We have now spent a couple of weeks with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Samsung has done a great job with these two foldable smartphones. Even with the price cut, these are still very expensive phones so we had the pleasure of using Spigen cases too.
Spigen offers six case options for the Z Fold 3 and another three options for the Z Flip 3. We tested four of the Z Fold 3 options and two of the Z Flip 3 options. Spigen also offers clock, tablet and power options for your mobile devices.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Spigen’s six case options for the Z Fold 3 range in price from $ 54.99 to $ 94.99, with the price directly related to the extra material used to cover more of the device as the price increases. The first case I tested was this Spigen Slim fit Case, available in black for $ 54.99.
The Thin Fit case is a minimalist case for the Z Fold 3 with a black matte back that covers the entire back and three sides of the phone. The faceplate is essentially a matte frame piece that protects the three edges of the front while also rising above the display to provide some protection when you place your phone face down on a surface.
The two parts of the case are secured with small double-sided stickers with extras in case you need to reposition your case or want to attach it to your phone more securely. I did not notice any effects on using the front display with the frame part attached to the phone.
The hinge is not protected on this case, but when you open the phone to use the large 7.6-inch display, the front and back of the case fit together perfectly. It’s also nice that the phone lies flat on its back and the back fits the camera array. Wireless charging and Samsung Pay work just fine with this case installed. I would love to see Spigen launch other color options that match Samsung colors in the future.
If you’ve bought a Phantom White or Phantom Green Z Fold 3 and you want to bring out the color of your phone, here are some things to consider Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case, available in clear for $ 64.99. This case has a crystal clear frame and is designed similar to the Slim Fit case, with a little more thickness than the hard, clear polycarbonate material.
There are cutouts for all connections, cameras, buttons and microphones. Wireless charging and reverse wireless charging work well with this case around the Z Fold 3. Only a few corner stickers are used to hold this case in place, but I also found that it stays nicely in place with no stickers attached.
I didn’t test this case, but I did Neo Hybrid S. One looks interesting with its ability to prop up your phone when the full large main display is open. This case is available for $ 74.99.
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You may want a hinge protector for your device as it is not dustproof and it may be advisable to take preventative measures in the hinge area. the Robust armor The housing consists of two matt black soft-touch parts that are connected by a soft, structured, flexible hinge part. This hinge piece extends to within a quarter of an inch from the top and bottom. When you open the 7.6-inch display all the way, this piece slides into a gap in the back. It’s really a great solution for protecting the hinge and the Z Fold 3.
The front panel protrudes a little further above the display than the other Spigen cases and I found it a little too high to interact seamlessly with the cover display. I have noticed that I have been able to customize my interaction with the cover display over a period of time, but be aware that it is not that easy to use the cover display with this case attached to your phone.
For those who want the ultimate in hinge protection, this is the Slim Armor Pro, $ 94.99, is the case to consider. The unique selling point of this case is the hinge protection piece that covers the long hinge of the Z Fold 3 in the closed position. Samsung’s smartphone hardware covers the hinge in the fully open position, but when the phone is carried around and the exterior display is in use, the hinge is prone to damage from a fall. This hinge is critical to the usability of the device itself, so it is important to protect it.
The Spigen Slim Armor Pro Case is a two-part case like most other Z Fold 3 cases (not the Tough Armor Case). The back cover has a large opening for the cameras and is cut out on the edge for the volume and fingerprint sensor area with generous openings for the USB-C port and two microphones. The back is black with a matte soft-touch finish and also has multiple yellow foam inserts to help with bumps and protect your phone.
The front is primarily a frame part with the hinge protection part. The two parts of the case are held in place with double-sided tape, which also serves to hold it in place. The matte soft-touch frame part covers the edges with openings for the dual stereo speakers.
The hinge mechanism is spring-loaded and arranged to slide over the top of the back cover when the phone is fully open. In the fully open position, when the hinge is covered by the front and back of the phone, the hinge protector rests on the back. This actually helped me hold the phone a little better with the hinge protector handle. However, it does not serve as the central part of the seesaw when you place the open Z Fold 3 on a surface.
All of these cases provide some protection for your Z Fold 3, with more protection being offered as the price and volume increase. I hope that at some point Spigen will offer one or more of these cases with a silo for the S Pen Fold Edition. A main reason I bought the Z Fold 3 was for the S Pen support, so I want a case that can carry the S Pen with me all the time.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
While I enjoy the productivity of the Z Fold 3, and it’s the right device for my needs, I had a lot of fun with the Z Flip 3. It’s a fun and very capable foldable phone that is sure to sell well, with a price point of $ 1,000 Dollar. Spigen offers three case options for the Z Flip 3, including two options in different colors. Samsung also offers the Z Flip 3 in many colors, so it is a smart move by Spigen to offer cases with colors.
Like the Z Fold 3 case, the Slim fit case is a beautiful minimalist case with a matte finish and very little size or weight. I tested the matte black, but Spigen is also offering this case in Shiny Green and Shiny Lavender for $ 49.99.
The case is designed with two separate parts that are attached to the Z Flip 3 with stickers, extras are also provided here. The case holds very well when the sticker back is removed and you press the case around the phone.
Once the Z Flip 3 is open, the two halves fit together perfectly and appear like a single case on your phone. Wireless charging, Samsung Pay and all functions of the phone are fully usable with this case.
Spigen offers that too Robust armor Case, $ 64.99, with hinge protection. The flexible, textured material covers most of the hinge and slides into the lower part of the case when the phone is opened.
The top part, which protects the area around the camera and the cover display, is thick and then tapers into the cover display. In contrast to the use of the cover display on the Z Fold 3, the opening is large enough so that the usability of the cover display is not impaired by the housing.
The case actually helps me find and press the power and volume buttons more easily due to the positioning of the opening along the right side. There are also openings for microphones, speakers and a USB-C port.
I’ve now used the Z Flip 3 with this case on while hiking, fishing, running, and walking and it has done really well. If you are planning on using your Z Flip 3 on the go and want adequate protection, this is a good case.