A photo of the Galaxy Z Fold 4

It is strange for me to be sitting and trying to get a job. The review had to take a backseat due to the fact that I was alone parenting a sick child and contracted a stupid virus. There was a lot of crying, a lot of mucus, and a lot of video chat.

I bring up my chaotic life because the phone that folds open like a book isn't immediately marketed to a person like me. There are some very chic people with tailored clothing and brushed-out coifs on the main website for the Z Fold 4. I looked at this phone and didn't see anything similar. I didn't have time to comb my hair because I was stressed. The leggings I wore didn't have a hole.

Everything in my life that could go wrong was saved by theGalaxy Z Fold 4. I found it useful when I didn't have time to sit at my desk and take care of work, and it kept my toddler entertained enough that I could pick up around the house. I was able to easily watch TV on one side and catch up on the headlines on the other before going to sleep. My regular-sized phone could have done the same thing, but it wouldn't have been as convenient to switch between tasks when I needed to concentrate.

I think the main reason that the Z Fold is not being marketed to people like me is that it costs $1800. It would take a lot of money for a middle-class household to have that kind of money for everything. Wouldn't it be great if the price of the Z Fold 4 was reduced so that more people could afford it?

The Z Fold 4 is a great device, but it costs $1800.

From phone to tablet and back again

I have never used a Z Fold device before. I have only handled the GALAXY Z flip since it was produced by SAMSUNG. I was worried that the Fold 4 wouldn't work with me because of how thick it is on the outside and how large it is when opened. I wondered who would want to use a tablets all day. I think I do.

A photo of the Z fold 4 folded up

The front of the phone is a big one. It took me a while to get used to it because it is so small. The phone's thickness throws off the balance as you're wielding it one-handed, which is especially hard for me since I rely on a pop sockets to help me wrangle the phone with just one hand.

The advantages of the mode help offset the issues. Since I am a girl with claws, I need more space on the screen to get my finger on it. If I needed to get serious typing done on the Fold, I could open the screen into two-handed typing mode and get the sentence out quickly.

The thickness of the Z Fold is about 0.62 inches. I had no problem fitting this device into my smaller bags because it doesn't feel thick. It fits into more clutches because it requires less room than the S22+.

A photo of the Z Fold 4 opened up

When the phone is opened, the side hinge disappears into the phone's body to reveal a large display. Everything pops with a bit of saturation since this is a patented display. The downside of being able to get really dim is that this is a phone that you can comfortably read in the dark.

When in tablet mode, the Z Fold 4 has aNexus 7 vibe. You can use the Fold 4 while it is splayed out and I like that because I could hold it one-handed. The upside to the Fold is that it has a kickstand that you can use to prop up the phone to watch video and scroll through your feeds, or to use the cover screen as a preview window for filming with the rear cameras.

A photo of the Z Fold 4 propped up

There are a few things to keep in mind. The seam in the middle of the device is noticeable, and I can see it being a deal-breaker for some. The bottom right corner of the phone is so protruded that it looks like a restaurant chair. The Fold 4 is too slippery to be used without a case. The Fold 4 fell and I had to catch it quickly.

Durability is dubious

A photo showing the durability issues with the Z Fold 4

There is an issue with the Fold's design. When my child pushed down the device while she was video chatting with her other parent, it caused some of the hinges to break.

The good should be the first thing that comes to mind. The Z fold 4 has the same water resistance rating as the Z fold 3. It is resistant to fresh water for up to an hour. You can't use the device to film your next underwater adventure. It means you can use the device while your child is in the bath.

The screens of the Z Fold 4 are protected with Gorilla Glass Victus+. The glass is resistant to fingerprints since I am a greasy mess who eats around her devices. It is not as bad as I thought it would be. The rest of the device is made of armor aluminum

The Z Fold 4 has a screen protection built into it that is not to be removed by anyone other than a professional.

Things get rough there. The inside screen did not pass the key-in-my-purse test. There is a small scratch in the left corner of my device.

It is known for bubbling up after being used. It is something we experienced with the Z Fold 2 and others have complained about it with the Z Fold 3.

How I learned to love split-screen mode

The inside screen of the Z Fold 4 is the best part of it, though it wouldn't be as easy to use without the help of the 12L operating system. The framework for the OneUI 4.1.1 is provided by that. The fantastic taskbar only appears when you are in an app outside the Home screen. You can switch between docked and last used apps in the taskbar, which is similar to the one on chrome OS.

A screenshot of the Z Fold 4 in both modes

The split screen mode is the most helpful interface mechanism. I had an app pinned on each side of the phone. If you want to pin an app from the app drawer to one side of the phone, you have to do the same thing on the other side. If you have used split-screen mode in the past, it is easy to adjust each side of the app as you please. The Fold 4 can run more than one app at a time.

A photo of TikTok on the Z Fold 4

Not every app can be used on this phone. TikTok works well in the tablet mode, but elements like the caption don't always scale correctly and often appear cut off. If you want the app on the left or right side of the device, you can choose. It can be confusing to use the app in the middle of the screen, because it only works in that part of the screen, and I get tripped up when I tap outside that area.

A photo of Instagram on the Z Fold 4

My favorite way to use the Z Fold4 is to read. I can use my newspaper app to read the paper more easily than I can on a regular phone. I made a ritual at the end of the day to read my child's school newsletter. I would have my inbox open to one side so I could see what was coming in while I was on the clock. Occasionally, I would shove in the Beverly Hills, 90210 stream, which would take up one half of the screen, with the two others taking up the other half.

A photo of what it looks when there are three apps open on the Z Fold 4

I only used Flex Mode once, and that's all I got from it. When you use the device in landscape mode, the bottom screen becomes a trackpad to help you get more precise with your gestures. The inside of the Z Fold 4 can be used with a pen. We didn't get a full on slot for an S22 Ultra-sized S Pen, but a case can help with that.

Gaming on the fold is... a little different

It is nice to see that the Z Fold 4 has a bumped up version of the S22 series of phones. The Fold 4 is powered by the upgraded Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Silicon with up to 1 terabytes of onboard storage The Fold 4 can be used to play locally-stored games and launch exclusives.

A photo of Pokemon Go on the Z Fold 4

There are some things to keep in mind when playing on this device. The inside screen won't work with every game out there, and the layout won't change when you close the screen on some games, even if you force it. When I closed up the Fold, mobile games like Pokémon Go and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp seemed to be stretched out on tablets.

I don't like the fact that the Z Fold 4 doesn't fit in my first- generation Razer Kishi for handheld play. I have to use a separate controller, prop up the phone, or use a stand to play a game, instead of this. Touch gaming can be hard if you have to use virtual controls and your hands don't fit the device.

The Z Fold 4 is a tad more powerful than the last phone I tested, the 10T. The Geekbench 5 numbers gave more points for both single-core and multi-core tests.

Our internal battery benchmarks were used to run the Z Fold 4. The whole point of the big screen is the inside screen. The internal screen of the Z Fold 4 was about 200 nits, which was1-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-6556 in1-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-6556 Last year's device was three hours longer. I wasn't worried about leaving the house with less than 60% on the meter because I found battery life to be good for daily use. Reducing the refresh rate is one way to save on battery life.

It's handy for the end of the night when I don't have enough energy to charge it. It can be charged up to 50% in half an hour with a 25- watt charge. I was able to fully charge the device in less than an hour and 20 minutes with a 20- watt charge. If you have a compatible set of earbuds, the Fold 4 can be used to power share.

Better cameras, but not the best

A photo of the cameras on the Z Fold 4

Buying a foldable doesn't mean getting camera specifications that are a year behind the flagships. There is a 10-MP camera with 3x optical zoom on the Z Fold 4 that can be used to take pictures of grass on the other side of a hill. The zoom was smooth as it transitioned from 1x to 3x.

Photo samples from the Z Fold 4

A 50-MP wide-angle camera with optical image stabilization is the primary camera. The 12-MP ultra-wide camera is great for landscape shots and videos of my kid running around the playground.

A photo of the Z Fold 4 and Pixel 6 Pro's night modes

The night mode on the Fold 4 is the best it has been. If you want to keep the shutter open for longer than 30 seconds, you'll need to use the Pro camera mode.

The front-facing camera on the Z fold 4 has an 85 degree FoV. The inside under-display camera has a 4-MP camera with an 80 degree FoV. It is possible to tell the difference between inside and outside selfies when you are in a meeting. It is easier to film a video with the form factor of theGalaxy Z flip.

How will you pay for this phone?

A photo of a person holding the Galaxy Z Fold 4

It took me a long time to put together this review because of unforeseen events. Since it was a welcome escape from the hell that I was taking care of my family in, I kept making excuses to spend time with it. I understand why a person would flock to this particular form factor despite the high price tag.

The Z Fold 4 is an all-you-can- eat buffet of mobile devices. The sheer nature of being able to flip it open into a bigger screen adds a bit of humor to the heavy agenda. I look forward to evenings when I can bring the device with me.

If you think it's time to bring this device into your life and you're wondering how to pay for it, I hope you can feel comforted knowing that I am, too, despite my ability to go hands on with these things for work. I am not suggesting you go into debt for the latest and greatest thing, but if you want to bring the cost down, you can trade in a few of your phones for a credit card.

The starting price for the Z Fold 4 is $1800, which isn't bad if you want to store a lot of stuff. I want to know how to dial down the price on this phone. There is a place for the Z Fold form factor in the everyday world, but it's hard to get in when the barrier to entry is not open to everyone.