Pros: I've been using this phone for some time (bought on 11/5), and the quality of the phone really surprises me!
Here are some features I really like about the Zenfone:
1. The screen has great colours and wide viewing angle thanks to the IPS panel.
2. The phone is quite small for this screen size (5.5") due to the slim metallic body and bezel of the screen.
4. The speaker is really good (love it)! I listen to Spotify and podcast a lot, so I really appreciate a good speaker.
3. Performance-wise, I have not encountered any issues so far. Every apps run smoothly (e.g. google maps, chrome, spotify etc). However, I do not play games, I can not speak for the graphic performance.
4. Battery life is also pretty good. I don't worry about it even if I am not home for the whole day. However, this may varies depending on your usage.
Cons: Nothing really big at the moment.
The only grip I have is that the phone does not support quick charging, and so does the charger that come with the phone.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend this phone to everybody. The phone has much better quality and values than other big brands at this price range.
Pros: -Excellent cameras. Low-light isn't very spectacular, but in decent lighting it's great.
-Video quality surprised me, better in low -light than taking pictures. Haven't recorded in 4K yet, but the 1080p @60fps looks amazing.
-The auto focus is really fast is decent light. Suffers a bit in low-light.
-Great battery life, I use the phone heavily and it lasts all day with more than 50% to spare.
-Acceptable performance. I don't really game on it, but the games I do have, run very well.
-The mics are better than any phone I've have. I have recorded video at a Metal festival we had recently and was right at the stage, the recorded audio had very slight muddiness. I'm very happy with the quality.
Cons: -There are many settings that help with saving battery life. One of the settings prevents apps from staying open in the background. I use an app that gives me a second phone line for my business and I missed a lot of business because I had to keep the app open in order for it to work properly. You can turn off all these features, but it is a hassle if you don't know about it.
-Poor low-light ability.
-2.4GHz band for wifi only, but I knew that going into it.
-Does not have band 12 for LTE, which I knew that going into it.
-The default keyboard is pretty bad. Got Google's keyboard and it works much better.
Overall Review: -It comes with 6.0.1. 7.0 isn't available for it yet as of this posting. It's not a big deal that it's an older OS as my previous phone was the same OS.
-A lot of people are complaining about the UI that Asus put on it. I don't find it bad, in fact I'm slightly enjoying it. You just have to play around with it.
I got this because of the camera. I'm having my first child this fall and I wanted to be able to capture every moment with clarity. I have no doubt this phone will serve this role well.
I've had this phone for over a month now and just today a bright line has appeared across the bottom of the screen. Haven't dropped the phone or anything and the phone has been inside the case that came with it. Just filled out the RMA form and will see how well the process goes.
Pros: -Phone looks amazing, one of the best looking phones on the market.
-Couldn't really get the laser autofocus to work, but despite that, manual focus is really good.
Cons: -4G LTE is iffy, constantly drops switches between 3G & H+, on default T-Mobile APN
Overall Review: Dropped the phone 3ft off the ground with tempered glass screen protector and a dual layer phone case, screen gets a hairline sized crack but the LCD panel started displaying bleeding colors and touch became unresponsive. Costs $260 for Asus to repair. (heads up to anyone who plans on buying this phone)
Pros: High quality look and feel, the camera takes great pictures even in low light. Pretty fast, and the touchscreen is smooth and accurate. The fingerprint function works very well. Battery life is pretty good.
Cons: not found yet
Pros: -5000 mAh battery, I am a light user and with the proper settings I can get 2 weeks till discharge, heavier use can be a week to 3 days
-Nougat update has been released (although I hear 6.0 may be better optimized for the battery)
-does not have USB fast charge, yes to me is a positive (unless I'm mistaken, faster charging leads to greater wear on a battery and thusly contributes to greater dissipation rates over time)
-OLED is beautiful
-Camera is pretty good 13MP/12MP
-Dual nano SIM
-Should be able to use it almost anywhere in the world (according to supported bands)
-headphones, wall adapter and cable included
-appears to be OTG to me unless I've misunderstood the wikipedia page on OTG
-Software has a LOT of customization if you take the time to dig through it, just don't clear ZenUI Launcher data. Device is also regularly updated, about 1 to 2 updates per month, which I hope continues.
-My Asus tech support experience was pleasant
-Decent price point compared to similar devices
Some bench marks (these are not with performance settings but battery longevity settings)
PcMark Battery (100%-20%): 14hrs 55min @ 20% still has at Least 3 hrs of heavy use
Cons: -In low light settings camera's digital zoom can get pixelated, have yet to try in full sun.
-SIM slot shares a spot with MicroSD which after confirmation the phone's internal bus is UHS-I rated, was hoping for UHS-II minimum, although a Class 3 (U3) card should work accordingly. Have yet to test.
-USB-C cable does not have all 24 prongs, allowing one to think it is not intended to be used for flashing/modding, but strictly file transferring and charging.
Does not come as 64GB/4Gb.
Seeing as the "cpu performance" is a bit less than others in it's price point I would have hoped there would have been compensation in this area especially since you can get 64GB Usb 3.0 sticks for $20 or even a solid dedicated 64GB SSD for $40. Brand new and it sits at 40%+ or 1.1G RAM utilization (out of 2.8G), and have seen it already near 70% as a light user who frequently uses the clean and optimize/boost applications after exiting all apps. I also noticed out of the box Marshmallow used 8G and after the first few system updates 10G or ~1/3 or the storage was already used without any Apps installed.
I hope this device lasts years and does not get bogged down by exponential coding growth. The only reason I have given it an egg less than 5... Lacks possible future proofing.
Overall Review: Overall I really like this device, it is not for high performance/gaming as I am not looking for in a portable back-up device. From the research I have done, this phone is designed for efficiency. If you are looking for a mid-range phone that can handle today's light and bulky multithreaded apps seamlessly without the need to continuously charge, I would highly recommend.
Although not a rugged phone, few are still manufactured unfortunately, would be great for a long trip hiking or camping being that its battery life is reliable, so long as your chosen service provider is as well. No need to worry whether your device is charged up in a time of need.
Pros: Even though the phone is junk I will try to find some pros..
1) it's android
2) the price was nice (so I thought, maybe this is what I get for the price)
3) the design was neat
4) dual sim card
5) SDCard Slot
Cons: THIS PHONE IS JUNK, I'm not sure if it was the updates or what but I can not for the life of me connect this to any cellular data.
*** THE BOOTLOADER IS LOCKED with no signs of it getting unlocked
Overall Review: I would not recommend this phone to anyone who needs cellular data as I suspect an update broke it. So basically it comes down to - do you want security or cellular data which is pathetic
I need a phone that is capable of being boot loader unlocked - I'm a heavy android user who needs the ability of root on my device for legit reasons (mostly for backup purposes). This phone hasn't received any attention from Asus or the xda scene on ways to root or unlock the bootloader. This was a bad mistake on my part as I assumed from previous asus phones that asus would have given us the ability to do so.
I personally will NEVER buy another ASUS phone again or maybe even ASUS product.
Pros: Works great on T-Mobile and as long as you have the APNs and give AT&T a dummy LTE IMEI it works great.
Cons: The flip case from ASUS is subpar.
Pros: Nice Camera check.
Processor blazing fast check.
6gb ram check
All around great phone!
Cons: 1080p screen is kind of out dated
Overall Review: Oh and after owning the phone for one week it fell of my couch and fit the floor.... Screen is obliterated.
Oh did i for get to mention I had a Coveron Flexgard Series cover with a Sparin 9h Tempered Glass Screen Protector.... HOW!!!!
I have owned a LGG2, xda moto g5 plus, LGv10, Samsung S7 and a Razer Phone.... and all of these have repeatedly taken this fall with no damage at all..
How is this phone so fragile!! I use to swear by Asus but I guess times have changed.
Great phone if you have spidey grip but one fall from less than three feet and screen is done with case and screen protector on!