I have no shame about the 20,000 (and counting) self-portraits in my camera roll – Selfie could very well be my middle name. Grabbing the opportunity, I requested for a review set in pink that did little to defy the stereotype. The ASUS ZenFone Selfie became my go-to for the entire week.
The device’s ergonomically designed curved back nestled nicely in my palm and a quick comparative weigh-in seemed to place the ZenFone at the lighter end of the spectrum. Although it was slightly larger than what I was familiar with and took a little time getting used to, the icing on the cake was its huge 5.5” screen – all the better to see myself with.
Unboxing the ZenFone Selfie
A phone that boasted of a 13 MP front camera, wow, I couldn’t quite hide my excitement. Going through all 16 features in both camera modes proved great fun, there was just so much potential for amazing pictures. What easily stood out – ‘drawing’ a C or S on the screen would instantly activate the rear and front camera respectively. I found it a chore having to switch between the front and rear camera on my phone after entering the camera app from a home screen shortcut. Hence, this was a fresh take on camera shortcuts which set it apart from other phones in the market.
Swipe up for a self-timed shot
Another plus turned out to be the ZenFone’s self-timer which was a breeze to use. For someone with unsteady hands, I wasn’t too comfortable with tapping the button on the back of the phone as it resulted in blurry photos. However, that was easily rectified by its ‘drag and drop’ self-timer. I really liked how the ZenFone could then be positioned at any angle without limiting it to the distance my hands could stretch for a quick selfie.
Pictures Speak A Thousand Words
The ZenFone was my plus-one over the weekend when I headed over to a farmhouse for some rustic shots (OOTD Tip #1: The countryside makes for a charming background) but the weather turned unbearable. I had to steal a shot nonetheless. This bunch was treated with a Depth of Field close up. With the vast difference I imagine that must be how food would usually look fancier with a decent camera.
Sweet juicy goodness on the ZenFone Selfie as opposed to "sour" unappetizing ones (From L to R)
What better time to selfie than when you’ve got your best face on? Front-facing cameras usually have low specifications that render selfies snapped under less-than-ideal conditions dark and grainy. The Low Light mode counters that beautifully. Coupled with the ASUS phone accessory, the Lollipop Flash and you get insta-worthy pictures without the need of a filter, may I add.
Now you see us, now you don’t: Normal Mode, Low Light Mode and with Lollipop Flash (From L to R)
Other notable features that deserved a spot in the checklist of trigger-happy individuals like myself included one that was great for OOTDs. We know how tough it is to get a great picture without pesky photo-bombers, so that is when the phone’s Smart Remove mode comes in really handy. Also, All Smiles combines each person’s best expression into a single perfect photo, because it is a herculean task getting everyone to look flawless at the same time. Brilliant move, ASUS.
No Post Is Really Complete Without A Picture-Of-The-Day Selfie!
Saving the best for last, I love how we got access to the Beautification mode before even taking a photo – that saved me a ton of time having to take countless pictures, then refining them in photo-editing apps. You get to toggle the levels of your filter – Blush, Skin Softening, Skin Brightening, Eyes Enhancement, Cheeks Thinning – from levels 1-10, a pretty awesome feature considering that I would loathe to upload too perfect a photo (read: fake) of myself on social media. Softening was my absolute favourite of the lot – a godsend for those not blessed with flawless complexions. Blush comes a close second, but I would have liked it better if it had a live function for the flush to be viewable before pictures were taken.
Baring it all: #nofilter, Beautification Mode - Skin Softening 3, Brightening 5, Eyes 2, Cheeks 2 (From L to R)
Nobody wants to look overly airbrushed, but in moments of fatigue where you appear ‘blah’ in front of a camera, we sure would appreciate a good perk-me-up anytime!
Too Hot To Handle
The phone does heat up quite quickly, but that’s nothing a little TLC cannot resolve. With enhanced camera functions, one would probably require fewer takes to get that perfect shot and hence reduce its use for prolonged periods of time. The photos take a second to register before being saved in the albums though, so that was a tiny bit of a boo-boo but in retrospect a small price to pay for excellent pictures, selfies in particular (hello 13 MP!).
Will I Get It?
You bet! And here’s how YOU could win yourselves a set too!
In celebration of the festive season, here’s a sweet treat for all our fans and readers! We’ve got 2 x ZenFone Selfie (SGD$399 RTP) and 1 x ZenFone 2 Laser (SGD$279 RTP) to be won courtesy of the lovely people at ASUS.
All you’ve got to do:
3 lucky winners will be picked at random. Contest ends 8 Dec 2015, 2359hrs. Terms and Conditions apply.
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By Sherry Ng / December 1, 2015 12:00PM GMT+8
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