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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

GADGET REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 3 Max

Road-tested Zenfone 3 Max and I'd say that I am impressed not only aesthetically, but with its overall performance as well. From the "looks" department alone, one can easily notice that the design is way, way better than the Zenfone 2 series. This one looks very classy especially with its metallic casing.


Zenfone 3 Max Specifications:

Weight: 148g
SIM:  Dual SIM (Micro-SIM / Nano-SIM)
Size: 5.2 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1280 Pixels
OS: Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Memory: 16 GB (with micro SD up to 32 GB using SIM 2 slot)
Camera: 13 MP
               5 MP secondary
Battery: 4100 mAh
Colors: Titanium Grey, Glacier Silver, Sand Gold


Accessories:

It has the usual accessories that comes with every other phone--- charger and earphones. What I notice though is that the cords of gadgets nowadays tend to break easily as compared to the ones released 3-4 years ago. Bending and twisting the cord is not advised, otherwise be prepared to buy a new one.


The Zenfone 3 Max is also very thin although one need not worry about the phone slipping from their hand because of its 5.2 inches size and the case doesn't have that slippery-feel.


The phone also comes with a pin, so that you can open the card slot. This is a far-cry from its Zenfone 2 predecessor which you need to open the back case for you to insert the SIM. I guess most phones are into this pin- card slot thingy nowadays. It is much more convenient if I may say so.


But wait, there's more ... it has "fingerprint" scanner. Yey! You can now open your phone easily instead of typing PIN-numbers or those tricky patterns. I and my daughter are really crazy about this scanner feature.


Games:

Playing games on the Zenfone 3 Max is quite fun since you need not really worry about the battery running low because of its 4100 mAh battery and it even has a Talk Time of up to 20 hours. Stand by time is 720 hours so I guess if you are not using your phone, you need not charge it for weeks.


Video:

I love the video quality, no blurry pixels even when the internet is slow or when I watch downloaded videos.


Camera Features:

I have great admiration for mobile phones that has a superb camera. I mean, I used to bring my bulky D3100 along but since most phones nowadays have great cameras, I bid goodbye to my trusted DSLR.

*** would like to note though that the 'Miniature" mode found in the Zenfone 2 series was not included in the Zenfone 3. I do like that 'miniature" mode though because the camera is focused on a particular object / person, and the rest are blurry.


But since I really use the phone camera a lot especially in taking photos for my blog, I discovered that using the "Beautification" mode to take inanimate photos such as food works best for me as compared with the "HDR" or "Super Resolution" mode which needs a tripod to get the best result. The "Automatic" mode doesn't produce such vivid photo such as the ones taken using the "Beautification" mode.



More photos here --- Zenfone 3 Max photos 1 

                                  Zenfone 3 Max photos 2


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