Category: Technology

Field Test | ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 Camera and Video Sample Gallery

Shooting with the ZenFone 3 Max 5.5

As a travel photographer, I’m more inclined to smartphones with exceptional camera and lasting battery life. The new iteration of Asus max series of phones, the Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) seems to be going to that direction. I had the first generation Zenfone Max and to compare, the new ZC553KL looks thinner and sleeker. The improved design incorporates a new 16MP F/2.0 rear camera, Android 6 Nougat with ZenUI 3 and 4,100 mAh battery. Let’s find out on how it fares on real world use as I take the ZC553KL with me on my recent travels. This first of a two-part review of the Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) tackles on the camera performance. The images used here are straight out-of-the-camera and the only processing done was the watermarking and resizing.

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Traveling with the Asus ZenPower Pro Power Bank

Charging with the Asus ZenPower Pro

It was so timely that I got a new Asus ZenPower Pro power bank as I was shopping around for a new power bank to use for my travels. We won the prize when our group got 3rd place overall in an event. On paper, it fits the criteria of what I was looking for – high capacity at 10,050 mAh, handy credit-card size, functional with two USB fast-charging ports and an extra LED light for emergencies. Looks like a sweet spot for power banks but does it perform as it says. Brought it for a week long trip up the Cordilleras to find out.

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Asus ZenFone 3 Laser Smartphone vs DSLR on Astrophotography

The realm of digital astrophotography used to be exclusive to large-sensor interchangeable lens cameras. But it seems that with the advancement of mobile imaging, smartphones are quickly narrowing the gap. Recently, Asus Philippines invited a few media influencers from tech, lifestyle, photography and travel to try out their new ZenFone 3 line of smartphones. And I must give them credit for choosing Batanes as the destination. There’s no better place to try astrophotography as the province has little light pollution in addition to the stunning landscape. I was handed a ZenFone 3 Laser to play around with during our photo tour and one of our challenges was to capture a galaxy or the night sky. I thought it was a good way for me to assess how far mobile camera imaging has gone by pitting it with the quality of my own DSLR, the Nikon D7100.

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Starmobile Play Plus: What a Php 2,290 Smartphone Brings

The Starmobile Play Plus

While most people would drool over the latest high-end smartphones in the market, there is still a segment for budget and entry-level buyers. People would buy mobile phones as a transition phone, temporary device while traveling in the country, or a phone for frugal people who are simply concerned about its basic use. The Starmobile Play Plus is one of the very affordable smartphones in the market for Php 2,290. Its specs is a far cry from the Starmobile Knight Spectra I reviewed before. The Starmobile Play Plus with its modest specs of Android Marshmallow 6.0, 5” display and 1.2 Ghz Quad-core processor was able to pull-off some surprises.

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myPAL Player App: Philippine Airline’s New InFlight Entertainment

Recently, I had a long-haul flight from Kuwait to Manila Philippines with a stop at Dubai via Philippine Airlines. I decided to flyPAL for this 10-hour flight instead of the other airline since I know they have in-flight entertainment on board. It was a no-brainer since the flight cost was almost the same. When I boarded the flight I was delighted that they gave me a choice seat with better leg room. Though I was wondering why the plane, an Airbus 330–300, doesn’t have LCD panels. Browsing through Mabuhay Magazine, I found out that I had to download the myPAL Player App now to enjoy the InFlight Entertainment. I confirmed this with one of the flight attendant so I quickly downloaded the app on my Asus Zenfone Max phone before the cabin doors were closed and our plane took off. I also wanted to install the app on my iPad Mini but was short of time.

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