Test: Asus Zenfone 4

With Zenfone 4 delivers Asus very much phone and features for the money.

Zenfone 4 is the first of Asus new Zenfone-series to be launched in Sweden and was launched in the midst of the holiday season in the summer heat. With the price tag as because it can easily be expected to Zenfone 4 not withstanding some particularly advanced games, but that is not the case at all. After having installed a variety of 3D games like Dino Hunter, Race the traffic and Six Guns on the cell phone, the phone actually is really good to play on. 3D games in question floats on the completely comfortable on it. Intel’s dual-core Atom processor Z2420 1.2 GHz delivers fully enough power to ensure a, despite the low resolution screen, fully comfortable game experience.

Sure, it takes little time to get the games, and also not to finish them is lightning fast, but in addition to any coffee break friendly loading times, there is nothing to complain about in terms of image update rate or gaming in General.

When it comes to the sound of the phone is the speaker for listening at the back of the unit and does not emit anything that even with the best goodwill can be described as particularly sonorous. As on most mobiles are the headphones that apply if you are going to listen to music on it any longer. Such, however, you may buy or make sure you have in your possession before, for it does not follow with any in the box to the phone.

What’s build quality is concerned, is Zenfone 4 with her 4-inch easy to keep on hand, even if the waist would have been slightly less because it could be perceived as a little bit more exciting. Even if the phone is built of plastic around it feels like not to at least the device’s ease allows it to survive getting dropped on the slopes – something that the phone also unplanned was exposed to during the very time, it slid out of trouser pocket. The design language of the phone should be inspired by Asus Zen series of laptops, but it doesn’t explain why you have chosen to skip putting there something as simple as a plain simple camera button.

We take a look at the software in the device is equipped with Android 4.3. Even if a future update to Kitkat is promised, it is nothing that was available at the originally tested. The phone is mostly fast in menus and a great feature that Asus added for easier to conserve resources in the handset is the ability to quick cleanup of working memory. Memory cleanup function allows you to restart your phone after all if it starts to feel rubbery after prolonged use. You can access this feature simply by concealment menu in the upper screen edge and cleaning is carried out in a matter of seconds.

The camera in your phone, which therefore has no dedicated camera button, will not win any prizes with regards to the physical conditions in the form of lenses, sensor and the number of megapixels, but on the other hand, there are plenty of software functions. Through a preloaded app called Party Link, you can, for example, in real time, share photos to people near you who also run the Party Link app, which is done by you either create or connect your phone to the one that most easily can be described as a wifi-based chat room.

Worth mentioning is also a selfie functioning that makes it easier for decent self-portrait because the front camera on your phone is really lousy. By the number of faces (up to four) that must be included on the image specified activated a self trigger function which makes it relatively easy to find selfiebilder even though you as a user do not see the camera image on the screen when the picture is taken.

Another hilly thing found in the camera app is a feature in real time trying to get subjects the person to see more photogenic. Slimmer cheeks, larger eyes and fresher skin is applied directly to the image in order to give a more model liknande look for motives of the person in question. The mission, however, seems quite difficult for it to succeed for signed, but it goes well in and of itself might not be so much about the feature itself.

Unfortunately, there is no photo light or Flash on mobile, you do not have good lighting conditions when you take pictures, the result is then. An HDR function makes it possible to get to a better dynamic range in the pictures, but in General impresses no camera and no particularly large zooming in to find the noise in the details almost regardless of the lighting conditions under which the photos were taken.

As far as the video features for the camera in Zenfone 4 to include image stabilization function and the possibility of recording video at up to 1920 x 1080 pixels at 25 frames per second. It is also possible to zoom digitally during video recording, which gives a rather lethargically results when shooting in the highest resolution. On the whole it feels like Asus has done a sterling job of getting into a user friendly and good phone with software that makes the most of the phone’s limited, but given the price still far from disgraceful, hardware specifications.

We’ll talk some of the drawbacks of Zenfone is the most obvious, otherwise the screen on your phone. The shortcomings not least in viewing angle, hold it not almost right in front of you so it becomes immediately very disfigured colors. In addition, it is not very bright.Even if the brightness is to pull up a few notches from the default settings, there will be no brilliant score when tested in outdoor sunlight. The contrast also leaves something to be desired, with a color rendition in which both the dark as bright ends of color scales converge on the screen.

Despite the shortcomings of the screen and the camera gives the cell phone still a very good overall impression budget phone. As extra throw-phone or to give the Cubs the first smart mobile will do it more than once.

Plus

Prices are almost ridiculously low, even for an Android-budget.

Many great camera features

Surprisingly fast

Minus

Screen

Camera