Display: 6.5 / 10
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser has a respectable 5.5-inch FullHD IPS LCD display. The display seems to hold on its own during daily usage. The screen is reflective, and you will face discomfort while working in direct sunlight and will need to re-adjust your viewing angles. One thing to note is that the screen brightness seems to be strangely low.
The LCD IPS display provides decent viewing angles despite seeming a bit dim when viewed from sides. But overall, I had a good time while reading, web browsing, gaming or watching videos on the display. The colours, contrast and vibrancy of the display was fairly decent at all times. There is no special mode for outdoors, and I wish that Asus had added something for the direct-in-sun workflow which could make working easier.
Software: 7 / 10
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser runs Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 out of the box along with the custom ZenUI 3.0 on the top of the OS.
There are elements like the three quick-launch options on the lock-screen and the folder-style on the home screen that could have been better. Thankfully ZenUI does give you the option to turn the quick-launch options off which helps it give more AOSP like experience.
Asus has packed ‘Mobile Manager’ as part of its ZenUI which gives you information on data usage, power saving modes, notifications and privacy and security. This works amazingly in principle, giving you quick access to everything important that you need to take control of. But also, they have added ‘Cleanup’ and ‘Boost’ options on the ‘Mobile Manager’ which doesn’t make sense to me.
Primarily because anyone who is familiar with Android architecture and the changes done since Android Kitkat 4.4, the OS has evolved sufficiently to make sure that user experience remains unaffected in the long run. The ‘Boost’ mode, in particular, does not provide any benefit and may indeed worsen the battery life and break cross-app operations. The company has even added a shortcut for the same labelled ‘Power & Boost’ which claims to ‘Boost’ your smartphone.
Asus has added other apps like ZenTalk, Themes, Puffin, MyASUS Service Centre, ZenFone Care also in-house apps like Gallery, Contacts, File Manager, MiniMovie, PhotoCollage, Weather, Do It Later, Clock, Calculator, Flashlight, Share Link and WebStorage. One thing that I continue to love about the ZenUI is the option to turn off the screenshot notification in the settings menu.
Publish date: December 16, 2016 12:33 pm| Modified date: December 20, 2016 9:24 am
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