If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to be a wall-hugger, or is just too lazy to bring charger and powerbank, but wishes to use his or her phone always, then the new ASUS ZenFone Max might be the smartphone you will want in your hands.
The new Android phone in the ASUS arsenal, ZenFone Max (ASUS ZC550KL), is boasting a 5,000 mAh that promises a standby time of up to 38 days or 37.6 hours of 3G talk time or 32.5 hours of WiFi Browsing or 22.6 hours of movie watching.
ZENFONE MAX TEST
Well, I used my ASUS ZenFone Max in a two-day trip to Cebu last weekend for the Sinulog and ASUS ZenFone Zoom launch, to test if ZenFone Max can uphold to its claims.
My two days usage include hours of listening to music, taking photos for blog, chatting online, browsing the Internet, streaming videos and lots of social media updates.
Those two days of usage started early in the morning and ended up very late.
So how did it fair?
Frankly speaking, The battery life is FANTASTIC.
I did not charge even once during the two days of usage, and yet, the ZenFone Max held up to its claim, surviving my hours two days, with — percent still of battery after watching a full 2 1/2 hour movie, The Martian.
Plus, before sleeping, I browsed through my photos in Cebu, leaving it with 2% only of power.
By the time I woke up, it still has the 2% of battery with the wifi on.
132 saved photos (excluding those I deleted)
Facebook – long hours as I update my status often
Messenger, Kakao Talk, Viber – I chat with friends and relatives
Instagram – I posted some of my Sinulog photos
VLC – 2 1/2 hour of movie The Martian
ShareIt – several times
Like you, I’ve had my fair share of different smart gadgets that how I wish would last until I finish my needs. But most of the time, smartphones usually lack the power to last for a day of usage.
With the ZenFone Max I experienced more than two days of battery time. The screenshot above is the morning already of Monday. This is after I watched streaming videos. All this juice, from one full charge the 2 days ago.
Charging time for the ZenFone Max, once almost empty, is about 5 to 6 hours to get it full.
SMARTPHONE and POWERBANK-in-ONE
It can also serve as a powerbank. All you need is an OTG cable to attach to the cable normal charger cable and voila! You can start juicing up your other gadget.
It comes in Black and White. What I have is the ceramic white. It looks neat. But as a guy, I prefer the black one. Hahaha… For a sluggishly stylish look. Many of the lady friends who saw my white ZenFone Max loves it.
I only have one thing that I find quite odd in the ZenFone Max design, the position of the power button on the side. I don’t know, if I just got too comfortable with the ASUS ZenFone Laser, with its power button on top and volume at the back. But I prefer the positioning of the ZenFone Laser’s buttons than the Max.
Though, I have to say, this is a personal preference already. Some like the buttons on the side. I prefer the it on the top, particularly, the power button.
Because sometimes, when I’m running apps, especially when watching movie, I accidentally press the power button instead of the volume. Or even when I rotate the phone from portrait to landscape.
Other than that, I find the design simple yet classy.
With a 64-bit capable Snapdragon quad-core processor, the ZenFone Max can handle most smartphone users’ requirements for daily computing. I played games, browsed the Internet, listened to music, blogged and almost did what I require usually.
And most of the time, I did not experience any hiccups on the ZenFone Max.
The ZenFone Max has a 16GB internal storage and can be inserted with microSD of up to 64GB. What’s good about ASUS is that they give online storage of 5GB free for life.
With a 5.5″ HD (1280 x 720) IPS display, the ZenFone Max has adequate real estate for anyone. I have to admit, I have been used to a 5″ screen, but after using the ZenFone Max for days, I find smaller screens quite not that good anymore. All the while, I thought that the 5″ display is the max for me to handle. But I guess, I was wrong.
With a 178-degrees of viewing angle, you can pretty much see anything on the screen, unless it is flipped over of course.
Before, I used to mind so much of how I can comfortably hold with one hand the 5″ phones. But now, with the ZenFone Max’s size, I can confidently say that I find the size ideal for most users.
The ZenFone Max is great in watching movies, reading, viewing photos and even playing games.
My jump from 5″ screen to a bigger 5’5 proves to be a good change.
Plus, its screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. So you can scratch it all you want, and the screen will still be flawless.
Of course, the camera is what matters to most users now in picking their next smartphone. Equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, the ZenFone Max is not to be consider just for its battery capacity.
Along with its camera, it has the PixelMaster camera modes that makes mobile photography better. Its f/2.0 aperture is good enough to capture what most phone users will definitely want for sharing online.
The rear camera’s laser detection technology can focus at any subject in as fast as 0.03 seconds, even for close range objects, even in dim lighting condition.
The front camera has a wide viewing angle of 85 degrees, able to capture selfies and groupies.
Here are some of the sample photos I captured using ZenFone Max.
At Php 8,995 price tag, the new ZenFone Max is definitely for those wanting to replace their primary smartphone for something better. This is a worthy upgrade for those having older versions of Android or people wanting to switch from iOS to Android.
At price point, the ZenFone Max is a SMART BUY, packed with decent camera, big screen, stylish design, quad-core processing and lots of juice – this ASUS smartphone can definitely be on top of the budget-conscious, smart buyers or even for those with much dough to spend for.
I wonder, if this came out a little bit earlier, this ZenFone model could definitely be on top of the list during the holiday season gifts and buys.
Frankly speaking, I am using the ZenFone Max as my primary phone now. Having battery to last for two days in my usual usage, why boy, that is a killer. I do not have to bring extra cable and powerbank, less weight to my bag already packed with laptop and DSLR.
Best of all, during times that I just want to go out. I don’t worry about draining my battery within the day. Like, I am used to having a smartphone that wouldn’t last until 5pm when I go out early in the morning.
ZENFONE MAX SPECIFICATION
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core ARM Cortex A53
at up to 1.2 GHz per core
32-bit and 64-bit capable
Adreno 306 GPU
HD (1280 x 720) IPS display with full-screen lamination ASUS TruVivid technology
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Bluelight Filter for Eye Care
5MP Camera f/2.0, 85° wide-viewing angle Rear:
13MP Camera f/2.0, 5P Largan lens
Laser Auto Focus (0.03 sec focusing) Dual-LED real tone flash
PixelMaster Camera Modes:
HDR (up to 400% brightness)
Low Light (up to 400% better light sensitivity)
Real Time Beautification
Super Resolution (52MP)
Depth of Field
Weight / Dimensions
202 g (with battery)
77.5 x 156 x 5.2 ~ 10.55 mm (LxWxH)
5000 mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)
Standby time 38 days
3G talk time 37.6hrs
WiFi web browsing 32.5hrs
Video playback 22.6hrs
Android 5.0 Lollipop
ASUS ZenUI 2.0 with over 1000+ software enhancements : Themes Store
Easy / Kids /SnapView modes
ZenMotion / Tap tap to wake up and sleep
24/7 ZenUI apps
Instant update from Google Play Store ZenUI apps with over 30 Million users
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