I bought this phone in May 2015, so I've had it for 2 years. This has been an amazingly great phone, for an amazing price. Like any electronics, sometimes you get a lemon. I've had absolutely no issues with this phone, the battery is still holding a charge for a long time. I use the phone a lot for Internet stuff like Facebook, Instagram, e-mails, map, music and pictures, plus texting. Very little for, you know, talking.
Some of the pictures I've taken with this phone were quite fantastic and impressive.
The stock Android wasn't great, it was painful to get Marshmallow, but since then it's been an even better phone. I use the Google launcher, not the ZenUI, and that made the whole experience even nicer and smoother.
After 2 years, I'm tired of the curved back, I want something slimmer and more stylish. Yes, this is all plastics but you know what, it doesn't feel cheap, and it doesn't break just looking at it... like those with glass backs (ZenFone 3?)...
Do not buy this phone, while it provided a lot of power (as of 2016), it is all plastic. Within months, speaker failed, power button soldered onto mainboard failed. Poor quality.
Bought that phone because it has dual sim, large screen, and Asus is a famous company for computer hardware. It's totally wrong.
After used for few months, problems issued (1) Phone halted almost everyday, (2) Phone suddenly turn offed. (3) Although it's dual sim, the second sim only has 2g. If you are using AT&T 2g network has been shut down, it's useless.
Search on Google, you will found problems (1) and (2) on that phone.
Never buy any cell phone from Asus again.
Anonymous, 17 Apr 2017It's my mistake to buy this phone, this phone is only good for 3-5 months, after that the "sic... moreYou should go to the asus official central service in ur area or country and ask them to change the lcd or whatever that seems error in there. My dad have a same issue too before. First service only stays for 2 days and the issue came back and then he toss his phone until it went black and send it to the bigger official central service, he tell them to change everything that seems error because he just bought it for 2 months. Now everything's nice and fine
Repo, 29 Apr 2017Hi, someone know if it got the possibility of been upgraded to 6.0 (Marshmallow)? I\'m thinkin... moreThis phone has had Marshmallow since quite a while. It comes with 5.0 but it can be upgraded.
Repo, 29 Apr 2017Hi, someone know if it got the possibility of been upgraded to 6.0 (Marshmallow)? I\'m thinkin... moreYes, we have the official M update but not yet the Nougat (we don't know if Asus will update this model).
Hi, someone know if it got the possibility of been upgraded to 6.0 (Marshmallow)? I\'m thinking between it and the BLU Life One X2. Thanks
Harry, 27 Apr 2017From where did you buy the display? I need one tooon Ebay (with a chinese seller). The shipping was very long: almost 2 months to get my package...
Does anyone own ZE551ML with batch production around Serial Number F8AZFG 00F789 and having issue? Was thinking Asus are dumping problem unit selling at discounted price.
The issue of flickering screen: ww.youtube.com/watch?v=Az0c5ucpTmM
Got my US variant (ZE551ML - Z3560/2GB/16GB) for 2 years now. Few months ago a side of my touchscreen was dead so I bought a new screen (20 bucks) and replaced it myself. I also took the official cover and the fast charger which was not included with my model.
This a good phone except to the camera (very average) and maybe its weight. The battery is okay (1 to 1.5 days in normal use). The only thing to do to be sure that the battery is correctly calibrated is to complete a wipe cache (with the recovery mode).
Last thing to know. Unfortunately, the ZE551ML is no longer really updated by ASUS. It's because this model uses the Intel chipset (which stopped the support and development). So no VoLTE activation and probably no official Android N. Hope that the LineageOS community will release a stable version for us.
I'm not really angry against ASUS but I'm a little bit disappointed by the lack of communication.
Love this phone! Its is more powerful than my laptop and only paid $249. I've had it for two years, dropped it many times with the really minimalist bumper case.
It's my mistake to buy this phone, this phone is only good for 3-5 months, after that the "sickness" comes what makes it's super annoying is the ghost touch. I'm watching videos and it started to press the next button over and over again by itself. Please ASUS!! show you care about your customer!! Or maybe you should just stick to the motherboards, your motherboards are good
this is the first mobile phone that lasted 2 years with me and i am still using this phone. with a tempered glass protector and a bumper/case its a sturdy phone. the phone is not for heavy gaming like NBA, but is good enough for casual games. After 2 years of service it's now experiencing ghost movements/unresponsive screen where in i need to hit on the on/off button to fix. I guess this is caused by build up on the cache/ram as i rarely switch off or restart my phone (sometimes weeks without switching it off). This phone served me well.
southamericanotter, 14 Apr 2017dont buy this phone,i repeat DONT BUY THIS PHONE,after 8 month i use it,the phone start to hav... moreStop trolling.
Seriously though, too many trolls here.
If you get clumsy (dropped it, spilled coffee on it, etc) or lend your phone to a young sibling or a young child and it got damaged its not the manufacturer's fault.
Besides, I've been using it for almost 2 years and i dropped it from my bed/table/pocket/hand slipped quite often, performance is still unaffected.
Also, you might wanna check the genuity of your device, there are some apps that can help you.
I don't get paid to say all of this.
Im just a fan of an affordable-good/high performing device
and a happy customer.
after less than 1 year it started crashing.. every once in a while in needs a restart (wifi no longer working or bluetooth). crashes once or twice a week
dont buy this phone,i repeat DONT BUY THIS PHONE,after 8 month i use it,the phone start to have a problem,the screen start to flicker, the screen start to show a horizontal line,until now ,there is no solution for this problem!!, so, i advice you to not waste your money to buy this phone (ASUS), but nevermind,its my mistake to buy a phone from a motherboard company HAHAHAHAHAHA
(By 14th April, 2017)
I've been using it for 1 yr and 9 months.
So far so good, everything is still working really well. (Camera, fast charging, etc)
Capable of playing heavy online games like;
World of Tanks Blitz, Avabel Online, etc.
on high settings and no lag/stutter.
Still getting 45-60 FPS on those games even after almost 2 years of usage.
(Depends on device heat)
Tips for those who complained about battery;
1. Prevent auto start of apps.
(i disabled most of mine, not the one where you disable apps though, only the auto start), saves a lot of battery/RAM.
2. When youre not using it (work/class, etc), switch to Power Saving or Super Saving mode.
Leaving it on Performance mode drains battery.
3. Disable/uninstall bloatwares
and dont use third party "clean up" apps
ZE551ML has an excellent mobile manager that is optimised for this device given by ASUS
(Again, saves a lot of Batt/RAM)