ZenFone Zoomby Asus

  • ZenFone Zoom
  • ZenFone Zoom
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
73%
TECHWALLA SCORE
based on the following sites

PROS

  • Smartphones priced at $399 and unlocked to work with any GSM carrier are becoming rather common, but we're not going to complain.
  • The Zoom is equipped with rapid charging, but you may not need it. The battery life is sufficient to get heavy users through an entire day of use,
  • It's not often you find complete manual camera controls on a smartphone. Yet, the Zoom has them.

CONS

  • Despite its impressive zoom capabilities, the picture quality on the Zoom is hit and miss.
  • The Asus-customized Android software isn't the prettiest, nor does it add real value to the overall experience.
  • To accommodate the hardware required for the Zoom's camera, the device is rather thick and heavy.
Asus is better known for its computers, but recent success with its ZenFone lineup of smartphones has sparked the attention of tech reviewers and consumers alike. The ZenFone Zoom was first announced more than a year ago and is just now finding its way into the hands of U.S. customers. The Zoom's claim to fame is its camera, which features 3x optical zoom. At $399, the ZenFone is in line with competing unlocked Android devices, although you'll have to get over the fact it's running Android 5.0 Lollipop before clicking that buy button.
NameZenFone ZoomMoto X Pure EditionNexus 5XOnetouch Idol 3Aquos Crystal
ManufacturerAsusMotorolaGoogleAlcatelSharp
Techwalla Score
73%
83%
78%
77%
72%
List Price$399$399$380$250$150
90%

As long as your expectations aren’t sky-high, the ZenFone Zoom is definitely recommendable. I just emphasize that the camera’s general perfo…

As long as your expectations aren’t sky-high, the ZenFone Zoom is definitely recommendable. I just emphasize that the camera’s general performance is good but not the best you’ll find, and that ZenUI may be too heavy for Android enthusiasts (although, it functions just fine).

Read Full Review
82%

The rear camera is studded with a ton of features that you wouldn’t see even on the high-end flagships from the likes of Samsung and LG. The…

The rear camera is studded with a ton of features that you wouldn’t see even on the high-end flagships from the likes of Samsung and LG. The module is capable of optical zoom up to 3X while it also has a digital zoom of up to 12X.

Read Full Review
80%

That being said, a Zenfone Zoom is a compelling device for amateur photographers and trekking enthusiasts who like to travel light and want …

That being said, a Zenfone Zoom is a compelling device for amateur photographers and trekking enthusiasts who like to travel light and want a compact smartphone with superior camera.

Read Full Review
76%

Asus ZenFone Zoom camera is not meant to be used for indoor photography. If you are not into outdoor photography, this phone will hardly exc…

Asus ZenFone Zoom camera is not meant to be used for indoor photography. If you are not into outdoor photography, this phone will hardly excite you ...

Read Full Review
70%

Ultimately, few phones, would give you the convenience of 3x optical zoom, allowing you to get closer to a particular shot without sacrifici…

Ultimately, few phones, would give you the convenience of 3x optical zoom, allowing you to get closer to a particular shot without sacrificing image detail. On the other hand, the overall quality of the photos produced by the ZenFone Zoom isn't a huge departure from what we've seen already in its previous phones.

Read Full Review
70%

[Optical zoom is] a very innovative idea, no doubt, but we feel that having a larger sensor capable of producing better image quality is a b…

[Optical zoom is] a very innovative idea, no doubt, but we feel that having a larger sensor capable of producing better image quality is a better substitute, as you can simply crop and enlarge the image with little loss in quality.

Read Full Review
70%

Under the right circumstances, the ZenFone Zoom really shines, with an impressive optical zoom and dedicated camera buttons that I wish more…

Under the right circumstances, the ZenFone Zoom really shines, with an impressive optical zoom and dedicated camera buttons that I wish more phone makers would emulate. But the phone's lackluster image processing can make that optical zoom feel more like a powerful parlor trick than a headline feature.

Read Full Review
60%

The Asus ZenFone Zoom puts cool new camera tech to work, but its bloated software and poor overall performance keep it from being a phone yo…

The Asus ZenFone Zoom puts cool new camera tech to work, but its bloated software and poor overall performance keep it from being a phone you'd want to buy.

Read Full Review
60%

The Asus ZenFone Zoom is a camera-centric unlocked phone with a 3x optical zoom lens, but it's held back by average sensor quality, a slow c…

The Asus ZenFone Zoom is a camera-centric unlocked phone with a 3x optical zoom lens, but it's held back by average sensor quality, a slow camera app, and a lack of 4K video recording.

Read Full Review

Oversaturated display aside, the Asus Zenfone Zoom is easily the best “serious photographer” smartphone currently available. Proper optics a…

Oversaturated display aside, the Asus Zenfone Zoom is easily the best “serious photographer” smartphone currently available. Proper optics and a real zoom lens feel like absolute game changers when it comes to smartphone photography.

Read Full Review

The Asus Zenfone Zoom runs on a highly customizable Zen UI which I think, does not use the hardware to its fullest. The experience wasn’t th…

The Asus Zenfone Zoom runs on a highly customizable Zen UI which I think, does not use the hardware to its fullest. The experience wasn’t the best, Sometimes the wallpaper goes and comes back after 2-3 seconds when coming to the home screen from an app.

Read Full Review

Is it time to sell off your Nexus 6P or some other current flagship to get this phone? Maybe not. But if you want to save a bit of money, re…

Is it time to sell off your Nexus 6P or some other current flagship to get this phone? Maybe not. But if you want to save a bit of money, really appreciate an excellent camera, and are not an Android OS purist, you should take a long, hard look at the ASUS ZenFone Zoom.

Read Full Review
WOULD YOU BUY THIS AGAIN?
CHOOSEA SIDE

REVIEW VIDEOS

TOP RATED Phones

VIEW ALL