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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review | Rating & Conclusion

Published on: Thursday, September 5th 2013                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters
 

Our Rating!

Design
75%
User friendliness
80%
Features
85%
Performance
80%
Price / Quality ratio
75%
79%
Review rating
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

S amsung has brought a wide portfolio of smartphones out onto the market in order to attract as broad an audience as possible. Not every phone that they develop and manufacture is meant for the masses. The Galaxy S4 Zoom is such a smartphone. It is a fantastic initiative that Samsung integrated such a wide zoom range into a smartphone. With the Galaxy Camera review, we commented that there was no calling function on it. With the Galaxy S4 Zoom, you have comparable camera specifications and you can call with it as well, which is a big bonus. Still, the protruding lens does come with its disadvantages. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is quite heavy, it weighs 208 grams and it is about 25 mm thick; the smartphone only just fits in your pocket. Another disadvantage is the placement of the lens. When you hold the smartphone in landscape mode, your left hand gets in the way. In our opinion, it would have been better just one centimeter to the right.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom SM-C101

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom SM-C101

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review conclusion

In terms of smartphone functionalities, I would not exactly call it a ‘powerful smartphone’. The Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and a 1.5GB RAM memory, which only delivers average performance. Glitches now and then are unavoidable. The software is completely up to date, the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system and the TouchWiz Nature UX 2 user interface work well and without problems. The 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen is clear and has good color representation. The 2,300 mAh battery is sufficient, but not outstanding. What makes this smartphone special is clearly the camera functionalities.

Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone

Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom test score

The 10x optical zoom and the many photo functions make this smartphone a true compact camera. It is not one that you would pay 500 EUR for, but a fun camera for on the go. The extra functions on this phone are especially for photography, such as In-call Photo Share, Photo Suggest, and the Smart Mode with 25 selection possibilities. Image quality is not optimal, but more than sufficient for capturing fun, memorable moments. For a price of € 550.- EUR you get a fun smartphone and a fun camera. Unfortunately, we cannot call it a ‘powerful smartphone and a high-end camera’, but we are certainly not entirely dissatisfied.

 
 
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