Along time, as more and more flip phones get released, a greater number of people ask an important and honest question: does anybody really need this? There are lots of different answers but the most important one may be that not at the prices seen so far.
However, if prices can decrease and build quality rise, there can be several types of cases for folding phones. The simplest case to make would be for something such as the Galaxy Fold, a phone that unfolds into a mini tablet.
The main reason people might choose a folding phone is that it is, in fact, more portable. It would fit better into small pockets and handbags. They are indeed thicker than equivalent smartphones, but there really are people who may prefer a smaller phone rather than a massive one that slips and falls out of pockets.
The Galaxy Fold, for instance, has two main use cases: the phone mode for quick things and the tablet mode for immersive things. What was interesting about it is that there was nothing in between, so it made me more conscious of my phone usage.
Before people settle on monolithic slabs of glass, there was a wide diversity of form factors for phones. It meant that users could find a phone that fit their preferences and personality.
Back in the day there were “candybars” and “flip phones” and which one the user got was purely a matter of style and personal preference. They didn’t necessarily do much, so literally a person would go to the store and pick one based on something other than specifications. The user may pick the one that looked better, had the battery life they wanted. These types of flip phones were the most durable, and sought out.
Now, most of that expression comes through phone cases. But while smartphones get ever harder to distinguish from one another, it isn’t particularly a bad idea for people to have more choices in form factors.
If most smartphones do basically the same thing, people could go back to picking one that looks cool or is the most durable. There’s still the iOS vs Android division, but in the Android world there could be more choice than that of iOS models.
If folding phones can decrease in price and increase is quality and durability, there is a good chance and no harm in choosing a flip phone in an era of countless models of smartphones.