Asus ZenFone 2 Review
Asus is a brand that is synonymous with high performance and quality at an effective price point. I’ve previously reviewed their G751 line up of laptops and I was extremely impressed with it. To that end, in the look for a new smartphone to replace my ageing Motorola I thought the best idea would be to go for Asus’ latest foray into the smartphone market. The smartphone I’ve chosen is the Asus ZenFone 2. This is a real contender for the best entry level smartphone.
There are two variants of this phone, the one with 16Gb of storage and another with 32Gb. Since you can expand the storage anyway with a micro SD card I decided to go for the 16Gb storage option.
The screen quality of this device is perfect for it’s price point. It’s a full HD screen which has excellent colour definition and also image quality. The screen size itself is 5.5 inches, so it’s coming out at the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus, but at a fraction of the cost. Thankfully Asus have decided to use an LED backlit LCD screen so that even in bright light you can still see the screen properly. In the summer months especially, this feature is a must!
Power and OS
Asus have taken it upon themselves to kit the ZenFone 2 out with a Quad Core CPU supplied by Intel that runs at a respectable 1.8 GHz which works great with the 2GB of Ram. Rather than giving a stock version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Asus have went down the route of providing their own twist on the UI. This comes in the form of ZenUI. This is actually a pretty nice feature since you’re given the chance to customise a lot of the aspects of the phone. This pales in comparison to other companies (like Samsung), who create a custom version of Android but lock a lot of the features of the phone down.
Since it is Android based, applications are able to run extremely quickly, and only the most intense of programs will struggle slightly with the phone. However, you need to remember that this is a mid range phone and not the same price as one from Apple which carries a ludicrous price tag.
The phone feels extremely secure and rugged with Asus opting to go for Gorilla Glass 3 as a way to prevent the screen from shattering should you have to drop it. From prior experience on other phones with Gorilla Glass, this offers a great degree of protection so it’s great to see that Asus have chosen the latest option to protect the ZenFone 2. It also generally feels great in your hand too with its strong plastic and brushed metal design which not only feels good but looks good as well.
The battery is something that all phones can fail on. I’ll start just now and say that as the trend is these days, the battery on the ZenFone 2 isn’t removable. In fact, I can’t think of any smartphone made in the last 6 months that does include a removable battery so it’s not really a shock in that respect. However, despite it not being removable, it is a chunky battery under the hood. The battery clocks in at 3,000mAH. With this, I was able to get nearly two days use out of the phone with moderate use. This is in part thanks to sensor that adjusts the screen brightness depending on how much light is leaking into the sensor.
Linked to the battery life is the quick charge option that Intel have included into the CPU. In short, this allows you to charge the battery in a shorter period of time than you would previously with your older smartphone.
As you’d expect, the call quality of the phone is excellent, and I’ve not suffered from any dropped calls in the time that I’ve been using it. The speaker was great and I could clearly hear what the person at the other end of the phone was saying.
What I really like about the phone as well is that it has a dual SIM card slot. The benefit of this is that you can use a cheap SIM if you go abroad to save on your normal contract that you would normally have a roaming fee for.
The Asus ZenFone 2 is an amazing mid range smartphone that has an excellent price for those that don’t want to spend a fortune on a phone. It’s a great daily driver and you’ll enjoy every minute of using the phone.
It's powerful enough for you to carry out your tasks without having to break the bank, and it also has the looks of a premium end smartphone. The addition of a massive battery also helps keeps things going all through the day (and well into the next). You can get this phone from Gear Best by clicking here.