). Screen protectors have tendency to bubble at the crease area over time. Fold 4 hinge issue and screen bubble just started just starting and Samsung denied repair

With that said, maybe trying the Google fold might be worth trying. That wider not as tall screen might be great deal. Samsung is going on the 5th generation, but these other companies are following Samsung phones. You know I might be interested in the Google fold more knowing what I know now. Put insurance on it then your covered. My fold 4 probably will go thru the insurance route and then sell the replacement. Lots to think about that’s for sure.

I’m not trying to scare you off it, just making you aware of known issues and issues I’ve actually had myself.
 

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I think Google pixel is really tempting it has i think perfect size for foldable, i dont think they will have much earlier adoption to go through being their first fold because they using Samsung screen wich they have more experience maybe some kinks on software side for Google. That being said i dont like the tensor chip in its 2nd generation in performance or battery life but that shouldn't matter much Who owns this device most will be for media consumption .

Im waiting on more reviews to go pixel ,stay with Fold 4 or wait another year as fold 5 doesn't interest me.
 

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Fold 4 was my first foldable. Unless something drastic happens in development with the 5, this will be my last fold for a while.

I've learned my lesson with adopting the first generation of any device, car, boat, etc. I'll let the first generation of buyers - beta testers - work out the bugs and maybe look at the 3rd generation of the device. I do, however, like the design of the Pixel Fold over the Fold 4. Bigger front screen.

Last Fold? Am I right to think that you enjoy the Fold 4 enough for another year or more? Good to hear. Maybe I'll look for a discounted Fold 4 as my first.

I probably would stay with the Samsung fold for now. This is Google’s first fold and you know who are the testers for new things , us the consumer.

These are neat phones but expensive and expensive fixes. Samsung just recently denied my fold hinge issue and as you can see below I’m using a iPhone now. I don’t have patience for a company not standing behind their product, the service center stated the phone was in excellent condition to rule out abuse. If there is a hinge issue you have to replace the screen to fix it $550+ repair. The service center told me that Samsung would deny the hinge deal, they haven’t approved one yet and they said hinges are a common problem. Just repeating what I was told.

You will love the fold, just making you aware of possible issues that could happen. Obviously this isn’t everyone’s experiences. I know my experiences. Fold 2 hinge broke, Samsung covered it. Fold 3 screen protector bubbled and Samsung replaced free. (Service center said they don’t replace screen protector anymore.). Screen protectors have tendency to bubble at the crease area over time. Fold 4 hinge issue and screen bubble just started just starting and Samsung denied repair

With that said, maybe trying the Google fold might be worth trying. That wider not as tall screen might be great deal. Samsung is going on the 5th generation, but these other companies are following Samsung phones. You know I might be interested in the Google fold more knowing what I know now. Put insurance on it then your covered. My fold 4 probably will go thru the insurance route and then sell the replacement. Lots to think about that’s for sure.

I’m not trying to scare you off it, just making you aware of known issues and issues I’ve actually had myself.

Wow, sorry to hear that. I see though that you enjoy it enough to go thru three versions of it. I would hope with the hinge will be much improved with the 5th version. Although, did you just talked yourself into giving Google Fold? 😉

I think Google pixel is really tempting it has i think perfect size for foldable, i dont think they will have much earlier adoption to go through being their first fold because they using Samsung screen wich they have more experience maybe some kinks on software side for Google. That being said i dont like the tensor chip in its 2nd generation in performance or battery life but that shouldn't matter much Who owns this device most will be for media consumption .

Im waiting on more reviews to go pixel ,stay with Fold 4 or wait another year as fold 5 doesn't interest me.

Yeah, I'm not so sure about that Tensor either. I think I'll wait on the Fold 5 to see.
 

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Wow, sorry to hear that. I see though that you enjoy it enough to go thru three versions of it. I would hope with the hinge will be much improved with the 5th version. Although, did you just talked yourself into giving Google Fold?



Yeah, I'm not so sure about that Tensor either. I think I'll wait on the Fold 5 to see.


No I didn't talk myself into the Google pixel. With 2 hinge issues out of 3 phones, the track record isn't good. With mustang saying Google is using Samsung screen on one hand is good as it's been tested and works, but on the other hand there's still the hinge to deal with and Google is on first gen. I do like the looks of the wider front screen more then I thought I would, but haven't played with it. If I was first time buyer I might consider the pixel fold over Samsung for that reason.

I liked the fold experience, that's why I tried 3 of them. I am sure you will like the fold experience, you may not like the outside narrow screen that varies with people. With the expense of the folding phones I have hard time accepting the cost of repairs if they happen. In my case the phone was 6 months old and Samsung doesn't want to stand behind the hinge. I accepted that I would carry insurance on it for the high cost of the phone, I even came to terms that I would probably have to upgrade yearly to avoid hinge and screen issues. When 2 out of 3 having hinge issues within the first year and Samsung not fixing the second one has made the fold phone to expensive to own. Paying close to thousand dollars a year for a phone is expensive enough, then high costs of repairs is past my limit of acceptance.

I am going to try to send it directly to Samsung and see what happens. Hopefully they will fix it second time, then I'll be selling it. Samsung gave me the push to try iphone and I'm by no means disappointed with it. I love the watch ultra, it's better then the Samsung watch 5 pro for me. The ipad is ok, I do like the tab 8+ better, but I do have a lower model ipad.
 

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No I didn't talk myself into the Google pixel. With 2 hinge issues out of 3 phones, the track record isn't good. With mustang saying Google is using Samsung screen on one hand is good as it's been tested and works, but on the other hand there's still the hinge to deal with and Google is on first gen. I do like the looks of the wider front screen more then I thought I would, but haven't played with it. If I was first time buyer I might consider the pixel fold over Samsung for that reason.

I liked the fold experience, that's why I tried 3 of them. I am sure you will like the fold experience, you may not like the outside narrow screen that varies with people. With the expense of the folding phones I have hard time accepting the cost of repairs if they happen. In my case the phone was 6 months old and Samsung doesn't want to stand behind the hinge. I accepted that I would carry insurance on it for the high cost of the phone, I even came to terms that I would probably have to upgrade yearly to avoid hinge and screen issues. When 2 out of 3 having hinge issues within the first year and Samsung not fixing the second one has made the fold phone to expensive to own. Paying close to thousand dollars a year for a phone is expensive enough, then high costs of repairs is past my limit of acceptance.

I am going to try to send it directly to Samsung and see what happens. Hopefully they will fix it second time, then I'll be selling it. Samsung gave me the push to try iphone and I'm by no means disappointed with it. I love the watch ultra, it's better then the Samsung watch 5 pro for me. The ipad is ok, I do like the tab 8+ better, but I do have a lower model ipad.

When I do pull the trigger on a Fold, I plan to have insurance on it. But just to confirm, you do have insurance but Samsung won't fix the hinge or screen bubble issue?
 

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When I do pull the trigger on a Fold, I plan to have insurance on it. But just to confirm, you do have insurance but Samsung won't fix the hinge or screen bubble issue?

They used to do screen protector replacement one time as a courtesy, now apparently they don't.

Insurance covers damage which also has a deductible of $249. I am trying to get it under warranty as there was no damage done by me. The repair center even stated in excellent shape, no physical abuse.

Last resort I'll file the insurance pay the deductible and then sell the replacement
 
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I probably would stay with the Samsung fold for now. This is Google’s first fold and you know who are the testers for new things , us the consumer.

These are neat phones but expensive and expensive fixes. Samsung just recently denied my fold hinge issue and as you can see below I’m using a iPhone now. I don’t have patience for a company not standing behind their product, the service center stated the phone was in excellent condition to rule out abuse. If there is a hinge issue you have to replace the screen to fix it $550+ repair. The service center told me that Samsung would deny the hinge deal, they haven’t approved one yet and they said hinges are a common problem. Just repeating what I was told.

You will love the fold, just making you aware of possible issues that could happen. Obviously this isn’t everyone’s experiences. I know my experiences. Fold 2 hinge broke, Samsung covered it. Fold 3 screen protector bubbled and Samsung replaced free. (Service center said they don’t replace screen protector anymore.). Screen protectors have tendency to bubble at the crease area over time. Fold 4 hinge issue and screen bubble just started just starting and Samsung denied repair

With that said, maybe trying the Google fold might be worth trying. That wider not as tall screen might be great deal. Samsung is going on the 5th generation, but these other companies are following Samsung phones. You know I might be interested in the Google fold more knowing what I know now. Put insurance on it then your covered. My fold 4 probably will go thru the insurance route and then sell the replacement. Lots to think about that’s for sure.

I’m not trying to scare you off it, just making you aware of known issues and issues I’ve actually had myself.
The 1st Ubreakit wouldn't fix it and told me to send it to samsung. I called another they checked that stores inventory said they had the parts and they were clueless why they 2ouldnt fix it. I took it to them and they fixed the hinge and basically made it a new phone as everything was replaced except internals.
 
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The 1st Ubreakit wouldn't fix it and told me to send it to samsung. I called another they checked that stores inventory said they had the parts and they were clueless why they 2ouldnt fix it. I took it to them and they fixed the hinge and basically made it a new phone as everything was replaced except internals.

I'm going to send it to Samsung direct next. I'm hoping Samsung will fix it direct. It'll probably not be enough for me to go back to the fold, at least for now. I've used this ubreakifix before with no issues, but maybe they don't like to work on the fold but just say that.
 

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I'm going to send it to Samsung direct next. I'm hoping Samsung will fix it direct. It'll probably not be enough for me to go back to the fold, at least for now. I've used this ubreakifix before with no issues, but maybe they don't like to work on the fold but just say that.
Personally I think for the price of these folds customer service should be way better with better options especially if this is your only phone amd you ha e to send it off to Samsung for over a week to get fixed.
 

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If I were to stay with foldable phones I wouldn't move away from Samsung. When the original fold came out I didn't want it because there was no spen functionality. I always had loved the Note series but thought the screen really needed to be bigger to utilize the spen more which I loved. So I loved the idea of the original fold and thought I would try the LG V60 with the dual screen case, plus I could use a stylus. Yes it wasn't quite the same with that gap between the screens but it was pretty close. I loved everything about that phone but it was a little heavy with the dual screen attached. But the big problem was some Samsung apps (especially snote) was missing and Samsung health not there to work with my Galaxy watch. I was missing my Samsung apps. So, later when Microsoft Duo didn't do well and you could pick one up for around $300 I thought I would give another "foldable" or "dual screen" phone a try. I liked it and still have it and use it from time to time but again missing my Samsung experience. Finally after the fold 3 came out I waited about 4 months and picked up a slightly used one for a little less than $1000 dollars on Swappa. I have had it for a year and a half now. I love everything about it. I guess my problem is every mobile tech I have is Samsung. The fold 3, Tab S7+, Galaxy watch 4, and Samsung laptop. They All work seamlessly with each other. I did have to carry insurance with the fold 3 since I brought it used. It has held up all except now I am getting "micro cracks" down the fold portion of the screen. It doesn't really bother me while using it and will continue to use it until it goes completely out. Then will decide if I use the insurance to fix it or go back to a slab phone. Problem is now I am retired, and don't have the extra fun money I used to so I can't keep throwing fold kind of money at my phones. If I did have the extra money to keep up in the fold world I would stay with Samsung just because I am so imbedded in the Samsung experience.

For you who aren't so imbedded in Samsung experience and have some extra cash it's going to be a lot of fun for the next few years with all the foldable options that will be coming out, Samsung and others. I just will have to happily bow out of the phone tech rat race now that I am retired. Enjoy yourselves finding the next new foldable.I will be watching from the sidelines reading your experiences. Just thought I would throw my two cents in on the discussion.
 
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@rsmin , micro cracks on the inside fold crease?

If you are happy with the Fold 3 all this time, maybe there will be a nice discount on a Fold 4 soon? 😉
 
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No I didn't talk myself into the Google pixel. With 2 hinge issues out of 3 phones, the track record isn't good. With mustang saying Google is using Samsung screen on one hand is good as it's been tested and works, but on the other hand there's still the hinge to deal with and Google is on first gen. I do like the looks of the wider front screen more then I thought I would, but haven't played with it. If I was first time buyer I might consider the pixel fold over Samsung for that reason.

I liked the fold experience, that's why I tried 3 of them. I am sure you will like the fold experience, you may not like the outside narrow screen that varies with people. With the expense of the folding phones I have hard time accepting the cost of repairs if they happen. In my case the phone was 6 months old and Samsung doesn't want to stand behind the hinge. I accepted that I would carry insurance on it for the high cost of the phone, I even came to terms that I would probably have to upgrade yearly to avoid hinge and screen issues. When 2 out of 3 having hinge issues within the first year and Samsung not fixing the second one has made the fold phone to expensive to own. Paying close to thousand dollars a year for a phone is expensive enough, then high costs of repairs is past my limit of acceptance.

I am going to try to send it directly to Samsung and see what happens. Hopefully they will fix it second time, then I'll be selling it. Samsung gave me the push to try iphone and I'm by no means disappointed with it. I love the watch ultra, it's better then the Samsung watch 5 pro for me. The ipad is ok, I do like the tab 8+ better, but I do have a lower model ipad.
Love the word, quandary...very English!
 
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Just refreshing this thread a bit

Is it worth getting the Fold 4 currently; or hang fire for the Fold 5?

Wondering if the Fold 4 prices will come down too?
 

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Just refreshing this thread a bit

Is it worth getting the Fold 4 currently; or hang fire for the Fold 5?

Wondering if the Fold 4 prices will come down too?
It depends where you are planning on buy-in the phone...I've already seen lower prices on the Fold 4 and if you want to go the way of sites like Swappa can scoop up some good prices if you do your homework... I like the Fold 5 if you have a good trade in to Samsung and I think the battery will be much better on Fold 5 with the Snapdragon Gen 2 chip
 
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