The home screens are infinitely scrollable which means you do not need to come back to the first screen to go in a backward position. Bluelight Filter setting, Power & Boost setting, One hand operation, Hotspot etc. are all very handy one click settings serving various needs. The OS also has some inbuilt smart gestures which take you to the particular app without pressing the Power key, like if you draw 'C' on the display while the phone is in sleep mode, it would automatically take you to the camera, we found this to work well many times but at others it did lag a bit. ZenUI still remains one of our favorite operating systems for its uniformity and use of color and typography.
Anyways, we can't delve into each and every camera feature in this review. So lets take a look at a few pictures taken at default settings to check color reproduction, noise and comparisons with DLSR cameras.
Well, right at the very outset we would say that this is an extremely difficult camera to judge, the reason being the fact that the camera is behaving extremely patchy in different conditions. That is to say, some of the images that we have clicked do look like those of DSLR quality while others are lukewarm or mediocre. The images do maintain the real colors in natural light conditions but become very warm and yellowish indoors. Some of the images capture the minutest of details while others seem hazy. We simply have no clue why this is happening. The only reason that we can garner is that Asus has optimised the camera for some cases while leaving the remaining few. The front camera also reproduces true colors but does show noise. But in true essence, let us answer a few basic questions that you might have in your mind regarding the camera. Can this smartphone replace a DSLR camera? That's a no. But can this camera complement a DSLR camera? That's a resounding yes. This smartphone can do wonders for people who know the tricks of the photography trade and can modify various settings like exposure, white balance, ISO etc. at their peril to click beautiful pictures but for normal users, the situation becomes dicey again, you get some amazing pictures while others end up being ordinary. Lets get to the bottomline. This camera would be a delight for semi-professional photographers, who can tweak the settings to their heart's liking in case they forget their DSLRs at home. Fully professional photographers would in any case still carry DSLRs while amateurs can any day use these pictures as much as they want since they need to either upload them on social media pages or share with their friends. So does the camera offer the value for the cost of the phone. Again the same answer, for those who know how to play with the settings, yes, and for those who have no clue as to what photography is, they will click images ranging from extraordinary to lacklustre all with a single smartphone, so they would have to decide for themselves.