The multi-tasking Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 will be every blogger's bestfriend

Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Being a blogger -and an active girl in social media, a phone with a nice camera is a must. From the first time Apple came out with the first iPhone, I was one of the first few people who was able to avail from Globe, and would switch out to new models whenever my plan was due another unit. About 3 years ago, I made a big switch from iPhone to an Android Operating System and it was kind of difficult to get used to at first.

The Apple OS being the idiot proof that it is, Android OS seems to be so much harder to get used to for first time users. The first time I was convinced to buy a phone with an Android OS was because my best friend was a loyal Android interface user and I got so jealous with all her fonts and other kikay things you can do with an Android that you can't with an Apple OS unless you have it jailbroken, which of course, I would not do.

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0

After 3 years on using a phone with an Android OS, I had no reason to switch because everything I needed for blogging and to run my business I am able to (and more) with my Android phone. But after seeing the new iPhone 6 Plus whose huge display was ideal for blogging and taking photos at events made me want to switch back to Apple.

On a whim and on Mother's Day, I asked my husband for an iPhone 6 Plus. Soon after I switched, I immediately regretted my decision because it not being on Google, it was so hard for me to access my phone book, my calendar, and all my other important stuff that were on Google which was a real pain. A few months later (which was just a few days ago) I was contacted by Asus and asked me if I wanted to give their new Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 a try and review it for my readers. I of course was elated.

Just 3 days after it arrived, I am happy and am very much able to give a proper review.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
I am not familiar with the Asus phones so having to review one is exciting for me because it's really new.

I had no idea how the phone would look like. I'm not the kind of person who spends a lot of time in electronic stores to keep watch on the latest phones so the first time I saw the box when it arrived, I was actually impressed with the look -and I prayed that I was going to get the gold one.
CAMERA
The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 from Asus, was first available for purchase in September of this year so it's really a baby in the market.

The phone runs on the Android operating system, which is currently the most popular platform on the market. When I received the phone, truth be told I wasn't expecting that it ran on Android so I was really excited about it actually because I will finally be able to compare which one really is better for my lifestyle.
Size wise, the Zenphone Laser actually has a perfect fit in my hand. It's not too small, and it's not too big either. It's a little bit bigger than the regular iPhone, but it's smaller than the 6 Plus that you can text with it using one hand (put that phone down when you're driving though!).

It has a 5 inch display, with a 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution.
The Zenfone Laser has a 13 megapixel primary camera (which is located at the back of the phone), and it is promised to produce high quality photos. Having a really nice camera phone is important to me because when I am blogging, I don't always have my digital camera with me so I need to use my phone as an alternative. So something that has high resolution is a must for a blogger like me.

Of course, what is a beauty blogger without the mandatory everyday selfie to blog about her #LOTDs and #MOTDs, the front camera makes a good selfie phone with it having 5 megapixels. It can capture 1080p high definition videos with its primary camera, which is second only to 4K in terms of recording quality.

The camera's max lens aperture size on the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 is about average for a standard smartpone. This isn't a huge deciding factor, but some photo enthusiasts may prefer larger apertures for shallow depth of field photos, or fast action shots.
AESTHETICS, DIMENSIONS, & DESIGN
When it comes to the overall look of the phone, I was truly very happy with it because it's something I would have picked out myself. Plus, it being gold, I am just elated. The phone's body is 143.70 mm high, 71.50 mm wide, and has a depth of 10.50 mm, 16% thicker than the average smartphone released in the last year.

With a weight of 140 grams, its weight is about average for a smartphone of its size. I also like how thin it is because it's not bulky in my purse. With me having two phones now, I can't have heavy, bulky phone in my purse.
The Zenphone Laser is said to have a bulky frame with an average weight. The phone's body is 143.70 mm high, 71.50 mm wide, and has a depth of 10.50 mm, 16% thicker than the average smartphone released in the last year (so I read).

With a weight of 140 grams, its weight is about average for a smartphone of its size. The speaker is not on the usual place at the bottom of the unit. Instead, it's located at the back of the phone in a single strip on the bottom of the phone.
CAMERA
  • Front Facing Camera
  • Rear Facing Camera
  • LED FlashAutofocus
  • Burst Mode
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • Digital Zoom Face Detection
  • Geo-tagging
  • HDR CapturePanorama
I am not used to seeing a phone with the volume bottons at the back of the phone, but so far, it doesn't really have any difference whether it be on the sides or at the back, as long as it serves its purpose.
This camera takes pretty amazing photos. I love how clear the photos are and one need not edit the photos to brighten them. I don't like camera phones that take dark photos. Dim light conditions (which are common for night events), can make capturing and focusing moments difficult when using a smartphone camera. Asus PixelMaster's Low Light Mode plus laser auto focus system makes lost moments a thing of the past. Whoa.
Selfie Mode (Front Camera) with back light
On Low Light
Outdoor with Natural Light
Outdoor with Natural Light
I would have to say that the camera is quite fast too!
 
ACCESSORIES
The phone comes with the standard charger (220v) that you can detach and attach the cable to any other USB hub, which is always convenient, and earphones.
The earphones come with a set of extra foams which sadly I lose a lot of. The Apple iPhone doesn't have foams/rubbers like these, but it actually helps when you wear your earphones a lot for comfortability. These are a couple of extra small rubber plugs, and a couple of larger ones. Just choose which ones fit your ears better.
The earphones have a flexi-tip that lets the speaker stay in place in your ear but the body moves around when you do, so they don't easily fall off your ear when you move about. Great for working out.
I am loving the very sleek design of this phone. To be quite honest, it reminds me a lot of the first ever iPhone that was released. The one with the rounded body -that was the coolest looking phone for me, ever. Until now, I love how the curved back of the phone makes it look a bit feminine (oh, and did I mention the fact that it's GOLD?)

The plug for the earphones goes on top of the unit, beside the power button.
The back cover comes off and this is where you will put your SIM Card. Oh, by the way, I haven't read the instructions or the manual of the phone so imagine my surprise when I found out that it's DUAL SIM compatible! I have never owned a phone that is DUAL SIM compatible before so I had to wait another day before I could use this phone because I had to get two new SIM cards.

Being a blogger and a business owner, I had to bite the bullet and accept the fact that I need a separate phone for my business and for clients of my blog. It's so hard when all the data gets mixed with your personal messages -it's so hard to sort through them when you are looking for something important. Plus, it gets tiring to switch from one social media account to another just so I could manage my pages!
Instead of using my own existing number for this phone, I bought two new SIM cards for business use. I chose two of the country's leading service providers: Globe and SMART. Line ONE goes on top and line TWO goes at the second slot at the bottom. The size of the SIM cards are Micro, not NANO.
BATTERY

Its battery is lithium polymer, and in terms of battery capacity, which is the actual electric charge the battery holds, this phone can hold 2,070 mAh, a below average battery capacity for a smartphone released in 2015.

I left the house with only 47% in my phone. I was making calls, sending texts, and surfed on the phone all day and when I got home after about 6 hours, I still had 12% charge. Oh! And did I mention that my phone was even on 50% brightness the whole day!

I noticed that even though the phone is charging, the phone doesn't heat up. Unlike most smartphones that I have used in the past, the phone always feels so hot after charging.
This is always the exciting part. The first time you open your phone is always the best part in buying a new phone. I think it's the setting up is the most fun part.
Setting up the Asus Zenfone 2 Lazer 5.0 is pretty simple. It took me about 15 minutes because I didn't want to make a mistake. It could go a lot faster if you are used to Androids. I read everything and anything that popped up. It's pretty idiot proof though. You just have to have internet connection so that it'll be easier to do some the syncing, specially with Google.
I cannot live without my favorite social media apps and downloading them from the PlayStore is very easy. And I also noticed that downloading apps (and updating them) using an Android OS is a lot faster than the iPhone. I do not know why.

You can pretty much customize the look of your screen. You can add widgets which the phone comes with standard ones. I like having my screen look as simple as possible so I am not scrambling looking for my frequently used apps.
You can view opened apps with a click of a button and you can easily close each one or all at the same time too. It's easy to multitask with this phone because with a simple push of a button on its just above the "chin" of the unit. And with the sample button, you can just clear all windows so that you can close all apps that are eating up your battery.
My calendar can get pretty full with events (as you can see) so having it on one side of the screen is really helpful so I won't forget. The Laser phone comes with this calendar widget that you can place on one of the windows of your front home screen. This for me, is the best feature yet.
EMOTICONS! I cannot live without my emoticons and installing them is so easy with the Laser phone. You can easily download so much more from the PlayStore! I found that the PlayStore really has more accessible apps that you can download.
OVERALL EXPERIENCE

After using the phone for three days, I can tell you that I really love the Asus Zenphone 2 Laser 5.0. The size is perfect and the camera is amazing. It even takes great photos on low light so that's a major plus. -and it's gold!

Seriously though, when I switched to iPhone 6 Plus, I forgot how much I really did love the Android OS, but having to use Asus, it reminded me how much fun it because I get to do so much stuff on it! Plus, the fact that it has a dual SIM option, that is definitely worth it in my book.

The Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 is said to house a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 system on a chip. Its CPU runs at 1.2 GHz, which is about typical for clock speed. I don't know any of that techie terminology, but in layman's terms, it's pretty fast for me too. It doesn't lag, and it's really quite responsive. It takes a few seconds to restart, and no waiting time when you have just switched on your phone.

With 2GB of RAM, the Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 has more memory than an average smartphone from this past year
As a blogger, I would say that I would give this phone an 8.5/10. It takes good and clear photos and it has a good antenna that will give you great service. On areas I do not normally have signal with my iPhone, I do with the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser.

I love how easy it is to switch from one SIM to the next. I thought it was going to be a pain to figure out how to use one or the other, but as it turns out, it's pretty easy. Silicone cases and screen protectors are already available in cellphone accessories stalls around so you won't have to worry about not being able to find one because this model is still very new.
 ASUS Zenfone Laser specs in a nutshell
  • 1.2GHz qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 2GB
  • 5.5-inch HD display, Gorilla Glass 4 protection, 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 8GB/16GB of storage, expandable
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 apeture, Laser AF
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Android Lollipop
  • 3000mAh battery
You can do so much more stuff with the new Zenphone Laser. With my work being online either it be blogging or for my business, I needed a phone that could keep up, and Asus was able to give that!

You can get your new ASUS Zenfone Laser and more gadgets at incredibly low prices at Lazada!



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