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ASUS Zenfone 2
In Search of Incredible (but Affordable!)
Noooope, my blog is not about to turn into a tech blog, don’t worry. When you receive an email asking you if you’d like to try out a new phone, is there any other option than “Why yes, I’d love to!”? I wasn’t quite a fan of Android prior to this experience — mostly because I don’t like complicated interfaces. I get extremely lost in the world of widgets. Also, I never was impressed with the non-iPhone cameras, which is a huge factor for me when choosing a phone. If they’re priced too closely with the iPhone just a bit pricier but the other phone’s camera isn’t as good – then you’d know what I’d go for.
But then ASUS, a leading laptop (and motherboards) manufacturer decided to give Samsung and other top Android phone brands a run for their money. The ASUS Zenfone 2 performs just as great as the lead phone runners of these brands except it’s half the price. The screen size is the same as the iPhone 6 Plus which comes at 5.5″ – and I am loving the clarity and tone of the colors. I wouldn’t want to bore you with technical details (and quite frankly, who am I to be all techy on this matter?) so I’ll just share my thoughts on the features that matter most to me.
THE GOOD STUFF
The screen comes in Full HD resolution with ASUS’ TrueVivid technology meaning photos register as close to their original and true color without sacrificing detail. The screen is 5.5″ with thin edges for maximum viewing and is covered by Gorilla Glass 3. The memory is 4GB RAM (iPhones only have 1GB!) which means you can have as many apps open without experiencing any lag or stutter. My unit has 32GB internal storage but it comes with a micro-SD slot that can go up to 64GB. It’s also a dual-SIM phone with one slot LTE-enabled, while the second slot only supports 2G. My current set-up now is I have a SMART Bro sim (for data) on the first slot and a prepaid SIM (for calls, text) on the second slot.
THE CAMERA. One of the most important aspects for me when it comes to cell phones is the camera. Zenfone 2 boasts a powerful one with its 13MP F2.0 features – I find the camera impressive as it has zero shutter lag, colors are a tiny bit more saturated than the iPhone’s. It’s not perfect though – the colors are off sometimes under direct sunlight. I personally love the Manual Shooting Mode which allows you to set the ISO, Shutter Speed, White Balance, Metering Mode, etc. The Selfie Panorama also comes in handy during events when you wanna round up your friends a-la-Ellen Degeneres’ Oscar selfie. The Super Resolution mode captures and combines four 13MP photos to create one single 52MP image with spectacular quality. I recently read an article comparing this camera to the Samsung S6 and the difference is miniscule.
I’m no professional photographer so I can’t really get you into the detailed specifications of the phone. You can hunt down the tech blogs who specialize in that! All I can say is for its price, this phone performs almost as good as any flagship Android phone. Maybe not to the point that they’re equal, but for less than half the price, you certainly won’t feel it as inferior. The only qualms I have – the weight as it does have a heft to it and the battery life – which lasts longer than an iPhone but just up to one day as well. Overall, if you’re looking for a smartphone that won’t rob you and performs almost up to par as those twice to thrice its price, this one’s worth all the money you’ve saved up (and maybe you’d still have some left to invest after).
Put tempered glass on my screen because I’m a klutz.
*This post was made in collaboration with ASUS Philippines.
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