October 9, 2016
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The Samsung Z2 Review

Simple and utilitarian but still sleek and stylish, the new Samsung Z2 is everything you could need in a budget smartphone.

Once upon a time, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, mobile phones were only good for calling and texting. Over the years, the world of technology has made incredible leaps where smart phones are concerned. Now, we can pretty much do anything with our smart phones – they help us keep track of our schedules, allow us to stay connected with our loved ones, and we can even use them to play games and stream TV shows and movies. However, along with brand new features sometimes can come difficulty of use.

Straightforward, easy-to-use, and dependable –exactly what the new Samsung Z2 is.

In a world of incredibly complicated and not-so-idiot-proof smartphones, it’s always refreshing to go back to basics. After all, “basic” doesn’t always have to mean boring. In fact, it could mean straightforward, easy-to-use, and dependable – which is exactly what the new Samsung Z2 is.

Design

The Samsung Z2 is an all-plastic phone with a textured back and has a 4-inch display. As smartphones go, it is no-frills and practical. It may not be the most sauve smart phone out there, but it’s no ugly duckling either. Samsung always produces the most practical but still stylish phones, and the Samsung Z2 is no exception.

samsung z2

Are there more attractive smart phones out there? Yes. But if that’s not at the top of your priority list, then you can forgive the Samsung Z2. It is obviously built to fit the user’s hand like a glove. It’s not very heavy at 127g, making it compact and easy to carry around your pocket.

Essentials and other features

The Samsung Z2 comes with a Tizen operating system, which is widely considered to be one of the easiest, most user-friendly operating systems out there. If you’re tired of the overly complex ones that constantly disorient you when you use them, then the Samsung Z2 will be like a breath of fresh air. It almost reminds you of the touch screen phones we used before the iPhone came along. It’s easy to use and pretty straightforward – no need to constantly reach for the manual.

It has a 4-inch display with a 480 x 800 pixels resolution and is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad-core Spreadtrum (SC9830) processor. In terms of memory, it is armed with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory, expandable up to 128GB.

z2 camera

The Samsung Z2’s primary camera is a 5-megapixel shooter with LED flash, and a VGA front camera. The phone is made with a 1,500 mAh capacity which can deliver up to 8 hours of 4G web browsing on a single charge.

Price

Perhaps the most compelling thing about the Samsung Z2 is its price. Retailing in India for only Rs 4,950 (250 to 350 AED), it is one of the most budget-friendly smartphones around. For a Samsung phone, it’s a steal.

Design
3.5 out of 5
Essentials
5 out of 5
Performance
4.5 out of 5
Features
3 out of 5
Overall

THE VERDICT

It’s a yes for the Samsung Z2! As modern smart phones go, it doesn’t offer the most features and capabilities. But it is incredibly practical, useful and utilitarian – perfect for its price. If what you need it for is to call and text, use social media and email, browse the web, and even listen to some music, then the Samsung Z2 is for you. For its incredibly low price, you certainly can’t go wrong.

4

Good
4 out of 5