And, by the way, the question of price. Afair, the price for the entry model was calculated with around 399.- US $ ...
There is quick launch bar on top of notification bar. No way to disable it. You have to put at least 4 useless things up there which is very pointless and stupid.
Notification bar icons very big, no way to make them smaller.
Keyboard is very stupid when you type, on left corner bottom they put settings icon which should be next to space bar, i often accidentally touch settings in order to change characters and this killing me when typing. I downloaded new keyboard but nothing can be like original.
Back space touch pad on left side which i couldn't get used to it. Should be customizable or right hand.
When you change simcard, simcard slot very stupid. If you face with your phone screen and take simcard slot out, all sims and sd cards dropping down cuz they made slot reverse. They tried to make difference but screwed up.
Bottom of phone touch pad, back space, show desktop and menu options, no light when you use phone at dark places. If you use your phone at dark places pressing those touch pads killing me. Can't even see anything.
Screen is round. So if you use temper glass its not totally reaching to corners which is very dangerous if you drop phone even with back cover. %90 lcd screen could be broken. So using temper glass even useless to protect screen.
With such 5000mah battery, apps optimization not good. Screen on time under any conditions not more than 9-10hrs. Standby time of phone very bad. Around 100hrs. If you fully charge phone and leave it on normal standby mode till morning, sometimes i have seen battery comes to %92 after 8 or 9 hours. Sometimes %96 during all night. Its very terrible. You have to activate battery saver mode which temporary disables networks. Then battery only down %1 during all night. But cuz of disabling networks can't get any urgent whatsap msgs untill you wake screen and also if any vpn connected at background automatically drops and awaiting to reconnect till you wake your screen.
Also i have seen camera is not that good. Camera draining battery very fast. Obviously not well optimized. And for pictures i compared with my friend's LG G6, for details maybe zoom shows abit more details in close shots but generally G6 camera seems much better than zoom camera. I dunno what they did smth wrong but i totally dislike camera. Not like original Sony, seems like fake. Btw after taking photos to browse phone doesnt let you zoom pictures too much only few times zoom. Samsung phones letting you zoom picture too much which makes you see quality of camera. This asus phone name is zoom but not letting you much zoom in photos. Crap..
Outside speakers good enough but ear phone sound is not that strong. Max sound is abit less which causes you to hear outside noise. Even cheap model of LG X Power max ear sound louder than zoom.
There is Asus Customize option on settings but totally crap. Only few classic options in it.
Phone doesnt recognize any other quick charge 3.0 header. You must use it's own charge header. Otherwise charging time up to 5hrs.
Generally phone looks good but after you use it for a while you clearly see some annoying stupid things.
I dont suggest you guys to buy this phone. I dislike it.
Also dont forget that, I sent email to asus typed everywhere about those issues, more than 2 weeks no reply. Very bad service from asus.
If you wanna buy similar midrange phone, consider about C7 pro. Smaller battery but well optimized, abit lower quality cam but still better than average. Rest of all much better than asus.
AnonD-591738, 02 Apr 2017Hi, more then 4 months lost waiting for nothing, What phone would u recommend instead? S7 or... moreSince this phone is taking too much time to be released, I would't buy anything. S7 is much worse than the Zenfone 3 Zoom. It has much more little battery and it hasn't got such a good sound system. I have the Zenfone Max which lasts for one whole week withouth charging and I would never change it for an S7, which with difficulty would reach three days.
Hi, more then 4 months lost waiting for nothing,
What phone would u recommend instead? S7 or Moto z maybe?
Anon, 31 Mar 201712x zoom is rubbish, just a marketing gimmick. It is just normal digital zoom. Basically you o... moreThe optical zoom is 2.3x THEN you go into digital zoom if you like. That is one of the cameras which is 59mm. The other camera is 25mm and it is f/1.7, they also work in unison in some cases. Then there's also a front camera. I do appreciate the 2.3x (59mm) because sometimes you don't want a wide angle shot and that is not digital zoom.
12x zoom is rubbish, just a marketing gimmick. It is just normal digital zoom. Basically you only have 25mm and 59mm. Battery life 9-10 hours screen on time although 5000mah, similar SOT to moto z play 3510mah stock nougat updated. Probably same old issue with zen ui is not fully optimized.
Shity marketing, After 4 months in Europe still wil not arrive, Total silence from ths "great" Asus
Kilo, 26 Mar 2017Last time i checked, asus wanted to improve better zoom 3, so they delayed it until q2. Til to... moreIn Philippines, it will be on sale on April 6 with a lot freebies worth PHP 4800
Updates Made by ASUS is updating the OS from v6 to v7 Nougat out of the Box
Am my, 25 Mar 2017They (manufacturers) don't care about (our opinions) us ~ Michael Jackson yah right
i have tested phone.
below review was very good. but battery life is terrible with such big battery.
screen drains battery too much.
wifi also draining battery too much.
i did everything but cant increase result. so generally battery socores here below,
standby time: 100hrs
web browsing: 9hrs - from 100 to 0 (screen brightness was auto and in the middle)
youtube video also similar: around 10hrs
if you use camera non stop around 4 hours can be used
So as a result, what is written on asus website, 25hrs of web browsing or 6 days standby or whatever all fake. never trust
Dont believe in company result. Use by your own. So if you compare with samsung C7pro with such 3300mah smaller battery giving much better results then asus zoom.
Asus this time made very good phone with crap battery life.. so with such crap battery life no need to buy this phone.
btw i used first time Lg G5 battery fast charger 3.0. But phone charged toooo slow around 5 hours. so didnt recognize another fast charger. But battery life was similar after i used. So been charged properly.
Then i used original charger,charge time was around 2.5hrs and usage of battery web browsing exactly same around 9 hours not more than that.
So dont trust this phone when you go out and use your phone browser often all day.
LG G6 has similar browsing results 8.5hrs but its real result no draining battery. i knew it from G5. it says 7.5hrs and i got same result each time.
So asus made battery consumption very terrible.
Phone running android 6.0.1 now
how i made battery life test,
no simcard. wifi is on, listen music at background and browse website or instagram
screen brightness auto and in the middle
After 10 hours till phone no juice i have seen that wifi used total of 1000mah of battery which was totally horrible
ahh btw forgot to tell you, havent found any standard music player on phone widgets. Very funny tho
Last time i checked, asus wanted to improve better zoom 3, so they delayed it until q2. Til today, several countries begin sales of zoom 3 WITH NO IMPROVEMENT. Now i know why MOST PEOPLE AVOID THIS BRAND.
They (manufacturers) don't care about (our opinions) us ~ Michael Jackson
As people said already Oppo F3 plus catch the Indian Market very Soon. Today Oppo announced next model phone it is available from April 1st onwards. Latest 16mp Dual pixel Camera far far better than Asus Zoom dual From facing camera for wide angle and Bokeh effect. Really oppo Rocks will Rock the Indian market after March. I have already made my suggestions to Asus through Gsmarena. But never listened to it. God only can help asus in indian market.
AnonD-546106, 22 Mar 2017Here is my review of this phone.
First of all, telling u that only Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singa... moregreat review!
how about camera in SLR mode and taking videos in slow motion?
Here is my review of this phone.
First of all, telling u that only Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan versions supporting cat6. All other country versions of this phone only cat4. Which means only those 4 countries supporting 4G+. Other countries only 4G.
Japan no unlocked version. So only you may order other 3 countries versions of you need 4G+.
So I had 64gb Hong Kong version 4G+ dual SIM card.
Phone looks great. Screen very well and bright. When you read something your eyes feel comfortable. Only the thing is dpi a bit lower around 401. Should be over 500 for such phone. But not a big problem tho. Phone has supercolor mode that's why colors are amazing. Gorilla glass 5 works fine on this phone.
Speaker very very loudly. And plus if you are outdoor there is outdoor option for making speaker louder. Earphone sound very clean. Not extremely loudly but enough db and very clean sound. But box content ear phone crap. Suggest you to buy LG Sony beats or some other good brands.
Phone a bit heavy in hand but not big deal. There could be 5.7inch for such big case but its ok.
I haven't seen lag on phone. If you browse too many things share internet listen music and push the phone with more apps you can feel sudden freeze sometimes but it's extreme situation. So CPU and 652 board works fine on phone.
Keyboard very good. Comfortable and easy when you type. Taking ss very easy.
Phone has double tap wake and sleep mode.
I guess no need to talk about camera. One of the best Sony. I love taking pictures with phone. But second cam only for zoom. There is no wide cam like LG G5 or G6.
Last thing is battery life.
Battery has few options for saving. I tested battery with normal standard option. Auto screen brightness. So standby in standard mode is around 110hrs. Web browsing(screen on time)is around 12-15hrs. Depends on how you use. Only web or spend time on play store or picking phone settings or whatsapp or using mail or see pictures. I guess from 8am to 8pm. Battery will be no problem even under heavy usage. Still %20 left when back home. Watching YouTube time also same as browsing around 12-15hrs. Don't forget, screen brightness and camera sucking battery too much that's why there is battery saver mode for cam when u use it more than a min. So I suggest you to use auto or a bit dim. Playing game also very good on phone. There is gaming mode option to record yourself and screen when play and auto adjust battery life CPU usage against drain. I like it. Playing game time also very similar more than 10hrs. I played castle clash and clash of royal. If you play hearthstone or pokemon or need for speed, SIM city needs more battery so you can play around 8hrs.
I have been using LG x power. Standby was 60hrs screen in time was 13hrs which was extremely amazing score for me. So ASUS battery life not as much as x power cuz x power sd 210 and screen is crap. But generally no lag and working fine. If you think ASUS with great screen glass 5 best camera this battery life is very good.
And last word is if you ask for price in hi, 64gb dual SIM version black with ASUS warranty is around 450USD.
If I forgot to tell u anything just remind me, I can tell you more details.
All the best.