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Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2051 reviews of Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the screen and size. The price and performance also get good feedback. Many are negative about the text input and battery. There are some mixed comments about the reception.

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battery, text input

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the durability and usability are generally positive. The size and screen are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the battery. There are some critical views about the reliability and performance.

price, screen, size, usability, durability

performance, reliability

79% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG 8GB 3G wifi - Unlocked Sim free Intel Atom 1.6GHz Android Phone (black)Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG 8GB 3G wifi - Unlocked Sim free Intel Atom 1.6GHz Android Phone (black)

Oct, 2017

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Amazon.com review summary for Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 user reviews of Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviews about the screen and design are overall positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas opinions are divided on the battery. Some have doubts about the reliability.

performance, usability, price, design, screen

reliability

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: New Asus Zenfone 5 8GB Dual SIM (Unlocked) A501CG 3G 5" Intel Z2560 1.6GHz White - International Version No WarrantyNew Asus Zenfone 5 8GB Dual SIM (Unlocked) A501CG 3G 5" Intel Z2560 1.6GHz White - International Version No Warranty

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Andrew Williams Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Asus Zenfone 5 LTE review: Yin and yang

 

About two years ago cheap phones reeked of compromise; the gap between entry-level Android phones and top-end ones was massive. But that's all changed recently, with phones like the Asus Zenfone 5 and Motorola Moto G (2014) plugging the gap. Spend in...

Generally neat design, good value prospect

Screen brightness, limited battery, over-saturated camera results

The Asus Zenfone 5 offers much of the experience of a phone that, until recently, would have cost twice the price. However, its main competitor, the pocket-pleasing Moto G (2014), does make it tough for the Asus to truly stand out.

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: James Norton (techradar.com)

Asus ZenFone 5 review

 

Can this phone bring you a little zen?

Lovely bright screen ; Great performance ; Attractive UI

Below average battery ; Out of date Android version ; Future updates uncertain

It was a long time coming, but the Asus ZenFone 5 is a great mid-range Android device with a lovely screen, excellent performance and a decent camera that just needs the latest version of Android and a bigger battery.

Oct, 2014

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

Asus Zenfone 5

 

The Asus Zenfone 5 comes alongside the smaller Zenfone 4 and the slightly larger Zenfone 6, and it's our pick of the bunch.

Great screen ; Decent camera for the price ; Excellent value

Battery life not great ; A few camera bugs to squish

May, 2015

Expert review by: Ashleigh Allsopp (techadvisor.co.uk)

Asus ZenFone 5 review

 

The ZenFone 5 (A501CG) is available to pre-order from Asus now for £179.99, though we think it'll drop in price as third-party resellers begin to offer it after launch. The smartphone is set to be released in the UK on 20 October.

We really like the ZenFone 5. From its design and battery life to its software and price tag, this smartphone has got a lot going for it. However, it's well worth checking whether Motorola's Moto G is a better choice for you, as it could save you a bit...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Aloysius Low (cnet.co.uk)

Asus ZenFone 5 review

 

The Asus ZenFone 5 comes packed with plenty of features: It has a sleek, minimalist design that resembles the ambitious and expensive PadFone range, but it retails at an extremely affordable non-contract price: around $190, £130 or AU$200. It all...

The Asus ZenFone 5's simple design and sturdy build impress. The Asus ZenUI comes with interesting new features that enhance the Android experience.

The camera shutter is a little slow, even in bright daylight.

The ZenFone 5 is able to give other budget handsets such as Xiaomi's Redmi a challenge but in order to get the best from the phone, be sure to get the 2GB version to avoid any performance issues.

May, 2014

Expert review by: Thomas Newton (recombu.com)

Asus Zenfone 5 Review: In Depth

 

Asus's Zenfone 5 rocks a compact, curvaceous body and an 8-megapixel camera, plus the slick ZenUI interface. But will it give you a Zen-like feeling?

Good overall performance ; Smart user interface ; Comfortable and well designed

Weak, non-replaceable battery ; Average camera

Oct, 2014

WORTH BUYING

Expert review by: Dominic Moass (kitguru.net)

Asus ZenFone 5 LTE Smartphone Review

 

Today we complete our look at the 2014 ZenFone range from ASUS. So far the other two handsets – 4 and 6-inch devices – have been very impressive and cost-effective. Will the 5-inch model, now available for under £190, continue this trend or will it...

Excellent camera ; Very responsive everyday performance ; Battery can comfortably last a day ; Good value after dropping in price ; User-friendly OS

Display doesn’t excite ; It’s a stretch to reach the on/off button

It seems the ZenFone 5 LTE is a great phone if you’re not looking to spend more than £200. It follows in the footsteps of the other phones in the ZenFone range which proved equally successful.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Bobby MacPherson (alphr.com)

Asus Zenfone 5 review

 

The Asus Zenfone 5 is a 5in smartphone that costs only £180; should Motorola be quaking in its boots?

The Asus Zenfone 5 has all the hallmarks of a cracking mid-range smartphone. The battery life is excellent, the camera puts in a decent showing and the performance isn't far off those of its main budget rivals. The display's lacklustre backlight is...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: unbox.ph (unbox.ph)

ASUS Zenfone 5 Review: Killer Specs, Killer Price

 

We review the Zenfone 5! When ASUS launched their Zenfones in multiple SEA territories except ours, we were a bit peeved – the PH is still part of SEA, after all. We shouldn't have been really, as ASUS PH managed to make up for that little snafu with...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: Channel5 (channel5.com)

Asus Zenfone 5 review

 

For a phone that costs £150, the Zenfone 5 is a remarkable purchase. Its large size and lack of 4G on the standard model may prove to be problems for some buyers, but the sharp 5-inch screen and surprisingly robust processor make up for these...

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2110 / 2500
Battery technology:Lithium / Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time (2G):192
Standby time (3G):353 / 360 / 395
Talk time (2G):10 / 28
Talk time (3G):18.5 / 20.6

Call management

Call blocking: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Front camera type:Single camera
Image stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):8
Maximum frame rate:30 / 60
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@30fps, 1920x1080@30fps
Second Camera:Y / Yes
Second camera resolution:2
Sensor Type:BSI
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p, 720p / 720p, 1080p

Design

Colour of product:Black / Gold / Purple / Red / White
Curved Design:N / No
Form factor:Bar
Standard colour:Black / Purple

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:12.7 / 127
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 720 x 1280
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Touch screen:Y / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch sensitive screen:Y
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:1 / 2

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GPP, AAC, MP3 / 3GPP2, MP2 / AAC, AAC+, MP3, WMV / AAC, MP3 / AAC, MP3, WMA, WMV / AAC, MP3, WMV
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, PNG / JPG / No
Supported video modes:1080p
Video compression formats:3GP, H.262, H.263, MPEG4, VP8
Video formats supported:3GP / 3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, MPEG4-SP, VP8, VP9 / 3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8, VP9 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / MPEG4

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y / Yes
GPS:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
Position location:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:DC-HSPA+, HSPA+, UMTS, WCDMA / HSPA+, UMTS, WCDMA / HSPA+, WCDMA / UMTS
4G:N / No / Yes
4G bands supported:700,800,850,900,1700,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 EDR
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM / MiniSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Battery pack:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.3 / 4.4 / 5.0
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar
Personalization:Icons, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing: Yes
Embedded options available: No
Idle States: Yes
Processor boost frequency:1.6
Processor cache:1
Processor cache type:L3
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Intel Atom / Intel® Atom™ / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.6
Processor lithography:32
Processor Model:MSM 8926 / Z2520 / Z2560
Processor package size:14 x 14
Processor threads:4
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes
Tjunction:90

Processor special features

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Idle Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): No
Intel�� AES New Instructions (Intel�� AES-NI):N

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.3 / 4.4 / 5.0

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), SDHC
Internal RAM:1 / 1024 / 2 / 2048
Internal RAM type:LPDDR2
Internal storage capacity:16 / 8
Maximum memory card size:64
RAM capacity:1 / 2
RAM Type:LPDDR2
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Gmail

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.03 / 1.09 / 10.34 / 14.8 / 148.2 / 7.15 / 7.28 / 72.8
Height :1.03 / 1.09 / 10.3 / 10.34 / 14.8 / 148.2
Weight:145 / 155
Width:14.8 / 148.2 / 7.15 / 7.28 / 72.8