When we got our first foldable phones, after years of carrying the iconic Nokia 3310 in our pockets and hoping that we remembered to lock the keys, it was a life-changing experience. Suddenly, you could hang up on someone with a satisfying snap and not have to worry about butt-dialing anyone while your phone was stashed away in your bag.
We’ve since moved away from these foldable models in favor of touch-screen smartphones, but 2019 has brought us full circle, back to the era of the folding phone. This time, though, they’re smarter and more capable than ever before.
LG hasn’t quite made the leap to phones with folding screens, but the G8X ThinQ might be the perfect middle ground.
Hurdles to Overcome
Coming up with the perfect folding screen for a smartphone hasn’t been easy. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, a $2,000 phone, turned out to be a total disaster. They were cracking and breaking within the first few days of use — some during normal applications, and some because the screen protector was removed. The sticking point with that screen protector is that while it was essential to the proper functioning of the Galaxy Fold, there was nothing that told consumers not to remove it.
The kinks were eventually ironed out. Now, if you want a folding smartphone, you’ve got two choices: the Galaxy Fold or the Motorola Razr, the reincarnation of the brand’s iconic flip phone from the early 2000s.
The G8X ThinQ
The G8X ThinQ by LG isn’t a folding smartphone. LG knows its product well enough to understand it’s not ready for that kind of leap yet. It may be learning from Samsung’s mistake with the Galaxy Fold and perfecting its product before advertising it.
Instead, the ThinQ case offers something different — a second screen that plugs directly into your phone, giving you twice the space to work. It comes with some software tweaks as well, allowing you to run two apps at the same time, side by side, which helps to increase productivity. It’s similar to the split-screen function that is already available on Android phones. However, you’ve got more screen to work with, so you’re not trying to navigate two different apps in 3 inches of space each.
It’s not the perfect solution. For one thing, the case with the secondary screen can be bulky and awkward, making it one of the heaviest phones on the market. Of course, some people had the same complaint about the Galaxy Fold. On the other side of the coin, it’s more affordable than any of the folding phones currently on the market. The G8X ThinQ will set you back around $800, while the Motorola Razr is $1,500 and the Galaxy Fold, as we mentioned before, costs $2,000.
People are very particular when choosing their phones. They want something that’s functional, small enough to carry in their pocket but large enough to watch videos on, and durable enough to last until their next upgrade. They also want novelty, and while folding phones might lack in some areas, they excel in being unique. They are the new toy that everyone wants to get their hands on just so they can say they have it in their pocket. The idea of a foldable phone is an awesome one, but we feel like the technology isn’t there yet.
If you have the money to spare, feel free to bring home one of these novel new phones. However, if you prefer to have something in your pocket that you don’t need to worry about, it might be a good idea to wait until the technology has improved a little bit more. In the meantime, the LG G8X ThinQ is a great middle-ground device that gives you the benefit of two screens without the hassle of a folding one.