People close to me know that I am a very contented iPhone user. So I lean towards using iOS more than anything in my mobile life.
But trying a new Android phone wouldn’t hurt. So I started using the new ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (ASUS ZE500KL) lately.
In a brief, the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser has an Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS pre-installed to it and powered by a 1.2GHz quadcore Qualcomm processor – enough to run basic applications and some games. It is packed with a 16GB internal storage and a 2GB memory in a 5-inch screen.
But how does this relate to actual daily usage?
Well, that is what I checked out after more than a week of using it as my main phone.
WHAT I LIKE?
LOOK and FEEL
First of, I personally like the way it looks. The simple yet classy design sits pretty well with my taste – especially the red one.
Aside from the look, the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser sits pretty well with my hands. Plus with its size, I can operate conveniently my phone with just one hand.
Its 5-inch HD screen displays decent video and photo with its 720 x 1280 at 320 dpi resolution.
As for many Filipinos, one of the most important aspect now in a smartphone is the camera. How does the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser’s camera perform?
Well, I was honestly surprised of its quality. With its laser-guided technology, the ZenFone 2 Laser is said to help a more accurate focusing on the subject of its rear camera.
With 8-megapixel rear camera plus a 5-megapixel front cam, this ZenFone takes decent photos. I even compared it to the shots of my iPhone 6 in my recent trip to Batangas.
Here’s a comparison of the iPhone 6 and ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser. Both have 8-Megapixel rear camera. One paper, the iPhone 6 has a f/2.2 while the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser has f/2.0.
|iPhone 6||ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser|
I used just the automatic setting for both phones on the same lighting condition. The ASUS ZenFone Laser 2 shows more sharpness on the photos. Plus, the ZenFone 2 Laser seems to be more reddish on its finish in low-light condition.
In most cases, the 8-megapixel camera of this phone is definitely useful for its users. Here are some more photos from the rear camera.
The 5-megapixel front cam takes decent photos, especially in well-lit places. (Pardon for the shameless selfie, as this is for testing only.)
As for video recording, the ZenFone 2 Laser takes high-definition videos. I personally tried it outdoors, in a good lighting. Here is a sample.
Another thing that I like, but haven’t mastered, is the camera options included in the ASUS ZenFone arsenal. Much modifications can be made, right from the ASUS phone.
The Beautification options is a plus for the selfie-savvy users – who I am sure will very much love this.
I personally like the Manual setting. It is very useful in overriding the automatic setting. Plus, it can be an easy way to make better landscape photos using your ZenFone 2 Laser as it has a leveling meter, making sure your angle and position is leveled to the horizon.
CORNING GORILLA GLASS
This is another feature that I like – the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser has a tough glass – able to resist damage like accidental poke and scratches. I was afraid at first to try it, but hey, look at the video as I tried scratching my ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser using a knife and key.
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Posted by Lifestylebucket on Sunday, 1 November 2015
Best for Pinoys with two networks on standby. Both having micro sim, which is a usual standard nowadays. What’s good about the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser is that both slots can operate up to 4G data connection. Unlike from other dual-sim phones which only offer one slot for fast data connection.
Aside from the usual Android security, there is an added layer of protection. The good thing about it is that you can choose the app where this security can be used. A little bit of downside is that the pattern is visible. I hope that there is an option to make the pattern invisible.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE
ASUS PC Suite
It lacks support for Mac OSx connection. ASUS only has a desktop application for Windows. Though if you’re a Windows user, this is very useful as it also serves as an extension of your phone, even at dock.
ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser Variety
Make no mistake though that the one I have is the ASUS ZE500L and not the bigger ASUS ZE550KL. Though both are branded as ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser, one is bigger and more expensive than the other. And I find it very confusing. Others may find it that way as well.
ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser Specs:
- Platform: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
- Color: Black/Ceramic White/Silver/Purple/Aqua Blue/Sheer Gold/Glamour Red
- Dimensions: 143.7 x 71.5 x 3.5 ~ 10.5 mm (LxWxH)
- Weight: 140 g (with battery)
- CPU: Qualcomm MSM8916 QuadCore 1.2GHz
- Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
- Storage: 16GB eMMC Flash
5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage
- Memory Slot: MicroSD card (up to 128 GB)
- Connectivity Technology: WLAN 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth V4.0+EDR +A2DP
Dual Micro SIM card (both support 2G/3G/4G)
Dual SIM Dual Stand By
- Network Standard: WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE
Data Rate: DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42 Mbps
LTE Cat4:UL 50 / DL 150 Mbps
- Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, AGPS & BDS
- Display: 5-inch, HD 1280×720,TFT (Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4)
- Battery: 2070 mAh Li-Polymer
- Camera: Front 5 Mega-Pixel, w/ flash, PixelMaster
Rear 8 Mega-Pixel, w/ flash, w/ LED Flash, Wide View, PixelMaster
- Audio Slot: 3.5mm
- Sensor: Accelerator/G-Sensor/E-Compass/Proximity/Ambient Light Sensor/Hall Sensor
PRICE: Php 7,695.00
Comparing it to an iPhone 6, which cost more than four times the ZenFone 2 Laser, the cost of this phone outweighs the actual usage it offers.
At over 7,000 pesos, the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser is worth buying – both for the budget-conscious user or a practical buyer who wants to have the most out of the money spent on a smartphone with decent camera, fast processor, big screen and tons of built-in apps they can work on.
Plus, the ASUS has a wide and active online support from users and ASUS support team.
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