Asus’s ZenFone 2 is a pretty solid phone with decent specs and an accessible price. The Asus ZenFone Selfie aims to be the same thing, but this time with an emphasis on the front-facing camera. Does that make the phone worthwhile and separate it from the competition? Read on for our Asus ZenFone Selfie Review.
Asus ZenFone Selfie – Design and Features
The Asus ZenFone Selfie looks very similar to the ZenFone 2, which doesn’t really surprise anyone. It sports the same 5.5″ full HD 1920 x 1080 display, and it still has a plastic back. Unlike the ZenFone 2, though, the ZenFone Selfie has a matte plastic design for the back that better conceals fingerprints and feels less slick in the hand. Other than the different backing, the only thing distinguishing the Selfie from the ZenFone 2 is the massive 13 MP camera on the front of the device. It’s pretty noticeable. It’s almost like a strange mechanical eye staring up at you from your phone.
Given there aren’t that many differences between the two, that means the ZenFone Selfie has the same annoying quirks as the ZenFone 2. For instance, the power button is still on top of the device, which is just uncomfortable and awkward to reach. The volume keys are still on the back. That in and of itself isn’t a bad design choice, but I just feel like the volume rocker should be closer to the power button.
Along with the physical design issues are the same software issues. Granted the ZenUI runs nicely and looks great, but it still has a ton of bloatware. These programs aren’t bad, per se, but a lot of them are “power features” that I can’t imagine standard users would take advantage of. I mean, I would consider myself a power user but I don’t even think I would use apps like Auto-start Manager: an app that will automatically start select apps once the phone is restarted.
Specs, Battery, and Camera
The ZenFone Selfie comes equipped with some pretty solid components. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, the same as some other midrange phones, and an Adreno 405 GPU. That’s pretty good, and the benchmarks seem to match up. AusDroid‘s benchmarks show that the Snapdragon 615 is competent and snappy, and the load time for apps are fast. It still doesn’t compete with top of the line processors, but it does more than enough for a phone in this price range. The ZenFone Selfie also comes with either 16 GB or 32 GB of memory and 3 GB of RAM.
The ZenFone Selfie has a 3,000 mAh battery. According to CNET’s lab test, the phone lasted for 12 hours and 29 minutes. That’s really good for a phone at this price, and it beats out some of its competition.
The camera is what the ZenFone Selfie is all about; and for the most part it accomplishes everything it sets out to do. The image quality is pretty excellent. The camera captures light well and the colors are natural and not saturated in the slightest. That being said, there is quite a bit of noise in the pictures, even in well lit shots. That being said, it actually does a really good job in low-light situations. Like, ridiculously good for a $300 phone. The phone also has some awesome camera modes like beautification, which removes wrinkles and blemishes automatically. All in all, the phone takes good pictures, and it should satisfy pretty much all who want to take killer selfies.
The ZenFone Selfie can sort of be seen as an improved ZenFone 2. It rocks a new processor, has a new plastic back (complete with color variety!), and it has a 13 MP selfie camera. Said camera is pretty great despite some noise that creeps into the shots. All in all, it’s a solid phone for a very decent price. If you want to take great photos and save some money, the ZenFone Selfie is the way to go. You can buy it on Amazon.