The Galaxy Z Flip 4, the fourth and latest version of Samsung’s line of foldable devices, is the best yet and is a major upgrade over previous models.
Having interacted briefly with Samsung’s previous attempts at foldable phones, I wasn’t crazy about the idea of a foldable phone. Why pay extra for something that’s basically half a phone and comes with a crease that’s driving you crazy?
Samsung likely expected this reaction and the Z Flip really comes in many ways.
The feature is obviously the phone itself that folds to fit in the palm of your hand but isn’t exactly light. The clamshell body feels solid but feels a bit bulky and opening and closing it isn’t the smoothest experience.
If you’re a millennial and are hoping to relive the nostalgia of ending a phone call by folding your phone dramatically, the Z Flip won’t give you that exact satisfaction. The bulky body means you need to have both hands or take extra effort to close it with just one hand.
That doesn’t mean it will be any less satisfying on closing just by scrolling a lot on TikTok or Instagram. Like shutting down your laptop after a long day, and just shutting the screen Feel Nice.
My favorite part was the 1.9-inch cover screen, which is very easy to use with a number of widgets you can add to see the weather at a glance (a must-have in moody London) or see and respond to notifications without having to unlock your phone.
In addition, it doubles as a camera that you can turn on with the click of a button. The cover screen camera with true aspect ratio and portrait mode feature is the best. For someone who hates taking out their phone in order to take selfies and videos in public, it’s a completely hidden alternative. Holding my palm to take a picture will still take some getting used to.
The Z Flip has the same 12MP wide and ultra-wide rear cameras as the Flip 3 but with better pixel sensors and improved stability.
Taking pictures is what this phone was made of, and it delivers even when taking pictures in low light or motion.
The flaw was the 10MP front camera which was quick to keep me from taking selfies unless I was on the cover screen camera or flipping the phone over in cover screen preview mode. It’s a stressful job if you’re thinking of taking a quick selfie while waiting for your train.
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is clearly being marketed to seasoned creators and influencers. FlexCam is compatible with Instagram and Facebook for hands-free photos and videos when the phone is folded at a 90 degree angle.
As someone who spends hours on video calls, not having to seriously prop my phone up is a huge relief. I loved being able to just fold the phone, set it up on the roof and go about my day while I got a call.
Flex Mode is a neat feature that enables dual screen multitasking and some apps support it better than others. For example, Whatsapp on Flex Mode turns the lower half of the screen into a touchpad, turning the Z Flip 4 into a small laptop which was a nice surprise.
Unfortunately, Flex Mode is not optimized for many popular apps like TikTok and Netflix.
What I dread the most about the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is the frizz but I’m happy to report that it’s a huge improvement over before.
If you’re not a fidgety millennial like me, you might not notice. I definitely did, especially when looking at the photos. Also, the hinges still make me nervous about their longevity given their high price tag.
In just 3 weeks, the hinges have picked up some dust, so if you’ve been an influencer on airplanes, I’m wondering how they can hold up to the elements.
Battery life is a huge improvement over previous versions, but I found that if I used the cover screen at full brightness, the battery would be affected quickly. I’ve also noticed the cover screen cam heating up if it’s been used for too long.
Lowering the brightness on the cover screen and using it for a full day, I still had about 20 percent of the charge, which is still fine for all things considered.
After using the phone for a few weeks, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 looks more like an aesthetic than a high-end piece of technology. That fits nicely into the easy Gen Z vibe.
Several people have stopped me to say “This is a great phone. Was it just folded?” So, it’s safe to say that people facing physical interaction with smartphones in a whole new way is alive and well.
Maybe we’re tired of phones being rigid pieces of technology and the excitement of technology that fascinates us might win here.
While millennials may be reluctant to reach for a basic phone cheerfulIt’s easy to see someone of Generation Z choose this to shoot TikToks and Reels on the go.
Starting at £999 for 128GB, it’s certainly not a cheap thrill to take the risk. But with Samsung’s investment in perfecting this category of smartphones, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 may be the one to start ahead of their competitors.
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