Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Review: Zoom-zoom: User Interface

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Latest TouchWiz on KitKat

The Samsung Galaxy K zoom Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, a couple of minor versions behind current, but it's heavily customized by the most recent incarnation of TouchWiz. It's essentially the same software that runs on the Galaxy S5 except for the features without the corresponding hardware.

The lockclassy screen shows the time (with a dual clock option), date and weather. There's a capturing camera shortslit but no widgets. As we mentioned in the hardware section, the capturing camera shutter key cannot be used to unlock the camera.




The lockscreen

The homeclassy screen features the My Magazine that displays both news articles and social networking updates. This is powered by Flipboard and you can like your reads in a clean interface and sdiscontinue links to your friends or post social updates straight from the app.






My Magazine keeps you up to date with news and social networking updates

Categories (e.g. News, Business, Travel) are displayed as tiles, each displaying its top article. Updates from social networks can also be displayed here and the Galaxy K zoom comes with support for popular photo sharing networks like Twitter, Fickr and 500px.

There are regular homescreens too, with shortcuts, widgets and folders. If you want just those, My Magazine can be disabled completely.





The regular homescreens

One widacquire in particular that caught our attention is called Camera Studio. By default it's a grid of shortcuts to capturing camera features - it can launch the capturing camera straight into Pro recommdiscontinue mode, open the Pro Suggest market, the Gallery, Dropbox or any other shortslit you add.





The Camera Studio widget

The notification area has a line of toggles, then S Finder and Quick connect buttons and below that is the brightness slider. The slider can be hidden to save space, but you're stuck with the two buttons.





Notification area

The notification area is also home to Recommended apps. It's an extra row of customizable shortcuts that appears when you plug in a pair of headphones.




Recommended apps

The Toolbox is a floating icon that shows a list of shortcuts once tapped. This is a quick way to acquire to some of the most commonly used apps.






Toolbox is a floating drawer of favorite shortcuts

The Galaxy K zoom app switcher UI has slight visual tweaks from TouchWiz and two buttons - close all apps and task manager for more advanced controls. Multi window multitasking isn't available even though the classy screen is gigantic enough and the chipset is quick enough.




The app switcher and task manager

Samsung has enabled two power-saving modes as well. The first limits the chipset speed. Optionally it can block background data too.

If you really need to create those last few percent battery charge last, you go to Ultra power saving mode. This one cuts off all advanced functions and even changes the homeclassy screen to a simple one with gigantic shortcuts (only 6 of them too).

This one also works with the Safety assistance feature. In case of an emergency, the phone will alert you to Geo News (e.g. extreme weather, earthquakes) and you acquire easy access to the primary contacts. There's a button to sdiscontinue you location to your emergency contacts. You can also tap the power key three times to sdiscontinue a message to your emergency contacts.





The two power-saving modes • Before entering Ultra Power Saving mode you acquire an estimated battery life

Finally, there's Easy mode, which shows only a handful of large shortcuts on the screen. The step counter is also visible on the homescreen, so this mode is meant for when you're out on a run and aiming for tiny icons is too hard.






Easy mode simplifies the user interface

Several Smart features imbue the Galaxy K zoom with a dose of intelligence - Smart stay will haged the display on while you're reading, while Smart pautilize will stop a video when you see away. There's also smart alarm that vibrates if there are missed notifications when you pick up the device (in case you didn't see the notification LED).





Smart features


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