Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review

Galaxy S4 Zoom
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Galaxy S4 Zoom is a daring move by Samsung. Since the launch of smartphones, camera lovers have to make do with the lenses which are by no means a comparison to the dedicated camera lenses.So, they made a proprietary camera which would function as a phone…Oops, smartphone to be precise.  Since the name contains S4 tag, it surely has to be something special. So, lets check out.

Design And Feel

Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with a 4.3 inches capacitive touchscreen. It has 256 pixels per inch. The display is really solid as it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 technology, the latest offering by Corning.  It got 8 GB of internal memory memory which is expandable upto 64 GB. RAM stands at 1.5 GB. Galaxy S4 zoom is a mix of metal(bezel) and plastic. It is comfortable to hold and snap pictures. However, the real fight is to put it in one’s pocket as the camera lens is bulging and is bulky.

Interface

Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. It is overlayed with Samsung’s proprietary Touchwiz UI. If you have used a Samsung Smartphone before, chances are you would get along this camera cum phone easily. Otherwise too, the interface is simple and user friendly too use. It also includes the option for several tweaks which super users would enjoy.

Contacts And Calling

Galaxy S4 Zoom performs well when it comes to the basic feature of a phone. The signal strength and call volume were both good during tests. No issues here. The small size of the phone makes it easy to dial a number even with one hand.

Messaging And Typing

Typing is rock solid on Galaxy S4 Zoom with no lags. Swipe to type feature is present.  It’s all fairly straightforward and intuitive. I also got extra features like being able to block specific numbers is very useful.

Internet

Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with 2 browsers. One is Chrome and the other simply named Internet. Surprisingly, Internet Browser works faster than the Chrome which significantly increases work speeds. Security wise, Chrome is much safer. 4.3 inches display handles the net surfing experience smoothly.

Multimedia

This device supports MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3 and FLAC music files and there are two main music players to choose from – Google’s ‘Play Music’ and Samsung’s ‘Music’. Music listening experience on Galaxy S4 Zoom is a pleasant one. Video Editor app is also present but one needs to install it first in order to start editing/creating videos.

Camera

Finally coming to the most appealing feature of this phone, the camera! Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with a 16 MP camera with Xenon Flash. The camera comes with Optical Image Stabilisation Technology and is capable of 10X zoom. To put it simply, Galaxy S4 camera is much better than any normal smartphone camera. The images are crisp and lively. However, low light images are still better on Nokia Lumia 925.

Battery Life

The earlier Galaxy Camera suffered from poor battery. We were hoping that Samsung would weed out this issue in this version. The hopes panned out well and Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, which comes with a battery of 2330 mAh. Under rigorous testing, the battery easily managed a day. With moderate and clever usage, it would extend upto 1.5 days. That’s really impressive. What more, the battery is removable too!

Verdict

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is available at a price of 30000 INR. In this range, Smartphones like Nokia Lumia 925, Sony Xperia Z and ZR and Samsung Galaxy Mini are present, which come with a decent camera. The low light imaging of Lumia 925 is actually better than Galaxy S4 Zoom. But otherwise, Zoom’s camera got no competition! We would say it is a right mix of a good smartphone with a great camera and the price is just right. If you love photography and also want a nice smartphone, go for Galaxy S4 Zoom.

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