Do you remember the Moto X? Unless you’re an Android nerd like me, maybe not, but that doesn’t take away from how awesome Motorola’s short-lived American-put together project was.
In short, the Moto X (opens in new tab) was easily one of the most creative endeavors of any smartphone company, allowing users to fully customize their phones at a time when Motorola was still king of the “stock Android” flagship. Users can choose custom colors or even higher quality materials like wood and leather for the back plate of the phone. You can even engrave your name on the phone and display a personalized message on the home screen.
Fast forward to 2022, where Samsung is currently offering the Galaxy Z Flip 4 Bespoke Edition (opens in new tab) to customers, similar to the now-defunct Motorola concept. Samsung’s offerings aren’t nearly as diverse as Motorola’s here, but as far as we can tell, it seems Samsung’s version is likely to have a more sustainable business model than the one Motorola has devised.
Functionally, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 does not differ in terms of customization. It’s the same great phone we praised in our Galaxy Z Flip 4 review (opens in new tab), only with a very personal flair. The difference this year is that unlike the Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition, the Z Flip 4 Bespoke Edition won’t cost you any more than a plain old Flip 4.
That alone is a huge improvement over last year’s model, which cost $100 more just to give you the ability to customize its colors. Samsung has also added more colors to the mix, giving users 75 different color combinations to choose from. That’s more than 49 color combinations with the Flip 3 Bespoke Edition.
And it’s not the only product Samsung is offering a bespoke edition for, either. From home appliances like refrigerators and microwaves to the Custom Edition Galaxy Watch 5 (opens in new tab)Samsung offers customers who want to personalize their devices more choices than ever before.
For me, as an Android enthusiast, that’s a big part of what has always drawn and continues to draw me to the operating system and its vast ecosystem.
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Samsung sent me two Z Flip 4 Bespoke Edition phones, and while I didn’t really have a choice of color combinations – as you would of course do if you ordered your own – it gave me a chance to see the unique colors that were assigned became the Bespoke Editions first-hand. Personally, I would have gone for red backplates and a black frame to channel some Sith energy. I told you I’m a nerd.
If anything, the Bespoke Edition is for someone who likes to use something different than everyone else, and combined with the fact that this is a foldable phone, there’s no doubt that using one will set you apart from the crowd .
Could it be better?
We’ve already seen a pretty impressive step up from the first to second generation of the Bespoke Edition flip phone, and I expect there’ll be another leap in next year’s models as well. I also personally like the colors offered on the Flip 4 Bespoke Edition versus the Flip 3 Bespoke Edition and I hope Samsung continues to offer a range of hues to match user preferences.
With last year’s Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung seemed to find a unique style (opens in new tab) This really makes the phone stand out from the crowd. It’s not just the Bespoke Edition and its many color schemes, but also the selection of crazy looking cases with rings, straps and all sorts of other doo-dads on them.
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What could Samsung do next? I’d like to see some sort of removable back plate so users can buy a bunch of plates at once and swap them out if they want. We’ve seen companies like OnePlus do this in the past, and I really loved being able to customize the phone in every way imaginable.
Aside from more colors for the backs and frames, I’d also like to see additional material options. Things like leather, wood, or even fabric would make for some really amazing design options. While these particular materials don’t always play well when they get wet, it wouldn’t cost too much for a user to swap them out for a glass, metal, or even plastic sheet to restore water resistance if they were unsure of the weather.
In short, I want the Bespoke line to continue to shine and evolve. It’s an incredible idea and I think Samsung finally figured out how to create such a concept without adding too much overhead.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Custom Edition
Clamshell phones are exciting enough, but what if you could customize one with your own color scheme? Red and blue, yellow and black or even a nice khaki green can make your Flip 4 stand out even more than it already does.
https://www.androidcentral.com/phones/samsungs-galaxy-z-flip-4-bespoke-edition-is-almost-the-return-of-the-moto-x Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 Bespoke Edition is almost the return of the Moto X