Here I will provide my honest review about the Asus Zenfone 2. I have the ZE 551ML version with 4GB of RAM and 32 GB storage and a 2.3 GHz processor.
Design and build: The design and build are I have to say one of the best at this pricepoint. Although sporting a plastic body it nowhere feels less than a premium handet. The curves and the brush metal finish feels great and it becomes easier to hold the phone. The only thing bugging here is the size of the phone. It is not 72% screen to body ratio and the bezels are bigger than what you get on nexus but again keeping in mind the price point ..its OK. You may have some trouble handling the big phone initially but you will adapt eventually. And for the size you get a bigger screen!!..A delight for people who are big screen fans. The volume buttons are placed on the back but it's acceptable. Power button may pose a problem sometimes when you have to reach all the way up to the top of the large phone. But you can always double tap to wake up or lock the device.
Screen: Nothing much to say here. The screen is good with nice colors and saturation. Nothing feels odd about it. Full HD may consume more battery but also makes the screen super sharp and no eyes in this world can spot pixels on the beautiful display. Nice viewing angles. Sunlight readability is on the lower side but it will not make much of a difference.
Performance : The Best. 4 gigs. Glitches??? Lags???..seem alien words.
Camera: front : Takes very decent pics. One of the things I like here is the large viewing angle. Can very easily cover a whole 10x10 room from one of the corner. In short you will love this selfie cam. Given that statement, it implies that the rear camera is not something you will love. It takes good pictures but some details may be missing. Smudgy edges and some noise present. Colour saturation not comparable with the likes of HTC , Sony , Samsung. But low light mode will baffle everyone because it is something really extraordinary. Even HTC one m8(eye)(13MP) with dual camera couldn't capture that amount of light. Thanks to pixel master. In all the rear camera won't be an issue if you don't consider your phone to be a DSLR. I'm an average photographer and I'm happy with the camera.
Zen UI: It is a beautiful UI with a lot of customizations like the cyanogen ROMs. It is not for someone who wants near stock experience. I personally like the UI and it is really cool to flaunt something different from normal.
Battery: This is the only factor that may stop you from buying this device. I don't know about the performance of the other variants of the ZF2 but this one does not stand upto what it is supposed to. The phone though has a humongous 3000mAh battery but don't know why it is not sufficient. The phone lasts for only 8-9 hours in average use. The battery drains very quickly. Hoping for a software update to fix this or else it is gonna become a headache for life to plug in a charger every now and then. In short the battery is poor. ASUS should look into this. There is some help by the fast charging charger which charges the phone from 0 to 100% in less than two hours.
Price: only lenovo k80 stands a chance here with a larger battery but there are other factors to look upon too. Better priced than One plus and xiaomi.
Network/Connectivity : No problem in this department though nothing remarkable too except dual sim and 4G LTE
Sound : Not so loud. Audio is clear. Better than its predecessor. A little bit on the lower side. Could be better. But not really a deciding factor.
OS: Android lollipop 5.0 feels good on this device but its mostly covered by the Zen UI. The phone should get an immediate update to lollipop 5.0.2 or 5.1 if possible to remove bugs and improve battery performance.
Bottom line : A perfect phone if the battery improves in the near future through updates and bug fixes. Definitely worth the price, even more.
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khan, 11 May 2015Dear friends please tell help me can i use asus nexus charger for asus zenfone 2 z551 ml 2gb v... moreyeah that problem will go away later when playing music, that's a good idea to use that charger and experiment with the voltages.
dr.ramesh p, 11 May 2015Compare pics .... Lg optimus black http://s6.postimg.org/5oe3qh029/CAM00040_01.jpg Zen... moreYes but how long have you had the ZF2 only a day ? too fast to judge without testing and trying the different options
Spanish Fan, 11 May 2015But can you explain to me why you say that you are having issues when all of the pictures that... moreCompare pics ....
Lg optimus black
U r saying that i don't know how to use camera,I had rooted my lg and played with the phone and its rom.
dr.ramesh p, 11 May 2015Can i get refund from flipkart by telling them i didnt like quality of phone especially camera... moreGet zenflash and u can capture photos equivalent to fault cameras. It's patented technology from ASUS. I never find any problem in camera.
dr.ramesh p, 11 May 2015Till date i was using lg optimus black having 5mp camera.when i compare the picture quality,my... moreZF2 needs time to set to various modes in taking photos. U need to b calm till I learn in ur new mobile
ronnie29, 11 May 2015To all Indian users. Do you all face heating issue while charging. Mine is heating very much ... moreYes it's heating while charging. Any phone heats on charging. U can go to service center to confirm it if required. Camera takes time for u to adapt to the modes.....
To all Indian users. Do you all face heating issue while charging. Mine is heating very much while charging. Camera is also okay, not upto the mark which asus is advertising.
Other than that, cannot see any issues. battery is also okay. can provide usage of 1 day with moderate to heavy usage.
Suggest if you also face issues and should I request for replacement as heating is very annoying
dr.ramesh p, 11 May 2015Till date i was using lg optimus black having 5mp camera.when i compare the picture quality,my... moreBut can you explain to me why you say that you are having issues when all of the pictures that i have posted are with zoom and as you can clearly see there are no issues with blurry or over pixelated images ?
I think maybe you just do not understand how to use the phone yet !
Guys i jst purchased asus ZenFone 2 4gb/64 gb. But it is heating up a lot. I m unable to keep it touch with my ear while talking by it...during charging its temperature become very high..can anybody help me...
Spanish Fan, 11 May 2015Maybe you do not know how to take a photo properly ? http://postimg.org/image/pooxevygz/ h... moreTill date i was using lg optimus black having 5mp camera.when i compare the picture quality,my previous photos with LG optimus black are better than ZenFone 2. Trust me...
dr.ramesh p, 11 May 2015no, when u zoom its very blurred, pixel quality is very bad like Maybe you do not know how to take a photo properly ?
http://postimg.org/image/pooxevygz/ http://postimg.org/image/r9g81orln/ http://postimg.org/image/lqljdhwr5/ http://postimg.org/image/rwfofsii9/ http://postimg.org/image/imzojas55/ The Black and White sketch effect ones are taken using the Camera 360 app and the colour ones are using the standard ASUS pixelmaster software out of the box :-)
Spanish Fan, 11 May 2015whats wrong with the camera mine works perfectly ?no, when u zoom its very blurred, pixel quality is very bad like
dr.ramesh p, 11 May 2015ya i have done software updatewhats wrong with the camera mine works perfectly ?
Spanish Fan, 11 May 2015have you done the software update ?ya i have done software update
Can i get refund from flipkart by telling them i didnt like quality of phone especially camera ? and if yes how much time is required to get refund. plzzzz help...
I ordered an ASUS Zenfone 2 - 2.3 GHz 4GB RAM 64GB version from Flipkart on 10th May 2015 with single day delivery option. Got the phone today(11th May 2015) afternoon around 3 PM and was using it for around 30 mins. There was close to 60-70% battery power. The phone started restarting on its own. Then I charged the batterty to full power and tried using it again. Even after that the phone started restarting on its own every 1 min. I have made a video of it. I never expected Flipkart and ASUS to deliver such a worst product for such a big price. Please be cautious while buying this product. Have requested Flipkart for a refund. This product is a total waste. I'm really frustrated with the total experience.
Ankit Lamba, 11 May 2015Just got my Zenfone 2 (4GB/32GB/2.3ghz/India), will review soon about performance and the came... moreVery bad picture quality....pathetic .....all piksel are broken....no hanging problems...superman fast bur dialing a no is pain in the ass...also the ui sucks....they need to send updates fast else.theyll.loose the mArket