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Asus Zenfone 2 Review, Specs, Price

No kidding, ASUS deliberately changed my perception on affordable smartphones. I've always thought that more affordable smartphones are crappy and Apple is the only maker of great smartphones, but here comes ASUS, proving me wrong.

This perception changer is Zenfone 2, the first entry premium smartphone I ever owned; It's so sleek, so gorgeous, and classy that maybe we can take out the word entry and just call it premium because it feels that way! Also, the features are pretty cool! I'm sharing my experience with this mobile phone to all of you today.

ASUS Zenfone 2 was released May 2015, the much- awaited follow up of its predecessor, Zenfone 5. It boasts of the following features: VR Technology for a more elevated entertainment experience, Personalization Settings to protect your data, numbers, and sensitive information in your phone, and PixelMaster Camera with 13MP resolution for the back camera, Have a look at the specs:


Now let's review this sexy beast.
BODY

ASUS said that Zenfone is inspired by the concept of Zen: streamlined, smooth, powerful. Big yet small, Zenfone 2 has a 5.5 inch display on a 5.0 body; gives you better perspective yet remains user- friendly. I'm trying to get a hang of its size because I'm used to a medium- sized phone, but at least its slightly curved body that gives me a better grip makes the transition easier for me.

It comes in five colors and I got Red and the brushed effect on its back gives it that metallic look, ergo luxe feel even if the back casing is plastic. I must say, this Android phone looks so sleek and classy, plus it's lightweight!

USER EXPERIENCE

Again, I'm trying to get used to Android's interface because I've always been used to iPhone's OS. Can't make a comparison between Android Lollipop and the previous Android (was it Kit Kat?), but all I can say is my browsing experience is pretty smooth; OS is pretty responsive, Internet connectivity is fast, which I love. However, it is preloaded with a bunch of Asus- exclusive apps and they need to be updated almost every week, which is quite a chore for me and if you don't update, OS tends to slow down.

BATTERY

Its juice can last for a day if I play games heavily on it and can last for 2 days on standby mode. The memory on my Zenfone 2 is 32gb, btw.


FEATURES

Here are the things I love about this phone: User control panel features a Guest Mode. Eureka! I'm the type who hates it when people come across my photos and messages intentionally or unintentionally so this feature is golden for me; Before I lend Zenfone 2 to a friend, I switch the user panel to Guest Mode; it gives me peace of mind!

Next is the touch commands for the screen. If you draw C on the screen, Camera automatically comes on. Draw S, you'll be led to SMS. If iPhone has Siri, Zenfone 2 has this!

RESOLUTION

I'm a gamer by heart and Zenfone 2's clear, crisp resolution and vivid colors perfect, and its speaker is one of the loudest I've encountered, but nice to know that the sound it produces doesn't have that 'metal' quality. When I started playing Cooking Fever and Tsum Tsum on this, I began to appreciate the hugeness of the screen and size of the phone!

CAMERA (Front Cam, Back Cam, Low Light)

Zenfone 2 features a 13MP back camera and 5MP front camera; both produce decent photos, but the one with higher MP produces the best one, definitely. Asus said that this photo produces good photos at low light conditions and I find that to be true. Here's a sample:

I used the back camera in this photo. Looks good for a mid-range smartphone!

Here's a photo using the front camera. It's only 5MP yet looks kinda' decent.

It has a couple of built- in camera features. The front camera automatically uses Beautification mode so don't wonder why your skin always looks glowing when you take a selfie (or it could very well be the skin care products that you're currently using too).

Shutter is a bit slow so you have to have a steady hand when taking photos. Otherwise, they will come out blurry, Other than this caveat, I find the photo quality of Zenfone 2 good.

Asus Zenfone 2 is a good phone: Great resolution, smooth OS, good camera, and classy design. I just wish that it's not loaded with pre- installed apps because I don't get to use everything anyway and they slow down the system. Nevertheless, Zenfone 2 is a good upgrade from entry level smartphones and if you're a gamer who's looking for a phone that will elevate your gaming experience without elevating your expenses! :D

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25 Lovely Thoughts

  1. Wow unang pansin ko hindi phone eh LOL yung beauty products sa floor ng room! Ang dami ! LOL

    Anyway maganda din yang Asus Zenfone pero I already bought Alcatel One Touch Plus at exclusive at Lazada, may ganoon din features when you draw C on the screen cam comes out , etc...

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    1. Haha!

      Awesome! I have Alcatel Flash 2 and it's pretty good, plus I can't get over how affordable it is given the features! :D

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  2. I'm impressed too on Asus:) It's affordable so I'm so happy that Asus brand and technology brings out elegance with an upgrade performance without sacrificing quality and durability.

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  3. My God father owned one and your review was real. It was great and very handy. di pa takaw sa mata because they might think na mura lang :) thanks for elaborating the details it was fine and great review :)

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    1. You're welcome, dear. Thanks for reading :)

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  4. what an awesome new phone from Asus! great camera and screen resolution. it's also very affordable! i want to have one! :) **i aslo play Cooking Fever! haha :)**

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    1. thanks! cooking fever is awesome, right? :D

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  5. Prize is great for this phone 😊 and asus is also known din sa quality products po nila 😊 wish to try this phone someday πŸ˜† πŸ‘

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    1. Yes! Hope you can have one soon. Hopefully, Christmas! :D

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  6. Good thing I found your post before purchasing a new phone. :)) thank you for this ate!

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  7. Just bought this for my mom, she loved it! Also the specs for this phone are way beyond what you paid for. Super sulit! And my mom loves the camera hahaha! And I agree that the front camera is very decent. Thanks for sharing this review :)

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    1. awww sweet! :D Your mom's lucky to have you. :)

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  8. I am an android phone user for years. I never had an ios phone just because I find it restricted in terms of design etc. What I love about android phone is that there are lots of variants in the market and you can find something that would suit your needs at almost any budget. You can download lots of free apps too! :) I personally love Asus not only because of the sleek designs but because of the superb performance as well. The gesture thing is just not so appealing to me though. :)

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    1. still trying to get the hang of android though. I am welcoming the change. :D

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  9. i've been eyeing on this one but sine they launched zenfone selfie, parang confused na ako :( camera quality is a big deal to me. :|

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    1. If you want better camera, go for zenfone selfie. :)

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  10. Ganda! Especially cause it's Red, my fave color. Affordable nga and maganda naman yung features, sayang naka-Samsung na ko. T_T

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  11. I am a user of Zenfone5. At okay na okay siya for me. Zenfone 2 is one of the best mid range smart phone.

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    1. Thanks for sharing! :D My brother uses Zenfone 5 too and he loves it. :)

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  12. Thank you for the very detailed post on the technical specs of the ASUS Zenfone 2. The selfie you posted as sample photo looked great. I had concerns when you mentioned that the shutter is a bit slow, but nevertheless overall, it is a great phone!!!

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    1. You're welcome! Yeah, just a minor issue, but if you want a fast shutter, go for zenfone selfie. :D

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  13. I love how you've transitioned from just a beauty blog. Really appreciate your tech posts, given that I'm not really techie. Asus phones are quite a steal. Other android phone brands are more expensive, if you're comparing phones with the same specs as Zenfone series.

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    1. Hey Cristina,

      Glad to see you again here!

      Well, what can I say? We all got to try something new once in a while. :) I'm actually enjoying this!

      Yes, Asus phones are really a steal and they look pretty luxe!

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