The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser is $199, which may be the deciding factor if you’re not looking to spend triple that amount on a Samsung or an iPhone.
It’s price-to-performance ratio is excellent. The presence of two 4G-capable SIM slots is also a nice addition, as is the laser autofocus and numerous camera settings that bring it a notch above many other smartphone shooters.
The ZenUI interface may take a bit of getting used to, but there’s nothing inherently alien about the methods by which you get the smartphone to do what you want it to do. The learning curve here is minimal, and once you get the hang of it it’s easy enough to master. On the downside, ZenUI includes a bit of bloatware that can’t be removed.
- Long lasting and removable battery
- Laser-guided camera autofocus
- Dual SIM and dual standby capable
- Expandable storage to 128GB
- Low speaker volume
- Rear-located volume controls
- ZenUI bloatware can’t be uninstalled
- Back, Home and Menu buttons are not backlit
With the release of the ZenFone 2 Laser, Asus continues its quest “in search of incredible.” While they may not have hit the nail on the head of that lofty aim, they’ve still delivered a sleek phone with excellent battery life at a reasonable price.