ASUS ZenFone 5

Smart looking phone that is good value for money

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ASUS ZenFone 5 Priced at AED 899, the Dual SIM ZenFone 5 is great value for money, it features a large screen 5-inch 720p IPS screen and sleek design making it look like a more expensive phone.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  October 26, 2014

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Key Specs

Bluetooth: yes
Camera: Primary: 8 MP; Secondary: 2 MP
Memory: Card slot:microSD, up to 64 GB; Internal: 8/16 GB, 1/2 GB RAM
OS: Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Price: 899 AED

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Pros: Great screen; decent camera for the price; excellent value
Cons: Feels cheap
Verdict

Really good budget phone

The ASUS ZenFone 5 is the mid-market smartphone in the ZenFone range, which became available in the region in August this year.

The three phones from the range - the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 - all feature Intel Atom processors and Asus' ZenUI user interface, which is built on top of Android 4.3 Jellybean.

Priced at AED 899, the dual SIM ZenFone 5 is great value for money, it features a large screen 5-inch 720p IPS screen and sleek design making it look like a more expensive phone, however, its rear removable plastic plate makes the feel of it quite cheap.

Featuring an Intel Atom dual-core 1.6GHz processor and 2GB of RAM the overall performance is quick and smooth.  The 2110mAh battery manages to deliver a day-long battery life and you can squeeze out even more with the power saving modes turned on.

At 72.8mm wide, 10.3mm thick and a weight of 145g, the Zenfone 5 has a Gorilla Glass 3 top surface, so while it might feel flimsy and easy to break, the screen is actually hard and scratch-resistant.

For its price, I was impressed with the 8-megapixel rear camera, and the new camera technology from PixelMaster. The suite contains features such as: selfie mode, depth of field mode, low-light mode and time rewind, which automatically takes multiple pictures upon pressing the shutter button, allowing users to pick the best shot.

I also liked the four pages of useful apps and popular games that were pre-loaded onto the phone, including Skype, Facebook, Candy Crush and Pet Rescue. Other apps include Supernote and Quick Memo where users can write notes either with a keyboard or their fingertip; tasks and reminders can be put in the Do it later app; What’s Next shows lockscreen notifications on the weather or any upcoming calendar appointments; Share Link lets users share their photos, videos, contacts and other content by choosing a friend’s device to send it across quite similar to Bluetooth; Party Link means things can be shared friends all at once; and Remote Link and PC Link are both apps which connect to PCs; there is also a decent voice recorder, music player and a mirror.

The Zenfone 5 has an auto brightness setting which is very useful in this country as it means you don’t need to change the screen brightness manually when you go outdoors. 

I think this device is user-friendly, easy to use, it has a good all-round performance and is a very good price.

ZenFone 5 is available in four colours, Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, and Champagne Gold.

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