Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Call Quality, Battery Life and Verdict

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – Call Quality

Call quality on the

Samsung Galaxy Zoom S4 is good. We didn’t notice any distortion issues

or calls dropping out. The built-in speaker while not great for music,

is loud and clear enough for speakerphone conversations. Things can

start to get a bit tinny when you crank up the volume, though.
 
The

only real problem with using the S4 Zoom as a phone is getting used to

holding what looks like a camera to your ear. The jutting out lens takes

getting used to but if you really like the idea of the phone with a

proper camera lens then it’s a tolerable problem.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – Battery Life and Connectivity

The

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 2,330mAh battery – slightly less than the

S4 (2,600mAh) but more than the S4 Mini (1,900mAh). Samsung claims the

Zoom should get you up to seven hours of internet usage over 3G and nine

hours over Wi-Fi.

Over a day’s use the S4 Zoom’s battery copes

well browsing the web, playing games and taking pictures. It holds on

for well over a day, but you will still need to charge it when you get

home.

In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy S4 Zoom has the

headphone jack, micro USB charging port and micro SD card support on the

outside. Beneath the screen there’s 3G, Wi-Fi and 4G LTE support. 

Samsung has also included support for NFC, low energy Bluetooth 4.0 and

both A-GPS and GLONASS navigation systems.

Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom?

If

a smartphone and camera in one is your dream come true then it’s an

unequivocal, yes. The Samsung Galaxy Camera-inspired features really

give the S4 Zoom the edge over the likes of the iPhone 5 and the HTC One

for snapping photos – enough so to tolerate the extra bulk.

If you’re undecided on the idea, however, it’s not such an open and shut case. For instance, you could buy a Google Nexus 4 (£239) and a Samsung WB250F Smart camera and still have change left over from the Zoom S4’s circa-£450 asking price.

There

is a trade-off on the design, too. The S4 Zoom is an S4 Mini with a big

lens attached, but doesn’t fit as snugly in the pocket. That’s okay if

you have a bag to pop it in, but not so if you always carry your phone

in your pocket.

It will be interesting to see how it matches up with the Nokia Lumia 1020

as well. The new Lumia looks more jeans-friendly and has some promising

camera features, but lacks the long zoom lens. Which is the better

approach? We can’t answer that question right now, but it’s an

interesting one.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is a

great smartphone/camera hybrid – it’s a decent mid-range smartphone and

camera delivers where it counts. We can’t recommend it to everyone, but

if you love the idea then you’ll love the S4 Zoom.

Next, find out which phones we rate the best mobile phones of 2013.

Score in detail

  • Performance 8
  • Camera 9
  • Design 6
  • Usability 9
  • Value 7
  • Features 8
  • Screen Quality 7
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