Good gear is critical for anyone. I've deliberately used the words gear so that I encompasses more than just the technology we keep on hand.
For the average consumer it means every device that they use to enhance their life. In the Kitchen it could mean having a great blender, the best induction stove or just a nice frying pan.
In this and other upcoming Gear Reviews I will try and give you an honest opinion about how the gear is and how it can enhance your life.
Now that the meaning of this new series is out of the way lets move on to the device under discussion today my brand new Asus Zenfone 2 Laser.
Some of the readers who have been reading the blog for a while or following me on Social Media must have noticed a sudden increase in the quality and pizzaz of the photos I've been uploading recently.
That my friends is down squarely due to the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser which sports a 13 Megapixel Sensor with Laser Auto Focus. That too at a price point of just Rs. 10,000/-
Definitely value for money for a food blogger like me who loves to click before he eats.
The Build of the phone screams quality and for quite a while my friends couldn't believe that the device was available at such a bargain. With a soft touch finish and a back mounted speaker which gets quite loud the phone doesn't feel large for one with a 5.5" screen.
With a 720p resolution the screen isn't the sharpest out there, however it gets decently bright outdoors which is a plus for me while travelling.
The camera on the back of the device is a 13 MP, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and is a big step up for me from the purple mess that the HTC One had become.
The pictures clicked by the Asus Zenfone 2 have a decent amount of detail in them and the colors look just slightly warm and are extremely appealing to ones eye.
Here are a few samples you might have seen in other reviews and on Social Media as well.
In the right conditions and some patience this camera can give you really good results and the laser autofocus means that the camera tends to capture focus quite well.
Moving on to other aspects of the phone, with its Snapdragon 410 processor and 2 GB of RAM this isn't the fastest phone out there and it does teach you the value of patience from time to time. On the plus side however the phone doesn't crash at random even under heavy stress. Apply the logic of not expecting a Alto to run like a Ferrari and you will be satisfied with its performance.
The UI of the Zenfone is heavily skinned with the Zen UI adding some useful tricks such as swipe down to reveal the notification drawer and double tap to wake. I honestly don't think I will be able to go back to a phone without double tap to wake now that I have used it. Same thing with double tap on the rear mounted volume key to launch the camera.
With regular use the Zenfone 2 Laser has given me battery life which for me has been pretty freaking amazing, easily lasting an entire day off the wall charger. This means its over 18 hours and I am not someone who uses their phone lightly. For someone without a blog to run and an obsession with checking notifications I'm confident it could last a day and a half.
All in all the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser has been a great addition to the gear I use everyday and I will be keeping it in my pocket to click some more great food pics for a while.
Bambaiya Veggie was given the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser by Asus India to test extensively.