6 things you should know before buying it

Thinking of buying the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4? We have some information to share

I recently started using a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 which, as anyone who has read T3 Latam’s best foldable smartphones buying guide will know, is the foldable device we recommend for most people today in October 2022.

I had previously written about how the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 had blown me away after a couple of weeks of use, so I was dying to get my hands on the new trendy foldable smartphone, the Z Flip 4, and see how was its use

Well, after putting in the bag the new folding compact from Samsung and trying it out, I’ve learned a few things that I think would be good to pass on to other people who are thinking of buying a foldable smartphone, and especially a Galaxy Z Flip 4.

1. IGNORE THE HATERS, FOLDABLE SMARTPHONES ARE AMAZING

Ok, first thing is that foldable smartphones, despite what the haters say, are in fact a wonder.

In my opinion, understanding that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is an object of beauty, both aesthetically and ergonomically. I find it to be classy and feel like a premium piece of technology that is making my life a little more joyful, which I think anyone would want.

Honestly, the amount of hate I’ve seen thrown at foldables in recent years has been totally over the top. Yes, it is true that the first foldable smartphones had their flaws justified, such as the already infamous original Samsung Galaxy Fold, which did not go on sale. Still, today’s foldable phones are technological marvels with as few downsides as any of the best phones.

When I look at or use the Galaxy Z Flip 4 it makes me feel better, and while the aesthetic newness of the foldable form factor may diminish, the classy design no longer will.

2. THE COMPACT FORM FACTOR IS REALLY IMPRESSIVE

I think it hasn’t been advertised enough how comfortable and practical the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4’s pocketable and foldable form factor is.

Before using the Galaxy Z Flip 4 I used a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and although I still rate this device very highly, I was very tired of its dimensions, which broke the pocket and made the phone often painful or uncomfortable. to carry

Going from a smartphone with a fixed 6.8-inch screen to one that’s less than half the size when folded has made slipping the Z Flip into pockets and bags much easier.

For example, I am passionate about motorcycling and while before I had to store my Note 10 Plus in the compartment under the seat of the motorcycle because it did not fit in my jacket pocket, now my device does, and this is an example of added comfort.

I can then, with a simple twist, open the foldable Galaxy and get a 6.7-inch big screen experience. Elite.

3. POWER AND INNOVATION OF A FLAGSHIP

And speaking of elite, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 has top-tier levels of power and performance.

That aforementioned 6.7-inch, 120Hz, HDR10+ AMOLED display is paired with a fast 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, as well as plenty of RAM and storage space.

Yes, the cameras aren’t the best on the market, but they are powerful and the overall experience of the camera system on offer is also excellent. For all but the expert photographers and camera enthusiasts, it will be more quality than they can take advantage of.

Oh, and the foldable Galaxy Z Flip 4 also offers 5G connection speeds, wireless and reverse wireless charging, stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, and IPX8 water resistance.

So not only do you get the latest innovation in foldable smartphone technology, but you also get specs and performance that match, if not exceed, flagship non-foldable smartphones.

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4. YOU’RE GOING TO WANT A COVER, THAT’S SURE

Within 24 hours of using the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, I had already done what I strongly suggest all owners of one do: order a protective case for it.

If you thought that non-foldable smartphones were fragile and delicate objects that are easily dropped and broken, let me tell you that foldable phones (and specifically compact foldables like the Galaxy Z Flip 4) are even more so.

Shiny, smooth, and held together by an incredibly complex hinge system made up of a billion parts, the Z Flip 4 is just moments away from being an expensive repair job, so my advice would be to put a case on it ASAP. .

Luckily, there are plenty of cases to choose from, from Samsung’s own overpriced model to cheap but effective third-party models. I have opted for one of the latter, ordered from Amazon, and I think it looks great and definitely increases the phone’s resistance capacity in the event of a fall.

5. THE SCREEN FOLD IS VISIBLE BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER

Can you see the screen crease on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4? Yes and no, depending on what you’re doing. Samsung has reduced the crease’s visibility in each version of the Flip and it now intelligently disappears, for example, when watching videos or playing games.

Where it is most visible is when browsing social networks or the Internet, or when the mobile, in general, is not so bright. The general rule of thumb that I can see is that the brighter the screen, the less visible the crease. So if you have the smartphone screen off and you look at it, the crease is more visible, whereas if you’re watching the latest episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, then it’s invisible.

The thing is, for me at least, just because the indentation in the screen is a bit noticeable doesn’t make the Z Flip 4 any less fun to use or get in the way of any experience. Honestly, it doesn’t matter. On future foldable smartphones, if they can magically remove any signs of creasing in all apps, that’s obviously great and I hope they do. But it is by no means a deal breaker now.

6. THE FOLD FUNCTIONS ARE REALLY USEFUL

You know something isn’t just a gimmick when you find yourself using it frequently, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4’s ability to use its foldable screen to let you easily prop it up anywhere to take selfie photos or make video calls is one of those things.

By laying the Z Flip 4 in an L-shape, you can eliminate the need for a kickstand to easily take group selfies, WhatsApp video calls, and even long-exposure low-light photos, with the bottom of the device providing a base. solid as a rock to keep the optics stable.

If you’re an influencer or just someone who likes to videotape themselves, this is obviously a great phone for that too.

It’s a feature only found on foldable smartphones, and for me at least, it’s something I now use every week.