Review: Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL among Best Budget Smartphones for Bloggers

By: Sourav

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 (ZE550KL) has been in the market for a few months. This Asus Zenfone model has hit the jackpot since it is one of the best budget smartphones under the Rs 10,000 category.

The USP of Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL is 13 megapixel laser guided auto focus camera which not only stands out as a useful feature but also distinguishes it from other Asus Zenfone models. Unlike phone cameras with “contrast detection” technology, auto focus works fast and functions precisely even in lowlight environments. This is what I found the best in my Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5. The other features of Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL are comparable.

Needless to say, how important a good phone camera is for bloggers like me. Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 with 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash and laser focus has made a big difference in my day-to-day blogging life. It has relieved me from the ordeal of carrying my Nikon camera to regular food events where a decent phone camera does wonder.

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I clicked this picture using my Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL in dim light.

Visiting restaurants and reviewing food is one of my blogging activities. I had to carry my camera all the way to restaurants during food festivals before Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL came my way as the best alternative. I found using the Asus phone camera to click photographs of food more convenient than the camera itself. With dual LED flash, the 13MP rear camera manages to get incredibly sharp images and capture fine details of subjects even in dim light through laser autofocus.

Laser focus works better at short distances than long distances. It is the only downside of laser autofocus phone cameras. However, since I click close-ups of food spread in buffet on tables, Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL’s autofocus camera works well for me.

Battery backup is another notable feature of Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 (ZE550KL). Once the phone is fully charged, it provides battery life for 2 days. I charge the phone once in every 2 days. I use the phone to browse Facebook, check and send emails, click and edit pictures, check news updates every half an hour, update my Instagram profile, watch YouTube videos and do several other necessary activities throughout the day. Even with 14% of battery charge, the phone surprisingly works to capture beautiful images.

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I clicked this picture using my Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL on a dark street with a lamp post.

I must say that the networking mechanism of Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 is awesome. It provides better network quality than Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG which I used for one year. I often suffered from internet disruption due to not-so-good network mechanism of Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG.

The overall performance of Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG is remarkable. The model has 16 GB inbuilt storage which has made it possible to accommodate multiple different apps like Evernote, Ganalytics, Disqus, Splitwise, BeFunky, and such other apps for blogging apart from common apps for social networking, online shopping, cab booking, news browsing, etc. With so many apps installed, the phone neither staggers nor slows down at all.

To conclude, Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 ZE550KL is one of the best budget smartphones for bloggers in the price range of 10,000 rupees.  

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