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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.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

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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Get Frizz-free Curls with the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

Curly-haired girls problems

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All curly-haired women have been in the same situation at some point. Putting out a ton of effort in the morning when it comes to styling. Saying a morning prayer where you ask the universe to cooperate, begging for a good hair day. All these only to be messed with by the elements come lunchtime. With the right hair tool and some products that will ensure your curls stay intact, you can preserve your locks and keep them looking neat for much longer. Let us show you how.

Special thanks to Hotel Bristol Berlin for the venue
Makeup by Mel Montajes

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5 lessons we learned from ‘Crash Landing on You’

Let’s value offline connection

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Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t watched Crash Landing on You, please read with caution.

After a fantastic finalé, popular K-drama Crash Landing on You got me crashing down with emotions. Apart from the giggles, tears, and laughter, the beloved TV series brought unexpected nuggets of wisdom. Lo and behold, here are lessons from the hit show that everyone should remember.

Life without social media is great

When Yoon-Seri crash-landed into North Korea, she was totally bewildered. While the show is a fictitious attempt to portray the country, we all know from the books they’re totally isolated from the rest of the world.

Some of the basic necessities we enjoy are scarce, and they don’t have social media. But even though none of them enjoy these platforms we use to communicate, you can see that people have genuine interactions with each other.

When we’re hung up on social media, we rarely look around our surroundings. It’s time to appreciate the little things we have. For instance, the way the sunlight fills an entire room with warmth, or how the cold breeze in the morning hugs us while we sip hot coffee.

Cherish a disconnected life, connect with more people

What I love about Crash Landing on You is the banter between its characters. There may be no technology involved (and even if there was in Seoul), a lot of them stay connected with each other — not with the internet.

There were no distractions when they eat their meals; they share stories, burst into waves of laughter, and enjoy time with each other. With technology getting in the way we connect with our loved ones, maybe it’s time to bond the way the characters did in Crash Landing on You — disconnected online, but with a genuine connection offline.

Technology really made our lives easier

When Yoon Se-Ri and Ri Jeong Hyeok’s friends were sent to Seoul to bring back their captain, they’re filled with amazement. Even after going back, they missed how life was more convenient in Seoul. Back there, they didn’t have to wait for electricity to come back, and water flows freely.

Presently, homes are now protected with a security pass — which you can unlock with a code or your biometrics. You can turn off the lights when you clap your hands, too. Coffee machines are also here to serve us coffee, without grinding beans for god-knows-how-long.

Seeing the difference in the show’s portrayal of North and South Korea, you’d be grateful that we live in a world where technology is welcome and embraced.

We all need a strong support system

To survive in this world, we all need a strong support system. Your friends are important in navigating your life — connected or not. Crash Landing on You taught us that our friends are here and life’s easier when you have people around you. From Ri Jeong Hyeok’s men to Ajummas cheering Yoon Se-Ri, the right people really do bring the best in us.

There may be times when life seems unfair and struggles can be overbearing, but when you have people to lean on, you can survive anything.

Don’t be afraid to love again

In an age where romance and dating are complicated, people easily shy away from love altogether. I mean, it’s better to guard yourself up and not get hurt, right? But if we do that, we’re missing the spark and joy of life. If you’re afraid of the pain, remember that getting hurt is one of the risks of love.

Yoon Se-Ri and Ri Jeong Hyeok taught us the right person is always worth the risk. The amount of love we’re getting back will take away all the tears we shed. So if you feel like giving up on love, don’t. The universe is pulling all the strings for you. Magic is about to happen, just hang in there.

Bonus: Trust the universe

Lastly, live your life to the fullest. Trust that God, the universe, and other heavenly beings are working in your favor. After all, they’re true. It wasn’t a coincidence I watched Crash Landing on You. It was destiny. I was meant to learn from these lessons and share them with you.

Stream Crash Landing on You on Netflix.

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PayMaya offers up to 75% off discounts on Tinder subscriptions

Swipe more for less!

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Are you still trying to find “The One” online? You’re in luck! PayMaya partnered with Tinder to make it easier for you to find love.

Through PayMaya’s app, you can enjoy discounted Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold subscriptions. For Tinder Plus subscriptions, you can get 75 percent off from PhP 259 to PhP 65 for 1 month; 50 percent off from PhP 1,039 to PhP 519 for 6 months, and 50 percent off from PhP 1,559 to PhP 779 for 12 months.

For Tinder Gold subscriptions, all are discounted for 50 percent off. Get the subscription from PhP 415 to PhP 208 for 1 month, PhP 1,559 to PhP 780 for 6 months, and from PhP 2,339 to PhP 1,170 for 12 months.

Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold

If you’re still new in this online dating thingy, Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold make your online dating experience more fun and convenient.

Tinder Plus gives you unlimited likes, unlimited rewinds, five Super Likes to capture your interest’s attention, and a free Boost every month so more people can see you. Additionally, it helps you be shown to people you’ve liked, allows you to control your profile, and lets you swipe around the world wherever you are. Lastly, there are no ads!

Tinder Gold, on the other hand, gets the same perks as Tinder Plus. Except, you have the ability to swipe on every Top Picks — compared to only one swipe when you’re just using a regular account — and more importantly, see the people who likes you so you can match instantly.

How to purchase your subscription

First, open your PayMaya app. Then, choose Treats, find the Tinder subscription you want, and tap Buy. You can also have an option to gift it to your friends. Tap the share button, choose the channel and send the generated coupon. Promo will be available from February 1 to 29, 2020.

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