Zenfone 2 Review: Why Shouldn’t You Buy This Fantastic Budget Phone?

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Sep 14, 2015 11:46:35 AM via Website

Zenfone 2 Review: Why Shouldn’t You Buy This Fantastic Budget Phone?
For the past year, if you wanted a cheap-but-good smartphone, the internet would point you firmly in the direction of OnePlus and its too – good –to – be –true – one - smartphone. Now, it has some competition: the ZenFone 2 from Asus.
What Is It?
An unlocked 5.5-inch Android handset, which you can easily buy off-contract and use on any GSM network. (Think T-Mobile and AT&T, not Verizon or Sprint.) There are two versions: $200 gets you a 1.8GHz Intel processor and 2GB of RAM, while $300 sees that upgraded to 2.3GHz and 4GB of RAM. Either way, you’re looking at jaw-droopingly good specs for something that costshalf of the average flagship phone.
In other words, it’s a lot like the OnePlus One.
Who’s It For?
People who don’t want to be tied to a two-year contract. Klutzes who break phones halfway through contracts and need a replacement (hi, friends!). Anyone who looks at the attention-grabbing features of the flagship Android handsets and just goes
The Zenfone has one other party trick: thanks to the dual SIM card slots (and the fact that it’s an unlocked phone you can use on any GSM carrier), it also makes a good travel companion: you can pick up a local SIM at your destination to use for data, but keep your American card in the second slot, and still pick up cell calls on your regular number.