iPhone 14 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: expectations

Intro

Samsung just launched its Galaxy Z Flip 4 — ever since last year, the Flip’s price fell to a position where it’s comfortably priced as a “high-end smartphone that also happens to fold”. Unlike the Z Fold 4, which is still way up there at $1,800.

It’s positioned to rival many other mainstream flagships, though its price may be slightly north of what the competition has to offer. For example, Apple’s “mainstream” phone would currently be the iPhone 13 — not as expensive as the Pro, not as small as the mini, still packed with all the core elements that make an iPhone good.

It will soon be succeeded by the iPhone 14. So… Samsung’s mainstream foldable phone versus Apple’s mainstream… iPhone. Which one would be right for you? Design, cameras, use cases, and performance, let’s explore!
iPhone 14 vs Galaxy Flip 4 in a nutshell:

  • Foldable clamshell vs classic candybar
  • Similar camera setups on both phones
  • Cases and screen protectors will be more widely available for iPhone
  • Galaxy Z Flip 4 offers more customization — physical shell and software

Table of Contents:

Design and Display Quality

Can you do this?

We can’t really go on without noting that one of these phones folds — with no extra pressure needed. However, the Galaxy Z Flip’s clamshell form factor only assures that it can get in a more compact shape to fit more different types of pockets. Once its unfolded — it’s pretty much a regular smartphone.

Still, this comes with some pros and cons. The good thing? You can slap the phone shut to end calls, you can keep it half-folded so it props itself up for video calls or selfies (or… *shudder* TikTok videos), and you still have a tiny screen on the outside to get your notifications and even perform quick replies with simple swipes and taps.

The bad — your choice in cases will be a bit more limited, as manufacturers are trying to figure out what exactly to wrap around a phone that’s basically two halves. And if you want a screen protector, you can only go for the extra-thin plastic ones.

But hey, at least the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is available in a plethora of different color combinations — you can use Samsung’s Bespoke Studio to customize your purchase and choose separate colors for the shells and the exposed hinge element of the phone.

The iPhone 14 will be… well, obviously an iPhone — a soft rectangle with flat sides, glass back, and vibrant paintjob options. We don’t know what iPhone 14 colors Apple will pull out this year, but bright and candy-like has been the staple for the base series, ever since the iPhone XR. Obviously, being the most popular phone brand on the planet — it will have a plethora of cases and protectors to pick from, plus MagSafe accessories that can be pretty cool and useful.
In terms of screens, we have an OLED panel on the iPhone 14, which will still be capped at 60 Hz refresh rate, according to all the reports. And that’s slightly disappointing in 2022 — let’s hope the rumor mill is magically wrong. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 has the Samsung Dynamic AMOLED 2X, which hits 120 Hz. And yes, Samsung is on top of its screen game, and this display is bright and vibrant.

Now, both screens have their own cons. For example, all rumors point to the iPhone 14 still having the notch. Let’s be fair, most iPhone users have either learned to live with it or never saw it as an issue in the first place. The Z Flip 4 still has a shallow crease across the middle, you know — due to having a fold there —, and is a soft material, which Samsung may call “super-thin glass”, but it’s still very easy to dig into it with a fingernail or something hard-ish. So, it’s still not ideal on its own part.

And since we are on the topic of durability, the iPhone 14 is expected to be fully dust- and water- protected with a high IP68 rating. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 has IPX8, which is extremely impressive for a foldable phone with a hinge. It means it can survive splashes and submersion of up to 1.5 meters, but there’s no particle or dust-resistance guarantee, so only keep it around fresh water.

The iPhone 14 will, again, come with a Lightning port — hopefully for the last time — but it also has the MagSafe magnetic connector on the back. MagSafe for iPhones has been around for a couple of years now and a lot of manufacturers have made some cool accessories for it — wallets, magnetic stands, and even HiFi DAC interfaces.

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 has a USB Type-C port, which is more widely used and supports faster data transfer speeds and you know… more devices.

When it comes to biometric scanners, the iPhone 14 will have Apple’s signature Face ID, which unlocks the phone with a look, the Z Flip 4 uses a classic fingerprint scanner, nested in the power button on the side.

Performance and Software

Bionic versus Dragon

Obviously, the iPhone 14 will be powered by an Apple chip on the inside — Cupertino has become quite the silicon slinger recently. However, word on the street is that the iPhone 14 will keep running on last year’s platform, meaning a redo of the Apple A15 Bionic chip.

At first, this is bad news. And then we remembered that Apple’s A15 still slightly outperforms the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in all benchmarks, so it’s still not too shabby!But yeah, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is powered by the latest and greatest from Qualcomm — the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 — which happens to be the fastest processor you can get on an Android phone right now. And sure enough, it’s a beast in its own right.
The iPhone 14 will ship with iOS 16 — Apple’s latest iteration of its mobile operating system. This year around, we get some magical features like being able to lift objects from photos, with iOS automatically cropping them from the background (they don’t even need to be Portrait Mode photos), plus the new customizable lockscreens that look like Apple Watch faces, only bigger. Full list of new iOS 16 features here.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 runs OneUI 4.1.1 on top of Android 12. Aside from being a bright and vivid Android reskin, it has tons of extra features and customization options, which allow you to really dig into how the phone looks and operates. Samsung also has the Object Eraser tool (now available in vanilla Android 12, too), which can erase objects from photos with some pretty convincing results, providing it’s a small enough spot.

Camera

Dual camera module on both phones

Apple likes to keep things basic on its non-Pro iPhones. All leaks agree that the iPhone 14 will — like its predecessors — have a regular wide-angle camera and an ultra-wide camera. The same setup can be found on the Galaxy Z Flip 4 — no telephoto for optical zoom or natural portraits.

But that’s fine, as long as all you want from your phone is a dependable wide-angle, you should be happy with each of these phones. We are currently in the process of reviewing the Z Flip 4 and we quite like its dynamics and details. We especially appreciate that Samsung is dialing back on the oversharpening and the heavy saturation of colors (though some still pop).
iPhones have consistently had dependable cameras. While we are hearing murmurs about a new sensor in the iPhone 14 Pro, word on the street is that the non-Pro will keep last year’s camera setup. Which is not bad, but we feel like it will lag behind what the Z Flip 4 has to offer. Still, the iPhone 13 shoots fantastic video, hard to beat, and we expect to see the same with the 14 series.

Audio Quality and Haptics

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 speakers sound OK — not fantastic, but also not tinny. Obviously, it’s not easy to fit meaty drivers and have good acoustics in a phone that also needs to fold in half, but we appreciate that they are at least OK.

If the iPhone 14 has the same speakers as the 13 — it will already sound slightly better than the Z Flip 4, with deeper bass and more details in the mids.

As for haptics — Apple’s Taptic engine is sweet, clicky, and responsive. But Samsung’s vibration motors have also been on point in the past few years, and such is the case with the Flip 4 as well.

Battery Life and Charging

Power the day

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 already went through our battery benchmark test and passed it with flying colors. Well, it seems to chew through its 3,700 mAh cell quite fast when gaming, however, for video streaming or browsing we got about 10 hours of screen-on time.

Apple’s iPhones have consistently good battery life, but also sometimes suffer in the gaming department. However, the iPhone 14 will probably have a 60 Hz screen, which will help it with lasting longer. Yeah, you can also choose to limit the Z Flip 4’s screen to 120 Hz as well, but hey — would you?

Bottom line, “all-day battery” is going to be an applicable tag line for both these phones, or so we believe.

As for charging, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 supports a 25 W Fast Charger — nothing crazy, but it does top the phone up in 90 minutes. Apple is also in no hurry (a-haa!) to upgrade its fast charging, with its latest iPhones supporting 20 W over the wire. We don’t see this getting much faster with the next iteration.

And, of course, both are to support wireless charging — up to 10 W on the Samsung and probably 15 W on the iPhone. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 has the Reverse Wireless Charging feature, while we don’t have any information on the iPhones coming with it in September 2022.

Specs Comparison

Orange text is expectations, as we don’t have leaks or concrete evidence yet.

Summary and Expectations

Obviously, we have two different devices here — on one hand, it’s the good old Android vs iPhone ordeal. On the other, it’s a foldable versus a classic bar.

So, for one, if you are someone in the iPhone camp, wondering whether or not it’s worth experimenting with a foldable — specifically the Z Flip 4. Sure — it’s a performer, it has that cool factor with the futuristic folding glass, and its cameras are good — they may turn out being better in some aspects, but we’ll save that judgment for when the iPhone 14 comes out.

On the other hand, if you are not in any camp right now and are wondering if you should jump for the novelty of the Flip or bet on the dependable iPhone… Tough choice, really! We may have a better response when the iPhone 14 comes out, but right now, these two are neck in neck. They are different, yes, but they bring different types of value on the table, especially if we start talking about the iOS vs Samsung ecosystem (laptops, tablets, watches, smart home appliances).


Source: phonearena.com

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