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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

Is it a phone? Is it a camera? Do you care?

Our Verdict

We really want to like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. If the camera or phone part was better or the price tag was lower then it would make sense, but it's a poor compact and a mid-range phone with a high end price tag.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 16 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 13 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Great smartphone camera
  • Good battery life
  • Decent web browsing
  • Great media players

Against

  • Expensive for mid-range
  • Only 8GB built in storage
  • Occasionally sluggish
  • Average screen

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with two different web browsers pre-installed. There's Chrome and another just labelled 'Internet'. The 'Internet' one is obviously the focus however, as it's given a place on the dock, while Chrome is hidden away in the app drawer.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

Both browsers are fairly accomplished. 'Internet' wisely allows web pages to take up most of the screen, with just a small bar along the top where you can enter a web address or a search, go forwards or backwards a page, refresh the page, switch windows or open your bookmarks.

Everything else is handled by a tap of the menu button, which brings up a more exhaustive set of options such as adding a bookmark or a shortcut, saving the page, opening a new window, sharing the page, entering incognito mode, changing the brightness, viewing your history, switching to a desktop version of the page or accessing the browser settings screen.

Doing the latter brings up a further set of options including setting your home page, privacy settings and content settings (such as whether or not to enable JavaScript).

There are a lot of options but they're all very quick and easy to navigate. The bookmarks and windows screens look decent, using thumbnail images rather than just boring text.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

The browser works as you'd expect - you double tap or pinch to zoom, pages tend to neatly fit the screen and scrolling is generally fast and smooth.

It's even fast to load pages, taking just two seconds to load mobile sites over Wi-Fi and around six seconds to load desktop sites. 3G is slower but not painfully so, usually only adding three to five seconds on to load times.

Chrome seems ever so slightly slower, but not by much, and the general layout and options are fairly similar. As with so many things on Android there are alternative browsers available to download anyway if you have issues with either of the pre-installed ones.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has a good sized screen for web browsing, rarely feeling too cramped. It would be nice if it was a bit higher resolution but really it's still plenty good enough for web browsing as text is easily readable.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
SAR Value0.14 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy S4 Zoom
Cellular Generation3.9G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time13 Hour
Product ModelSM-C101
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)208 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height125.5 mm
Width63.5 mm
Depth15.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy S4 Zoom SM-C101 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Product LineGalaxy S4 Zoom
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Magnetometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberSM-C1010ZWABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationDo it all and miss nothing with the next phase in imaging smartphones. Controlled by the revolutionary zoom ring, the Galaxy S4 zoom is a no-compromises smartphone and camera that sets new standards for versatility and control. The zoom-ring control lets you share a photo during phone calls, control the optical zoom, and launch the camera. Capture life's greatest moments in breathtaking detail with a super-fast, super-sensitive 16-megapixel CMOS sensor. The Galaxy S4 zoom even guides you to the best locations for picture-taking-anywhere in the world. Powered by the latest Android OS and featuring precise control of all picture-taking and communications functions, the Galaxy S4 zoom lets you do more with your life.
Limited Warranty2 Year