thanks for all the great feedback on this phone. I am in no way affiliated to Asus. I am based in UK and bought the phone from eGlobal for approximately £430 delivered. Its a great phone. I did note a couple of issues with usage though, but so far really loving it. I am the latest update as far as I know, just did a check update a few minutes ago to double check. I am currently running MMB29P.22.214.171.124-20161215.
Issue one is the camera, which someone suggested use manual mode and everything is good so will give that a try, thanks :-).
Issue 2 is when it reads files in a folder (using Gallery or File Manager), it seems to take a bit of time to refresh and the file thumbnails stay grey for a few seconds (2-10seconds) before it finally loads the thumbnails associated with the file. Even on folders where only 15-20 files exist it is quite noticeable. Over the weekend I installed a 200gb Sandisk microsd card (SDSDQUAN-200G-G4A) and I wasn't sure if it was due to size of card and amount of images/films I transferred but when looking through a folder it was really slow, all thumbnails were grey for 5-20 seconds. I will take the memory card back and go for an Extreme with lower space.
Has anyone else noticed this thumbnail problem? any settings I can changed to improve reduce?
Generally as a Samsung Note 4 user I think its a great piece of kit and as Captain says, a little over £400 vs £650+, you can't go wrong. just a few little tweaks would be appreciated.
thanks in advance :-)
why u guys dont review prie of the mobiles. plz mention price too will be helpful
AnonD-606854, 07 Jan 2017@BigPhonesOptions
Your perspective is interesting. Note that you rely on specifications to as... moreit's very okay to like the phone :)
why could they not have used a more powerful CPU from the 8xx family? OR make the phone more affordable which would correspond to it's mid-ramge SOC and setup?
I'm not saying the phone is not good or doesn't have a wonderful synergy between the components, but that price ASUS asks for it is just not reasonable, even if the Note 7 lags in comparison you still get a better SOC better RAM better modem better screen better camera each component is higher end other than the crippling software(but then Zenui is also crippling), so when you pay a high premium for it you know you are paying for the hardware, later on down the line you might put a different ROM on it clear from Samsungs touchwiz and it won't lag the hardware being higher end is more futureproof unlike the midrange hardware on the zenfone ultra.
Asus made a good phone here a good midrange phone but they ask a price which does not reflect it's value, it's a ripoff. Pixel is a ripoff and Iphone is a ripoff and also Samsungs when they are new they are sold at ripoff prices, but all the last 3 are true flagships so at least you get ripped off but you know you payed for the hardware, in the Zenfone ultra you get ripped off for a flagship and you get a good midranger.
Bob, 07 Jan 2017Since its dual sim. Can it use dual WhatsApp for different sim? @Bob
On WhatsApp with dual sim - I must say I really don't know. I haven't tried that. A trawl of Google brings up a link https://www.quora.com/Can-I-run-two-WhatsApp-accounts-on-a-dual-SIM-Android-device - where people say it can work.
BigPhonesOptions, 23 Dec 2016sCaptainWalker I'm a fan! I enjoy reading all the positives things you write here about the ph... more@BigPhonesOptions
Your perspective is interesting. Note that you rely on specifications to assess the Zenfone 3 Ultra's value for money. You gave no direct experience of using the phone and did not refer to the synergy of its components in real life.
I do not enter a debate based purely on specs. I'm on about phone performance in real life. People can debate specs and value till the cows come home but they simply CANNOT know how the ZF3U performs with what it has onboard. I know - and I say that it PERFORMS far better than the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which was selling in the UK for £639!! ZF3U is selling at around £450 to £510 delivered. For newcomers to this forum, I had and still own the Galaxy Note 7 (which I'm happy to risk keeping as a collector's item. With some tweaking, it hasn't been bricked by Samsung).
I have declared several times before that my shared experience is not driven by any financial motivation. As you the reader may see I can 'throw away' £639 on the Galaxy Note 7. I have no business with ASUS and do not wish to be rewarded for what I say. My only motivation is to assist people in selecting the right phone for their needs. I have already said several times that this phone is not for everybody.
I note people have been whinging about all sorts of malfunctions with the ZF3U. Most of those people have not declared that they have properly updated the phone's firmware to the latest version and configured the phone according to instructions. Since I've purchased several weeks ago, there have been 5 ROM updates and each time, the phone gets sweeter!! LOL
If people wish to purchase phones based on value for specification only, that's up to them. I have absolutely no problem with that. All I know is that I'm still loving this phone very dearly and more and more each day!! Is that okayyyy? :))
oioisaveloy, 30 Dec 2016Anyone know if the gray version is available in The Philippines? Visayas region. The official ... moreIt'd true. Silver only for the Philippines. You can order online or abroad for that color. I was looking for that too.
Fizo, 29 Oct 2016Its true... I recently bought this phone... And now it start giving me a problem... The speak... moreYes speakerphone is crap but I don't know about the charging problem. Kindly explain.
nanivon, 19 Sep 2016Here in Manila I got mine yesterday at Voice Solutions in Theater Mall, Greenhills. So far, th... moreTo help with ur low light issues use manual mode. It is incredible. You get much better shots and can adjust everything like a pro cam. Works for me :)
@MA78, 01 Nov 2016Thats right.
Despite rumors and my hesitation so i bought the phone as well.
All i can say t... moreI agree that it is a major flaw. Turning off the sound enhancement is one option of improving it but I think it's a software problem that can be easily resolved.
I have troubleshooted the phone and everything works fine. It's a problem of just optimizing the phone. Wish I was an engineer so I could fix it myself.
Anyone know if the gray version is available in The Philippines? Visayas region. The official Asus store in SM Cebu said only Silver or Pink is available in Philippines? (not sure if that's true).Thanks
mary, 28 Dec 2016Is there a difference in Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra CHINA and INTERNATIONAL versions? Does the CHIN... moreDearest lady.For some private reasons,Chinese versions do not support Google,but the glo versions support Google and its regarded related apps!!!That's what I can say now!!Justice Rights,Omid12Omidvar,....
Is there a difference in Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra CHINA and INTERNATIONAL versions? Does the CHINA version have Google Play Store? Anyone knows? Thanks!
BigPhonesOptions, 23 Dec 2016sCaptainWalker I'm a fan! I enjoy reading all the positives things you write here about the ph... moreI agree that the phone (for what it is) is overpriced. I should be about $ 150 - $200 cheaper. Having said that though I have a phone that is built like a Bentley and looks and feels fantastic and knowing Asus' commitment to excellence I do not doubt that a lot of time effort and money went into designing and building this phone so despite the fact the high cost hurts I still feel like I got what I needed and wanted.
The build quality of the phone is superb and it runs buttery smooth. The screen is excellent with very accurate colours. So much easier to use and see what you are doing on this big screen.
Tested out the anti-motion blur feature and it works brilliantly... all that annoying blurring is now gone.
sCaptainWalker I'm a fan! I enjoy reading all the positives things you write here about the phone,
your enthusiasm is genuine and influential!
I think that Asus should contact you and arrange some reward for your service to them because I feel that you are doing them a great service here :)
there seems to be a niche market for those who are looking for a large screen phone (myself included) the main idea is to replace the needs for a tablet i.e. avoid the need to carry a tablet AND a phone.
I think the ultimate size is around the 7 inch mark very compact yet much larger screen than the common 5.5 inch phablets around,
it seems to be very difficult to find a phone or mini tablet made without compromises or either the camera (if it's a tablet) or screen size (if it's a phone good specs but smaller screen under 6 inch)
making phone calls on the large device might look ridiculous to certain people but I don't care personally first because I hardly make calls and second because when I do I use the inbuilt speaker anyways as I don't care for the radiation to go straight into my head thanks,
Huawei came up with the P8 max in 2015 it was a very compelling device but comparing to today's devices it will now be quite outdated no USB 3 speeds older generation camera no fingerprint etc...
and at the time it came out it was quite expensive so not so affordable,
the Zenfone 3 Ultra I feel suffers from the same 'disadvantages' of the P8 max of the past, it is an interesting phone with a large display yet without sacrifising the camera I think it has a decent camera from what I've seen online
yet the price of it, no matter how excited I get from looking at reviews and especially from reading CaptainWalker's reviews here, the cost of it is just NOT justified
it has a mid ranger CPU and FHD resolution screen intead of QHD for insance, it has USB Type C but not USB 3 speeds, this phone is worth 400$-500$, now, I don't think Snapdragon 652 is incapable of doing things
or that FHD resolution is not enough BUT for the price Asus should have imbued it with flagship specs, Snapdragon 820 and QHD resolution, or price the device properly at 400$-500$, now eventually the
phone price might decrease but by the time the technology in it would be outdated just the same thing that happened with the P8 max which nowadays is sold for a reasonalbe price.
the only thing left to do is wait for to see if a p10 max would be made either with really flagship specs and flagship price or midrange specs and midrange price, or maybe Sony can finally come up with a z ultra followup?
or maybe LeEco should revisit their original design with the Letv max? maybe someone else would come with a nice compact tablet or huge phone with good specs? at the moment it is NOT worhtwhile to spend
the money on the Zenfone 3 Ultra , it is still overpriced for what you get.