What’s the first thing I look for in a phone? The camera, ofcourse! There’s nothing more impressive than a phone that not only looks good, but makes you look even better. Now, that’s exactly why I’m loving the new Asus Zenfone 5.
Looks and aesthetics:
This is one good-looker packed into a phone! You can choose from options in white, black, red and purple colors that compliment the very slim and light handset with a 5.00-inch 720 x 1280 touchscreen display. What I love about it is that the back of the phone is curved and has a lovely matte finish to it, which makes it very easy to hold in your hand. Thoughtful design!
The phone has a bright and vibrant display and good viewing angles. The sound quality is excellent for a phone at this price point and I often use the phone speakers for music.
The fact that the phone offers expandable memory apart from its 8 GB and 16 GB means I’ve been storing my favorite episodes of Modern Family and 2 Broke Girls to watch on my phone! All those boring cab rides in Dubai traffic are actually fun now.
The dual sim card feature makes sure I don’t miss a thing from my work or personal numbers without having to lug around two phones. So full marks for convenience.
And of did I mention the battery life is absolutely amazing? I’ve had to suffer a lot of hassles with my previous android phone who’s battery life was ridiculous so the Asus Zenfone 5 is such a pleasure!
In-built features and Apps:
Camera: As a blogger and journalist who’s always on the move, capturing anything that catches my fancy ( and a hardcore Instagram addict), I’m besotted by the camera in the Asus Zenfone 5. The 8 megapixel main camera and the 2 megapixel secondary camera have made such a huge difference to my blog pictures, selfies and Outfit of the day posts! The pictures are crystal clear, sharp and vibrant, (using the PixelMaster technology) which are further enhanced by the wide array of editing tools with some really unique and fun filters.
The camera options include specific modes for night photography, low light conditions, panoramas, and even a ‘miniature’ mode. The two most awesome camera features, according to me, are the ‘TIME REWIND’ feature, which lets you rewind frames after a picture is clicked, to be able to choose the best possible photo! For example, if you’ve blinked or shut your eyes in a picture, simply ‘rewind’ to a previous frame and voila, Blink gone, awesome on!
The second cool feature is the ‘SMART REMOVE’, which enables you to remove an object from a picture… anything like a photobomber, for example. Oh and if you take a selfie from the Asus Zenfone 5 camera using the ‘beautification mode, it will automatically take care of your skin, hair and overall beauty! Then you can choose to slim down your chin, add a blush on, lipstick or even widen your eyes via the camera app! Vanity never killed anyone, right!
Oh and the GIF feature is another plus for the Zenfone camera- create cool and funny gifs in a jiffy! Also, if you’re on your way to Youtube stardom, the phone’s full HDD video recording will get you there even faster.
Overall, I’m loving the Asus Zenfone 5 – It’s smart, great looking and super efficient. At just AED 899, this is what I call style with substance!