In this age of high tech electronics one looks for a good quality all in one smart phone for all our needs including imagery, editing, audio, communication and of course price amongst other features. Recently I was offered the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser for a review, which claimed to satisfy all the above requirements. Let us see how it fared in my tests.
The first thing I noticed about the phone after unboxing it was its size. With a 5.5 inch HD screen, the Zenfone 2 Laser is certainly not on the smaller side. It is not a very lightweight phone, but the build quality is robust and you never feel like you’re holding a flimsy product.
The screen and camera are two areas in which the phone really shines. I had a lot of fun just fiddling around with the cameras and trying to capture interesting images, and the Zenfone certainly makes that easier. It comes equipped with a 13MP back camera which is great for any kind of run-and-gun photography, and also a 5MP camera which should satisfy the need of every selfie enthusiast out there.
The camera also has a few cool modes like Tilt-Shift and Depth of Field, which allow for really interesting shots. Tilt-Shift allows subjects to look miniaturized, and the depth of field just increases the shallow focus, giving that clear, DSLR look.
These are some photos I took with various settings. The auto-focussing is achieved by firing an invisible laser beam (hence the name) onto the subject to improve the focussing speed and quality. The results are great, especially at short distances. I do think that for longer distances it is slower. Perhaps it relies on the traditional auto focus system.
The camera is capable of shooting full HD 1080p videos at the standard 30fps, and is a must have as a form of casual and small video capture device in cases where you wouldn’t want to take a full scale camera. I loved the responsiveness, and the camera footage is extremely clear.
The screen is absolutely crisp, and whatever photos you may have taken are produced excellently on it. The large screen size also makes it easy to review photos right on the phone, and reduces the time it would otherwise take to bring all the photos to a computer first.
One of the other features in the phone is an inbuilt slideshow maker. All you have to do is select all the images you want, and it makes a video with transitions and music which you can then upload or use as you see fit. That was a joy to use.
On to the essentials; the phone has a decent battery life, as it comes equipped with a 3000mAh battery. The battery lasted me about 12 hours with full wifi usage, which should come as a relief to those who are out without a power source for extended periods of time during the day.
If you plan on buying this phone, do note that it comes with a micro SIM slot, and not a standard one. The Zenfone comes with an internal memory of 16GB, which is extendable by a whopping 128 GB using a micro SD card.
On the whole, Zenphone Laser 2 has sturdiness, good looks and 4g compatibility to boot, is a sound purchase for anyone willing to spend 10k on it, and you will definitely not be disappointed in it.
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