Before you buy a Black Friday smartphone, go fold one in half

Why is nobody buying folding phones? The latest innovation in smartphones only makes up 1% of the market, according to the Korean electronics industry site The Elec, reporting on Samsung. Compared to flagship phones like the Galaxy S22or best-selling bargain phones like the Galaxy A13, folding phones are a blip on the market’s radar. That makes no sense, considering how cool they are.

If you’re considering buying a new phone during the Black Friday deal season, are you going to hold it in your hand first? Normally, I’d say you don’t need to get hands-on with a phone before you buy one. That’s what we’re here for, to put our hands on all of them and then tell you which are the best phones to buy. Unfortunately, some of you are ignoring my adviceso now I’m telling you to get out there and fold a phone.

A partially folded Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 next to a partially folded Huawei Mate Xs 2, both standing on a bare pine table

A Galaxy Z Fold 4 and a foldable Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Image credit: Future)

Go to your local Best Buy or your favorite wireless carrier store and insist on folding a phone in half. I strongly recommend folding the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, but the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is also a delightful phone to fold. Don’t just look at pictures of the phone, and don’t let someone else fold it for you. Go to the store, grab the phone, and fold it.

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