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Tech Tuesday | Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (with Sample Photos)


Tech Tuesday is extra special today because I'm sharing with you my very first Android review. Asus sent over their newest Zenfone 2 Laser for me to try and to allow me to see what other'\s can't see. Check out my review. It could just be the right phone for you.

You know me, I jumped on the smartphone wagon late in the game. And when I did, I went to what my previous network had for me and that's an iPhone. When Android started to gain popularity, I didn't pay attention. Even when I worked for a digital company, I preferred my own phone because I found Android's interface a little too complicated.

Well, I got to put all my apprehension about it to the side because when I got a hold of Asus Zenfone 2 Laser, I couldn't put it down. One of the things I particularly love about this phone is the ergonomic curved back design. It fits my palm perfectly. Compared to the Asus Selfie phone, the Zenfone 2 Laer is smaller, roughly the same size as an iPhone 6.

Strain Drain No More

I didn't realize how much strain I was putting my palm and fingers in til I got a hold the Zenfone 2 Laser. With the curved design, holding the phone is so much easier and I didn't have the fear of it falling off of my hand. It's thin enough to have that modern feel (about 3.9mm) and it curved back sits comfortably on my hands. The back cover is also in trend with its hairline designa nd metallic finish.

One of the things I also particularly find pleasantly surprsingly is the placement of the volume button at the middle part on the back of the phone. This idea is ingenious. Obviously it's much easier to adjust the volume, brightness, etc. using the index finger as it's the most used finger in our hands. With this placement, the strain on the thumb to hold the phone and adjust volume is gone.

And the best part, no thumb or finger shadows when taking selfies!

Camera as fast as Flash!

Speaking of selfies, one of the boasted features of the Zenfone 2 Laser is it's camera and it's lightning speed auto-focus! They make use of Toshiba's lenses that has a f/2.0 aperture. They also included an infrared laser on the rear-camera lens that measures distance so fast, it focus in 0.3 seconds. To put it in layman's terms, Zefone 2 Laser has an auto focus so fast it takes crisp photos in an instant. That means, never having to miss a moment.

I don't have to be a professional photographer that a f/2.0 aperture means great quality photo. This means no stress in camera to take clearer focus and no need to readjust ISO in dark condition since 2.0 aperture take in light really well.

Aside from that, sharpness of focus is important. I don't think I have to be a tech genius to figure out that if your smartphone has a whacked auto focus, it could lead to lagging and hanging of your system. Not to mention that what's the point of having awesome device if your camera phone take a while or fails to auto-focus? And this is very important if you are taking product photos at closer vantage point.

For a phone in a less than 10,000 Php range, Zenfone 2 Laser boasts of an 13-megapixel rear camera. Enough for Snapchatting, Instagraming and non-stop selfie session. Heck, you can even use this to launch your stardom in Smule Karaoke. Sing-a-long with Jesse J? No problem at all.

Another awesome feature is the Low Light Mode with Laser auto focus which I didn't realize how handy it is during parties and events. This is because of the PixelMaster that intelligently adjusts noise, color and contrasts, merging 4 pixels into 1. And with the Laser Auto Focus, taking photos in the dark is not as difficult as it used to be.

Before and After using Low Light Mode

Before and After using Low Light Mode

What I also like about Zenfone 2 Laser is the number camera setting options. There's the manual mode, real time beautification mode (for the not-so beautiful days), Super Resolution, Depth of Field, GIF animation, and more!

Here are some sample shots:

Super Resolution

Depth of Field

Auto mode and Beautification modes

Wait! There's more!

As for the rest of Zenfone 2 Laser's performance, I have not experienced anything problems with it. Note thought hat I am not a gamer, and I do not have a lot apps on my phone.
  • Quality of voice calls are awesome.
  • Speaker is okay and it comes with an awesome earphones (quality of sounds similar to Urbanears!)
Great earphones quality for when I'm winding down from the day with my #SmartDeezer
  • Battery Usage on wi-fi can last up to a day and half.
  • Batter Usage on 4G network, about half a day o a day depending on the speed of your network,
  • Processor (Snapdragon 410 (quad-core) 1.2Ghz) performs well on my kind of usage
  • No hanging, lagging, issues

More specifications:
  • 5.5 inch display
  • Snapdragon 410 Quad-Core
  • Android Lollipop (will soon be upgradable I heard)
  • 13-inch Megapixel camera
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16 internal memory 
  • (expandable to 128GB external memory)
  • 3,000 mAH battery (replaceable)
  • Dual Sim
  • LTE capable
  • Gorilla Glass 4

Overall, this is a great smartphone to be had especially for those looking for good quality camera phone with tons of features to it! As an introduction to the Android interface, Asus Zenfone helped me immensely in the cross-over. By removing some of the pre-installed apps, I got a better chance to get to know my Zenfone better and was able to customize it according to my lifestyle.

I do wish though it had a bit more internal memory. But for the price of P7,295 on Lazada? Can I still complain? It's an awesome deal, really!

As a mom, I would really think of getting this for my teenager. It's got everything she needs to do things for school and play and the size is just ideal.

As an entrepreneur, this is a great initial phone to do everything I need. Interface is easily navigable and the response-rate of the touch screen is amazingly fast!

Lastly, it's Asus! A great brand that's got lots of great achievement on its belt.

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