There’s a new smartphone available in the market, it’s affordable without sacrificing beauty and functionality, and it has impressed me immensely ever since I’ve tried it out for myself!
The ASUS Zenfone 4 & ASUS Zenfone 5 boast of their Pixelmaster cameras that work great in low-light settings, selfies, and group photos, to name a few. The ASUS Zenfones are also powered by Intel, has dual sim function, beautifully designed and comes in different colors — and the most affordable, the Zenfone 4, starts at only Php 3,995 while the Zenfone 5 starts at only Php 6,495. Have I captured your interest yet? ;-)
These two phones currently run under the ASUS ZenUI, which was built first and foremost to be functional, simple and intuitive — it is designed to make you feel like you are at the center of everything. With the ZenUI, I can manage my schedules, to-do lists, meetings, notes, and have widgets strategically placed around the home screen pages depending on my priorities. I instantly fell in love with this function, and as an iOS user for more than two years now, I realized that this is what I need that has been missing from my life! I was hooked ;-)
The ASUS Zenfone 5 has an 8MP camera, which takes great photos during the daytime, here are a few I took from last weekend when I went to Batangas with friends, edited with VSCOcam, of course:
You can also take photos in low-light settings, which is one of the functions that ASUS really boasts about. I’ve tested it out a few times and it’s mostly trial and error, some photos actually really show up despite being dark, but make sure you keep a steady hand or else it’ll turn out really blurry, below is an example for this:
(Low light setting on ASUS Zenfone 5, taken outside St. James Parish in Ayala Alabang — this area is always really dark, and the camera was able to make it lighter)
Other camera functions are: Time-rewind (takes burst photos two seconds before and after you press the shutter), HDR, Panorama (I’ve tried this out and liked it), Night, Selfie, Depth of Field (still haven’t mastered this yet), Smart Remove (takes out unwanted/distracting things in the background), All Smiles (takes 5 photos straight for group photos so you can replace the heads of those who werent ready for the photo with another of them smiling — great for group photos with kids!), Beautification (edit someone in real-time — not a big fan. It makes people look weird!), and lastly the GIF maker!
Here are a few GIFs I took:
Just me, tryna be all cute. Excuse my face, I clearly just woke up. lol
Took an early morning walk along the beach, while listening to some Bon Iver. It was quite nice!
Obligatory cheesy gif!
(Gab looks really scary on the right, he told me to give him a kiss and then proceeded to act like a zombie or something HAHA)
Other noteworthy apps: Zen Links which includes Share Link, Party Link (basically phone to phone sharing of files with family/friends), PC Link & Remote Link. I personally really like the Quick Memo app where you can have like sticky note on your screen for anything important and it stays above any page you open.
And lastly, the performance. For a very affordable smartphone, I was impressed with how smooth everything runs on this phone. I mean, I know it’s Intel powered but wow! I can even play games, like Bakery Story and Hungry Shark, without it lagging or stalling at all :)
Note: The Zenfone 4 is practically the same as the Zenfone 5, except the camera is of lower quality, only 5 MP.
In conclusion, would I recommend this phone? YES. I know these two phones were sent to me to write about/review, but honestly these ASUS phones really impressed me A WHOLE LOT. I currently use the Zenfone 5 and bring it around wherever I go, I use it as my blog work phone now and where I play apps. I even bought a prepaid sim for it so I can access the internet and really use it on the go. Gab is currently using the Zenfone 4 for all his media (music & videos), and is enjoying the phone as well! That being said, my only issue for the Zenfone phones are the image qualities. It’s above satisfactory for taking photos in broad daylight and the GIF feature is hella fun, but other than that it’s a hit or miss! Sometimes my photos turn out really nice, and sometimes they turn out a little pixelated. So you be the judge!
You can find out more information about ASUS and the Zenfone products on their webpage, and if you’re really considering getting this phone I would suggest reading up on more blogs and even YouTube videos to help you decide! :-)