Pros: Amazing Front and Rear Camera
Fast processing for the price
Great OnBoard Storage space
Cons: Bezel to screen ratio isn't the greatest
Fingerprint scanner is on front of screen
Overall Review: Recommend to people who are looking for a low price phone with features which are able to compete with other phones such as Samsung and Apple for half the price.
Pros: I've had this phone for a couple weeks and there's a lot to love about it. By far the fastest phone I've had, it's a true beast, and the memory management of the 6 GB of RAM is great. Definitely the best battery life I've ever had on a phone - it will easily stop the more popular flagships out there when it comes to battery.
The camera is good, but the auto mode isn't the best. I like that Auto mode doesn't have a lot of post processing noise, but it leave colors darker than I prefer. If you want a truly spectacular picture, jump to Pro mode, adjust the settings manually, and this phone will rival the best on the market.
The dual speakers are good, especially with voices and highs. I do wish they were a little better quality speakers that could handle mids and bass on music much better though.
I absolutely love the look of the phone and the feel in the hand. The glass is a bit more of a gray, than a true black, and I like it much better than other black phones I've seen. The screen is top notch, gets really bright, and the responsiveness is outstanding.
ZenUI is certainly different than other UIs I've used, but it's not bloated. The settings panel does take a little getting used to, but I love the customization that available with this UI.
Signal and Reception is among the best I've ever had in any phone, and I think this may even beat my Huawei - which has been the reigning champion.
Cons: My biggest gripe with the ZenPhone 4 Pro is that they don't have VoLTE in America or Wi-Fi calling. This means you can't access T-Mobile's Band 12 network. I wasn't aware of this before I bought the phone, and honestly, for a company like Asus to try to break into the North American market without supporting basic cellular functions that $100 Chinese phones support is just plain sad and lazy.
Aside from the obvious and huge miss on VoLTE and Wi-fi calling, the main items that keep this phone from being the best in class are:
- Sub standard Speakers. They get really loud, especially with highs, but they're lacking in the mid range and lower octaves, and the speakers don't really sound that great on Music overall.
- A headphone jack that have too low of an output.
- A camera Auto mode that leaves pictures too muted and colors too subdued.
- The stock gallery app has a great layout, but it doesn't recognize all my video file formats. I had to do with F-Stop just to see all my files.
- Missing some standout software features. It's great that Asus cut all the bloat out of ZenUI, and their Twin App and Page Marker are really good additions, but in order to stand out in the sea of "same same" Android market, I'd really like to see them add some unique software features like HTC did with Blinkfeed, Sony's done with the Walkman music player, or Huawei's done with Alexa integration.
Overall Review: Kudos to Asus for going up market and creating a true flagship phone worthy of being mentioned with the big dogs. But without support for T-Mobile's full network with VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling, a failure with the dual speakers, and a couple of sub par software misses, they'll never truly break into the North American market with this one. Maybe next time.
Pros: 9/10 Screen
10/10 Fingerprint Scanner
8/10 Cell signal
On/Off button is in a place where it is all too easy to accidentally press it.
Sound is very good. I was impressed. Better than old Samsung and ASUS ZenFones.
WIFI was a breeze to setup and use. Took me less than 20 seconds with WPA2 and long involved password. Tested on a couple public WIFI sites and had no problems at all linking up. Had VERY good range.
Cell signal is good but not knock the socks off of me. Never get great signals where I live. The, "on the road signal," was not much better than other ASUS/Samsung cell phones I have had. The signal came and went just like all the others.
Have not done much with the Bluetooth, yet. Worked OK for just some simple tests.
The performance is better than ZenFone 3 Laser. I am really impressed ad did not expect to see such good power. I was expecting more on par with the 3 Laser. It is on par with the generation before ZenFone 3 Laser with Atom processor. GPU is not as good, though, IMHO.
Overall the screen is very good. When viewed from side angles it looses some clarity. Looking at it straight on is very pleasant. Did I mention how good the sound is? :-)
I love the cameras. I was at a Bass Pro Shop taking pictures of stuffed animals and the pictures look really good on my hidef laptop. The wide angle was better than I expected when trying to get the whole wall picture taken. I was hoping the camera would be better then the previous ASUS's, I have had, and the cameras did not fail to impress me.
It did at least 2 system updates when I told it to check for system updates. Each one took 5-10 minutes, Nothing unusual or exciting.
Would I get this again for he money? Absolutely.
Cons: Finger print reader is a little pain to get figured out. Had to teach someone to keep finger flat and move small amounts at a time. After that it worked great for them. The scan time is really fast. Better than my laptop by far. The directions could be a little better for this.
The fit in my hand is not the greatest. Hard to hold onto. ZenFone 4 MAX is flat, where the ASUS 3 Laser is rounded. I have a case on order which will likely change this. Finding cases is limited right now. There are some out there, but many are gel/silicone. I do not like these. Ordered a hard case to take a beating. Not a lot of screen protectors either.
The tray for SIM cards/SD is a pain to get out. I could not find the little "pusher" that comes with the phone - attached to the lid. My son found it. I was getting ready for the paper clip. A little tough to get it. It is novel. If you plan on changing SIM cards much bring a paperclip with you. I am still getting used to the tray idea.
Overall Review: For $199, it is worth every penny and a little more. It is better than the ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser (own 2).
Pros: Beautiful screen, great example of AMOLED technology; 6 GB RAM is beyond adequate for over-the-top multitasking; Sleek, sexy, stylish; ZenUI is intuitive and visually appealing; Each iteration of the ZenFone send to have less and less bloatware.
Cons: Some features/apps present in previous ZenFone models are no longer present, could be a pro or a con...
Overall Review: I purchased a ZenFone 2 three or four years ago and I was blown away. I've had the ZenFone 2, the zoom, the 3 deluxe, and now the ZenFone 4 pro. I have never been let down with ASUS products, though as with any company, there are bound to be a few bad apples. My personal experience has been flawless 4/4 times!
Pros: Huge battery, lots of settings, a lot of upside
Cons: camera is average, micro usb charging, no 5ghz wifi
screen scratched a bit too easily
Pros: Great quality and works better than expected.
2 of the 3 phones I got are still in perfect working order almost 2 years later.
Cons: 2 of the 3 phones I got still work perfectly but one of them started having issues with mic audio when trying to make an actual phone call. That phone mic only works during calls if you use the speakerphone setting.
Overall Review: Overall I am very happy with these phones and personally blame the mic issue the one phone is having a tomboyish 21 year old daughter. I ended up buying a slightly newer model of this same phone to replace the slightly failing one.
Pros: snapdragon chipset, excellent battery life, metal case, nfc and the list goes on and on and on and on
Overall Review: bought this for my ex fiance about two months ago. no regrets. excellent phone.
Pros: Customer service was pretty helpful and shipping was pretty spot on. Would definitely recommend the phone as well, very responsive, takes pretty good photos and it's not too expensive.
Cons: It would have been a really nice touch if Asus included the headphones and case I saw that came with it in a few unboxings.
Overall Review: Would definitely buy from Newegg and Asus again.