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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 launched In India for Rs.5999 - Instant Camera!

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 launched In India for Rs.5999

               Isn't it said that "A photo is worth a thousand words"? Quite frankly without a photo, words are probably useless, as an ideal visual representation is always necessary to predict a precise moment. Photos have become an integral part of our lives, as everyone these days has a gadget called a smartphone. But most of the times, a crucial moment we snap stays hidden under the layer of photos clipped inside our photo library. It's relatively rare that we visit the gallery to see a moment that has occurred about two or three months back. Therefore thinking of a target audience, Fujifilm stepped in to create instant memories into a reality. By the way, Fujifilm is a word well known to the world, where nerds recite the tag - "Photo Fanatics." Continuing that trend, today Fujifilm launched the all new "Instax Mini 9" in India which follows the footprint of its predecessors. The design might seem similar from its elders, but a quite lot that has been changed to make it the best possible instant camera out in the market for the price. The Instax Mini 9 also reminds me of my childhood, one of those toys that I always wanted to have. It's a perfect toast of memories clamped into a camera, which almost brings back those good old days of camera films and rolls, provided you had to print those separately. But here on the new Instax Mini 9, it all happens under oddly 90 seconds. So let's find out more on the same in detail, starting as follows.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 launched In India for Rs.5999 - Instant Camera!

Design & Build:

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 launched In India for Rs.5999

           When it comes to the design & build, the Instax Mini 9 looks entirely the same as of its predecessor, which is the Instax Mini 8. Fujifilm India said that they went ahead with this design, due to the feedback they had received via the old Instax Mini 8. Put forth; the Audience loved the design of the old Mini 8, which is why it recites itself in the new Instax Mini 9. It has a plastic build having a smooth finish and almost looks as if it has been made of out matte finish, but it's not. The smooth appeal doesn't let it slip, but in fact adds an excellent grip, when held. It's almost like a Retro toy from the 90's that has capabilities to print a photo. To add more icing on the cake, Fujifilm has added quite some materialistic colors to its flare. The Instax Mini 9 is available in total five eye-popping colors - "Flamingo Pink,” “Lime Green,” “Cobalt Blue,” “Smoky White” and “Ice Blue.” The colors mostly become more iconic, when it matches your attire. To find a suitable resemblance, just search for the hashtag - Instaxmini on Instagram.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 launch

            Whereas looking at the changes from its predecessor, Instax Mini 9 comes with a small selfie mirror which sits right beside the camera lens. So that the user gets a small field of view, phrasing what might get snapped. It felt like a nifty feature and worked almost as expected upon my initial usage at the launch event. If you need close up shots, Fujifilm has got you covered. The Instax Mini 9 also comes with a small close-up lens(provided you keep it 30-50cm away from the subject), a wrist strap and some documentations. The close-up lens works great, but I won't deliver a verdict on that without using it for a prolonged period.

Different Modes & Settings:

  • The Instax Mini 9 has several other features starting from automatic exposure management, automatic aperture & high key mode. The High Key mode is the reason why sometimes photos are over exposed, like the during this mode more light gets into the sensor. But this mode is proprietary for low lighting conditions. You can set the matching tone according to the environment may that be Indoors(F 12.7), Cloudy(F 1.6), Sunny(F22) or Bright(F 32). However, the camera automatically detects the environmental conditions and sets up the mode upon the same. If you find that the brightness gets high, consider rotating the brightness dial, which can get often misinterpreted as a Zoom Dial.
  • The shutter speed is fixed at 1/60 sec, whereas the flash has been turned on permanently. That can get annoying quickly, as sometimes photos come out better in natural light. But it's ON by default, that's the deal.
  • Another thing noticeable is that if you frame the shot by looking into the viewfinder, the printed shots get naturally shifted to the right. So make sure your subject stays more likely on the left.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 launched In India

How to click a photo using Instax Mini 9?

  1. Turn on the camera by clicking the button beside the camera lens.
  2. Insert a cartridge & close the cap.
  3. Add the provided batteries.
  4. Tap on the shutter button, this removes the top cover from the cartridge, and it's dispatched automatically out of the top opening.
  5. Then, frame the shot.
  6. Align the subject to the left.
  7. Tap on the shutter button.
  8. You will soon witness the film processing.
  9. Wait for about 90 secs or more, for the film to develop entirely.
  10. Between every 6 seconds, the flash charges itself, this helps it in the execution of the next shot.

Targeted Audience for Instax Cameras?

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Price

             This topic gets more likely confusing for the users who grab it for the first time. The officials at the event stated that the Instax cameras are more apt favored in parties, festivals & events, touching the thought of a retro look. The officials added that the Instax cameras are popular with youth, parents, kids, designers and photo enthusiasts. I can relate to this since as soon as I posted about this on my social media channels, everyone in my list went nuts. It's more like a collector's item, bringing back the nostalgia. One could relate to this only if the person were born in 90's.

Instax Mini 9 Specifications:

  • Two different lenses having F=60mm at 1:12.7 aspect ratio.
  • Real image finder 0.37× with 0.6m and beyond shooting range.
  • Shutter speed has been fixed up to 1/60 sec.
  • Manual exposure switching (LED indicator in different modes).
  • Flash recharge time - 0.2 sec to 6 sec.
  • Flash range - 0.6 m to 2.7 m.
  • Two AA size alkaline batteries have about 100 shots capacity.
  • Picture size is 62mm x 46 mm.
  • The camera turns off automatically within five mins.
  • The dimensions of the Instax Mini 9 is as follows: 116 mm × 118.3 mm × 68.2 mm.
  • while it weighs around 307gms without the accessories (Battery, film cartridge, etc.).

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 launched In India for Rs.5999 - Instant Camera!

Instax Mini 9 launched In India for Rs.5999

            The Instax Mini 9 separates the layer of the digital edits bringing back the retro style in the form of physical photos. But not everyone is fond of such gimmicks, many times I messed up due to accidentally pressing the shutter button, in turn triggering the photo. But it'll take some time getting used to, since it was my first time using the Instax mini 9. Speaking of which the Instax Mini 9 would be sold besides the Mini 70, Mini 25, Mini 90, Wide 300, Mini Hello Kitty and even the Instax Mini 8(Some markets). Whereas by the title you already know that it's priced at Rs. 5,999. Though you need to buy the cartridge films separately, for Rs.1000, you get up to 20 Films. Most of them would get lost while practicing, so make sure to purchase a bunch of extras. I'll be using the new Instax Mini 9 for the course of next few weeks, so if you have any thoughts/Doubts/Queries on the same, kindly connect with me on social media. Also, make sure you follow us there to be the first to know when the full review of the new Instax Mini 9 is out.

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Evidson Audiowear Z4 Review - Interesting Earphones.

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Evidson Audiowear Z4 Review

               A while back Evidson announced the new Audiowear Z4, a set of mid-range earphones landing under sub Rs.2000 price bracket. We've already made an unboxing video about the same, and you can find the link to that embedded here. Well, my initial impressions about these earphones were pretty solid, as the bass was quite punchy and overall it performed quite right. So after using these earphones for well over two months here is my Evidson Audiowear Z4 Review. Have my initial thoughts remained the same after thoroughly using it for a while? Let's break it down into the usual review supplement tags.

Evidson Audiowear Z4 Review - Interesting Earphones.

Design and Built:

Evidson Audiowear Z4 Review

                 Right off the bat, as you pick them up you will immediately realize that these earphones have been produced pretty well. It is not any conventional plastic material, but rather a metal finish, which helps in making them more durable and sturdy. On the other hand, there is a metal ribbit like structure which again helps in a better grip. The Audiowear Z4 also perform a decent job of staying in your ears, it's not perfect but gets the job done. Heading down from the main earpiece units, you would find an in-line microphone, which houses a single button. Whereas I kind of miss the volume buttons, as even the Audiowear R5 has it, while it's a cheaper variant. Another thing you would notice is that the single button is quite mushy in giving feedback. Speaking about the cable, it has got a matte rubberized appeal and is about 1.2 meters long. While just like the oxygen free coating found on the brainwavz earphones, Evidson has Incorporated thermoplastic elastomer coating which keeps the cable free from wrinkles. While heading all the way to the end, you will find the usual 3.5mm gold plated audio jack. The best part is that the Jack is not having any weird 45°-90° angles. It's pretty straight, which is what I appreciate. Whereas did I mention that it is completely a "Made In India" product.

Audio Output and Ergonomics:
Evidson Audiowear Z4 Review

                   I tried several tracks throughout my review course, & I must say I'm super impressed by its performance. It gave me maximum output when I tried FLAC files, same was the case with MP3's. I loved its bass output, and it was quite reliable. The high, lows and vocals were also on point, but not up to the mark. Especially; when it comes to vocals. There's a bit mismatch, meaning that the output gets flickered when all these four aspects get observed in any audio file, only during high pitches. All in all, that's pretty good as an all round performer. Audiophiles will enjoy it, especially the bass heavy nerds. So as long as you're not triggering the volume to it's fullest, you won't be disappointed at all. I'd rather suggest the Audiowear Z4 earphones judging the punchy bass I got from it. Speaking about the ear tips, they do a good job of blocking the surrounding noise. You can try these earphones for longer sessions per day; however, I wouldn't suggest doing that as it gets uncomfortable pretty quick. Evidson is marketing these earphones with a tag of "Well balanced output," well, that's almost suitable for that reference.

Added Accessories & Warranty Info:
                 The Audiowear Z4 comes with two extra silicone ear tips and a single foam ear tip. Apart from that, there's no carrying case or pouch provided inside the box. In my opinion, this is feasible because of the cost cutting factors, while at least looking at a young startup like Evidson from both market and brand perspective. These earphones also get the usual 12months of warranty.

Evidson Audiowear Z4 Specifications:
  • It has 16 ohms of rated impedance coupled with 7.0mm driver size.
  • Frequency range lies between 20 Hz to 20 kHz.
  • Sensitivity is 103 dB at 1mW, while the Noise Isolation levels are 24 Db.
  • It weighs about 12 gm and comes in Black color.
  • Supports High Fidelity Audio which delivers a wide soundstage output.

Evidson Audiowear Z4 Review

Evidson Audiowear Z4 Review - Interesting Earphones.

Final Verdict:
                  The Audiowear Z4 are fabulous when it comes to achieving proper output concerning bass, apart from that the Design compliments it's sturdy built. However, there are few shortcomings when you switch gear to different frequencies. Lastly, I wish the in-line microphone remote had a better build. However, if you don't pull out high volumes, the listening experience is quite good. But are you ready to do that? Think for yourselves. But I'll give credit to the company in trying out different things are several price segments, as I've tested their products earlier as well. I saw a lot of progress on their recent products, while I can't wait to see what's next. Though at this moment, it's undercooked. The Audiowear Z4 is available to buy for Rs.1799 from Amazon, PayTm and selected retail outlets. I feel it's a bit overpriced considering the competition. Would you consider buying them? Let us know in the comments below.

Links to buy:- Amazon.

Also See: AudioWear R5 Review
Image Source: Evidson.

Vivo V5s Hands-On Impressions: Budget Selfie Expert?

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               Vivo has been on a roll of announcing several camera-centric smartphones from this past quarter, and that hasn't stopped them from announcing few more devices joining their alley, now that the term "Dual Selfie" fits their key tagline. The recently announced Vivo V5 and the V5 Plus have successfully classified those thoughts on their journey when it comes to the "Moonlight Selfie Flash" appeal. Today Vivo Smartphones announced the newest member of that family, the all new "Vivo V5s". Well to put into simple words, the new Vivo V5s could be called as the upgraded Vivo V5 inside the body of Vivo V5 Plus, while falling under a mid-range pricing segment. The device does have handsome looks to it, however, drawn from the top tier competition. But does the Design and Dual front camera are enough to satisfy the thoughts of an avid user, when it comes to 2017?. Also isn't performance; a core aspect of any device? Well, let's find that out in our in-depth Vivo V5s hands on impressions.

Vivo V5s Hands-On Impressions: Budget Selfie Expert?

Vivo V5s vs Vivo V5

               Isn't matte black, the new black; when it comes to the smartphone manufacturers? Let's just stop right there, as we all know and quite solidly appreciate it. Seemingly enough the new Vivo V5s is also available in the new matte black variant, which resembles the recently announced "Vivo V5 Plus IPL Edition" smartphone. Let's just dwell on the changes/upgrades on the new device considering Vivo V5 in mind.

Design and Ergonomics:

Vivo V5s Hands-On Impressions: Budget Selfie Expert?
               If we keep the design resemblance to the iPhone aside, I must say Vivo has done a commendable job. But as we all know from where they've got the design; which for the better sake of the audience is a sad reality. Having said that, in fact, the Design & even the Build keeps the essence of it's elder sibling, the Vivo V5 Plus. Though there is one particular change in the newer model with the V5s, typically on the front. Now the physical home button is not clickable, but as an advantage, the fingerprint sensor is always awake; even when the device is in sleep mode. It also keeps the signature 0.2-second fingerprint unlock feature. Another noticeable difference, when compared to V5 Plus, is that now on the Vivo V5s, you won't notice any camera sensor bump. That, in turn, iterates less wobbling, when kept flat on any surface. Whereas on the other hand, I didn't felt the need to look at the camera sensor, while placing the device in my pocket. Speaking of the colors, the Vivo V5s is available in two accounting the "Matte Black" and "Crown Gold" colors. Lastly, the phone is about 154g in weight which isn't heavy in my opinion.

Display & Software Info:

Vivo V5s Hands-On Impressions: Budget Selfie Expert?

                A 5.5 inch 720p HD IPS LCD panel(267 PPI) cannot oddly satisfy the needs of an everyday user, especially when it's the year 2017. Well, it's sad to see a 720P display(2.5D curved) on the new Vivo V5s considering it's price & an upgrade over the current Vivo V5. However, I felt the color correction was on point, while the software gets densely situated with some modes to tweak the same. Though it was quite funny to witness the launch event, when the officials said that the device had an HD display, rather than being precise. But in their defense, the display isn't truly a headlining feature of the new Vivo V5s, and I might consider accepting that fact. The new Vivo V5s also gets the latest Color OS 3.0 update, but sadly it's built on top of Android Marshmallow 6.0 which isn't a new story; if you're familiar with the company's announcements. It's quite skeptical whether Vivo would release a Nougat Update to this device since their quarterly refresh cycles are always on the roll. While the blue light filter mode gets oddly touted as eye protection mode, which is simply a fancy gimmick.

Camera Specifications:

Vivo V5s Hands-On Impressions: Budget Selfie Expert?

                 It has got a 20MP camera on the Front along with the moonlight selfie flash. Speaking about the Moonlight Flash, I've thoroughly enjoyed this feature with the Vivo V5 Plus in the past. Not sure whether it stays the same on the new Vivo V5s, let's just find that out in its review. Speaking about the rear side, it has got a 13MP sensor, which to the point seemed right. The camera app comes with face beauty 6.0 feature which helps in getting a fair skin tone. Fun fact, when it comes to Vivo smartphones, my coverage notes always have the front camera mentioned ahead as that of the rear. Funny isn't it? Sometimes the world in front of us is beautiful too, Vivo should make a note of this.

Vivo V5s Hands-On Impressions: Budget Selfie Expert?

Other Specifications: 
  • It runs on 1.5 GHz Mediatek MT6750 64-Bit Octacore processor which gets coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB Internal storage at its default. Whereas the Mali T860 MP2 GPU comes to the rescue.
  • The expansion is available up to 256GB via an external hybrid sim slot.
  • It has AK4376 Hi-Fi Audio Chip, supporting output up to 115 dB.
  • It also comes with 3000mAh Li-on non-removable battery.
  • The phone supports 4G LTE network, while supports VoLTE. It also comes with Bluetooth 4.0 & WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac.
  • Apart from that, you will also find all the usual sensors on the Vivo V5s.

Vivo V5s Hands-On Impressions: Budget Selfie Expert?

                   The Vivo V5s is priced at Rs.18,990 INR and would be available starting 6th May 2017 in both online and offline retail outlets. However, if you speak about online, it will be exclusively sold via Flipkart(link). So for a such a price; what do you get when compared to Vivo V5? Well, you're getting an upgraded internal storage in the body of Vivo V5 Plus. I can't provide my final verdict as I've used this device for only about a day. So stay tuned for its full review which will be live soon on both our Blog and YouTube channel. The only factor which I feel should've got upgraded would be the processor, probably a Qualcomm Chipset. So what do you guys feel about this new Vivo V5s, will it make the cut? Let me know in the comments below.

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Also See - Vivo V5 Hands-On Video.

Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition now available on Flipkart exclusively for Rs.25990 [Matte Black Variant].

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Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition now available on Flipkart

                Vivo has been on a roll of announcing selfie-centric smartphones for a while, and their launches have been no slouch either. The company's latest announcement is a clear resonance of their vision when it comes to improving the selfie camera by announcing a dual camera lens system on the front with the new Vivo V5 Plus. Now that the IPL has been powered by Vivo Smartphones, the company has gone ahead and launched a new all matte black Vivo V5 Plus limited edition smartphone. This phone was launched on 4th April in Hyderabad; The company has also made exclusive tie-ups for the sale of the Vivo V5 Plus limited edition smartphone. So let's find out more on the same. 

Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition now available on Flipkart exclusively for Rs.25990 [Matte Black Variant].

Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition now available on Flipkart Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition now available on Flipkart

So on 4th April, Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition(Matte Black Variant) was introduced the company which was announced to support the 10th Anniversary of IPL, our country's biggest sport whereas at least everyone is united. Speaking about the differences from an ordinary Vivo V5 Plus, you can find a Vivo IPL logo engraved on the back of Matte Black Aluminium unibody design. Whereas to compliment the phone and it's exclusivity, Vivo has tied up with Flipkart to launch this limited edition device exclusively only on Flipkart. On top of that, you will find the pricing even more attractive, since it gets priced Rs. 2000 less than the usual Vivo V5 Plus.  The limited edition variant is priced at Rs. 25990 while it is currently available on Flipkart & Several other retail stores offline. That been said, you better be quick to buy this matte black variant as the stocks are limited.  The Vivo IPL logo on the back compliments the die hard cricket fans and offers a refreshing look providing a unique experience.

              Commenting on the launch Mr. Vivek Zhang, CMO, Vivo India, shared “We are pleased to announce our exclusive partnership with Flipkart to offer limited edition Vivo V5Plus smartphone. With this partnership, we aim to use the exclusive online market. Today, one cannot ignore the power of the online medium, & through this association, we want to give a chance and comfort to consumers across both mediums to own this exclusive product. The idea behind the launch of limited edition phone was to offer our customers with not just the phone but an experience they can cherish for a lifetime. We have given strictest attention to the design & feel of the phone, & our focus is to offer an exclusive experience to the crazy cricket audience. We are hopeful that the limited edition V5Plus phones will draw enormous attention from the audience.”

Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition now available on Flipkart

Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition Specifications:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core processor coupled with 4GB RAM.  
  • 64GB Internal Storage.  
  • 5.5 inch Full HD IPS LCD Panel with Gorilla Glass Protection.  
  • 20MP/8MP Dual Front Camera and 16 MP Rear Camera.   
  • 3055 mAh Non - removable battery.  
  • FunTouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0.   
  • 4G LTE Network.  
  • Vivo IPL Logo.  
  • Available only in Matte Black Color.

            Mr. Ajay Yadav, Head – Mobiles, Flipkart also shared his thoughts extending on their exclusive partnership rapport. The original Vivo V5 Plus was launched a while back, and as a matter of fact, I had used this device for more than a month now. I have enjoyed using it while it's review will up shortly on our blog so stay tuned. It is hands down the best device when it comes to taking selfies under Rs. 30000. So are you excited for the launch of the new Vivo V5 Plus limited edition? Would you buy this device? Let me know in the comments below as it is IPL season and what a better to time to amplify that feel with this new smartphone.

Also See - Vivo V5s Hands On Impressions!

ASUS Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review - Think Twice.

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ASUS Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review
             Lately, Asus has been quite particular in launching several devices hitting the mid-range market specifically in India. Though that thought process comes up with different tags such as Laser, Max, Selfie. That being said there's not something new which can be a called a refresh at least here in 2017. However, that statement might be pulled out as the company recently announced  the new "Asus Zenfone 3S Max." The crown jewel of this device is that it comes with Android Nougat pre-installed, which makes a striking marketing appeal in their alley. Having said that the "Zenfone Max" series has been quite popular among the users in the country due to the massive battery capacities.  We have reviewed the late Zenfone Max(Snapdragon 615) & new Zenfone 3 Max earlier, where the battery labels have successfully classified our thoughts in a good sense. So does the new Asus Zenfone 3S Max signifies itself from its predecessors; when it comes to a quarterly refresh cycle as of 2017? Let's find that out through our in-depth Asus Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review.

ASUS Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review - Think Twice.

Design & Built:

ASUS Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review

             Well just like the previous Asus Zenfone 3 Max(ZC553KL) design, the new Zenfone 3S Max(ZC521TL) follows a similar footprint as the material used here is almost the same. Sure the unibody design looks good, but at the same time, it is a dust magnet. Other than that the device feels compact, while a little heavy considering the 5000mAh battery which is thoughtful. A mid-range device cannot look good and be lightweight at the same time, fair enough right? Otherwise, the company would need to chase through the pricing. I like how it is designed and built, but your taste may vary. Though the most prominent change the company has made from the past is the introduction of a physical home button on the front, which doubles as a fingerprint reader. Speaking of the camera, there isn't any unnecessary camera sensor bump, so don't worry about the wobbling after laying the device on any flat surface. On the front, you would be greeted with On-Screen buttons, which sort of provide haptic feedback. So finally this review will not include that there are no backlit buttons on this device, haha.

ASUS Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review

              On the flipside, the front glass panel is gorgeous; I am not speaking about the display. Since 720p HD display isn't good at least in 2017, come on Asus. The glass panel on the front curves on the edges giving it the look and feel of a 2.5D panel. Speaking of which the network antennas have been situated around the edges, that is why you will not notice any ugly borders on the back. Rest of the I/O ports are right, whereas the only disappointment is the hybrid sim slot. The Asus Zenfone 3S Max is available in two different colors - Black and Sand Gold(True to its name). On a side note, the earphones that come inside the box are quite reliable.

Processing Power & Statistics:

ASUS Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review
               If we speak about the Zenfone Max generation considering the Zenfone 3 Max to 3S Max, there is a drop in performance. However, that trade off is reflected respectively if we compare the pricing of these two devices. The Zenfone 3S Max runs on a 1.5 GHz Mediatek MT6750 processor which gets backed by 3GB RAM. So the performance was decent when it came to day to day use, though when it came to gaming it struggled a bit and a considerate amount of heating got observed. That been said, it is a VoLTE device and would efficiently handle Reliance JIO's network. The Zenfone 3S Max comes with 32GB of internal storage and expansion is available up to 2TB. Though technically speaking the performance of this device did not quite impressed me, and In my opinion, the transition from Zenfone 3 Max to 3S Max was not up to the mark.

Camera Performance and Review:

ASUS Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review
              So the Zenfone 3S Max has a 13MP Camera on the rear and an 8MP sensor on the front. Speaking of which both cameras are average, there's nothing spectacular to talk about other than the manual mode. There's also a Yellow/Blue tint which I have observed while you fire up the rear camera, though it was an issue with my unit; but when I received a replacement, everything was good. The dual tone LED flash is also present on the back, which does its usual job. The manual mode in any smartphones produced by Asus is a blessing given to users. It just amps up any conventional camera to it's greatest possible extent, considering that you have tweaked the right settings. Though the photos were decent enough, but their quality kept my inner self, hesitating. Focusing was not on point, and a fair amount of noise gets observed during low lighting conditions. I feel that the company has taken the cost cutting point regarding camera performance quite seriously. It can satisfy your social media needs, but other than that don't expect anything else.

Overall Software & User Interface:

ASUS Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review
                Asus Zenfone 3S Max is the company's first device to run Android Nougat 7.0 having the look and feel of the same old Zen UI. Speaking of which it runs on ZenUI 3.0 with all the glorious bloatware, it seems as if Asus is trying to compete with Google regarding providing core apps. Though the user experience gets a boost due to a snappy interface and overall performance, even the top tiers smartphones by Asus have not received this update yet. The Mobile Manager & Game Genie app integration throughout the apps might come in handy, but they seem annoying at some point of time. The only thing which I felt using was the Zenfit app from the amount of bloatware thrown on the device, it was a decent experience using this app. That is the reason why whenever I setup any new Asus device, I first download, Google now launcher & Gboard for a much cleaner experience. Since I feel Asus is trying to provide a lot here on this device, but that approach has let them forget to provide those resources on a clean basis due which you see a lot of junk. The main reason for this is competition.

ASUS Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review

                The signature gestures made their way here, whereas the fingerprint scanner provided almost 70% accuracy. Though the overall experience felt snappy, it felt on the undercooked side. I said that because there's one thing which makes this device go nuts and unstable, it will be uploaded shortly on our youtube channel. Asus you better update the software on this device, it is mighty unpredictable.

Battery Life & Reception:
ASUS Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review
                Even though the software was not stable, the battery life on this device was quite good. I was getting almost a day of battery backup with heavy usage. Whereas nearly one and a half day of battery backup on moderate usage. Though if you compare the same on the previous Zenfone 3 Max, surprisingly I was getting a similar battery backup. So honestly speaking it is quite hard to answer; whether why did Asus went ahead and announced this device just for the sake of the "5000 mAh" battery tag. 

ASUS Zenfone 3 Max ZC521TL Review: Final Verdict

ASUS Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review    
               I have never had mixed conclusions about a device while writing a review or judging my last opinion, because using the Zenfone 3S Max felt like a gamble due to the presence of strong competitors in the budget segment. The Asus Zenfone 3S Max retails for Rs. 14,999 INR, well such a pricing seems arrogant after using the device for nearly a month. If you are spending Rs.15000 from your pocket, you should better join the Moto G5 Plus, Honor 6X or even the Redmi Note 4 league. However, if Asus is your way to go, the original "Zenfone 3 Max" is already a beautiful device though you have to consider extending your budget a bit. So that is all we had to say about our Asus Zenfone 3S Max ZC521TL Review, make sure you are subscribed to our Youtube channel to be the first to know when its video review drops. 

Links to buy:
- Amazon
- Flipkart

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Also Read: Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Review.

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