ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

User Experience

Let’s start with the UI for the Zenfone 2

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ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone ReviewASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone ReviewASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

Overall the interface is comfortable to use, no fancy modifications to the Android system, at least from what I see. The ZenUI is great as it is, though I am pretty much annoyed that the one on the ZenFone 2 is a little tricky when it comes to pulling down the shortcut page as compared to my PadFone S.

The 5.5″ IPS Full HD LCD Screen is lovely to view, crisp and clear image quality with adjustable colors, protected by Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for damage resistance. As mentioned in Page 1, I didn’t like the placement of the volume button and the lock button but the speaker placement is good and it is sufficiently loud. The bezel looks great but I felt that it’s quite slippery, I had the phone slipped off my dry palm within the first few hours of usage, unintended drop-test did not happen! *phew*

Browsing experience and reception is good overall but what I didn’t like was that the phone takes longer than expect to establish a phone call.

I think what caught my attention the most, and many other ZenFone 2 user, is the level of heat it generates. The phone heats up quite fast, it doesn’t overheat but you’ll feel an uncomfortable warmth at the back. Another thing I noted is that the battery seems to drain quite fast despite the 3000 mAh rating, this might be another point of concern when it comes to daily usage. The phone should be able to last you a day but this might not be the case if you’re a heavy user. I suspect this is due to the screen size and perhaps event the processor.

The ASUS ZenFone 2 comes with Dual SIM capability which is great but what’s not great about it is that SIM 2 could only reach up to 2G speeds. 🙁 This is absolutely a bummer, especially when you travel and intend to use the high-speed network on the SIM 2. It’s not all that bad, just a bit of a hassle as you’ll need to swap SIM locations and change a bit of settings.

The Camera

OK so we’ve finally reached the part where I will expound on my findings about the camera. Just to mention ahead, I will not be exploring every single feature on the camera app but instead I will only focus on Super Resolution and Low Light, as these are what I think the feature that ASUS highlighted the most.

Before that, here’s an overview of what the camera app has to offer.

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

ASUS has improved the app much, this time they’ve included the MANUAL mode which I think is great.

It comes with histogram and level indicator, and it allows you to adjust white balance, shutter speed, exposure compensation and ISO.

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

Here are some photos I took on my trip to Taiwan for Computex. Cameras work great under well lit conditions but how does it work when the weather isn’t great?

Here’s what I took on a gloomy afternoon, I love the output as the camera captured not only the details but also exposed the scene correctly.

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

It works quite well at night too, I didn’t perform any adjustments on the images so far.

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

As for the food photos below, I adjusted the brightness in Photoshop. The exposure wasn’t correct but it’s good to know that the base image is good enough to undergo exposure correction to get the attain the output.

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) Android Smartphone Review

What do you think? I think they look great.

On the next page comes my the photo comparison page, including tests for the much hailed Low Light and Super Resolution feature for ZenFone 2’s camera.

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