When Asus India sent us the ZenFone Selfie to try out, we could not think of anyone better than our youngest blog contributor Nandini, aka our very own selfie queen, to chal beta selfie le le re (sorry the bollywood in us couldn’t resist that one ^_^). We asked for the pink one of course, and boy did she go snap happy with it!
You will find aplenty technical reviews talking about the phone on the whole. We are not gonna go there—instead, we will stick to the main offering of the phone, i.e., selfies.
For starters, the front and the rear camera of the Selfie, both with a 13 megapixel resolution and dual flash, are super impressive. As you can see below, the photos look great in ambient lighting. The low-light mode and dual-LED Real Tone flash really work wonders in low lighting conditions and do not underexpose or wash out pictures.
We also love how quickly the device gets the focus bang-on. That’s exactly what a person who takes a lot of selfies loves—a snappy focus. It’s a must! What more is the plethora of modes available with the camera. There’s the regular automatic mode of course, but it also has a very detailed manual mode along with time-lapse, panorama, slow motion, smart remove, and HDR modes. One would think that only a few of these modes would impress, but our experience has been that all of them are very convenient to switch to and use. They give you so much more opportunity to explore and be creative while capturing objects.
The ZenFone Selfie also has many built-in editing features that we found to be really handy and had a lot of fun with. For instance, we really loved the beautification mode that lets you edit photos instantly, so they are ready to be shared on social media right away! You can fix color balance, tweak facial features and complexion, and get rid of blemishes, etc., all in real time.
If there is one thing that we would love for the successor of the Selfie to have is that it could definitely be a little lighter in weight. It’s just 170g but can feel a tad bit heavy when you’ve got to click tens of selfies to find that perfect expression. We also noticed a minor lag on reversal of the camera from the front to back—the lag is just a second or so, but we’d love for it to happen without noticing a switch. Lastly, the battery life is okay, but for a power user who clicks a lot of selfies, edits them on the phone, and actively uploads them on social media, a little bit more juice would have been great.
Overall, we are very impressed with the ZenFone Selfie—it’s a cute looking phone (we love the aqua color one too) for any stylish girl who is obsessed with taking selfies and enjoys experimenting with smartphone photography. The build is sturdy, the camera features are outstanding, and at Rs. 16,999 (get it here), the price is just right for young school and college-going girls.