Affordable Asus ZenFone 2 packs a punch in high-end smartphone lineup

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#SeeWhatOthersCantSee with Asus ZenFone 2, an all-around travel gadget that packs a punch

Providing an “empowering level of luxury,” the ZenFone 2 proves you do not need to spend much for a top-notch smartphone. – OutofTownBlog.com

Smartphones are usually the best all-around gadget to bring for travel. It’s not just a communication device but also a camera that helps capture memories, a databank that provides travel information, and a media player that can be an entertainment source. Especially when you’re packing light, a smartphone serves as the best gadget to bring for business or leisure.

Zenfone 2 - your next travel gadget
Zenfone 2 – your next travel gadget

Because of the many things a high quality smartphone can do, consumers expect these gadgets to be expensive. But Asus is out to prove that a great all-in-one smartphone need not burn a hole in the pocket.

Its latest gem in the market is the Asus ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) 32G. An all-around phone with top-of-the-line specs and user-friendly interface, it brings an empowering level of luxury to its users.

Spanish Sardines Meal - A sample food photography shot using Asus Zenfone 2 Camera
Spanish Sardines Meal – A sample food photography shot using Asus Zenfone 2 Camera

The tech specs speak for itself: 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core SoC—Asus processor, 4 GB RAM, and full HD IPS display show it can play with the bigwigs of the smartphone lineup. Its 32 GB internal storage can be expanded with a microSD – perfect for storing all the photos you’ll take with its 13-megapixel camera.

A quick look: Design

At 170g, and with dimensions of 6” x 3” x 0.4”, it’s not the lightest or smallest smartphone in the field. But its sleek finish can pass it off as aluminum (the actual material is made from high-grade plastic). A slightly curved back panel makes for comfortable handling and a safe grip.

Asus Zenfone 2 Accessories
Asus Zenfone 2 Accessories

Buttons are ergonomically located – the power button at the top, and the volume buttons fitted in the back panel. The 5.5” display takes up roughly three-fourths of the front side of the phone.

A brilliant feature of the screen is its double-tap feature for locking and unlocking the screen. The tactile response of the screen is good as well, and can be adjusted to your liking.

Checking out the Navigation

ZenFone 2 runs on Android Lollipop as well as ZenUI, Asus’ very own interface. ZenUI comes with its own array of applications to choose from: productivity tools like Do It Later and PC Link, to chat apps like Omlet Chat. Of course you can still download other apps from the Android Play Store.

Asus ZenFone 2 Review
Asus ZenFone 2 Review

The phone can be programmed so that touching the screen using particular shapes or touch patterns opens specific apps. Drawing a triangle, for example, will automatically launch your Facebook app for quick sharing and uploading!

It also comes with a One Hand mode, allowing users to scale down the screen to occupy a smaller space. Move around the resized screen to allow for a more comfortable browsing using just one hand.

A handy feature is its Snap View mode, which allows you to keep work accounts and applications separate from your personal files – making sure files are secured and not compromised.

Trying out the Camera

Alas, the phone function that many Pinoys have invariably abused at some point. The ZenFone 2 has a 13-megapixel back camera and a 5-megapixel camera – perfect for taking all your travel selfies.

Asus Zenfone 5 and Asus Zenfone 2
Asus Zenfone 5 and Asus Zenfone 2

The pictures turn out great. It’s a good camera for taking outdoor photos with ample light. Colors come out accurately, and details captured well, even in low light. Watch out for a little noise, but all in all the camera takes nice pictures even in low-light photography.

Starbucks Bagel - Photo taken using Zenfone 2 Camera
Starbucks Bagel – Photo taken using Zenfone 2 Camera

Particularly useful is its “Beautification Mode,” a feature that quickly adjusts the color and exposure of pictures taken, smoothing imperfections in the photo. Meanwhile, the “Time Rewind Mode” allows you to capture shots in 2-second intervals. Producing a total of 31 shots, this function gives users a chance to choose the photo that best captured a moment – giving you the perfect jump shot at any time!

Unboxing Asus ZenFone 2
Unboxing Asus ZenFone 2

The camera comes with the standard settings – manual, HDR and panorama. Its 1080p video, meanwhile, is great for taking shots for home movies of your exciting trip.

Sunset in Mall of Asia - photo taken using Asus Zenfone 2 Smartphone Camera
Sunset in Mall of Asia – photo taken using Asus Zenfone 2 Smartphone Camera

Putting Gaming to the test

The ZenFone 2 comes with a 5.5” full HD screen, perfect for watching videos and playing games. Its built-in PowerVR, its graphic processor and the 4GB RAM works well even with multitasking games that have high levels of graphic details.

iPhone 6 vs Asus Zenphone 5 vs Asus Zenfone 2
iPhone 6 vs Asus Zenphone 5 vs Asus Zenfone 2

Audio output is crisp and powerful, but fares in maintaining sound distortion low. Stereo sound is as good as your other smartphones in the market. The speaker at the back of the handset is also a good sound source.

The Asus ZenFone 2 is now available in the Philippines. Definitely a travel gadget worth having in your hand! With this newest Zenfone, you can now See What Others Cant See!

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