Friday, January 8, 2016

ASUS ZenPad 8.0 Review

I have been wanting to buy a tablet for a while now. It is easier to carry around than a laptop and you can do so much more work on it than on a phone. When I am on the go, I need to be checking and replying to mails, read and forward pdf files and sometimes even create an invoice and mail and all of this becomes a tad bit difficult on a phone. No matter how big screen it has, at the end of the day it's a phone and while it can be amazing for Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp, it may not be as fulfilling as a laptop. So, with a tablet, you have the best of both worlds! 

ASUS people were ever so generous to send me this beautiful piece of technology meets design and oh so much functionality! Read on to know what makes this tablet fab and why you need this in your life! 

ASUS Zenpad 8.0 Review

With an Android 5.0 (lollipop) operating system and 8" display, the ZenPad 8.0 is only 8.5mm thick and weighs only 350g. It comes in two different storage options, 8GB(1GB RAM) and 16GB(2GB RAM). The one I received is 16GB and it's black. I believe it come in two more colors, white and metallic grey. You can also insert a microSIM and use it to make calls and access 3G as well as 4G! So, that makes it a voice calling tablet with a dual SIM feature. I guess that is all about the specifications. Oh yes, it does have 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera.


The touch of ZenPad 8.0 is very responsive, it does not have any glitch what-so-ever. No air gap between the touchscreen and the LCD means that the ZenPad 8.0 offers very wide viewing angles. The backlight is easily bright enough for outdoor use, as long as it is used in the shade. 

In short, it's pixels are so small and tightly packed that everything looks smooth with no signs of pixelation anywhere. Colours are bright and vivid, making photos and video look great. 


 The design is very professional with clean lines and sleek look. The black cover is made to look like leather with a bit of texture which makes for a good grip. This case can be removed to insert microSD card and SIM. It also comes with a Audio Cover which you can put in place of the original cover, I will be talking more about it towards the end. 


The tablet comes loaded with apps, a bit too many in my opinion. You will hardly need to sit and spend time downloading all your favourite social media apps, or picture editing tools. It has a lot of very cool features like Kindle app which you can sync with your kindle and read your books on the tablet itself. You can work on Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF files. There is a very interesting app called Mirror which launches the front camera but you can only use it as a mirror and can't take pictures. I am guessing it doesn't use up as much battery life and you can easily place the tablet in front of you and use it as a mirror if you are in a beauty emergency! I personally love browsing through Instagram on this tablet. Every image appears bigger and brighter!


The Camera features are pretty much the same as in ASUS ZenFone Selfie, you can read my review of phone's camera HERE and I am attaching more pictures to give you guys an idea about the wide options it offers in terms of photography. There are various modes available to experiment with as you can see in the image above. I have yet to come across another phone/tablet which offers so many options in the camera feature. 

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The 2MP front camera has a beautification mode which lets you adjust the brightness, skin softness, make your eyes look bigger, cheeks thinner and even apply blush! There are so many features you can try out with the front camera as well so if you are a person who loves clicking selfies of yourself or with your friends and families, you are surely going to love this tablet. 
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The battery life is decent. It lasts upto 8-10 hours of normal usage. The bigger screen works well for reading, watching movies or browsing. I am not much of a gamer but I think it would be awesome to play games on a bigger screen compared to phones!


As I had mentioned earlier, the ZenPad 8.0 comes with an Audio Cover which has a 5.1 surround sound. The sound on the tablet itself is not that great so the audio cover comes as a welcome surprise. You can detach the original back cover that the tablet comes with and snap the audio cover on. It is a lot more fun to watch videos or listen to music with this accessory. The cover comes with a dongle that you can use to charge the cover or you can just put the cover on the tablet and charge them both simultaneously. The cover once on, does make the tablet a bit heavier but then again, you can always change back to the original cover if you want your tablet lightweight. 


All in all, it is a very good product for the price of Rs.18,999/-. It is not easy to find a decent tablet is this budget so if you are tight on the pocket, go for this model. You won't be disappointed!



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