When Note 4 was Released, I was expecting it to have 4GB of RAM but sadly it didn’t. Just a few months back at CES, Asus which is known for its PC components launched their New Flagship Beast, Asus ZenFone 2 which has an unbelievable 4GB RAM. That is higher than the notebook on which I am writing this Review on :p. So anyways today I would be Reviewing Asus Zenfone 2 after using it for a month. There are many versions of the Zenfone 2 and I would be reviewing the 4GB one.
Asus Zenfone 2 has a hefty 5.5” Display, a big chin and also some large bezels, combining all this makes the phone huge and a little bulky. You have to use both your hands to use the phone. The phone feels a bit too huge on my liking and you simply can’t use your single hand to make a phone call. But hold on, we have Zen UI in which we can enable one hand mode to work with ease. The back of the phone has a brushed aluminum finish even though the back is made of plastic and is removable. It has a 13MP camera with dual tone flash which prevents those yellow shots. Also there are the volume rockers at the back very similar to the LG G2.
Under the back panel we have a dual sim slot, in which 1st sim is 4G and the 2nd sim is sadly 2G. We also have a memory card slot in which we can add a memory card upto 64GB. On the front is the earpiece, sensors, Screen ( :P) and the touch capacitive buttons which are not back light, The buttons are placed on a metallic chin which is a trend of Asus ZenFones.
Comparing it with the form factor of Redmi Note and Infocus M330, we can see ZenFone 2 has almost the same size of the Redmi note but with a curved – sides. As there is nothing on the sides, the phone is slim on the sides whereas thick on the sides which makes it a little slippery.
Overall the design of the phone is nice but is not even near to perfect.
The build of the phone is Rough and tough and can easily handle some shocks. The only defect I found was that the back panel is a little flimsy and can easily get scratched, other than that everything feels tough.
Aesthetically, the design reminds us of the style employed by LG’s flagship G line – where it bears a close similarity to the LG G2. As said ZenFone 2 has many models, the cheapest one has a 720p display and after that you get a 1080p display in all devices.
It has a PPI of 403 giving it a sharp and crispy experience. The display is on a cooler side even though we can switch it to warm but on the standard mode, it leans towards the cool. There is also a slight pink-ness in the display but you can only get to know that if you place another phone adjacent to it. The viewing angles of the phone are also good as well as Sunlight visibility also doesn’t disappoints. The thing which I didn’t like was colour saturation, the colours weren’t that vibrant and the contrast also didn’t felt normalized. Overall the display feels Crisp and sharp with deeper and crisper blacks.
Zen Ui is a custom Android Skin rom Asus, Zen Ui is known for its User friendliness and productivity but till know I wasn’t much known for its performance, with Zen UI 3 we get a great experience with features like one handed mode, Gestures and a hell lot of customization as well as a Great Performance. Zen UI is based on Android Lollipop 5.0 and this is the most tuned skinned Android Lollipop ROM I have encountered till now. Fortunately, Zen Ui has an App drawer in which you can further create group of apps. Zen UI can also create folders on its own by filtering down the apps of each category. Talking about the customization, you can customize your Icons in your quick launch bar, change the font, change the animation of the slides in app drawer as well as on the home screen and change the total theme to some of the themes available which changes the looks of the inbuilt apps in the phone like dialer, messages etc. The phone comes with some pre-installed apps like trip advisor and clean master which thankfully can be deleted. I seriously doubt the use of clean master as Zen UI already has an inbuilt cleaner. It also has all necessary google apps along with these apps.
On my test for 3 weeks, A couple of times the Zen UI stopped responding which was really n ot expected. However it got fixed within a minute or so. Also sometimes the apps used to force close but that bug was fixed with an update.
ZenFone 2 has a 13MP rear shooter which easily clicks some fine and crisp pictures. I have liked Asus’ camera app on its other devices, but for the Zenfone 2, they’ve taken it up a notch by including a deep-set of shooting modes and a full manual mode as well. With the latter, we’re even able to set the shutter speed to as long as ½. Other notable things about the camera app include its low light mode that can capture brightly exposed details under low light, a beautification mode that adds those Photoshop-like effects to faces, depth of field that isolates the focus to a certain spot, and much more. Hardcore shutterbugs will no doubt be impressed by the vast options and controls!
I spent a long time using the camera intimately. While its quality under the automatic setting isn’t a home run, it’s nonetheless still effective to handle ideal shooting conditions with enough detail, sharpness, and natural colors. However, the camera tends to favor an over-sharpened composition – while under low light, it’s prone to blurring and the usual softer details (thankfully noise isn’t too distracting). Overall the camera is not the best but still captures some decent pictures.
According to Dictionary, The term Performance mean’s the ability to perform better but here it is “The ability to perform exceptionally better”. Asus ZenFone 2 has a Intel Atom Z3580 CPU which is a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3Ghz coupled with the PowerVR 6430 GPU. And oh yeah, it’s the first smartphone to offer a whopping 4GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM!
As we can see on GamingBuff.com in this era of time, we rarely see a phone lagging or hanging tremendously. Having this shiny new hardware combination, the Zenfone 2 falls into the same category as everything else – where it’s more than capable to handle the simple stuff with ease, but for the more processor intensive operations, such as gaming, it doesn’t have the fluid high frame rates we see in high-end phones. Well that’s what the benchmarks tells us-
Antutu(Higher is better) – 41476
Vellamo Metal(Higher is better)- 1369
Geek Bench 3 Single Core/ Multicore- 908/ 1936
No shortage of attention, the Asus Zenfone’s 3000 mAh battery continues to earn good marks from me. That’s partly because it’s above average in regards to other phones in its caliber, giving me well around a full day of normal usage from a full charge – it’s roughly at the 10% on most nights before bed. Putting it through its paces in our battery benchmark test, it achieves a respectable mark of 7 hours and 34 minutes. While the battery isn’t too great but we have got a charging time of 54 minutes which is insanely great for a device like this.
The Zenfone 2 is a great piece of tech. It has a Great UI and some good specs bu the design is definitely let me down. Asus has an almost a same design to all the Zenfone’s and a flagship with this kind of design really doesn’t suits well.
Factoring its outright pricing, that’s undoubtedly a competitive offering that’s taking it straight to the hearts of its competitors – a cautious, yet necessary move for them to garner interest from consumers. Great savings can be enjoyed by picking up the 16GB variant, but the 64GB one is particularly alluring, as it also boasts a better processor and double the RAM.
Fix – OnePlus 7T not charging
The OnePlus 7t is one of the best phones available in the sub 600$ range. It provides great build quality, awesome display, and best specs at a decent enough price. With this, it improves upon the OnePlus 7 with a 90Hz refresh rate screen, some camera improvements, and faster charging. There are tons of other minor improvements, and it all makes up for a more refined and reliable overall smartphone. The 7T is an excellent low-cost flagship. However, some users suggested that they were facing charging issues on their OnePlus 7T. So we are going to have a look at how to fix OnePlus 7T not charging.
Solution – Fix OnePlus 7T not charging
Method 1 – Restarting your 7T
One of the best solutions for your device not charging is to just restart it. Even with OnePlus sometimes the software can become buggy, it can hang and just not accept any charge. The first solution is to restart your 7T by pressing and holding the power button for 5 seconds and press on shut down. Once it restarts, chances are, your phone will charge as usual.
Method – 2 – Installing any Pending Updates on OnePlus 7t
As said above, charging issues often occur because of the software. If your phone is still turned on, check if your phone has any pending updates. If yes, then update it. These are the basic options that one must go through if their phone is not charging.
Method 3 – Changing the Cable | OnePlus 7T not charging
OnePlus is another apple in a lot of terms and After Apple, OnePlus is known for week charging cables. The USB C cable can often fry at the ends and can cause the cable to dis-function. A bad cable can also short circuit the phone’s USB C port so it is best to use the cable in its best condition and replace whenever necessary. If your OnePlus 7T not charging, try charging it with another cable or another adapter. To be honest, the quality of the OnePlus cables is not that great. Mine got frayed within two years of us so there is a high possibility that your adapter or the cable is the root cause of your phone not charging. Here is the link to a good USB – C cable which is compatible with your phone.
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Method 4 – Turning on USB Debugging on the OnePlus 7T
If the restarting of the phone has not worked and It is not the cable then you should try the third method. This works only if your phone is turned on. Go to about phone in settings. Tab build number seven times until you see the dialog saying you are now a developer. After that go back to settings and now you will see developer options. Go to developer options and check the option saying USB Debugging. This will force the phone to accept everything from the USB port. This even though is used by app developers but can fix your issue.
Method 5 – Clean the USB – C port
Phones are often kept in our pockets and a lot of times pockets have lint in them. The lint can then build up in the speakers, mic jack or the USB port. Before going to a service center or doing an experiment yourself, just take a toothpick or a paper clip and try to get all your lint out. This will take some patience but there is a high chance it might work. This is because when lint is present inside the port, the cable is not able to get inside completely and proper contact between the pins is not made. So it is suggested to clean the port thoroughly.
Method 4 – Replacing USB C Port | OnePlus 7T not charging
If your phone is still not charging then its the port on your phone that has gone bad. If you are not comfortable opening your phone then it is best to visit the service center. You can find the nearest service center from here. If you don’t mind tinkering with your phone then here is the link for the USB port of OnePlus 7T. Buy it and replace it on your 7T. You can consult this guide for disassembly of your phone.
Were you able to fix your phone? Let us know in the comment section below 😀
How to – Screen Record on OnePlus 8
The OnePlus 8 is no more an affordable flagship in 2020. It is though cheaper than the main flagships, it still costs a lot. While its design refinements borrow elements from other flagships, it’s an undeniably sleek phone, with waterfall display edges and a punch-hole for the front-facing camera. It comes with a Snapdragon 865 and up to 12GB of RAM, the phone is high-performance despite costing notably less than most flagships, making it the cheapest 5G phone in many markets. Today we will show you the best way by which you can Screen record OnePlus 8. There are a couple of methods to Record Screen on OnePlus 8. One Uses OnePlus’s own screen recorder other uses an app. With Screen recording you can record gameplay eg recording PUBG, CNN, you can also record other videos you find on social media as well as you will be able to record stories of other people on WhatsApp/Facebook or Instagram. Having a way to Screen Record on your phone gives you a lot of opportunities to use it. Here are the methods by which you can Screen Record on OnePlus 8-
How to – Screen Record on OnePlus 8
Method 1 – Using Oxygen OS’s screen recorder
- Open you quick settings from the notification bar
- You will find a pencil icon with which you can edit it
- Find the Screen Recorder option
- drag it to your Active Quick Settings box
- Press Back to Save the settings
- Not Press the Screen Recording Icon and you should be able to record your Screen on OnePlus 8.
Hopefully, Screen Record on OnePlus 8 should now be possible, if not follow the method 2 below-
Method 2 – Using 3rd Part App
- Click here to download the recommended app for your OnePlus 8. This is a screen recording app which is supported by your phone.
- Now after installing the app, you will get a screen like this.
- Click on the Small Circle which has appeared on your Left side of the screen. Now what you’ll get is this.
- Click on the Center circle with the camera icon.
- Now click on Start on your phone.
- The video should start recording.
- To stop the recording, Go to your navigation bar and click on Stop.
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View the video you just recorded – Screen Record on op 8
Go to the gallery.
- In Albums, Go to the folder named Collection.
- Now you can share your video from here itself.
How to edit your Video you just recorded – Screen Record on OnePlus 8
- Go to Playstore and download Quik by GoPro.
- Now just select your video and start editing it!
Fix Charging issues on Galaxy A50
Galaxy A50 is one of the best mid-rangers out there. With a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It comes with Android 9.0 out of the box though it can be upgraded to Android 10. Samsung always fits the phone with the best hardware available on smartphones. When we reviewed the A50, we termed it as the Best Samsung midranger you can get. Recently, our A50 was starting to get some troubles charging and today it completely stopped charging. When searched online we found that many other users were also facing the same issue. We were able to get a solution and today we will be sharing how to fix the Charging issues on Galaxy A50.
There is no simple solution that works for all. You would have to go through all the solutions to see which one works for you.
Method 1 – Restart the phone – Charging issues on Galaxy A50
Well, this might sound simple but the One UI of Samsung could have a couple of bugs. I have gone through many situations where things like camera stopped working and with just a restart it starts working again. So one of the best options you have is to just go ahead and do a restart. When you restart your A50, it will first stop all the running operations including the ones stopping you from charging. When the phone is again turned on, all the tasks start from the startup position which hence clears the error that might be coming.
Method 2 – Update the phone – Charging issues on Galaxy A50
As said above, charging issues often occur because of the software. If your phone is still turned on, check if your phone has any pending update. If yes, then update it. This is the basic options that one must go through if their phone is not charging.
Method 3 – Charge while switched off
If your phone is not getting charged while it is on, try to charge it while it is switched off. This actually worked for a lot of people and could work for you as well. Sometimes the wall charger is not able to provide sufficient voltage to charge. As the phone requires energy to run, If the voltage is not enough, It will just not accept the charge. The best way to check this is by charging while the phone is switched off. If it is able to charge, then maybe try using a different wall outlet. You can also wait for some time as it is possible that the grid is doing some technical work because of which the voltage is low. By this time, you should have a reason as to why your phone was not charging. If not then continue reading below 🙂
Method 4 – Change the Adapter/ Cable
This may sound obvious but the culprit could be your adapter or the cable. To be honest, the quality of the Samsung cables is not that great. Mine got frayed within two years of us so there is a high possibility that your adapter or the cable is the root cause of your phone not charging. Here is the link to a good USB – C cable which is compatible with your phone.
Method 5 – The USB – C Port
With time often the USB – C port gets a lot of lint stored up in it. As the phone is always kept in our pocket, it pickups up little garbage from our pockets. To clean this, you can try blowing air onto your USB C port. If you are certain that the port is clean but it is still not working, it might just be that the port is damaged. For this, you can either go to Samsung service centre. You can locate a nearby store from here or if you are someone who likes to tinker with stuff, maybe try to replace it by yourself. You can get a full daughterboard for less than 5$ from Aliexpress.
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