Be sure to see what owners of the previous generation Zenfone 2 have to say before making any decision...
And ASUS's own Zenfone 2 forums...
A lot of folk do not really understand the ZUK680KL. I can say this having viewed every YouTube video (in English) and having read over 30 online reviews. I decided to purchase and it arrived in my hands 5 days ago.
Oh what an experience - and pretty different to much of the negative sentiment on this phone. For sure no phone will suit everybody. This phone is no longer in the class of 'phablet' which is phone growing into tablet range. This is now a proper 'tabphone' - a tablet that has become a phone.
If like me, you:
1. Like a truly generous screen size.
2. Like viewing lots of photo and video content.
3. Want excellent sound quality for phone conversations, skype or music
4. Enjoy occasional games on your phone
5. Are not too fussed about S-pens (like on some Samsung Note models)
6. Want a truly responsive organisation behind your phone.
- then this could be the phone for you.
Some folk have not understood how to adjust the phone's setting for their needs and have drawn wrong conclusions. This phone is a new direction. Yes - people will complain it's too big, just as they did when Samsung launched the Note 2, then the Note 4 etc. All the complaining has stopped on large phablets in the last few years. I saw many tiny oriental girls walking around London happily enjoying their large phablets. So, I have to wonder if hand size in the UK has increased. LOL.
Asus has married the hardware very nicely to the software. The phone has worked better than the Note 7 for me - bye bye Samsung!! This phone is far better value for money than similar competition, for folk with my sort of needs. [It came to me with a proper UK charger - for folk in the UK who need to know - but do check with your supplier, if you intend to purchase.] Some will look at Antutu scores on YouTube vids and think this is a weak phone - it isn't!! It just works the SnapDragon 652 processor more synergistically - so no need for a powerhouse like an iPhone 7. But it's fine if people wanna pay far more to feel good. I like spending on something that is a reasonable balance between price and quality - so that's why I got it. I made a mistake in purchasing Note 7 - which was so hot, that it caused fires.
The camera is a joy. I can't actually see a difference between photo quality on the ZUK680L comparing it to Samsung Note 7. Video quality is superb. I have not been left wanting more. The rear camera features are much more and very easy to navigate. You're really spoilt for choice with options but these are not presented in a confusing way. The front camera is just fine - ignore the critics.
I was well surprised by the video and sound quality, having viewed the several reviews I mentioned above. The screen is bright and rich in colour. Viewing is sharp and pleasing to my eyes. I don't miss my Note 7 at all!! I like to play NFS occasionally and it's just lovely - no glitches, no freezing up, no stuttering of video - just brilliant.
Asus has really put their heads to the issue of sound quality. You just have to hear the sound to understand - I can't explain sound in this report. This thing beats back any Samsung phone I've had over the last 10 years on sound - all sorts of sound. The Asus headphones are well matched to this phone. Headphones fit very well in the ear. This is not a cheap looking or sounding pair of headphones. I've heard stuff in the music that I had not appreciated on any other phone I've owned. The sound in movies is truly cinematic - I really can't explain this either. It's something to experience - it's mind blowing - shockingly and delightfully exciting! I'm not joking or exaggerating.
This is a dual-sim phone. The first sim slot is for a sim (obviously). The second sim slot can hold another sim or micro-SD card memory expansion up to 4TB (on SD cards that haven't been invented as yet). There are ways of using the second sim slot as both a sim and an SD card expansion so you'd have 2 sims and memory card all working at the same time (YouTube is your friend - but I am not recommending this as, I don't know if this would void a warranty).
There have been complaints about bloatware. This is from people who do not understand what Asus is trying to achieve. They've provided some really good software that maximises the use of the tabphone - and ease of use with your desktop or laptop. So I do not see this as bloatware.
It's a heavy phone - 235g - but I didn't suffer any cramps lifting it. LOL. It's important to get a really sound case that provides the best protection. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. The corners and screen are likely to suffer first in any fall. [Avoid cheap cases that originate in the far east - had one and returned it for a refund]. BeCool provides a good glass screen protection - got it - fits easily and no problems. Of course, I don't intend to do a drop test.
I don't work for Asus and I have nothing against Samsung or any other phone-maker. I'm now just a hopeless addict for this phone and ama shouting about it!! So, do forgive me.
[DISCLAIMER: NO guarantee of satisfaction or performance is provided in making this review. No liability accepted for any inadvertent errors above. I have not been paid to make this review. I hold no pecuniary interests in Asus, and do not intend to in the future.]
Fizo, 29 Oct 2016Its true... I recently bought this phone... And now it start giving me a problem... The speak... moreThats right.
Despite rumors and my hesitation so i bought the phone as well.
All i can say that its true...some claim that they dont have that problem though...strange...
Now that i have the phone in my hand and iam calling around people...turning on and off the speakerphone on conversations.. As soon as the speaker phone is on.... people are screaming...are you there?.... lost u!....Can`t hear you...blablablabla...
I mean really to all of you out there ...probably who is interested for this phone; has the common things.. namely...
All we wanted ..that we needed a bigger screen combined with good specs.
But nobody want such extrem flaw in a phone that priced that much.
I would like to describe Asus with simple meaning:
A ridiculous company that exaggerates itself.
Asus should understand the niche of Indian market, after releasing asus zenfone 3 ultra way back in May. If Asus does does not make this phablet available in the Indian market at the earliest it will loose against its competitors. Its a hell lot of waiting period for this phablet in the Indian market.
@MA78, 28 Sep 2016Right. Huawei P8 Max is very similar to ZU680kl due to its body scale and specs. P8mx=182.7x9... moreIts true... I recently bought this phone... And now it start giving me a problem... The speakerphone malfunction just like qhat u said... Poeple on the other side cant hear us... And now the I cant charge the phone... Its not connected! Really upset and regret!
Hi, i would like to know anyone using this phone in Canada on rogers LTE network and did you have any problems with the LTE signal? Thanks
This device seems a well designed phablet for those who find good use of a combo, light and powerful multimedia handset. It very well replaces a high end tablet and an alternative phone. There are hundreds of thousands who are just waiting for it to be availble. Millions would grab if priced correctly. Surprising to see why Asus does not recognise this market niche ? It is over six months and not yet easily available !
GSMArena wrote that it has a infrared port, but it doesn't. It has a IR sensor for the camera but not for controling some IR devices, for example TV, dSLR and such... As LG G3, G4 and G5 has IR so that you can control these devices.
Is that true?
GT75, 09 Oct 2016I've had mine (4gb & 64gb)a couple of weeks now (this has replaced my Samsung Note 3, whic... moreDid you purchase your ultra in an online store? If yes, appreciate if you can please share the link. Thanks advance
Dason, 13 Oct 2016I just held the Asus Zebfone 3Ultra in my hands a few minutes ago. What can I say...its a p... moreNice comment! I was about to get this phone yesterday but I was informed about the pre ordering of the LG V20 that would give me a chance to own a 200GB micro sd slot and an extra battery. I was really after the size of this phone but when I saw the price, it's on the same category as the V20 already and when I got a chance to see the LG's device I was shocked at the way it performed! So fast and the screen is fantastic! The camera is great and the freebies are hard to resist! If only Asus made the price a little cheaper than the V20, I could have chosen it over LG.
Anonymous, 12 Oct 2016Definitely the Asus zenfone 3 Ultra has a better camera compared to the Mi Max. Could you please check the auto focusing between the close subject and far away subject continuously? I found 2 video in the youtube that zenfone 3 ultra is frequently stuck the focus to the subject.
please check this video
Dason, 13 Oct 2016I just held the Asus Zebfone 3Ultra in my hands a few minutes ago.
What can I say...its a p... moreReally grateful for writing here,i will take note of all your points.
i will consolidate all pros and cons on both devices,and will make a final decision in November.
More opinions are most welcome.
Anonymous, 13 Oct 2016Very helpful information,i only have one budget and only one choice to decide,either Ultra or ... moreI just held the Asus Zebfone 3Ultra in my hands a few minutes ago.
What can I say...its a pocketful of screen...cosmetically its simple, and nothing that will blow you away. But the screen, that's another thing...I was secretly wishing that other makes came with the same screen size. Being 6.8" diagonally, its close to a 7" tablet and could be a useful toy on flights.
Camera is fast and took great image which I snapped very casually. I liked the end result and the colors. Ditto for videos I watched on youtube. And the sound quality of the speakers was not bad; so you should be able to enjoy your videos satisfactorily. Additionally, Its dual sim, NFC, Infra Red and has a huge battery to power its way through the day. One function, that I certainly did not like was the volume rocker that's located on the back of the phone. Having experienced how inconvenient it can be with my LGV10, side volume rockers are any time more convenient and practical.
I'm currently using a LG-V10 and am thoroughly thoroughly happy with it - even though the battery gets eaten to 50% by midday. For that, I carry an extra battery and have no probs with getting through the day. I'm not a heavy user but yes I do click pictures for my work and listen to a lot of music. Its also tethered to my LG Urbane LTE wrist watch. My main reason for clinging on to my V10 is the HIFI DAC chip that treats me to high fidelity music which no other phone comes close to, and two, the excellent excellent camera with laser focus and OIS; not to mention the IPS screen is vivid and sharp, complementing every picture that's taken on it.
Despite Asus' Zenphone 3 Ultra screen size being bigger than the LG-V20, I would go in for the V20 without a doubt - that's a no brainer. The camera has been upgraded too. I'm eagerly waiting to have it in my hands.
GT75, 09 Oct 2016I've had mine (4gb & 64gb)a couple of weeks now (this has replaced my Samsung Note 3, whic... moreVery helpful information,i only have one budget and only one choice to decide,either Ultra or LG V20.
This is critical,If i pick the wrong one,i can't afford further.
So like to hear from more ultra users here of the advantages and disadvantages.
Your opinions here will be a great help to me to decide whether ultra or LG V20.
I have a month to consider,as v20 will only be available in November,so please help me to decide,your feedback/comments will be grateful.
i repeat this again,this is very critical decision,i can't afford to regret if i pick the wrong one,because i only have one budget.Please help.