Is this thing really the future of the smartphone?

I, like the rest of the tech community, have been eagerly anticipating the launch of the Galaxy Fold. Samsung’s $2000 folding powerhouse that is purportedly a game changer for the smartphone industry.

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The butterfly metaphor is appropriate, I guess. Source: Samsung Press

This excitement is justified, the folding arrangement of the phone is the first update to the ‘rectangle with a slab of glass’ design ethos we’ve seen become hegemonic with smartphone manufacturers for the past decade.

In his review, Jon Rettinger compares the Galaxy Fold to the Galaxy Note. detailing how the Note challenged the design language of the time with its ginormous size, ‘It was so different from the mobile status quo that people didn’t know what to think of it. …

How television continues to live on in a highly convoluted media world.

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I stole this from Google Images, I hope no one finds out.

You know what’s funny about Instagram’s IGTV? I wrote an unpublished essay considering post TV discourses a few months back. It acknowledged many of the ideas Instagram has drawn on to craft this new mobile experience.

There’s a hell of a lot of content online today. And, often times, it can be difficult to navigate through all of that, to find the good stuff. This is something television was always good at, if it was on TV, it was likely to be good content!

Instagram’s implementation and faith in the television model clearly shows a desire to move back to a time of curated, passive content forms, just on a wholly new platform. …

I’m a fan of The Verge, I enjoy the way they report, it’s more transparent, and emphasises personality. Where other sites favour a degree of anonymity, The Verge highlight the importance of feel in their style, and allow their reporters to express this; feel is important in tech.

One established segment on The Verge is the ‘What’s in your bag?’ feature, wherein we are able to explore the contents of a Verge reporter’s bag. Whilst this may be considered a hyper-real representation of a mundane reality, I appreciate the consideration of once unconsidered elements.

So, I’m going to do my own, in the style of The Verge. What’s in your bag, Alex Firth?

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