If you noticed in my moni haul..well it was more like a micro haul…I really went for the cheap side.
There was a reason for that.
I needed a new phone and I am a broke college freshman.
I looked around for some pretty good budget smartphones that are worth buying and finally decided on the ASUS ZENFONE 5.
I got the black one.
ASUS ZenFone 5 (A501CG) specs
1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560
5-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 1280 x 720 resolution
16GB storage, expandable via microSD
8-megapixel f/2.0 PixelMaster Camera
2-megapixel front camera
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
2110mAh, non-removable polymer battery
Android 4.3 ( will update to 4.4 KitKat ) with ASUS ZenUI
I bought it with my own money so I now consider my zenny my baby.Yup.
It came with these:
USB cable. AC Adaptor. In ear earphones with extra buds in two sizes. ASUS user manual and warranty card.
(Not my photo.)
I got my zenny a Matte screen protector as well as a baby blue jelly flip case. Php 150 and 320 respectively.
For the specs that is offered on the Zen5. This is a really good deal.
The only downside so far, in my opinion, is the speaker’s sound. It is lower than what I would have liked, but decent.
Other people would complain about the battery.
I think it is pretty average. I’m far from techy but I can assure any potential buyers that the battery doesn’t drain dramatically fast as others claim. It depends on usage. For light to moderate use, it’ll last you a day or so. For heavy use, I lasted up to 4-5 hours at best.
No other problems as far as I can tell.
I cant wait to play around it more and finally get it to feel more ‘mine’ you know?
To be honest, it is what I am using to type right now:) Smooth and promising.
Before you do decide to buy this phone, I just want you to know that ASUS has announced that the zen2 would be out in the US by march this uear.
You may want to wait for that.
It has better specs like 4gb ram and lte capabilities. It will naturally be pricier.
It is around $199 dollars. That is equivalent to php 8000 VAT not included.
I would have just waited to buy that phone onced released but again I am broke and well I am quite content with the specs on my zenny.
I highly recommend this phone.
ASUS so far is reliable on the updates. This was jelly bean out of the box but I got it updatedto KitKat. It was also recently confirmed that this will get an update for Android 5.0 Lollipop soon.
Til’ next time