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ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro review: The ultimate selfie phone

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ASUS recently released a slew of ZenFones and for someone like me who gets lost in the sea of specs, I naturally gravitated towards the ones they named after selfies.

Out of six ZenFone 4 models, it was the Selfie Pro I got excited over most — a midrange phone with top-notch selfie capabilities is definitely something I wanted to test drive.

Girl taking a selfie with the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

Look and feel

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro looks like your typical smartphone, nothing revolutionary in terms of design. The review unit I got to test out came in red; look at how pretty it is:

Red ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro back

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro feels premium enough and it features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display.

Red ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

Although I appreciate this — a bigger screen that’s better to check my selfies with — the phone’s size isn’t as friendly to my teeny hands. My thumbs still struggle to reach certain buttons on the phone’s front, and it’s not the easiest to grip for one-handed selfies.

Red ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro close up of camerasSpeaking of buttons, the Selfie Pro has a capacitive home button with a built-in fingerprint sensor, plus the back and multitasking buttons.Red ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro butons

The phone’s bottom houses a micro-USB port, an audio jack, and speakers.

Red ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro bottom ports

Now, on to the star of this ZenFone 4 show.

Taking photos

The dual-cam front-facing cameras are the highlights of this selfie machine. Unlike other smartphones which only have either a bokeh mode or wide-angled photos, the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro allows for both. This is a selfie game-changer, ladies and gents!

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro photo sample

Beauty mode plus bokeh

ASUS’ built-in camera app gives countless beauty mode options: changing your skin tone, softening or brightening your skin, enhancing your eyes, or even thinning your cheeks — you’re allowed varying levels of filter possibilities.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro photo sample #wefie

Wide-angled selfie with friends!

ASUS offers the capability to take 24-megapixel photos with their DuoPixel technology. This may seem like a big deal, but unless you plan to blow up your photographs to epic proportions, there really is no noticeable difference between the default 12-megapixel photos and the 24-megapixel DuoPixel shots. 

Also, DuoPixel doesn’t activate on wide-angle and beauty mode — which are the modes that count. But despite that, it’s good to know I’ll always be billboard-capable.

Here are more photo samples (because you can never take too many selfies!):

This phone’s 16-megapixel rear camera is a capable shooter. I had no issues with photo quality under great shooting conditions; however, low-light scenarios were a different story.

Additionally, this new ZenFone line comes with a pre-installed Selfie Master app which allows users to shoot video or go live on social media, all with a beauty filter.

Shooting video

My Instagram Story game totally went up a notch because of the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro. The second wide-angle selfie camera didn’t only mean wider selfies, it also meant wide-angle videos! This is an especially great thing for people who like vlogging with smartphones– no need for selfie sticks to get a wider shot.

Both front and rear cameras are equipped with electronic image stabilization (EIS), which means the phone stabilizes your shaky footage automatically — a definite must for those who, like me, walk, talk, and shoot at the same time. 4K video recording is also available on both cams.

Other things that matter

The Selfie Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor. For a medium to heavy social media user, such as myself, this ZenFone was powerful enough to run my daily social media fix (which includes, but is not limited to, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat).

Red ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and has 4GB of memory and 64GB storage. This ZenFone series also boasts of a cleaner ZenUI and less bloatware. The 3000mAh battery capacity means a whole day’s worth of uninterrupted selfies.

ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro vs ZenFone 4 Selfie

The ZenFone 4 Selfie is the budget alternative to the Selfie Pro. The question is: What does a US$ 100 price difference mean?

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie left; ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro right

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie left; ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro right

The ZenFone 4 Selfie is fitted with a Snapdragon 430, a more entry-level processor, and the same amount of RAM and storage. That being said, the Selfie Pro is more efficient than the Selfie, with apps launching noticeably faster and lasting slightly longer before needing to be refreshed.

As opposed to the Selfie Pro’s 24-megapixel DuoPixel photos, the Selfie is equipped with a 20-megapixel main selfie shooter. But, does this really make a difference?

The answer is yes. Compared to photos from the ZenFone 4 Selfie, the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s photos are brighter and richer. The Pro gives you that extra glow, which is what’s most important when taking ultimate selfies.

Both phones have 16-megapixel rear shooters.

The photos above were shot in the worst lighting conditions, but the Selfie Pro won out in the end. Despite taking multiple shots and focusing on the same area in the photo (the frame in the middle), the two phones took very different photographs. Zooming in would show that the Selfie Pro’s photo has more detail as opposed to the Selfie counterpart.

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If you’re not someone who utilizes the front-facing camera, you’d find nothing special with this phone.

Girl using the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

For the Selfie lovers, however, it’s a different story. Choice matters, and this smartphone gives you a lot of them for your photo needs. The slew of options are boundless — wide-angled selfies, bokeh selfies, beauty mode selfies, wide-angled selfie videos — meaning this ZenFone has it all. For it’s midrange price tag, that’s looking like a very good deal.

This ZenFone 4 wasn’t named Selfie Pro for nothing.

It retails at US$ 379 in the US and PhP 18,995 in the Philippines.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie hands-on and camera review

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Remote work with the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon 2022 [Shorts]

Power and portability

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I get a lot of “what does a freelancer’s day really looks like?” so here’s a glimpse of my day. I usually adjust my schedule depending on what’s on my plate. Portability is so important to me especially when working outside. Thankfully, i get to work with the newest Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon.

I bring this anywhere when i decide to settle in for a few hours of work. It’s super handy and ultra slim. It fits in my 13-inch handbag. It’s tiny but has all the power that i need! It’s designed with an emphasis on portable productivity, just how i like it.

I find early morning time to be my less productive hours. I just check my email and messages while having a quick brunch. I have most of my energy during mid-day and this is the time when i usually set meetings and presentations.

It has a compact 13-inch QHD resolution lay-flat display. And not just that, look how stunning it is with its moon-white color. Really love it!

I do more content editing in the evening. For some reason, the internet connection is much faster during this time.

While bigger can be better, i prefer lighter. As they say, good things come in small packages. The yoga slim 7i carbon is tiny but powerful and it’s perfect for my life as a freelancer.

With its long battery life and innovative features, i’m not worried about my efficiency despite juggling multiple tasks.

Having the right laptop for what i do means getting optimum results. It combines peak performance, ultra-portability, and smarter features. With it, i’m pretty sure i can slay any task that comes my way.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon 2020 review: Featherweight champ

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Uniqlo’s Fall/Winter 2022 Collection: Here are our favorites!

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As we approach the cooler months of the year here in the tropics, Uniqlo’s Fall/Winter 2022 Collection also arrives on our shores. Pieces that you can layer up on a stormy afternoon or when you decide to hop on a plane to experience lower temperatures elsewhere.

Giving a whole new meaning to the classics, Uniqlo has updated some of the most well-loved items that have stood the test of time, holding up against trends that come and go.

Jackets can actually be warmer without taking up too much space in one’s suitcase and easy to stow away in a backpack when the sun does decide to shine. Knitwear drapes more beautifully on the body with the use of technology called WHOLEGARMENT which creates their 3D Knit line. 

On the sustainability front, Uniqlo is also producing jeans that require less water, jackets that are made from recycled down, and fleece spun from plastic bottles. 

Designers Ines dela Fressange and Hana Tajima continue to release collaborations with Uniqlo for this season. For Tajima, tea-length dresses in jewel tones dominate her line. Dresses that can be worn on a gloomy day and taken directly to an evening event.

Meanwhile, dela Fressange returns to the idea of the uniform, creating classic pieces with a modern feel that one can wear over and over again. And who says florals are only for spring? A long-sleeved, collared dress in one of dela Fressange’s signature French blues features red and white flowers.

The UniqloU line is coming up with a collection of genderless essentials. Outerwear in boxy silhouettes and roomy proportions that would look flattering on just about anyone. The U Pocketable Long Coat in a neutral camel shade is a minimalist’s dream come true.

For their graphic T-shirt (UT) line, Uniqlo is re-launching a collection from its releases over the past two decades. This, in recognition of their timeless appeal.

UT was first launched in 2003 and as the line nears its 20th year anniversary, we’ll also be reunited with well-loved designs we will now have a chance of owning again. Shirts that feature art from Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat are among the 18 designs that are making a comeback in stores.

The Uniqlo Fall/Winter 2022 collection hits branches in the Philippines this Friday, 9th of September.

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realme Pad X: Great all-around companion

Master your hobbies!

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If I were to rank my gadget priorities, a tablet is somewhere in the middle to near bottom of my list. When it comes to purchasing gadgets, I consider myself an essentialist. I thought there wasn’t a very solid reason for me to purchase one.

But then, realme reached out to (hopefully) change my mind. Enter, the realme Pad X.

First impressions

When the realme Pad X fell into my lap, I was initially impressed with the sleek aluminum alloy body design. I wished they had more color options (realme currently offers two: Glacier Blue and Glowing Grey), although this blue colorway looks elegant.

The button placements were kind of confusing at first, especially coming from a phone layout but it doesn’t take too long to get used to.

There are four speaker grilles on the top and bottom (if you’re in portrait mode). I got excited to use it, especially when I saw that the audio is equipped with the famous Dolby Atmos technology.

Workout buddy

I love doing home workouts. I usually start my mornings with a yoga practice from one of my favorite YouTube channels; Yoga With Adriene using my personal laptop.

Setting up a laptop seems a little tedious to do first thing in the morning, so there are days when I slack off and skip my exercise.

When I started to do my morning routine using the realme Pad X, I noticed that I was able to stay consistent even during busy days.

The realme Pad X is very light and easy on the hands with its 7.1mm Ultra Slim Design. It doesn’t take too long to set it up and position a little above my yoga mat. In fact, it can be easily placed anywhere wherever the best angle is.

Perfect for creative hobbyists and multitaskers

During my downtime, I take conscious effort to learn new hobbies. I recently bought my first guitar and I have been studying my favorite songs through the realme Pad X. Whenever I pick up my instrument, I treat my tablet like Kindle — but for guitar chords.

I can also play some music while running different apps in the background, thanks to its power-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G Processor. The device also comes with two Cortex-A78, six Cortex-A55 Cores and paired with an Adreno 619 GPU, so it’s also pretty steady for multitasking and casual gaming.

An audio champ

Perhaps my favorite feature, the realme Pad X is equipped with Dolby Atmos Quad Speakers with Hi-Res Certification and Adaptive Surround Sound. It gives a sound experience like no other.

As a heavy podcast listener (especially while doing house chores), I enjoyed streaming through my realme Pad X, most especially the video podcasts. The sound is very crisp and immersive, no need to connect the tablet to a Bluetooth speaker!

Bigger screen, yay!

Streaming my favorite shows through the realme Pad X gives an almost full cinema experience. The device features a 10.95” 2K Full View Display. The colors are bright and neat, and there’s a bigger screen to match. Not the best display out there, especially for 1080p and 4K videos, but still okay for a decent watch.

I love a big screen partnered with high quality audio — a great binge buddy whether I’m watching while sitting on my desk or while I’m snuggling in bed.

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Overall, the realme Pad X is worth it as an additional device. It’s a great everyday companion as I juggle through different hobbies.

One thing I noticed, though, it somehow fails in the camera department. I don’t expect much in tablets, but the video quality didn’t deliver much especially during online meetings.

Regardless, it’s a great media device for people who want the combined advantages of a phone and laptop in a sleek, convenient package. And oh, did I mention it has 6 GB RAM and 128 GB memory? Yay for storage!

The realme Pad X is available starting today, August 26. It retails for PhP 15,999.

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