While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 may have gotten all the attention back at launch, let's face it: it's huge and it's way too expensive compared to just buying a phone and a tablet, especially given the Black Friday deals on devices big and small. Besides, the Z Fold 3 isn't the foldable you want anyway, what you really need is the Galaxy Z Flip 3.
The Z Flip 3 folds down into a sleek little square that'll fit in even the most ridiculously small pockets on dresses and dress pants. Pair that compact convenience with the novelty of having the cutting edge of foldable tech in your hand, great performance, and some of the most fun cases we've ever seen, and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the best phone to buy this Black Friday.
$500 Walmart gift card: If you're a Verizon or AT&T subscriber, Walmart won't discount the Z Flip 3 itself, but you get a $500 Walmart Gift Card with the purchase to help you pay for the rest of your holiday shopping or a few months of groceries.
Save $100, free Galaxy Buds 2: Samsung had the Z Flip 3 for $150 off earlier this month, but the free Galaxy Buds 2 sweetens the pot quite well. Best of all, this deal applies to the Bespoke Studio custom colors, so yours can be one-of-a-kind.
Save $150: Best Buy and Amazon have identical deals for the Z Flip 3; giving you $150 off either the Unlocked or carrier versions of the Galaxy Z Flip 3. If you don't have a good phone to trade in or have promotional/gift credit to either platform, this is still a solid discount on the best foldable for most people
Save $1000 w/trade-in: If you're on AT&T or Verizon, this is probably the only deal you need to look at; you can't beat free. Both carriers are offering $1000 trade-in value to get you into a foldable for free, but AT&T's more generous, giving the full $1000 even with phones as old as Galaxy S8 or Pixel 3/3a.
Save up to $1000: T-Mobile has several deals available for the Galaxy Z Flip 3, depending on what plan you're on. Magenta Max users can get the Z Flip 3 for free with trade-in or if you add a new Magenta Max line. If you add a new line that's not MAgenta Max, you can get the Z Flip 3 half-off, or you can get $400 off with trade on any T-Mobile plan.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 sports water resistance — a first for any foldable phone — and higher durability for the chassis, the hinge mechanisms, and even the screen. Yes, crease cracks might still happen to small percentage of users, but if you take care of your Z Flip 3, it can be a great phone for years to come.
With Samsung's commitment to three years of system updates and 4 years of security updates, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will undoubtedly see all the foldable improvements coming next year with Android 12L, but you don't have to wait to get a great experience. Samsung worked hard to offer up the best software experience on a foldable to date, and if you've ever used a Samsung before you already know how smooth and consistent Samsung's One UI software looks and feels.
I have a Pixel 6 and a Galaxy S21, and still that AT&T deal for the Z Flip 3 is tempting me so, soooo badly. After all, my colleagues love their Z Flips, I know at least one coworker buying one for a family member this week, and after five years of wearing a shoulder holster in order to comfortably carry the ever-larger phones I try for work, the idea of being able to ditch the holster and just have my phone in my pocket again is a siren song.
My phone hasn't fit all the way inside my front jeans pocket since 2013. When was the last time it fit in your front pocket while you sat down?
Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.
I wonder with the bending of the screen for 6 months how it will look with everyday use.
My wife's looks brand new after 3 months of daily use and she absolutely loves the phone... Will let you no if it lasts 4 years after which it will need to be replaced anyway... This isn't Samsung's first folding phone and widespread issues with earlier models have not been reported to my knowledge...
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