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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs. Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 – Pricing and Specifications Compared

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Smartphones are now featuring extremely competent cameras that could potentially rival standalone cameras.

The allure and the features of a dedicated camera still put some distance between the smartphone and a camera. Samsung is one of the latest companies attempting to bridge this gap. They came out with the Galaxy S4 Zoom in an effort to do so. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Grand 2 is the second generation of the highly successful mid-range smartphone that had the looks and feel of a high-end device.

Display

One of the major problems of the Galaxy Grand was its lack of high resolution on a display that was larger than many smartphones. Samsung has corrected this aspect in the Galaxy Grand 2, which features a 5.25 inch display. The phone packs 720p resolution within this display, which is much better than before. It is clear straightaway that the Galaxy S4 Zoom does not focus on these aspects much. It comes with a 4.3 inch display that makes the phone highly compact in nature. Due to the smaller display, this phone has just 540 x 960 pixels of resolution and it can almost match the pixel density offered by the Galaxy Grand 2.

Camera

Clearly, the most important feature of the Galaxy S4 Zoom lies in the back. The phone comes with a 16 megapixel camera, which may not be new to this industry. The fact that it comes with a full-fledged optical zoom makes it unique. Users will be able to access a 24-240mm zoom and the phone comes with optical image stabilization in order to avoid the blurriness even when taking full zoom shots. Compared with the digital processing to eliminate the shakes, optical image stabilization is the finest option available out there.

The Galaxy Grand 2 is more than well-equipped with an eight megapixel camera, but it cannot come anywhere near the features or the detail offered by the Galaxy S4 Zoom’s camera. However, it is more than enough for the casual photographers with a number of options like full HD video recording and face detection. Night photography on the Galaxy S4 Zoom is aided by the Xenon flash, which is significantly more powerful than the LED flash that has become the norm in smartphones today.

Operating System

There is a danger of the Galaxy S4 Zoom focusing entirely on the camera and leaving out the essential phone features. This phone clearly does not make this mistake since it comes with the latest Android 4.4 version, which is also found on the Galaxy Grand 2. The Galaxy S4 Zoom uses a dual core 1.5 GHz processor and 1.5 GB of RAM to run the operating system. The Galaxy Grand 2 is significantly well-equipped in this regard because it has a quad core 1.2 GHz processor and the same 1.5 GB of RAM.

A unique device in the market, the Galaxy S4 Zoom retails at around $280 while the Galaxy Grand 2 retails at around $260.