In fact, as a current iOS user, it was with great esteem that I switched again to Android through Asus ZenFone 5. And truth be told, nor did it look like I was using a device with its price range.
After all, although it does not look like it, the Taiwan-based company device costs only about € 450, so it expected less than it was able to deliver.
Quality of construction
This was the first aspect in which I was surprised by the equipment. On a positive and negative level. More positive than negative of course. Because? On the one hand, what I saw initially was an equipment built with the best materials that many could ask for.
That is, glass and metal. However, their joining does not seem the most perfect in the equipment. The glass offers a flawless feel, but the metal ring around it is slightly rough. I can not figure out why.
The joining of the two building materials is worse than you might think, which makes your ergonomics good but not perfect. Even so, as I said in video, it’s a mid-range device.
This is by far the aspect that most highlights the Asus ZenFone 5. When I called it for the first time, what I saw soon was a notch. Same as the Apple iPhone, but smaller in size.
In fact, the whole smartphone reminded the iPhone X for a short time. And it has both bad and good. The notch present on the screen may indeed be unwanted at first.
A good screen, for any Android, is what you find in Asus ZenFone 5!
However, with a few days of use it quickly disappears and we never noticed it again. Even when watching multimedia content, it was difficult to have a time when you would rather not have a notch on the screen. It was barely noticeable.
On the other hand, in color of the same, the screen of the Asus ZenFone 5 leaves nothing to be desired. If the blacks were even darker, I’d think it was AMOLED.
This is another peculiar aspect. The Android smartphone brings two cameras to the back of it. One with 12MP and one f / 1.8 aperture, one with 8MP and one f / 2.0 aperture. But here, the company does not seem to want to follow the trend.
That is, instead of the natural set between a common lens, Asus ZenFone 5 ends up giving the user a wide-angle and a common lens. For many, the wide-angle will be much more useful.
It is, in the limit, more fun than telephoto , no doubt. And the question that arises is: is there no portrait mode? There is of course. As you know, the creation of portrait mode in smartphones comes from everything but hardware .
Consequently, Asus gives you the possibility of capturing images with the blurred background either behind or ahead. Unfortunately, however, the end result is much worse than you might expect.
Although it is possible to define how blurred we want the background of the photograph, what is certain is that we will end up seeing the blurred hair, the unfocused ears, etc. And so does the frontal chamber.
This, in turn, is nothing special. It serves what is expected of a smartphone of this type.
At this level, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636, along with 4GB of RAM, give the Asus ZenFone 5 user everything he needs. At no time could I ask for more. I did not even feel the urge of a Snapdragon 845.
So regardless of the number of open applications, games tested and what’s in the background, Android smartphone will always be an excellent solution.
- 6.2 inch IPS LCD screen
- Resolution FHD + 1080 × 2246
- Snapdragon 636 Processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- 3300 mAh battery
- 12MP + 8MP rear camera
- 8MP front camera
- MicroSD Slot
- Android Oreo (8.0)
Finally, you have to take into account what the smartphone gives, but what others do not give. Here, in great prominence, comes the fact that Asus personalizes Android Oreo in its own way.
The question is, could this management be harmful to pure Android. Fortunately, this is not the case. Quite the opposite. Instead, Asus becomes special because its software is unique.
However, there are still some extras that are not on the smartphone. Namely, the possibility of charging the wireless device or being able to drown it in water, whatever the reason.
With Android Oreo installed, pretty good specs and an appealing price, Asus ZenFone 5 is the device that any fan of the brand will not only want to have.
Even more, it has a big screen, but that does not make it exaggeratedly large. Quite the opposite. In large part, this is due to your notch, which will be more imperceptible than you might think.