Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

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61
Engadget
Score
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.
61

A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review: a messy marriage of smartphone and camera

Samsung's GS4 Zoom may be a slight improvement over the Galaxy Camera, but it's still not very good.

Pros
  • Compact design
  • Full smartphone functionality
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Mediocre image quality
  • Sluggish and inconsistent performance
  • Limited camera control in third-party apps
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Other
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])

Camera

Camera
yes (16 megapixels) (Records video, Optical zoom, Flash) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS)

Storage

Internal memory
8 GB
Memory card
microSD

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
yes (MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
yes (Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, IM, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather

Carriers

Regions offered
North America

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE)

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (960, 540)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1.5 GB

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Gyroscope, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes
Model
LTE

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Other
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G

Camera

Camera
yes (16 megapixels) (Optical zoom, Flash) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS)

Storage

Internal memory
8 GB
Memory card
microSD

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
yes (MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
yes (Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, IM, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM, LTE (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (HSDPA)

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (960, 540)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1.5 GB

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Gyroscope, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes