ASUS ZenFone 2 Unboxing and First Look!

 

Even though I’m still fully in love with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and hate to put its pretty glass body down on a table for more than a few minutes because I always need to be touching it, something about this newish trend of super cheap phones with decent specs has finally caught my attention. I feel like I need to invest some portion of my life into the bargain bin to see if life can continue without a hiccup. Or maybe it’s that there is too much value to be had out there for me not to experience it.

And with that random thought, enter the ASUS ZenFone 2 into my pocket. Yes, we have one in house!  (more…)

ASUS ZenFone 2 Now Available From Amazon for $199 (Updated: More Links!)

ASUS’ affordable yet premium smartphone, the ZenFone 2, is now available for purchase in the US through Amazon. It technically wasn’t supposed to go live for another couple of hours, but you won’t see us complaining about being able to order a phone with this price and these specs a bit early.

As a quick reminder, ASUS announced US availability this morning, stating that the phone would be available beginning May 19 at retailers like Amazon, B&H Photo, and Newegg. The phone features a 5.5-inch HD display, 1.8GHz/2.3GHz 64-bit quad-core Intel processor, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 2GB/4GB RAM, 3000mAh battery, 16GB/64GB of storage, and connectivity on T-Mobile and AT&T.  (more…)

ASUS Zenfone 2 Launches Tomorrow in US at Amazon, Newegg for $199 and $299 (Updated: Available Now!)

UPDATE:  BUY THE ZENFONE 2 NOW FROM AMAZON!

The ASUS Zenfone 2, a phone first introduced to the world waaaaaaay back at CES in January, is finally arriving on US soil. During a press event that took place this morning in NYC to announce US availability, ASUS said that it would go on sale starting tomorrow for $199 and $299 at retailers like Amazon and Newegg.  (more…)

Android Wear 5.0.2 Rolling Out to Most Watches (Updated)

Update:  Most Android Wear devices, like the G Watch, G Watch R, Gear Live, and ZenWatch all appear to be receiving this update. Not much is standing out in terms of new stuff. If anything, your watch should be more stable.


An Android 5.0.2 update is rolling out now to Moto 360 units as build LWX49L. At least one of our readers has already received the update, which Motorola says updates Google Play Services and adds a “variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance stability.” This appears to be a bug fixers rather than a feature-introducer.

To check for the update on your device, head into Settings>About>System updates.  (more…)

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Deal: Unlocked ASUS Padfone X With Tablet Dock for $199 (Updated)

Update:  Deal over.

ASUS’ Padfone line is a concept that I wish saw more success or acceptance in the US. A high-end phone that docks into a tablet shell to make an on-demand tablet? What’s not to like? Unfortunately, late or non-arrivals of the Padfone line have left it all but a lost cause here in the States, even if it did have promise.

With that said, the Padfone X, which is the latest high-end version built specifically for AT&T, can be had today from eBay for $199, which includes the tablet dock. The original product retailed around $549, so calling this a steal is a bit of an understatement.  (more…)

ASUS Announce the Zenfone 2 and Zenfone Zoom at CES

ASUS just wrapped up its press conference at CES, with two new phones for us to talk about. To kick it off, the company announced the followup to last year’s Zenfone, appropriately named, the Zenfone 2. The device, in terms of specs, is better in almost every way than what we saw last year, featuring a 5.5″ Full HD IPS display, 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB of RAM.  (more…)