Asus ZenFone 2 Review - Still The Game Changer Of 2015!
|Asus Zenfone 2 review|
Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) SpecsDisplay: 5.5 Inch IPS FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ Gorilla Glass 3 protection at 401 ppi
CPU: 2.3 GHz 64 bit Intel Atom Z3580 quad core processor
GPU: PowerVR G6430
RAM: 4 GB
ROM: 32 / 64 GB expandable via micro SD card up to 128 GB
Back Camera: 13 MP f/2.0 w/ dual real tone flash
Selfie Camera: 5 MP f/2.0 and 85 degree wide angle lens
Battery: 3,000 mAh Li Pol
OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop w/ Zen UI
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, A GPS, Dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass, light, gyroscope
Others: Colors: osmium black, sheer gold, glacier gray, glamor red, ceramic white
Dimensions: 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 mm
Weight: 170 g
Price: 13,995 Pesos (32 GB), 14,995 Pesos (64 GB)
Unboxing / Accessories
|Asus Zenfone 2's Packaging|
|Adapter and data cable|
|Stock in-ear monitors|
The power button's positioned at the top of the handset, which feels a little bit awkward to press. Thanks to the "double tap to wake" function, I don't need to press it every time I'll switch on/ off this smartphone. Beside it is where you will find the 3.5mm audio jack while the microUSB port is located at the bottom part of it.
|Rear of Asus Zenfone 2|
|Camera, dual color real tone flash, volume rocker|
|Asus and Intel Logos and Speaker Grills|
|Top of Zenfone 2: power button and 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Side of Zenfone 2|
|Capacitive buttons and microUSB port|
|Display of Zenfone 2|
Stock IEM w/ mic - this little beast is a revelation, it looks good, it feels durable, doesn't tangle, easy to drive and has that massive sound! It has the biggest soundstage I've heard from a stock IEM which puts the most to shame. It provides a concert type of soundstage that makes you feel like listening to a full sized can. Another positive aspect of it is the instrumental separation and sound layering was surprisingly detailed. This is a decent sounding V-Shaped sounding iem with good and decent highs. It's amazing for a freebie even if the sub bass rumbles too much for my liking that makes the mids sound thin and not that clear. It's still not as good as the Mi Pistons 2 and Quadbeat 2, but if you're not super picky to audio and loves bass, I bet you won't need to replace this decent set until it's broken.
|Battery life of the ZenFone 2 on normal usage|
With normal usage, the Asus ZenFone 2's 3000 mAh battery can last up to 8 hours. Normal usage includes regular browsing, messaging, calls, taking photos and occasional gaming.
CameraThe camera of the Zenfone 2 is a performer, considering its price. It has a lot of camera modes to choose from such as the following:
|Camera mode (front camera)|
Front Camera Modes: Beautification, Selfie Panorama, Auto, Night, HDR, Effect, Low Light, GIF Animation, Slow motion and Time Lapse.
|Camera mode (rear camera)|
Rear Camera Mode: Auto, Manual, HDR, Beautification, Super Resolution, Low Light, Night, Depth of Field, Effect, Selfie, GIF Animation, Panorama, Miniature, TIme Rewing, PanoSphere, Smart Remove
|Dim light shot|
|Depth of Field shot|
|Low light with flash|
|Outdoor shot (Auto and HDR)|
|Auto Mode (Glass Window)|
|Low Light and Super Low Light Mode|
|Selfie shot with and without beautification|
|Some of the music modes I loved and general multitasking|
Combine the powerful 64 Bit Intel processor with an unprecedented 4 GB of RAM, the result is a world class lag free performance. The ZenFone 2 is arguably one of best power phones available today. I can open multiple apps with ease, multitasking is extremely easy and I had no issues when it comes to gaming. From light games like Magic Touch and Subway Surfers to the heavy games like the NBA 2K series, Mortal Kombat and etc. Connectivity is also never a problem here, it can get LTE signals and connect to WiFi with ease. In general, I'm sure most of you coming from a phone with 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM will feel the huge difference when it comes to smoothness of use.
BenchmarksFor the price, it scored very high on different benchmark applications. See below:
|Antutu benchmark before and after software update|
|Antutu stability and multi touch test|
|Quadrant and geekbench|
Pros - Almost everything (top notch performance, build quality, audio quality, camera, accessories and other features), affordability
Cons - Battery needs improvement, lots of bloatwares, display not that bright
VerdictEven after several months after it's release, the ZenFone 2 is still the undeniable flagship killer to beat this 2015. If you're a power user and wants flagship performance but on tight budget, I recommend you this phone. You'll get a great deal for the price! It has just one major flaw, the battery life is somehow mediocre for a 3,000 mAh device. I hope that they'll do something about it soon.
GIZ Rating: 4.5/5 Stars