There is no perfect foldable yet, but they're getting better

By Ben Schoon

Foldable smartphones started hitting the market in 2019, but Samsung's original Galaxy Fold and attempts from Huawei and others... didn't work out so well.

Three years later, though, the tide has turned and Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3 is outselling nearly every other phone in some regions, and others such as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 show just how far we've come

Earlier this month, Oppo showed off its first foldable, the Oppo Find N, which is designed similar to Samsung's flagship, but with solutions to many of our biggest complaints about the Fold 3...

One of the most attractive aspects of the Oppo Find N is that it doesn't have a crease along the center of the display, something that you can feel and sometimes clearly see on Samsung's devices. Oppo's clever hinge also eliminates the gap many worry about.

Oppo also offers a wider outer display compared to Samsung's, which has been a complaint for many over the company's past two generations. That wider outer display also means the inner display, the one you really want to use, is in landscape mode by default.

But it's not all perfect. Oppo's Find N has more trouble with apps because of that landscape orientation, and things often feel cramped as a result. The cameras, while technically better on paper, also don't really live up to what the Galaxy Z Fold 3 delivers.

It's also very important to remember that the Oppo Find N has no water resistance to speak of, and it doesn't work with a stylus. Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 3, meanwhile, offers both features.

Plus, the Oppo Find N probably won't ever be sold outside of China...

But we're glad the Oppo Find N exists, because it means that Samsung has some competition in this space, and that's the best way to make products better.  We can't wait to see what's next in the foldable space...