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  1. kissdafloor's Avatar
    Just curious

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    04-17-2015 12:11 PM
  2. anon(5316299)'s Avatar
    I've had a 4GB/64GB Unit for about 2 weeks now. I'm not one of the official reviewers for AC, but here are my thoughts so far:

    Ergonomics - Pretty good for a 5.5 inch phone. certainly easier to handle than my Galaxy Note 4 that I used to have, and the ASUS does have the nifty one-hand mode that shrinks the screen and moves it to the side, which is handy. I like the volume on the back as well. Power button is hard to press and hard to use on the top, but tap to wake/sleep works well so no biggie.

    Performance - Flawless, in practice. Really fast. No stutters, pauses, crashes, redraws. Just gets it done, multitasking, games, whatever. zero complaints at all here. Screen has good brightness and resolution, sound quality is very good from headphones, adequate from speaker. No issues at all with heat, signal reception, voice quality, etc.

    UI - I really REALLY like ZenUI, and a lot of the apps/features that come with it. Reminds me of HTC Sense in that there are a lot of logical improvements to Android, without feeling like unnecessary bloatware. Things like What's Next, Save for Later, and PC Link are genuine value adds.

    Camera - been lots of discussion here. I've done a lot of testing, and here's the real deal. the camera defaults are terrible...the image optimization is a horrid mess that turns good pictures into impressionist paintings, and for some reason the default is also "standard" image quality, rather than "fine". I have no idea why that's even a choice, but there you go. Once you turn off image optimization, and change quality to Fine, the camera is really good. It does not have OIS, which is to be expected at this price point, but the dynamic range is adequate and the color balance is very good. With the image optimization completely off, resolved detail is extremely high, which is a good thing...but you will also see a bit more "noise", or grain, than you're used to seeing from other cameras that apply just a little noise reduction. The ASUS camera does give you the option to do that, I just have decided I'd rather go with a bit of noise and better resolved detail.

    Video is quite another story. While the camera does do 1080p video, the quality is middling at best. Without OIS, there is quite a bit of shaking, and the image stabilization is mediocre. Also, the image stabilization only works for 720p video.

    Battery - the battery situation is basically ok. Standby is fine...I lose less than 2% battery per hour during standby, and that's with an exchange account, an outlook account, and three Gmail accounts syncing at all times, along with high accuracy location and google now enabled. Screen-on battery is a bit higher than ideal...in regular use, expect about 4 hours, not much more. However, since the quick charger is...quick, I haven't found this to be a big problem.

    My only frustration at the moment is that the phone is still on 5.0, rather than 5.0.2. That means smartlock is still busted for certain exchange accounts (like mine) that mandate at PIN code. This is a Google problem, not an ASUS problem.

    Hope that helps...
    04-17-2015 01:29 PM
  3. AceofZeroz's Avatar
    I've had a 4GB/64GB Unit for about 2 weeks now. I'm not one of the official reviewers for AC, but here are my thoughts so far:

    Ergonomics - Pretty good for a 5.5 inch phone. certainly easier to handle than my Galaxy Note 4 that I used to have, and the ASUS does have the nifty one-hand mode that shrinks the screen and moves it to the side, which is handy. I like the volume on the back as well. Power button is hard to press and hard to use on the top, but tap to wake/sleep works well so no biggie.

    Performance - Flawless, in practice. Really fast. No stutters, pauses, crashes, redraws. Just gets it done, multitasking, games, whatever. zero complaints at all here. Screen has good brightness and resolution, sound quality is very good from headphones, adequate from speaker. No issues at all with heat, signal reception, voice quality, etc.

    UI - I really REALLY like ZenUI, and a lot of the apps/features that come with it. Reminds me of HTC Sense in that there are a lot of logical improvements to Android, without feeling like unnecessary bloatware. Things like What's Next, Save for Later, and PC Link are genuine value adds.

    Camera - been lots of discussion here. I've done a lot of testing, and here's the real deal. the camera defaults are terrible...the image optimization is a horrid mess that turns good pictures into impressionist paintings, and for some reason the default is also "standard" image quality, rather than "fine". I have no idea why that's even a choice, but there you go. Once you turn off image optimization, and change quality to Fine, the camera is really good. It does not have OIS, which is to be expected at this price point, but the dynamic range is adequate and the color balance is very good. With the image optimization completely off, resolved detail is extremely high, which is a good thing...but you will also see a bit more "noise", or grain, than you're used to seeing from other cameras that apply just a little noise reduction. The ASUS camera does give you the option to do that, I just have decided I'd rather go with a bit of noise and better resolved detail.

    Video is quite another story. While the camera does do 1080p video, the quality is middling at best. Without OIS, there is quite a bit of shaking, and the image stabilization is mediocre. Also, the image stabilization only works for 720p video.

    Battery - the battery situation is basically ok. Standby is fine...I lose less than 2% battery per hour during standby, and that's with an exchange account, an outlook account, and three Gmail accounts syncing at all times, along with high accuracy location and google now enabled. Screen-on battery is a bit higher than ideal...in regular use, expect about 4 hours, not much more. However, since the quick charger is...quick, I haven't found this to be a big problem.

    My only frustration at the moment is that the phone is still on 5.0, rather than 5.0.2. That means smartlock is still busted for certain exchange accounts (like mine) that mandate at PIN code. This is a Google problem, not an ASUS problem.

    Hope that helps...
    Flawless review, you definitely expressed everything in a fair, organized and logical manner.

    Sent from the Ace's Tapatalk 4
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    04-17-2015 02:13 PM
  4. RichieHD's Avatar
    Thanks again, Quantify. Great review.
    04-17-2015 08:45 PM
  5. shn'g's Avatar
    Yeah very good review. I haven't had mine for a week but so far most of what I wanted to say you have covered
    04-18-2015 04:38 PM
  6. patel_rosh's Avatar
    yeah i do used it probably for 2 weeks but i am not too impressed with it.. it operates pretty slow and if you load some applications simultaneously than it hangs and then you probably need to restart it again.. best for users who uses smartphones slowly and steadily..
    04-20-2015 03:58 AM
  7. anon(5316299)'s Avatar
    yeah i do used it probably for 2 weeks but i am not too impressed with it.. it operates pretty slow and if you load some applications simultaneously than it hangs and then you probably need to restart it again.. best for users who uses smartphones slowly and steadily..
    .... and we have our first troll! Welcome to the board, Patel_Rosh!

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    04-20-2015 05:42 AM
  8. shn'g's Avatar
    .... and we have our first troll! Welcome to the board, Patel_Rosh!

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    yup... nice haha
    04-20-2015 10:22 AM
  9. shn'g's Avatar
    anyone have the zenfone 2 for over a week what is your impression of it ?-img_20150422_154944.jpganyone have the zenfone 2 for over a week what is your impression of it ?-img_20150422_154413.jpgOk here is my review so far of the Zenfone 2. I don't know if many are interested in my model but I will do the review anyways. I got the ZE550ML off of ebay. This is the model with the lower 1.8 processor, 2GB of RAM 16GB storage. There is also no NFC. So this is definitely the lowest end model of the 5.5". For me though I decided to trade the high end for hopefully what would be more battery life. 720p screen on a 5.5" phone is more than acceptable for me. Before this I have had a nexus 4 and then most recently a Nexus 5. I really liked the 4 but I would consider myself a pretty heavy user so the Nexus 5 didn't work for me since I would be charging the thing in early afternoon, so it wouldn't even give me close to a day. I also needed a dual sim phone so this fit perfectly.

    I will try not to repeat what quantify said (sorry if I do) in his review because he did a great review and covered a lot. I would imagine that the 4gb version is faster but I have had no problems at all with this version. It's very quick and responds well. I have had a few apps close out but I believe that is on the developers end and not an Asus problem.

    Asus's Zenui was tough to get used to but the more I saw and got used to the features the more I have enjoyed using it. The settings that are available are great and they greatly improve the android experience.

    The build quality of this phone is really impressive. In no way does it feel like a mid end device. I thought it was very heavy compared to my nexus 5 but now I don't even notice it and don't mind the heaviness at all. One of my friends couldn't believe it wasn't a high end device. As you can see in the picture I got the white version, which I thought they were going to make it look like the etched metal plastic version but they didn't and instead it has a nice feeling matte material. The only problem with this is that it is very slippery! I am being very careful and can't wait till my case arrives. The volume buttons are great where the are and as everyone else has said the power button is in a stupid position, but double tap to wake is good and you get used to its position after awhile and don't think about it.

    I couldn't be happier with the implementation of the dual sims and love not carrying around two phones with me.

    So now for Battery. Now I don't really know what is considered great because my nexus 5 was in between 3-4h of SOT, which I think is aweful. So this phone has been very good. It has consistently gotten better with each charge and since I am still only a week into using it I think it will still get better. I am only on 3g since I need to upgrade my sim card but I will post again when I get LTE on it to see if it's any different. I had to charge the phone this mourning so this is the last screen shot I could take, but I think I could easily get to 7 hours of SOT in the future.
    anyone have the zenfone 2 for over a week what is your impression of it ?-screenshot_2015-04-22-08-46-32.jpganyone have the zenfone 2 for over a week what is your impression of it ?-screenshot_2015-04-22-08-46-45.jpg

    That's about it. Overall I am very happy with my purchase and hopefully I won't have to upgrade for 2 years. If it does last I would for sure give my money to Asus again.
    04-22-2015 03:31 PM
  10. Josh Exmoor's Avatar
    There is also no NFC or quick charge features.
    I believe the ZE550ML has quick charge capabilities, but it doesn't come with a charger. If you bought a quick charge charger (I believe Quick Charge 2.0 chargers are compatible) you should be able to get that feature.
    04-22-2015 03:42 PM
  11. anon(5316299)'s Avatar
    I think the latest update made some major improvements to the image optimization settings, even though that was not in the changelog. I've been doing more low-light and daylight comparisons vs. my HTC Desire EYE, and I can now confidently say that the Zf2 takes better photos with image optimization ON, and image stabilization ON, than the HTC. big change from a week ago. I'll post some examples in the photo section.
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    04-22-2015 03:46 PM
  12. shn'g's Avatar
    I believe the ZE550ML has quick charge capabilities, but it doesn't come with a charger. If you bought a quick charge charger (I believe Quick Charge 2.0 chargers are compatible) you should be able to get that feature.
    Oh I'm so glad you let me know because when I looked over the specs page I didn't see it, but your right. That's great news actually. I will have to look into getting one. If anyone knows of a decent one for a good price let me know.

    I'll edit my post to

    I think the latest update made some major improvements to the image optimization settings, even though that was not in the changelog. I've been doing more low-light and daylight comparisons vs. my HTC Desire EYE, and I can now confidently say that the Zf2 takes better photos with image optimization ON, and image stabilization ON, than the HTC. big change from a week ago. I'll post some examples in the photo section.
    So you haven't changed any settings and just have it on Auto? I know its a good camera but haven't been impressed because every photo comes out slightly blurry, so I figured it was something to do with autofocus
    04-22-2015 03:51 PM
  13. mauaus's Avatar
    I bought the 64gb / 4Gb ram version from a trusted ebay seller in Taiwan, is it safe to say this is the international version?
    04-23-2015 11:27 AM
  14. Jdane07's Avatar
    I bought the 64gb / 4Gb ram version from a trusted ebay seller in Taiwan, is it safe to say this is the international version?
    Probably, but did you check the LTE bands and everything before purchasing?

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    04-23-2015 12:10 PM
  15. mauaus's Avatar
    i didnt what am i looking for?
    04-23-2015 12:38 PM
  16. anon(5316299)'s Avatar
    i didnt what am i looking for?
    You want to make sure the fdd-lte bands include 2 and 4. The Taiwan versions have this, it's what I'm using.

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    04-23-2015 01:51 PM
  17. anon(5316299)'s Avatar
    Oh I'm so glad you let me know because when I looked over the specs page I didn't see it, but your right. That's great news actually. I will have to look into getting one. If anyone knows of a decent one for a good price let me know.

    I'll edit my post to



    So you haven't changed any settings and just have it on Auto? I know its a good camera but haven't been impressed because every photo comes out slightly blurry, so I figured it was something to do with autofocus
    Correct. Just using auto, image optimization on auto, image stabilization on auto, and image quality on fine. It's not the best camera I've used but it's perfectly serviceable under most conditions.

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    04-23-2015 01:55 PM
  18. kissdafloor's Avatar
    what is that battery widget in the photo?
    04-23-2015 02:22 PM
  19. mstrblueskys's Avatar
    I bought the 64gb / 4Gb ram version from a trusted ebay seller in Taiwan, is it safe to say this is the international version?
    As far as we've heard, Google hasn't green-lighted Asus in the US yet, so almost definitely international.
    04-23-2015 04:14 PM
  20. jpr's Avatar
    I bought the 64gb / 4Gb ram version from a trusted ebay seller in Taiwan, is it safe to say this is the international version?
    It could be TW, WW, or CN/IN. If it is a new phone that has not had the firmware altered, you can check in your about device settings to see which of those codes is in your build number. (I'm assuming it's in the build number since I don't have a phone yet to verify but it should be in one of the fields there if not).
    04-23-2015 04:51 PM
  21. mauaus's Avatar
    As far as we've heard, Google hasn't green-lighted Asus in the US yet, so almost definitely international.
    Cant wait to have some devs working on this phone
    04-23-2015 08:47 PM
  22. shn'g's Avatar
    what is that battery widget in the photo?
    It's a widget in zooper
    04-24-2015 08:18 PM
  23. janer54's Avatar
    Have had mine for nearly a week now. Got a 4gb ram and 32g memory. Have a 64 card in and to keep photos etc on. Phones are not due in Aus. until the end of the year so got mine on line. Just want to say thankyou for the hint on the camera. It has made all the difference. I have lots of Asus products and usually they are really great and the service is good. Found the battery has been good so far.
    AceofZeroz likes this.
    05-01-2015 11:39 PM
  24. pimago's Avatar
    Bought the 1.8 GHz 4GB RAM & 32 GB capacity.

    Very happy with it. Zippy performance thanks to the generous RAM. Camera is fine but then again I don't take pics that often so this isn't a priority for me.

    2 issues though :

    1) WiFi is strange. By that I mean, it connects OK, but slows down to crawl afterwards as if it can't finish a request and cuts off in the middle. So I get incomplete pages in the browser and unable to download images fully in WhatsApp. My fix was to use a static IP for WiFi.

    2) Top button is hard to press. Then again, there is double tap to sleep/wake, so that negates the top button thingy.
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    05-14-2015 03:49 PM
  25. Jdane07's Avatar
    Bought the 1.8 GHz 4GB RAM & 32 GB capacity.

    Very happy with it. Zippy performance thanks to the generous RAM. Camera is fine but then again I don't take pics that often so this isn't a priority for me.

    2 issues though :

    1) WiFi is strange. By that I mean, it connects OK, but slows down to crawl afterwards as if it can't finish a request and cuts off in the middle. So I get incomplete pages in the browser and unable to download images fully in WhatsApp. My fix was to use a static IP for WiFi.

    2) Top button is hard to press. Then again, there is double tap to sleep/wake, so that negates the top button thingy.
    There's a 4GB variant with a 1.8ghz CPU? I thought the 4GB model only came with the Z3580 clocked at 2.3ghz?

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    05-14-2015 04:03 PM
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