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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – Huge 26 Part Review

Below are all the review posts on the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom.
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Part 2 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/samsung-k-zoom-review-part-1/

Part 3 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/samsung-k-zoom-review-part-2/

Part 4 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/samsung-k-zoom-review-part-3/

Part 5 – Photos galore- https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-review-update-photos/

Part 6 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-review-sunday-thoughts/

Part 7 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-review-update/

Part 8 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-review-part-8-stutter-time/

Part 9 – Heat issues and review update – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-review-update-in-the-heat-full-res-photo-samples/

Part 10 . Review update https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-review-update-2/

Part 11 – One last point – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-6-weeks-later/

Part 12 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-the-final-part-part-1/

Part 13 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/why-the-samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-is-winning/

Part 14 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-software-update/

Part 15 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/lg-g3-g-watch-and-samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-updates/

Part 16 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/fight-lg-g3-vs-samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-camera/

Part 17 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-official-samsung-protective-case/

Part 18 – More cases – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-cases/

Part 19 – Camera samples – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-camera-samples-from-yesterday/

Part 20 – One Month later – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-one-month-later/

Part 21 – Camera samples – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-some-camera-samples/

Part 22 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-number-2-disappointment-perhaps/

Part 23 – K Zoom saga – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-number-2/

Part 24 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-review-update-2/

Part 25 – The difference with 10x optical zoom – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/samsung-k-zoom-the-difference-10-x-optical-zoom-makes/

Part 26 – Video and specs – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/introducing-the-new-samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-video/

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – one last point

I have had the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom for over 6 weeks now as I mentioned in my final conclusion post last week.

However, I do have one beef with the K Zoom which I forgot to mention. Somehow, and on a regular basis, a film of dirt seems to appear on the lens. I did wonder why the user manual mentioned wiping the lens from time to time. Now I know why! The annoying part is that I didn’t realise this until I examined all my photos from a day out and realised most were ruined. So now, before I start a session, I check the lens.

Apart from that it is a unique piece of kit which I intend to keep for a very long time.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – The Final Part – Part 1

This is the final part of my review on the K Zoom. Final Part 1 since a newer firmware might change things for better or worse later on in the future.

In my last post https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/why-the-samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-is-winning/ I mentioned the K Zoom was winning. It still is, but it no longer used as my main device/phone. This duty has moved to the amazing LG G3.

However, the K Zoom is still carried with me at all times. It compliments the LG G3 due to the optical zoom, xenon flash and wide angled lens, plus it runs android so connects to my G3 as easy as ABC.

Continuing the easy as ABC theme, because it runs android kitkat, you have a full feature Google Play app store at your disposal, along with the Samsung Camera and Studio Editing apps, with simplicity at the fore front.

For example, the camera has many modes and creative options. So if you are visiting a waterfall, just select waterfall mode. There are other modes like fireworks, indoor party, night, HDR, snow, sunset and so on and on. With all its modes, it makes it so easy to always capture that moment in front of you regardless of the conditions. It is not DSLR quality but at least I know I have never not been able to capture something. In fact I have used Shot and More mode, then the Drama selection many times and all to great success.

I even considered at one point changing the K Zoom for a dedicated compact zoom camera but there is nothing quite like the K Zoom. It is already fairly compact, has the advantage of android kitkat and if I so desired I could put my micro sim back into it and use it happily as a standalone smartphone.

However, at the moment, it is used as a connected camera and this shall be the case for the future months and years.

Why the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is winning

With the LG G3 in the house fighting for top spot, I have been wondering why the K Zoom is winning.

For a start it has issues. Less since the software update. But it is fat and needs to go on a diet. It has a bulge sticking out for the zoom lens.

And yet I have no desire to sell or return the phone to Samsung, not that I can anymore either.

So why is it front of house? Simply, it is running android which has an excellent selection of apps. Samsung include a superb array of editing apps too and a huge selection of camera shooting modes to ensure you always will photograph the view in front, from action shots, panoramic, HDR, creative shots, waterfalls, light traces, fireworks and more. It takes the pain out of any guesswork.

But what else, well it has a full suite of connectivity options from WiFi, Bluetooth, DLNA and more. It is also a phone. The photos it takes are not class leading, but they are on the whole really excellent and shots I would not have been able to shoot on any other smartphone.

So the K Zoom is a winner.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom software update – includes camera too

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I was greeted this morning with the first software update for the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. It’s installing now, so let’s hope my Bluetooth music streaming is fixed and the camera is tweaked in auto mode. I will report back tomorrow. Update. Camera firmware has been updated.

Also, the Samsung Apps app is now Galaxy Apps. New icon and interface.

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – official Samsung Protective case

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A few days ago, I showed you a few cases from eBay that I had for the K Zoom. Well finally, I have from Samsung their official protective cover case. It costs £20 so is not cheap but it is so much better than the previous 2 cases I had.

First up, the case seems to make the K Zoom seem slimmer. Not by much but every little bit helps. Second the edges are grippy rubber. The zoom lens is slightly protected by the case due to it covering the very edge of the mechanism. The same protection is offered for the screen. The power and volume buttons are covered, but the 2 way camera button is uncovered. All other cut outs for the other parts of the phone are exactly aligned.

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I will say this is the best case you can get for the K Zoom. Well, it is if the Samsung ever get more in stock!

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – cases

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If you are lucky enough to have a Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, you are also unlucky in that accessories for this device are scarce at the moment.

You can buy a £2-3 wave silicone style case as shown quite easily but in my opinion it is ugly. There are now a few more styles, a yellow back style that provides less protection and when in stock Samsung have their fake leather looking case. The official fake leather Samsung case is in transit, and photos will follow shortly. There are other styles coming soon along and hopefully spare batteries which for a camera phone are needed.

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The yellow back case shown , is more stylish than the black silicone case but does offers less protection. The top and bottom of the case is open and the buttons are exposed as opposed to the black silicone wave style where everything is covered and offers a lot of protection. Also, this case is too slippery. So even though the black case looks ugly it provides better grip and protection.

One other style of case made by Araree is Autopop, where even the lens is covered on the K Zoom, and pops open when you activate the camera.

Hopefully, I will be able to get hold of a number of different styles and do a quick comparison between them.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – camera samples from yesterday

Just a few shots from yesterday. One is a macro, the others of my labradors, Fury and Tiggy, both girls. I have 3 in total, but George was resting from his earlier walk.

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If you want to see the full resolution of these shots and more photos from yesterday, head over to my flickr account , http://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – one month later

Well, it’s been a month nearly with the K Zoom. It’s my vintage device and my main phone still.

I still have some of the small issues mentioned previously, but it’s unique enough that no other phone tempts me. Well, that’s not true. Every new phone is tempting 🙂 but the camera on the K Zoom keeps me on track.

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Finally, I’ve given touchwiz the boot. I’ve installed Apex Launcher Pro. I own Nova Launcher too but Apex is better when it comes to theming, although the difference between the two is very close. The above screen shot is using 2 Netatmo app widgets, and the 1theLucent theme. I have 2 other screen shots. One for the camera widget and the other my calendar. What I like about Apex Launcher is with the phone on any home screen, just say “Ok Google” and Google fires up listening for your commands. This is done with needing to add the Google search widget to the home screen and makes the user experience really slick.

I have a feeling that I’m enjoying the K Zoom so much it could be my main driver for quite a while longer as there is not much to dislike if photography is your thing.

Because I’m using Apex Launcher and customised the number of row and columns the camera widget looks better as shown below.

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So it’s happy days for now.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – number 2 – disappointment perhaps?

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Last night I snapped a few shots in the glorious weather, a rarity on Dartmoor. Normally its foggy or raining!

I got back home and examined the photos. This is my second K Zoom so I was keen to see whether I had any lens issues. The below shot is an enhanced HDR version using Snapseed.

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And one last shot from the collection of a few hundred taken last night.
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Now the above photos are slightly compressed for the article, but the detail didn’t seem to be all there. I was cursing thinking I had a faulty Zoom and would have to send back this one for an exchange. And then, it dawned on me. When I had taken the shots for the other post for today, I dropped the resolution camera settings to just 2mp.

So actually, the K Zoom even at 2mp can snap some lovely photos. So if you do change the settings, be careful to change back to your normal default options.

I really am so impressed with this phone/camera. But it does have weaknesses. My feelings about this device are consistent in that its extra weight and thickness don’t matter. Why? Because its curved back make it excellent to hold and it is a good size for one handed use. The 720p screen is ok but having used the best 1080p screens on the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 sometimes I do wish it was higher. However, as the screen is 720p I have not got from Google Play store and apps/games that can’t be installed as not compatible with phone. Speed of the K Zoom. Generally it is responsive and nippy. But I do have 92 apps installed, 20 of which are games, and at some point lag does appear or the odd slow down. Being honest I thought it would be a lot worse but it is perfectly acceptable.

But my biggest frustration is its wireless capabilities. It has bluetooth, wifi and more. But it appears its signal strength on for wifi, bluetooth and cellular signal are not as strong as other phones I have owned. This means wifi can drop at the further point in my house, whereas my other devices hold the wifi signal just about. Bluetooth stereo audio breaks up a lot and the phone signal strength is 15% weaker than other modern flagships I have owned. And sometimes, the Bluetooth connection is perfect. It is just not reliable. Maybe a software update will help. In the meantime, the bluetooth issue is out of all the wireless options is driving me mad at times. If this can get fixed, then I would be very happy.

Before I bought the K Zoom, I thought the 8gb internal memory would be the number one reason I would not keep this phone. In fact, I am managing with 8gb internal (about 4.6gb user available) and with 92 apps installed have 1.96gb free currently.

Of course, you buy this phone for the camera with its 10x optical zoom and xenon flash. And as the camera is a key feature for me, there is no other phone on the market at present that rocks my boat. Once you have the option to optically zoom in, you just cannot live without it.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – review – update

I’ve been slightly distracted as I’ve had the Sony Xperia Z2 in the house.

However,  I’ve still been using the K Zoom to try and improve the user experience for me and also solve some of the battery drain issues.

Let’s start with the battery drain issues. I thought the high temperature had caused the battery to plummet but actually I’m now seeing if the new version of SwiftKey is the cause. I was using Google keyboard which worked really well but my typing speed on SwiftKey is seriously fast. When I’ve had a few more days usage I will report back. I did turn off swiftkey trending in the app settings and this seems to have helped a little.

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One of the  phones widgets is the camera widget. I thought it had the fixed Pro Suggest camera launch mode and then 6 app options user selectable. Then by accident I realized it moved to reveal another 6 boxes for adding more apps.

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As you can see my selection is all photo editing related. I just wish you could select which mode to launch the camera.

Bluetooth music streaming with my AKG K845 headphones is still not consistent with many dropouts. Fortunately, these headphones can also be used wired.

I now have a cheap eBay case for the phone, all of £2.90. But still no case from Samsung which was promised as part of the pre order.

I think despite a few issues I’m having with this device it is by far brilliant for my needs and is going to be near impossible to change this for anything else as my main driver.

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – review – update in the heat / full res photo samples

Just a warning – this post might take a little longer to display the photos as they are the full res. Click on them to reveal full resolution.

I was in Bristol yesterday and it was 25 degrees with intense sunlight and consequently the K Zoom got hot in my pocket. It also discharged the battery considerably quicker and whilst in my shirt pocket which meant that from 8am to 5pm the battery dropped to 25%. Bear in mind I only took 20 photos, and for the rest of the day was in a training course, only looking at the phone screen a few times during the day. Clearly heat impacts the battery!

Below are 4 photos taken yesterday. I would like your views on them please, good or bad or indifferent.

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – Pre Order Fiasco

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I received an email from Samsung with an offer to pre order the Galaxy K Zoom and get a free case worth £20.

So I clicked on the link in the email and ordered the phone. I’ve had the phone nearly two weeks and no free case has arrived. I have called several times to Samsung customer support. Whilst the staff are friendly and even the supervisors and being honest with the situation, the fact remains I still don’t have a free case.

So what has happened. Well Samsung’s ordering system failed to acknowledge the free case in the order. According to Samsung, it is a right mess as there are no cases to give to customers. And no cases apparently got sent to any customers who pre ordered.

Well, actually that’s not true as I know of one person who did get the free case. I explained to Samsung that I knew of one person who did get the free case. They were speechless. An even bigger mess although at least they have admitted there is a problem. But on the whole 66 customers who pre ordered the phone don’t have their free cases.

So Samsung offered me a £20 estore voucher. I declined as most items are overpriced on the store anyway. I said how about a free spare battery or £20 refunded in to my bank. They are considering both these options. Personally, a free spare battery would be most useful and probably save Samsung’s face from further embarrassment.

In the meantime, I know that Samsung are trying to source cases. So if you are reading this and can produce a £20 case for the K Zoom, let me know and I will put you in touch with Samsung HQ.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – review part 8 – stutter time

All had been going well with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom apart from some day 1 teething problems.

Well I had the pleasure the other day of taking the train from Exeter to London Paddington and then commuting across the sauna of the London Underground. In fact the train to London was too hot as well.

Anyway, I decided to listen to a few podcasts, and then play a few songs. My music is stored on the memory card. I was using the default Samsung music player. After about 20 minutes the track started stuttering. I was surprised by this behaviour so forwarded to the next track and then the next. Same problem.

The stuttering was only cured by performing a soft reset.

The battery life for the duration of my day trip to London held up really well. How by 11.39 PM and down to 34%.