Editor's Rating

7.5
Design
7.5
Display
7
Hardware
7
Software
7
Gaming
8
Camera
2
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Asus in the recent days has been trying to capture the market in the lower price segment and is gradually moving towards the mid rage segment. Considering the predecessors, we believe it has been doing a pretty good job. A segment where the budget is constraint for the companies however they need to do a good job with features so as to not let down the consumers, has always been a rough patch for companies however recently Asus with its flagship series Zenfone has tried its best to take the game away. Let us see in the detailed review of Asus Zenfone 2 if the company can make their position stronger.

Let us start with the Pros and Cons for the smartphone.

Design

The 170gm Asus Zenfone 2 which weighs slightly more than it should (10 gms more than HTC M8), comes in single color in India which is the silver color but multiple colors in US including a shining red (Don’t know the reason for discrimination, anyways).

It features a 5.5 Inch full HD screen Corning Gorilla 3 glass. The silver bezel has a shiny matte finish look at that back and the bottom edge, while a shiny black plastic on the front around the screen. The back, home and the windows buttons are on the silver matte finish edge at the bottom, perfectly placed. The speakers on the top are in silver color complimenting the silver matte finish at the bottom edge. The screen size is just as you would want, the weight and the limited color option might be a concern for you, else it makes a perfect design piece.

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Pros

Cons

 Good Performance  Software has bloatwares
Value for Money  Camera not so impressive in low light conditions
Long  battery Life Hardware feels cheap
Large Screen Button placement not so impressive
Good specifications  Screen not too bright in the day light
Improved camera
Latest Android 5.0 Lollipop

Hardware Specifications

Model Asus Zenfone 2
Display 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~403 ppi pixel density)
CPU Quad-core 2.3 GHz (4 GB RAM model)
GPU PowerVR G6430
RAM 4 GB
Storage 16/32/64 GB, 2/4 GB RAM
Camera 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 5 MP
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
OS Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Dimensions 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm
Weight 170 g
Launch Price Rs. 14, 999

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Display and Screen

The 5.5 Inch IPS LCD screen on the Zenfone 2 has a 1920×1080 resolution which makes up 403ppi and with its balance, reading, vivid or custom modes this device does a pretty good job with the reading texts, watching movies and playing games, however if you try too hard to look at the screen you will be disheartened to see that the lines are not too sharp. Overall the considering the price it is being offered at I was completely satisfied by the display and screen.

The display has a glitch where it does not lights up that much during the day and it does not dim to the amount one would normally expect.

 

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Software

The Asus Zenfone 2 comes with the familiar Zen UI, in case you have used it before on the other tablets and phones offered by Asus with the Android Lollipop. It somehow manages to impress me with the way things are placed, like in other smartphones even in the Galaxy S6 Edge, I downloaded the Yahoo Aviate to suit it to my need, but I did not feel the need to do the same with Zenfone 2, it might impress you as well. Even the animations and the effects during the unlocking and locking and swiping between the screens has been kept minimal that makes it a bit classy.

One thing that would be a let down is the bloatware in the phone, in case you are not aware bloatware means the unnecessary applications installed by default which takes up a lot of memory in the smartphone. I would say it a failed attempt to make the phone stand out.

 

 

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Camera

The 13 Megapixel camera as you would expect does not come with any of the modern day smartphone features like the laser focus or OIS (Optical Image stabilisation). The camera performs decent in the normal conditions but is a let down when comes to low light conditions and capturing moving objects because of the obvious reasons. Open the camera app, click the settings button and here comes a big list of options that could be confusing for a person not so into photography and he would end up in closing the window, however for a photographer it offers a variety of options and also a manual mode which gives the user full control of the camera, which is an exception.

The camera app offers you whooping 17 different shooting modes which includes the most frequently used modes like Auto, HDR, Depth of Field etc, some other modes like the “Time Rewind”, “Smart Remove”. In nut shell if you are one of those amateur photographers who are low on budget, and who frequently takes out the phone for those random shots, then this would serve your purpose. The camera lacks speed though, it takes a second of processing time for the camera to come back to the camera screen if you take the picture. It sought of construed to a shutter lag.

 

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Battery

This is one of the segment which you do not expect to perform well even in the high end smartphones so considering the price segment for the Asus Zenfone 2, we can give it marks even if does not perform upto the mark but for me it performed pretty well.  The 3000mAh battery makes sure that the phone runs for a day after a decent usage of all applications.

After a week of usage I observed that with 3G activated, all social networking apps being used regularly and music app in use for a good 1-2 hours in a day, I managed to save 10 percent of battery by the time day ended. Also I did not see a drop in the battery drop even after using it for creating a hotspot. Altogether, it keeps up with your tasks all day long.

Verdict

A good phone with a large screen, a decent camera with plenty of modes to chose from, a decent performance level and a good looking Zen UI interface at an affordable price tag, could be your choice. With this package it has played its card right in the segment where you would normally blame the phone of a lot of shortcomings. Try out the phone and it would not let you down.

Gallery

Done with detailed textual review of the device lets jump into the most interesting section of the format, the gallery. I hope you enjoy the pictures below. Feel free to say hi or ask any question if you feel like in the comment section below.

 

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