In this article I talk about my first impressions of a Asus Smartphone ZenFone 3 32GB Gold Dual 4 g Chip. Are only first impressions because it is not my, only I was tasked to test it and only used it for a few hours.
I also considered buying a ZenFone 3 MIM, but I ended up opting for Motorola Moto Z Smartphone Play, which I will speak in a next article, but some of the reasons for the choice will be clear already in this article.
I always bought black phones or more neutral color possible. But I have to admit that this ZenFone 3 was very beautiful in gold. This was the first impression I had to open the box.
The ZenFone 3 also has an design very beautiful and harmonious. In front, the parts above and below the screen there is the same amount of space and is a relatively small space. At the top is speaker, camera, flash. At the bottom are 3 capacitive buttons. The fingerprint reader is on the back, below the camera and in a position where it is ideal to make digital reading of the index finger.
This is a better solution than adopted by Lenovo, that left the Z Play Bike with the spaces above and below the screen somewhat large for the biometric reader. Worse: in the part below the screen there is only the fingerprint reader and it serves exclusively to lock and unlock the phone.
Lenovo lost the opportunity to do the biometric reader work as capacitive button, and put the other two capacitive buttons next to him to complete the trio of Android. It's a pity, because the spaces next to the reader are useless. Seems like a waste. Furthermore, several times pressed, without thinking, the biometric reader hoping he worked as home, to get used to the fact that he does not have this function.
The back of the ZenFone 3 It is also quite nice, However the glass tends to be quite marked by handling. The camera is projecting, as in Z Play Bike. A Cape, I consider mandatory on any cell phone, solves the two problems, but unfortunately it must take some of the beauty of the appliance, still that is transparent.
In the box, In addition to the appliance, -ear earphones comes, USB cable & charger. The charger ZenFone 3 has fixed cable, as well as the Motorola Moto Z Play. Is different from the charger Moto X Play, which charger cable is detachable and also serves for data transfer. Interestingly the charger the ZenFone 3 has plug micro USB, While the jack of the cell phone's USB type C. But calm, an adapter is also included in the package.
The system of ZenFone 3 It's very fluid. Installed several applications and he doesn't choke in no time. The 3 GB of RAM will certainly help a lot in this task. I didn't find any demerit on Zen UI, I even liked her, at least in that first moment. But I can't compare it with the pure Android in daily life, because I used for a very short time.
The deal braker from the ZenFone 3 for me it was the stupid decision of putting a hybrid slot microSD and SIM Card, so you have to choose between using a second SIM Card or microSD. As I have two SIM cards (Alive and Tim), could not use a microSD.
For some people this is not a problem, After all the 32 GB of internal memory are sufficient for many people. But I like having my songs and pictures on microSD, leaving the phone memory only for applications. This also facilitates an eventual restoration to factory defaults without concern of losing photos and songs.
Oddly the first SIM Card slot of the ZenFone 3 is of type micro, While the second (hybrid with the microSD) is nano. If the hybrid slot is to save space, why the first slot uses a model of SIM Card bigger? Doesn't make much sense.
Another nut on the economy ZenFone 3 was the non-inclusion of NFC sensor. I know he is not widely used, but I use a tag NFC in the car to adjust the volume and play songs on the sound of the car via Bluetooth, as already explained in the article on the 6 Tags / Tags NFC / RFID. Use this when, for some reason, AutoPlay fails.
The screen of 5,2 inches, with IPS Panel and Full HD resolution is also one of the high points of the unit. Unfortunately I could not use it side by side with the AMOLED screen of Z Play Bike, so I can't say which is the best. But both are much better than the TFT screen Moto X Play.
Ultimately, except for the problems cited, I believe that the Asus Smartphone ZenFone 3 is a good buy. He certainly is one of the best phones in the relationship between cost and benefit. I still prefer the Motorola Moto Z Play, But while he would be satisfied with the ZenFone 3 and try to give up the microSD.
Check out some photos from the Asus Smartphone ZenFone 3 32GB Gold Dual 4 g Chip: