Spread the colour, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India

Why I liked Asus ZenFone

Zen means the art of balance. And AsusZenFone has good connectivity with good features. I have used both ASUS ZenFone2 and ASUS ZenFone4

The world is in a spin over smartphones. They have changed the way we live. Everything seems to fit into this one gadget. In 2015, I received AsusZenFone2 for review. It had been named as the best smartphone of 2015 and had received 238 awards.

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AsusZenfone2

The sleek metallic look and bright colours made it an attractive gadget to carry. ZenFone2 was just 3.9mm ‘thick’, making it an easy-to-carry phone. The speaker was a 0,4mm opening with good sound sound quality. With a physical rear key as part of the new Ergonomic Arc design, snapping selfies, adjusting the volume and retracing is more comfortable.

Features of ASUS ZenFone2

  • Powered by a 64-bit 2.3GHz Super Quad-Core Intel® Atom™ Z3580 processor
  • Has 4GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM
  • Features LTE Cat 4+ for download speeds up to 250Mbit/s
  • A 60ms touch response time
  • You can recharge your battery up to 60% of capacity in just 39 minutes

With all my social media needs, camera and apps are important. This phone comes with a 13MP PixelMaster camera. The f/2.0-aperture lens can capture stunning, high-resolution photos with zero shutter-lag. There is a Low Light mode which employs pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400% brighter photos at night or in low-light scenes without the need for a flash. The backlight (Super HDR) mode helps see clearly through daytime shadow. The Super Resolution mode helps to capture detailed images at resolutions of up to 52MP.

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Dual Cam

In 2018, I tried the new version of ZenFone.

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Spread the colour, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India
A little girl helps her father in a shop in the streets of
Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India

The camera is apt for any traveller. With a wide angle for horizontal shots and clarity, it gives a quality at par with any DSLR. The speed for uploads on social media is good which is what I always need.

The best thing that I liked about the phone was the lightness–it weighs just 144gm. Besides a good camera, my other requirements are storage and battery, which this phone offers in ample. It has a 3000mAh non-removable battery and it lasted me well for a day with continuous use of the applications and internet browsing. The phone has slots for nano SIMs and the microSD card can support up to 2TB data, which is a photographer’s delight.

Selfie in a moving jeep, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand, India
There is no blur or pixelation in the selfie taken in a moving jeep, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand, India

USP of ZenFone 4 Selfie Dual Cam: It has two cameras on one side. ASUS has worked on this, as this is how professional photographers use separate fixed focal length lenses with their DSLR cameras, allowing them to compose photos with different perspectives.

The cameras face the front which enables it to shoot good selfies or group portrait photos (wefies). The main camera in front is 20MP, which is why even though the jeep was moving fast in the forest, I captured some really clear selfies.

Then there are the filters and a Selfimaster App where you can beautify your work. There is hardly any need for an editing software. The rear 16MP camera with LED flash captures each picture in detail. The full-HD video recording with electronic image-stabilization (EIS) gives detailed, shake-free videos, as you can see in the videos.

Photos taken in Ramnagar, Corbett, via ASUS Zenfone4