We've been playing around with a one-of-a-kind handset in our Techie Gadget Lab for several weeks now. Phone geeks, meet the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 6.0—the largest phone we've tested to date:
Packing a display size measuring a healthy six inches (hence, its name), the Zenfone 2 Laser 6.0 is larger than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5-inch), Apple iPhone 6s Plus (5.5-inch), and the LG G5 (5.3-inch)—smartphone behemoths that make one-hand operation a tad difficult for those with midget palms.
But the Zenfone 2 Laser 6.0 is well-endowed in other areas as well.
For example, its hardware side:
- Display: 6-inch Full-HD
- CPU: 1.7 GHz octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 616
- RAM: 3GB
- Internal storage: 32GB with microSD card expansion
- Front camera: 5 megapixels
- Rear camera: 13 megapixels
- OS: Android Lollipop with ZenUI
- Wireless: 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
- Battery capacity: 3,000mAh
The impressive specs-line translates to a seamless mobile experience worthy of the big bucks, a tad surprising given the device's price tag of—wait for it—P11,995! We're talking about a large phone that serves minimal lags and slow-downs (even when running a host of resource-heavy apps like 3D games and HD videos), has impressive hardware, and a really gorgeous display.
More importantly, the Zenfone 2 Laser 6.0 taught us a few valuable lessons when it comes to using well-endowed smartphones. So, the next time you buy a handset with a 5+-inch display (we refrain from calling 'em phablets; that term is so 2013), remember that:
1) A smartphone case is a must
Phones similar in size to the Zenfone 2 Laser 6.0 are more prone to getting nasty nicks and scratches, especially when inside confined spaces like bags or your girlfriend's purse. Blame the bigger frame, which blocks and comes in contact with other stuff that tumble around inside.
2) Shallow pockets are a no-no
It would be wise to put your large phone inside a small bag or backpack instead if you're wearing shorts/pants that have shallow pockets. Think about it: a bumpy tricycle ride is all it takes for it to slip out of your jeans without you knowing. Oh, you don't ride trikes and instead take the bus or the MRT? Your smartphone sticking out of your pocket is a virtual "Free phone here!" sign for the shady.
3) Maximize the display—go buy a phone stand!
One of the biggest advantages of having a phone with a large display is, well, the large display. Less swipes/scrolls when browsing websites and squint-free visuals—bigger is definitely better in this regard, especially if we’re talking about having a Full-HD display, like in the Zenfone 2 Laser 6.0's case.
Too bad smartphones are, quite literally, not stand-alone gizmos. You have to hold it to do stuff like watching YouTube videos or reading #hugot lines, which can be tiring. Good thing many smartphone covers also offer a flip or pull-out stand so you can enjoy viewing your videos while eating your favorite Pinoy dishes minus the kubyertos. Convenience!
4) A power bank is a big plus
A bigger screen needs more juice—exactly why large touchscreen smartphones are not known for being Energizer bunnies. The strain placed by the added pixels on the battery often results to having a shorter battery life, frequently falling short of the 24-hour mark with normal use. So, if you don't want to get stuck with a dead, plus-size handset midway through your commute, go get a power bank.
While the Zenfone 2 Laser 6.0 performed admirably in the battery department (roughly around a day on a full charge with access to games and mobile internet), it would still be better to have a backup power supply just in case. We guess this applies to all phones as well. One word: emergencies.
5) Sweaty/wet palms and fingers = (potential) disaster
At least for those with puny hands, a larger handset is harder to hold and hence more prone from slipping out of your grasp. Add sweaty palms to the equation and there’s a good chance you’ll have a cracked smartphone lying on the pavement. Dry your paws before answering that call from your BFF, bud!
On a slightly related note, many Android smartphones like the Zenfone 2 Laser 6.0 have a one-hand operation feature which basically shrinks the usable area of the screen for better finger access. We recommend using it if only one of your hands is free.
The ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 6.0 is now available at ASUS shops and retailers in Metro Manila.