“Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV.” I was reminded of this soul-crushing monolog while doing a rerun of Rick and Morty before diving into the latest season. These lines rattled me, not for their essence, but because they echoed with my low spirits at that moment. Lying on the couch, I curled into the blanket and watched a few more episodes.
I was watching the show on the OnePlus Open and couldn’t possibly imagine the same experience using any other phone or tablet. It’s not because the
Here, let me share some examples of how the
One aspect of the
In her OnePlus Open review, my colleague Christine praises the fact that the phone’s lightweight profile might make you reconsider folding phones if you have previously steered clear because of their heft. I say I couldn’t agree more. While small yet significant changes on the Galaxy Z Fold 5 made me like it more than the Fold 4, I only realized what I was missing when I held the
The more time I spend with the
Being a foldable phone, the
I can easily run two (or even three) full-screen games simultaneously on the screen. While that unquestionably sounds loony, I will not refrain from confessing I have been doing — and enjoying — it.
I have recently been fostering an obsession with a Clash of Clans-style real-time strategy mobile game called Whiteout Survival. The objective is to build and administrate a town around a large furnace to keep the inhabitants warm while constantly upgrading different buildings, training special troops, going on expeditions, and participating in wars — all while trying to ensure the inhabitants are healthy, well-fed, and motivated. After a certain level, upgrades take much longer, and sticking around might just not be as entertaining. Meanwhile, I have also begun harvesting robots in another game titled Botworld Adventure, which is a lot like Pokémon but with ratchety machines that do well as make-shift warriors in duel — again, like Pokemon battles.
So, while my defense is being reinforced or buildings are being upgraded in Whiteout Survival, I nudge it aside to traverse the bot universe. It’s not compulsive behavior (I promise!)
If that’s not enough relaxation, you can always have half a dozen Red Bulls, run Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok side by side, and watch multiple vertically scrolling videos side-by-side. Making sense out of everything you watch is for the weak anyway!
With the Open, you can use your hands to scroll up or down on the screen. Place your knuckles facing the screen between 20 and 40cm (7.8 and 15.7 inches). Then, flick your hand open to scroll downward. You can also perform the reverse gesture to scroll up. This has allowed me to stay glued to the couch and easily scroll to the next Instagram Reel or YouTube Short. Interestingly, these gestures also work well in the low light, allowing you to doomscroll until you fall asleep.
Why not just use my thumb to scroll instead of using Air Gestures? There are two reasons: First, it allows me to hold the phone more securely while lying sideways on a cushiony surface, like the bed or the couch. Second, why use something basic when you can be fancy? It also makes for a great trick for the holidays. Show it to your family members when you meet them for Christmas, and watch them be blown away by your wizardly skills!
While using the
I figured out a way to use the outer screen instead while keeping the phone half-folded, i.e., in a tent-like shape, which sits easily on a flat surface. It can be activated by opening the Camera app, switching to the cover screen for a preview, and then closing the camera. This behavior isn’t intended but will let you use the outer screen even when the phone is partially or fully unfolded.
It is expected that OnePlus will add a flex mode similar to Samsung with future updates, but until it does, I am going to rely on this method to switch my preferred screen for consuming content.
One of the reasons that has prevented me from fully embracing the
Not all my time spent with the
A feature that nurtures this habit is Adaptive Sleep, which keeps the display active even past the usual auto-screen-off timer. It uses the phone’s front camera to capture when you are looking at the phone, eliminating the need to keep tapping every few seconds to keep the phone active.
This feature isn’t unique to the
In a world that easily gets fired up by
While I realize a lot of the experiential settings I illustrated above sound bizarre (they sure are, and I only rely on them to make this article sound satiric), I want to draw your attention to the importance of taking a break. Just as many pieces of technology keep us fixated on our aspirations, many also help us unwind and relax. For me, the
Every email or task update is an opportunity to immerse back into work and toss out the elusive work-life balance, especially for remote employees like myself. The Open has facilitated a setup where I can respond to more messages and emails right from my phone instead of having to dash to my computer. It has enabled me to log my brain farts before they turn into tangible pieces of work.
Courtesy by: Digital Trends