AnonD-292310, 08 Aug 2014got it on july 29 to replace my stolen lenovo p780. DISASTROUS EXPERIENCE.
Camera quality is ... moreHmm... a while back I've posted the actual photos taken with this phone in all kinds of lighting conditions, and unless you're expecting Oppo Find7 or Samsung Galaxy S5 photo quality, it is perfectly acceptable, alas a bit oversaturated on HDR photos.
You might have gotten a lemon, but 4 hours battery life sounds way off. I generally get 1-2 days out of it, and I've even posted the battery usage graphs.
Yes, the CPU at the top of the battery, just below the camera, can get warm when you're doing something CPU intensive. It's Intel, not ARM afterall.
Since I've had no issues with the phone I also cannot comment on the service quality, although Asus service centre here in Thailand is generally very good.
So I am sorry to hear about your bad experiences with the phone. It might be down to expectations as well.
Therefore to those considering this phone: This is not a top end phone like Oppo Find7, Sony XPeria Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, or Apple iPhone 5S.
It is a budget phone, as reflected by its price.
For what it costs, it has a decent IPS HD screen, reasonable battery life (although not removable), dual SIM support, ability to plug in up to 64 GB microSD card to use for photos, music, movies and apps (those that support being ran from SD), reasonable sound quality (last update fixed quiet speaker), and a snappy processor with 2 GB RAM which makes experience equivalent to a quad core ARM processor of about same speed.
It has a very decent 8 megapixel back camera and mediocre front camera, with some excellent shooting modes not found from other brands. It certainly produces better photos than many brandnamed mid-range phones that cost twice as much. Video camera is good for FullHD videos, but terrible for HD and SD videos. That must be some kind of software scaling disaster at play.
That's what you're getting if you go for it.
If you need SLR quality photos, octa core CPU, 4K screen, or a 1 week battery life - look somewhere else.
And if you want illuminated sensor buttons below the screen, which is really my biggest complaint over this phone, get something else too. You can't fix missing lights with firmware update...
It is a great product for the price. It is not a
AnonD-288293, 09 Aug 2014Thanks for the quick reply. I just can't wait to get my hands on this phone.Its not necessary ... moreyeah thats why i decided to buy this phone beacause i liked the service center experience with my nexus 7.... my htc one V spent 2 months at service center so i know very well how bad a service center can be !!! lets hope we never have to go to the asus service center :)
AnonD-291211, 08 Aug 2014MAY BE U R RIGHT. But Led notification problem doesn't happened with me even after updates. I ... moreOTA updates are downloaded to root of system drive (internal memory), and are deleted after installed successfully.
I am also surprised that you had no issues with the LED notification light after the updates, as .14 and .15 certainly broke it. Also, there was no way to turn the notification light on or off without a widget from competitor.
Anyway, it's back to working now, although different from before. And since Motorola widget can only turn it on an off, it's always blinking in orange...
Anonymous, 08 Aug 2014Its that true that whatsapp media files (pics,audio,video) are can't download on data connecti... moreIf that happens to you, that's definitely not a phone's fault, maybe you have some limitations on cellular network. The phone works the same on cellular or wifi internet.
AnonD-284722, 09 Aug 2014ummmm... now u have confused me.
well, i will try posting it on asus support, let us see... moreI just noticed that the notification light is working again. But this time it's different, it's blinking quite fast for the received email, not like before where it was maybe 1x per 2 seconds, now it's like 2 or 3x per second. Looks annoying.
Now note this thing was broken with the firmware that fixed the Facebook crash. Then 2 more large updates came, 1.15 and 1.16 I think, on which I think I tested only on 1.15 and it didn't work. Can't remember if I tested on 16... but then yesterday another OTA update was received and today I tried again, and it works.
Now I use the Motorola's widget to turn it on, as Asus has no setting to turn the light on/off or set anything.
Obviously it would be really nice if they added the some way of adjusting it into the device settings.
This was tested on WW version of ZenFone 5, 8 GB, 3G, 2 GB RAM. I cannot comment for any other version.
AnonD-292563, 09 Aug 2014well ive had a pretty good experience with asus service center for my asus nexus 7 2012. the c... moreThanks for the quick reply. I just can't wait to get my hands on this phone.Its not necessary I'll have to go to the service center but if I have to then I hope it will be a good experience.
well ive had a pretty good experience with asus service center for my asus nexus 7 2012. the charger/usb cable was faulty and was replaced without hassles. just ordered zenfone 5 8gb black hope i like it :)
Guys how is Asus's after sales service? Did anyone actually go to a service center? Someone has told me that it is not up to mark. I could be totally wrong but it would be great if someone commented on this.
I have asus z5 phone & want to connect my laptop ( acer aspire 5738) 'PC link' is working fine with USB cable but it is not working with bluetooth also 'Remote link'is not working, pls reply. i am waiting for your reply.
AnonD-291211, 08 Aug 2014More storage doesn't affect performance but more ram does. But More internal memory is good fo... moreHi, I have bought the zenfone 5 last Sunday. I can't do video calling from the handset. Please help.
I buy this phone 3 days ago,everything is perfect,i update phone on this version:
Is this the latest?
Guys i ordered zeanphone 5 on flipkart got it yesterday very nyc phone at 10k must buy when in stock camera gud batery backup is nyc 1 day
I just bought zenfone 5. But the video can't record anything. Error video. I did restart the phone several time but it still the same. Do u know anything about it because I want to avoid sending to services centre. Please anyone know how to fix it?. Thanks.
AnonD-291211, 08 Aug 2014Oplus is giving goog specs at INR 7999/- but i don't know the quality of hardware and also Bra... moreWhy do you say that Mi3 is a bad buy? Is it just because you own a Zenfone 5 that you are trashing it or is it due to some problems that you actually encountered?. I was going all out for Mi3 until I saw your solo fight aginst Mi3 in all the user forums? Could you kindly elaborate once and for all, what are the problems that you see in Mi3 which makes it less good as compared to Zenfone.
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