Kazam Tornado 348 review
Our Thoughts: The slimmest of all smartphones
The Kazam Tornado 348 is a super-slim Android smartphone made from premium materials and it has a minimalist design that will catch the eye.
The Kazam Tornado 348 has a superb design that includes a precision engineered aluminium-magnesium alloy frame that measures only 5.15mm thick. To put this in perspective, the next thinnest phone on sale in the UK is the Huawei P8, which has a 6.4mm thick body.
Shock and scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 has been used to make both the front and back faces of the Tornado 348 and this gives a glossy finish to the black body. These premium materials create a device that is slim, strong and light. In fact at 95.5 grams, it is far lighter than its closest rival, the Huawei P8lite, which weighs in at 131 grams.
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The 4.8” display is similarly sized to that of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact and has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The low-power display is framed on the sides by a very slim 1.8mm bezel.
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The octa-core 1.7GHz processor has 1GB RAM and to reduce the drain on the battery, the 8 cores are asynchronous, so they spring into action when performance is needed and power down when it isn’t. There is also a 16GB internal memory, of which part can be used for saving new apps, photos, videos and other media.
Phone Set Up
The Kazam Tornado 348 is powered by the Android KitKat operating system and this offers a good set up process where live widgets can be placed onto the home screen and apps can be grouped together in app folders.
Pocket mode can be activated at this point and this tackles one of the most annoying problems that smartphones have, by protecting against accidental unlocking, calling or the opening apps while the phone is in a pocket, purse or bag.
There are quite a few features on the Kazam Tornado 348 that make connected-lives a little easier. To begin with, gestures enable a double screen tap to wake up the phone from sleep mode, while drawing symbols assigned to apps on the screen enables them to be launched quickly.
Further gestures that aid daily life includes Smart Answer, where placing the phone next to an ear answers the phone. Smart Dial uses the same motion and will make a call to the person you just sent a text message to or just searched for in your phone book.
The 3.5mm audio jack has been positioned on the bottom next to the microUSB port and this keeps the cables neatly together when charging the phone and at the same time listening to music or making a hands-free call.
The microUSB port supports OTG (USB On-the-Go) and this means that an external keyboard can be attached to make typing easier or a flash card can be connected to provide extra memory.
Should any issues arise with the Tornado 348, then the pre-installed Kazam Rescue app can be used to give remote access to the phone for Kazam agents, who can typically fix 70% of all issues that may arise.
Camera & Video
The 8MP camera on the Kazam Tornado 348 captures high resolution images and the selective autofocus allows you to choose the areas in the fame that you want to focus on. A LED flash aids low-light photography and video can be recorded at 30 frames per second.
On the opposite side is a 5MP secondary camera and this can be used to take selfies, record video or make video calls.
The 2,050mAh battery, in comparison, has a higher capacity compared to that in the Apple iPhone 6s. All things are far from equal though, with the iPhone outperforming the Tornado with up to 10 hours talk time, trumping 6.
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The Kazam Tornado 348 hits back though in the standby department with up to 360 hours standby beating hands downs the up to 240 hours possible on the iPhone 6s.
Written by: Michael Brown