ZTE Axon M is a foldable, dual-screen phone that makes no sense in any way

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ZTE Axon M is a foldable, dual-screen phone that makes no sense at all

If you like wasting cash on experimental hardware, then you are love this new Android cell phone from China.

ZTE introduced today a brand new, foldable, dual-screen mutant phone otherwise known as the. The smart phone is sold exclusively through AT& To in the U. S. and will ultimately roll out to China, Europe, plus Japan.

The Axon Mirielle looks like something between a throwback to the T-Mobile Sidekick and 2 full smartphones bolted together. They have weird, ugly, and frankly can make no sense at all.

The best example of its unusual design is “Mirror Mode, inch which lets you watch the same specific thing on two different displays. The owner can fold the phone by 50 %, stand it on the table in an upside-down “V” position, and let a couple sitting across the table view the same.

It’s a neat technique that serves no practical objective. Let’s take even the most basic situation: You’re stuck at the airport having a friend and have nothing to do in order to kill the time. You could conceivably collapse this phone in half and share the particular screens, but even still, you’d probably need to share audio. That would indicate either splitting your headphones by 50 % or blasting the volume for everyone to know. It’s not the most elegant solution, and another I can’t imagine ever using.

Another weird use of the 2nd screen is “Extended Mode, inch which lets you use both displays combined into one gigantic screen. This could be great if there weren’t any kind of gaps between the displays, but there exists a huge one. So if you decide to use each screens combined, you’ll see an uncomfortable gap between both halves from the phone.  

Imagine watching the YouTube or Netflix video having a gigantic bezel breaking up the image. With regard to someone who likes to pay attention to every small detail in shows, this would be the travesty. I’d much rather view video on a smaller full display than a broken larger one. Once again, it’s a neat feature but one which is hard to imagine actually using within real life situations.

One of the only legitimate uses from the second screen would conceivably take “Dual Mode, ” which enables you to run two different apps at the same time on each screen. You could, for instance , watch a YouTube video on one display while you scroll through Instagram upon another. Or maybe you want to control your own Spotify playlist while you’re ordering the pizza on the other screen. In either case, you can run two apps at the same time, which has actually proven to be pretty useful on other phones with split-screen modes like the Note 8.  

So what’s the consensus around the ZTE Axon M? We’ll conserve our full analysis for our standard review, but our first impact is not great. At first glance, it seems like an inexpensive trick that is basically just begging for the attention. If you’re in the market for a new cell phone, let us suggest any of the half-dozen some other phones that are actually really fascinating! It will probably save you money (and a few headaches) in the long run.  

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