Here’s the big picture: LG does not like the idea of foldable phones, which are basically only tablets that cut in half. That’s probably why, of all the apps I’ve run on the G8X and its small buddy screen, only one – Chrome – can be set to run on both screens. However, in fairness to LG, Chrome works well enough when used. The problem is that due to the required hinge connecting both screens, there is a dead space of about half an inch between them. It is unattractive to say the least.
That’s not a problem in itself, but it’s a fly in the face of what I would expect from such a device. Foldable devices and other multi-screen phones offer the option of using all the extra screen space to perform the tasks you want, such as: For example, to read or watch videos that really offer more space.
Instead, the G8X and its second screen generally look like two smartphones attached to the proverbial hip. Since an app is displayed on both screens, multitasking can be very helpful here. For the past week, I’ve usually parked Gmail on one screen while the other host was for Slack or Google Calendar. And when the workday was finally over, I could use the two displays to read books in the Kindle app and find the right soundtrack in Spotify. Situations like these that benefit from multiple screens are not hard to find, but during my time with the G8X, none of them seemed organic. I felt I had to come up with reasons to run apps on the second screen just because it was there, not because it made my life better.