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Friday, September 19, 2014

ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE: The best value smartphone you can get for under $300!

One thing is for sure. After the invention of smart phones, I will never be able to get used to not having a smart phone anymore! 

Being a huge social media addict, there's so much I appreciate about smart phones. Fast internet connection, instant photo taking and editing, and tens of thousands of apps to make my life easier teehee. And I've recently gotten my hands on the latest ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE!

I've known ASUS for a long time due to their super awesome computers and laptops, but this is the first ASUS phone that I've tried. And you know what? It's really pretty amazing! 
This sleek beauty is everything you ever needed in a smart phone, from a 5" HD screen to 4G LTE capabilities that will allow for fast data access, not to mention an extremely dedicated camera function that has got a ton of built-in camera modes for great photos. And I think the best part about this phone is how accessible its pricing is. Even I was pleasantly surprised to see that the ZenFone 5 LTE is only retailing for less than $300 on ASUS's online store.

I got mine in a pretty and sleek Cherry Red!

Android users will find the ZenFone 5 LTE very easy to use as it's powered by Android. It took me little to no time at all to accustom myself to ASUS's ZenUI, which is very easy to navigate and to use.

One of my favourite things about the ZenFone 5 LTE is the camera function which is really impressive! There's a myriad of modes that you can select from: from Selfie, Miniature, Low Light, HDR, Panorama and more. It's practically idiot-proof and all you need to do is to select the right mode and start snapping away.

I've been carrying the ZenFone 5 LTE around and testing out its functions and capabilities. Went out for brunch with dear Jazreel yesterday and I was showing off the cool camera functions to her!

Being the trigger-happy smart phone user that I am, I'm very much enjoying the ZenFone 5 LTE's great camera functions. For the foodies who like to snap photos of their food, the ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE does a brilliant job!

The huge screen and easy-to-access modes and functions make the camera a breeze to use! There's also built-in Image Stabilization to ensure that you don't get shaky and blurred photos.

And you'd be surprised at the image quality! The below photos are all taken with the ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE and simply edited with my favourite camera app: VSCOcam.

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Taken with ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE

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Taken with ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE

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Taken with ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE

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Taken with ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE
We had fun playing with the different modes too, like Selfie mode and Beautification mode!

Selfie mode is pretty cool. You can set the number of faces to be detected, and once the camera detects those faces in the frame, it will set off an auto-timer! And you know how you always get blur/shaky looking selfies? With Selfie mode, the camera automatically takes three shots so you can pick the best one among the three!

And you can beautify your photos straight away too!

There are options to make your face slimmer, eyes bigger and soften your complexion instantly!

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Taken with ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE

Our selfie taken with the ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE!

And I have to share with you one of the most useful modes of the ZenFone 5 LTE. The Low Light Mode can take photos up to 400% brighter! I tested the Low Light mode when I was at the pub with my family (we damn happening one) and the place was actually really dimly-lit. Check out the difference between the left and right photo, with the left one taken in the regular camera mode and the right one taken in low-light mode!

ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE Low Light Mode
Impressive isn't it?

Another favourite feature of mine on the ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE is the "Do It Later" function, which  is a smart To-Do list that allows you to keep track of what you have to do! And it's extremely cool cos it's not just keying in your own tasks manually, but you can add things automatically to your "Do It Later" list by tapping a button, such as replying a text message, making a phone call, or even watching a YouTube link.
The "Do It Later" function is really helpful in managing tasks and to-do list! Especially when you're as forgetful and absent-minded as I am. It's such a convenient way to keep track of all the stuff I need to get done!

There are lots of other functions that I haven't gotten around to exploring, but this phone is a true gem! It's indeed the best value-for-money smartphone that I've tried. If you're looking for a smartphone with premium features and a beautiful sleek look but with a friendly price-tag of less than $300, the ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE is highly recommended!

The ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE is available in Champagne Gold, Cherry Red, Pearl White and Charcoal Black ;)

Check out ASUS's online store here for more information and details about the ZenFone 5 LTE!


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