- Florence Ion , GreenBot
It may look bulky and cheap on the outside, but its 1080p screen, generous storage options, and solid performance is worth its $300 price tag.
- Nandagopal Rajan , The Indian Express
The overall performance of the phone is very good. I did not feel any lag and multi-tasking was effortless. Yes, the phone does heat up at times, especially when it is doing something online. But that does not affect performance at any point. The phone has a superb benchmark score just above the One...
- Snappy performance
- Vivid and crisp display
- Sturdy build
- Suffers from bloatware
- Slow shutter speed
- Not bright enough for sunlight legibility and too bright for night-time use
Asus hopes to make its mark in the smartphone market with the ZenFone 2 – a good unlocked phone offered at a relatively low price. It doesn't feature any premium materials, instead flaunting an all plastic build with a brushed aluminum finish. The finish combined with the curved back made it very comfortable for reviewers to hold while also providing a good grip. With that said, at 6 inches tall and 170 grams, many did find it to be a bit unwieldy and bulky.
The 5.5 inch IPS LCD display offers a full-HD resolution of 1,920 x1,080 pixels. While not as sharp as QHD screens, critics describe the screen as crisp with barely any discernible pixels. They add it offers excellent viewing angles and bright and vibrant colors though blacks tended to be a bit lighter than they expected. The only downside was in the screen's brightness. Many found it didn't get bright enough for good sunlight legibility or dark enough to comfortably view in the dark.
The ZenFone 2 offers two configurations: a 1.8GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and a quad-core 2.3GHz processor with 4GB or RAM. Experts all received the 2.3GHz quad-core version. When put to the test, it performed admirably during everyday use without a hitch and even when they started to put more pressure on the CPU with multitasking they didn't notice any problems. With that said, they add it does take a bit longer for apps to load and there were occasions where it got uncomfortably warm.
The biggest issue with the ZenFone 2 is the amount of bloatware preloaded on the phone. In total, experts counted 67 installed apps, many of which they immediately uninstalled to open up space. Battery life is decent though not great providing them with around a full day of juice with moderate usage.
At such a low price point, reviewers were expecting a more mediocre camera experience. For the most part they were proven wrong. Their pictures were generally detailed and accurate though it lacked the contrast of higher-end phones. The camera app provides 17 different modes to choose from though most either stuck with Auto or HDR. Surprisingly, low light pictures turned out fairly well thanks to the low-light mode PixelMaster, though critics point out that without optical image stabilization getting good low-light shots required a very steady hand. The biggest complaints were with its overall speed and poor focusing abilities. Still, consider it perfectly passable for posting photos on social media sites.
At the end of the day, most reviewers recommend the ZenFone 2. Android Central states, "If you're looking for a larger phone and don't need to have the absolute bleeding edge in every single aspect…the ZenFone 2 is here for your consideration." The Verge adds, "The ZenFone 2 still makes a fantastic package considering what you're paying." On the other hand Gizmodo says, "The ZenFone 2 is a fantastic phone for the money, but OnePlus redefined how much phone you could expect…"
Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)
The perfect example of why unlocked phones will rule the market in 2016
Overall I could not be more happy than to start my journey into the budget to mid-range devices with the Asus Zenfone 2. I picked this phone to start with, because I know Asus has a great track record for creating great products at affordable prices like the Nexus 7. Intel has also proven to be quite impressive, with its relatively unknown mobile Atom chip, as it performed incredible smoothly paired with 4GB of RAM. 32GB of internal memory should be the minimum all devices come with these days, and having expandable memory is a bonus too.
Should I travel overseas I will definitel... Full review
Robust camera, solid overall performance
Asus's latest inexpensive phone hits most of the right notes
The Asus ZenFone 2 is the very definition of a "budget" phone; it doesn’t have a curved screen, it’s not at all water resistant, and it certainly isn’t the most attractive piece of hardware out there. But Asus found a way to pack the ZenFone 2 with a bunch of value, and not at the expense of its overall performance.
For $200-$300, you’re looking at a smartphone that can handle day-to-day tasks nearly as well as its twice-as-expensive competitors. Its battery life is commendable, too, running circles around phones like the iPhone 6 and giving flagships like... Full review
Hardware prowess, software slump
Most things handled well, despite heavy skin; but a disappointing camera
A great value phone
The ZenFone 2 runs Android Lollipop with Asus’ own ‘ZenUI’ extensions. ZenUI basically conforms to the standard template for manufacturer customisations – tweaked icons, slightly modified core apps and a sprinkling of add-ons of varying utility. Privacy protection tools, a kids mode and downloadable themes are the highlights but on the whole the software build feels well done and not excessively heavy.
An Intel processor is still something of a rarity in an Android phone, but the ZenFone 2 demonstrates perfectly why it really should be a consideration. Des... Full review
The Asus Zenfone 2 is not a smartphone you fall in love with at first sight. And yet, it’s one of the best midrange phones around, with remarkable battery life, a great screen, and powerful processors that can do anything you’d ask of your mobile. Between the two versions, I’d recommend the cheaper one—the low cost and huge battery easily make it one of the most interesting devices in the under-$200 price range.
If you’re willing to spend $300 on a phone and you crave the outsider chic that the funky Asus hardware offers, there are better options tha... Full review
Offers a good value for money
Excellent price to performance ratio
Don't judge this phone by its cover
My experience with the 4GB variant was relatively positive—enough that I feel like the ZenFone 2 is worth its $300 price tag right off the lot. It’s an unlocked phone with dual SIMs and a memory expansion slot, in addition to 64GB of storage. It supports a large library of LTE bands around the world, so you’re covered almost anywhere you go with the ZenFone 2 in tow. And you can swap out those back covers and personalize the phone the way you see fit.
As far as mid-range phones go, the Moto G still succeeds for its fantastic front-facing stereo speakers and clea... Full review
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