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AC readers nearly split down the middle on preference for foldable or dual-screen phones

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Skin With Z Flip 3 No Skin
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Skin With Z Flip 3 No Skin (Image credit: Andrew Myrick / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • This weekend, we asked our readers which type of futuristic phone form factor they preferred, foldable or dual-screen.
  • The results were close, but over 55% said they favored foldable displays.
  • Nearly 45%, however, said that a dual-screen phone would be their preference.

These past two months have seen a flurry of new phone activity, particularly at the high-end among the best Android phones. Samsung showed off its third generation of foldable phones with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, and just this last week, we got a glimpse at Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 dual-screen device.

Even though we've been talking about foldables as a category for a while now, there haven't been that many examples to point to beyond these companies, Motorola's RAZR, and LG's dual-screen case (RIP).

Naturally, we were curious about what our readers thought made for the best folding form factor, so we asked them. To be honest, we expected these numbers to be weighted much more heavily towards the foldable display options from Samsung. Thus we were a bit taken aback by just how many respondents favored the dual-screen approach.

The vote wasn't quite split down the middle, but it wasn't too far off either. Foldable displays earned 55% of the vote, while dual-screen phones picked up 45%.

Many of the commenters were torn over their choices, much like AC reader Grungni, who said:

I have both the Duo and Fold and this is a difficult choice... Both are beautifully engineered Samsung's software is more polished though, hopefully, the rumored Android 11 Duo update will rectify this... Really can't choose between them... I use my Duo for work and the Fold is my personal phone... For most people, the Fold will be the better choice I guess... Can't ever see me going back to a single screen phone... Love that I can use my Fold one-handed and open it to view and mark up drawings that have been sent to me...

Others were concerned about the durability of each kind of device...

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Our poll is now closed, but we'd still love to hear from you. Do you deem dual-screen phones better, or are foldable phones more your fancy? Let us know in the comments.

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.

3 Comments
  • Are dual screens futuristic, though? The Nintendo DS came out in 2004...
  • Yes, but without 2004 form factor. Foldable and dual screen phones offer something different than normal phone mostly a larger display in a small form factor. I may not use my bigger screen all the time. It when I do use it I appreciate the benefit. I think more choices for phones is awesome and add additional layer of options multiple ways to use them.
  • Love my Z-Flip 3.