Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with the standard Android mapping apps, specifically 'Maps' and 'Navigation'.

The former is Google Maps while the latter, as you probably guessed, is a sat nav. We won't go into detail on these as they're the same on every Android phone, but both lock onto a GPS signal quickly and work brilliantly well, particularly considering they're free.

The handset also comes with 'Local' which uses Google Maps to show you nearby restaurants, cafes, pubs and attractions.

The only Samsung offering that's loosely related to mapping is 'Photo Suggest'. This brings up a map of the area you're in and litters it with user uploaded photos of nearby places, letting you discover interesting sites and attractions by viewing photos of them.

It's a nice idea and as most of the photos are of scenic views and walks it doesn't really overlap with 'Local'.


The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with a whole host of apps preinstalled. There are the basics like a calculator and clock- which can be used to set alarms, timers, activate a stopwatch and view the time in different cities across the world.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

Then there's 'S Memo', which is a notepad app. You can send notes via email or back them up to Dropbox and you can also handwrite notes with your finger if you want, rather than using the keyboard.

Next up there's 'S Planner', which is a calendar. It will automatically sync with your Gmail calendar and it can also link up to Facebook or other email accounts to add events from them to it.

There's also 'My Files' which lets you dive into the folders on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and move things around. It works quite well but there are more feature rich alternatives available to download from Google Play.

A Dropbox app comes preinstalled, letting you easily link that up to the phone and share files between Dropbox and your handset.

There's also a Flipboard app installed, so if you use Flipboard you can access all of your feeds from that and there's a TripAdvisor app making it easy to hunt for holiday ideas and nearby attractions from your phone. Of course these are all things that are available from Google Play anyway.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

Among the things that aren't available from Google Play is 'S Voice', which is a voice based personal assistant very much like Apple's Siri. It lets you do things such as launch apps, play music, call or text contacts and more all with your voice

It works pretty well, there's a fair bit of overlap between it and Google Now, but we'd say that for voice commands 'S Voice' actually works better.

'S Translator' is another Samsung app. This one lets you translate words and sentences either by speaking into the phone or typing out what you want to translate. It's a useful travel tool with support for a number of languages.

Most of these apps can be used as widgets, making it even easier to access their functions and features. Getting new apps on the phone is primarily handled by Google Play, which is the standard Android app store and it has hundreds of thousands of apps available.

However Samsung also has its own app store, called 'Samsung Apps'. There's a lot of overlap between the stores and the Samsung store has far fewer apps overall, but it does have a handful of Samsung specific ones.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density256 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.9 Megapixel
Height125.5 mm
Width63.5 mm
Depth15.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time570 Hour
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 Address
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