The Asus Zenfone 2 is being touted as one of the best budget smartphones to be released in 2015. It is already being compared to some of the best flagship devices in the market like the LG G4. Performance-wise, the Zenfone 2 has a good chance of competing with the big boys but it doesn’t really feature a great design and build quality.
However, it will always remain the first Android device to have introduced 4GB of RAM in a smartphone. It comes with a highly responsive Intel processor along with ample amounts of memory.
You can launch certain functions using hand gestures, right from the standby screen. It is also quite cheap compared to the awesome functionalities you receive with this device. Users get 100GB of Google Drive Storage free for 2 years along with 5GB of free Cloud Storage forever. On top of that, the Asus Zenfone 2 skin is customizable!
Like every great device, there are certain downsides. The body is too large with gigantic bezels and poor choice of materials in craftsmanship. The device is quite heavy and difficult to be operated with one hand. We hope Asus releases some nifty one-handed features soon.
After purchase, the device will include a lot of bloatware which is difficult to remove. Before buying this smartphone, we advise you to shortlist your priorities. In case looks and design is important to you, we suggest you steer clear of the Zenfone 2. It is clumsy and bulky in every possible way. On top of that, the build quality isn’t excellent either.
However, if you are looking for a decent performer at a budget price, the Zenfone 2 is right up your alley. The Asus Zenfone 2 is a huge Android phablet and is well-equipped to be the computer in your pocket. It is a great multitasking machine that is good with web surfing, video playback and running various applications.
Although, it suffers from some lag, while running high-end HD games. Under the hood, the Zenfone 2 is packed with excellent hardware but the entire package comes in a clumsy unattractive body. It expands from 3.9 millimeters in the edges to about 11 millimeters in the center.
The internal volume is necessary to enclose a huge 3,000mAh battery. Furthermore, the ‘Ultra saving mode’ ensures that your device has enough juice to last for three days. You can choose between two different kinds of high-end Intel Atom quad-core 64-bit Processors.
One of the variants cost around 200 dollars and comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB of memory and a 1.8 GHz CPU. The more superior variant with a 2.3 GHz processor has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
You will notice that the power button is located on the top and similar to LG, the volume buttons are right below the camera. Once you remove the plastic cover, you will get a microSD card slot which accepts cards up to 64GB and is equipped with two microSIM slots.
One of the slots supports 2G while the other supports upto 150Mbps 4G data. Keep in mind that the Asus Zenfone 2 is only restricted to GSM so you won’t be able to use the device Verizon, US Cellular or Sprint. Besides the two different kinds of internal hardware, both these devices share the same features.
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Regarding one handed use, it’s already implemented. In the quick settings menu, there is a toggle for One Handed Operation, which reduces the screen to take up only a portion on either the right or left side. You can also customize it further in settings so that a double tap of the home button will automatically switch it to one handed mode.
I’ve used it quite a bit, and makes handling the phone a pleasant experience.
How accurate is Network connection infi? I got the following from Asus website:
HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42 Mbps
DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42 Mbps
LTE Cat4:UL 50 / DL 150 Mbps
EDGE/GPRS/GSM : (WW version)
Do you find the speaker volume acceptable?
WCDMA :(WW version)
TD-SCDMA: (CN/IN version Only)
1900 ~ 2100
I found the device to have great performance and to be super fast. However, over the three weeks I used the device as my primary phone, it had difficulty consistently staying connected to WiFi…. That glitch slowed me down significantly as it repeatedly tried to refind the connection. Since the WiFi connections are strong in my home and no other device has experienced this, I am assuming this is a software bug. Hopefully that will be corrected in a future software update. Until then, I will be using another device as my primary phone….
Hmmm. but it won best design in international awards..
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