I can’t travel without my Galaxy Z Fold 4, and it’s only $150 with trade-in for Black Friday

Before starting the article, I must acknowledge that, yes, I am indeed a very privileged and lucky individual. I review smartphones for a living, so I have access to literally every major phone that’s on sale, and I also travel often for work. And for the past few months, every time I’ve had to fly, I’ve taken the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, even though I have access to every flagship phone released in 2022. The Fold 4 is a Essential carry-on for me, along with a pair of active noise canceling headphones.


The Galaxy Z Fold 4 brings back all the great things of the Fold 3, plus a much better camera system, a slightly larger exterior display, and smarter software.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the best overall foldable phone, and right now if you trade two phones in, you can get the phone normally at $1800 for as little as $150.

Why the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a must-have for me

You can assume the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is my must-have travel item because I think it’s the best phone, or my favorite phone. This is not the case. I’ve been using the Google Pixel 7 Pro or the Xiaomi 12S Ultra as my primary phone for a few months because I take a lot of street photos and they’re the two best camera phones. The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s triple-lens camera system is no slouch, but it can’t match the magic of Xiaomi’s phone’s large sensor or Google’s impressive Periscope zoom lens.

But the reason I always make sure to put my SIM card back in the Fold, even if it’s just for the duration of a flight, is because I can get a mini screen the size of a tablet in pocket packaging. The large screen is handy not only for obvious reasons, like watching movies on a flight, but also for displaying digital boarding passes at airport gates or for quickly sending emails in transit. It’s also those last two use cases that make the Fold 4 so ideal – its foldable nature makes it more portable than just carrying around, say, an iPad.

What makes the Fold 4 better than other foldables then?

Xiaomi Mix fold 2 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 4 (right)
Xiaomi Mix fold 2 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 4 (right)

Like I said, I have access to all major phones released, including those not sold in the US, so the Galaxy Z Fold 4 isn’t my only foldable phone. I also have Xiaomi’s excellent Mix Fold 2, which is thinner and lighter, and Vivo’s X Fold, which has a better camera system. But neither of these phones can beat the Fold 4, at least for travel use, due to several factors.

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2’s lack of flex mode – a fully articulating hinge – means I can’t just place the device on an airplane tray table and watch content hands-free, I either have to hold the phone myself -even, either brace it against something, or bring a dedicated phone holder.

The Vivo X Fold, on the other hand, is a little too heavy and its software isn’t as polished as the Fold 4, especially when it comes to multitasking.

Three standing foldable phones with open screens
The Vivo X Fold (middle) with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (right) and the Oppo Find N (left).

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is just the most polished and functional foldable out there, which is what makes it so great as a travel phone.

Why the deal is so good right now

Some readers probably scoff at the idea of ​​buying a Galaxy Z Fold 4 just for travel use. And I immediately concede that I am in a privileged situation. However, there are some great Black Friday deals right now that drastically reduce the Fold 4’s normally high $1,800 price. In fact, with the right deal and trade-in, you can get a Fold 4 for as little as $150. $.

Right now for Black Friday, Samsung is offering an immediate $350 discount for any phone (regardless of state) you trade in. It is in addition to whatever the value your phone recovers. So even if you trade in a six-year-old iPhone 6S with a cracked screen, you’ll still get that immediate $350 discount, plus the value of the cracked 6S (which Samsung’s websites list at $300). Just like that, you’ve slashed the price of the Z Fold 4 by $650.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 being used with multitasking apps

But you can trade in a second device, and while you won’t get the $350 immediate discount again, Samsung’s trade-in can be quite generous. For example, even a three-year-old iPhone 11 Pro will set you back $300. Essentially, if you match the right devices to trade in, you can get the Galaxy Z Fold 4 for up to $150. It’s a pretty juicy deal for maybe trying out your first foldable, or if you’re privileged enough to have multiple devices, make it a travel phone too.

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