Samsung Z2 First Impressions Review: The Tizen OS-Based Budget Smartphone
At Rs 4,590, the Samsung Z2 could become the first smart phone for a lot of users who are looking at a feature-packed device at an affordable price. But, will it make the cut amongst similarly designed Android phones?
The Samsung Z2 powered by Tizen OS. Image: News18
Samsung joined the host of companies developing their own operating systems when it first introduced its Tizen OS. The lightweight and easy-to-use software has been powering a number of Samsung devices from televisions to wearables and smartphones. The latest to run the in-house operating system is the Samsung Z2 smartphone which has been launched at a price of Rs 4,590 in India. Based on the little time spent using the phone, here's what the budget device has on offer.
The Samsung Z2 can be safely labelled as one of the lightest and compact 'smart' phones available in the Indian market. It features a 4-inch WVGA display that offers 480 x 800 resolution. The phone has a physical home button in the front and volume controllers on the side along with a power button.
The idea behind offering a compact-sized device is to help feature phone users make the big move to the smart phone ecosystem. The Samsung Z2 is both light and easy to operate and promises to appeal to the intended user-base.
Often budget devices tend to score low on their design aesthetics, but the Samsung Z2 features a textured rear which not only makes it a good-looking budget device but also makes it non-slippery.
The Samsung Z2 smartphone in Wine Red colour. Image: News18
Additionally, the phone is available in three colour choices of Wine Red, Black, and Gold, of which the Wine Red variant is the most eye-catching and stands out to be a stylish variant amongst the regular ones.
The Samsung Z2 is not an Android phone but one that is powered by Samsung's own Tizen operating system. The subtle elements that it borrows from the Android interface is essentially aimed at making first-time smart phone users familiar with the ecosystem and also allow them an ease of access.
The Tizen-powered Samsung Z2 lets one make the most of their first smart phone with easy navigation tools and customisable app trays for a smoother experience.
Those familiar with the Android OS will find similarities in the Tizen OS such as drop down menu for quick access to certain functions like WiFi, torch, Bike Mode, etc.
Essential apps on the Tizen OS-based Samsung Z2. Image: News18
At the phone's core is a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM which is sufficient given the price segment. However, we are yet to test the phone extensively to better understand its performance during real-time usage.
Targeting the budget conscious customers who also look for a feature-laden device, the phone is 4G VoLTE enabled and supports WiFi.
In terms of camera, the Samsung Z2 comes with a 5 megapixel rear camera with flash and a VGA front camera. While the picture quality isn't really great, for late smart phone adopters it could still be a reasonable deal because of the in-built customisation options like fast motion capture, pro mode, collage feature, etc.
Rear panel of the Samsung Z2 smartphone. Image: News18
Samsung has layered a lot of features which early smartphone users deal with such as data usage. The Samsung Z2 comea with Ultra Data Saving Mode that optimises data usage by shutting down unnecessary background apps and is claimed to save up to 40% mobile data. It also comes with the S Bike Mode for two-wheeler drivers.
With a 'smart' phone also come the ease of carrying out crucial tasks such as banking. To help users adapt to e-banking, the phone comes with the My Money Transfer app that allows one to access bank services like checking account balance, transferring money, etc. from the phone. It can be used to sync private or government bank accounts.
Samsung has tied up with Jio for the new smartphone and as a result there are a host of pre-loaded apps and services which take a bigger bite out of the measly 8GB internal storage. Thankfully, the phone supports microSD card up to 128 GB so Samsung's aim of offering an entertainment-oriented device should not face a problem.
The phone draws its juice from a 1500mAh battery, which Samsung claims can last for up to 8 hours of 4G browsing. The given battery power is decent for a sub-Rs 5K phone and with Samsung's Ultra Power Saving Mode, the phone could survive decently for an average user.
Samsung is targeting the Tizen OS-powered Z2 at budget consumers as well as those looking to make their first switch from a feature phone to a smart device. At Rs 4,590, the Samsung Z2 could become the first smart phone for a lot of users who are looking at a feature-packed device at an affordable price. But, will it make the cut amongst similarly designed Android phones? We will have to wait and see.
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