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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

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Interface and functionality

The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 from the S4 Mini is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Zoom, with a bit of photography apps thrown in like Photo Suggest or a Video Editor, which will probably make it to the final edition too. There is not much else to this popular Samsung interface, so you can refer to our S4 Mini review for the nitty-gritty if you are unfamiliar with it, as the big changes are only in the camera app, which we will preview in a bit.

The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview

The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom


The only gripe we have with the UI is that a dedicated landscape mode isn't included, like on the recent Galaxy Mega 6.3, and a cameraphone that will be often used in a landscape position would really make a good use out of it.


Processor and memory

A 1.5 GHz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor with Mali-400 GPU is what's powering the Galaxy S4 Zoom, aided by 1.5 GB of RAM, and the phone also hosts 8 GB of internal memory, plus a microSD slot for expansion. This chipset is nothing to write home about in terms of benchmarking prowess, but does the job of running Jelly Bean, apps and the camera interface sufficiently quick with barely a perceivable lag.


Browser and connectivity

The TouchWiz browser is well-known to be a pretty fast renderer by now, and doesn't disappoint here as well, letting you sideload Adobe Flash if needed. The S4 Zoom has both LTE and HSPA+ versions, with the HSPA+ speeds hitting 21.1 Mbps, if your carrier can supply that. Other than these radios, we get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and NFC but no FM Radio. There is also an infrared sensor at the top of the phone, so you can control your TV, home stereo and the like with the phone's dedicated app.

The TouchWiz browser - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz browser - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz browser - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz browser - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview

The TouchWiz browser



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posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:45 22

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


UGLY......

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:15 16

12. tiara6918 (Posts: 2069; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Samsung should fire their current design team asap before an even more ugly galaxy shows up

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:24 6

14. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I agree! xD

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:51 2

18. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


To improve the sales of other brands like HTC, Sony, Nokia, etc i think it is better for Samsung to stay on building ugly phones.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:16 3

30. umadden (banned) (Posts: 90; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


htc sony nokia etc can't even outsell ugly phones. rofl that's sad

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:25 3

33. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


yes because the world is full of Mindless Fansungs like you ...

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:37 3

37. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Nope, it's because Samsung's products are only beautiful to Samsung fanboys. Those who ranted about Nokia making bricks, now they'll have to swallow those comments,

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:42 1

39. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Beautiful has nothing to do with it. It's just preferring function over form. Of course, people like you would want
your camera and phones to look like a work of art rather than devices.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 16:43 1

61. felisberto (Posts: 34; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


then how come samsung make 95% android profits?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:02 1

54. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Yes they should. Problem is that they DON'T have any design team. Havent you heard? Since 2007 Shamesung hired only industrial spies and those who are familiar with photoshop and can edit other OEM designs.

Then PR department calls it "Humans best companion"! laugh

Oh and yes, they hired a lot of lawmans as well!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 16:59 1

62. willard12 (Posts: 1720; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Its odd that there are so many comments about how a camera looks (which is a matter of opinion) rather than how well it works. I doubt anyone will look at a Cannon and comment "that is ugly." Has anyone ever discussed how beautiful the design of a camera is or do they discuss how beautiful the photos are? Its a camera with android functionality. I guess if you're one of the 15 people in world concerned with how your camera looks, this isn't for you.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:56 1

22. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)


Exactly! They should change their design ASAP

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:38

38. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Why? So they can catch up to HTC??
Samsung design could be better. But in this case, I'd rather have function over form rather than form over function.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:22 2

45. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


ugly as troll i must SAY and device layout is terible no plan just put all things randomly on the back what a jerk hired to make this garbage

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:44 1

47. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Samsung should fire their current design team ASAP.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:06 1

55. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


This is what you get, when Shamesung can't copy others. Don't worry, next years model will be exactly like this years Nokia Lumia EOS.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 15:49

60. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


actully there was nothing to be copied here they made a stunt :D epic

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:47 7

2. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Physical shutter key, zoom ring, grip bulge, tripod mount; heck, this is more of a camera than a phone! Now I know why it looks like this.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:52 7

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


This is useless. You can buy better phones and better cameras.... Stupid idea.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:59 12

5. rency0722 (Posts: 158; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


And the true cameraphones will be backed up by Nokia and Sony (Ericsson), just like the good old days.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:08

56. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Yeah, except there are no such thing as Sony (Ericsson) anymore. Besides Sony doesn't know how to make phones or cameras. They should focus to PS4.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:59 10

6. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2118; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


sony will make a slimmer one then this brick.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 18:21

63. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


but much worse picture quality..

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:06 1

11. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


I don't like it. Too much design compromise for camera usage that camera phone experience is ruined. The Nokia N8 and 808 manages to be the best in class without too much sacrifice with the phone side(I wished that these two run on Android and it will be perfect.).

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:33 3

15. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


This is not a brick. Bricks are bulky but also very sturdy. So I don't know what this is then...

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:34 3

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Brick...Brick...Brick...Brick....there, I said it!!! Thumb me down if you can!! Hahah

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:45 2

17. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


http://i.imgur.com/q3Y3JY7.jpg

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:10

57. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


HAHA yeah good picture.

Shamesung - "We like to make slim phones and such!" errr wait!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:53 1

19. sergiobr (Posts: 712; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I loved it ! I was searching for a good camera and Android !

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:56 1

20. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)


They can't compete with Nokia..

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.2
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera16 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1.5 GB RAM
Size4.94 x 2.50 x 0.61 inches
(125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm)
7.34 oz  (208 g)

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