OnePlus 2 vs Asus Zenfone 2: Which is a better buy

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OnePlus 2 vs Asus Zenfone 2: Which is a better buy

1 Aug, 2015

Text: Ravi Sharma, TOI Tech

OnePlus 2 64GB model is all set to enter the Indian market on August 11 and is likely to be on the wish list of anyone looking for a flagship smartphone at mid-range price.

This segment already has one contender, Asus ZenFone 2, which is the world’s first smartphone with 4GB RAM. But now so does OnePlus 2. Similarly, while ZenFone 2 supports fast-charging, OnePlus 2 boasts of fingerprint sensor.

So, the fight is pretty tough between the two smartphones.

Here we take a look at all the key aspects to help you choose between OnePlus 2 and Asus ZenFone 2 and make the final decision…

One of the unique aspects of Zenfone 2’s design is the placement of the Volume keys, which are placed on the back in hopes that it will be equally convenient for both left- as well as right-handed users to access them; however, we find the standard design – where the keys are placed on the edges – to be more convenient.

Moreover, the Power button is placed at the top, and it becomes rather difficult to reach the Power button each time you want to turn the screen on or off as Zenfone 2 is a pretty big smartphone.

On the other hand, we like the OnePlus 2 design more as the device is more pocketable and easier to wield due to its smaller size. Moreover, the positioning of hardware keys is pretty convenient even for people with small hands. The metal frame on the sides gives it a more premium feel compared to Zenfone 2 as well.

When it comes to materials of construction, once again OnePlus 2’s sandstone back looks better than Zenfone 2’s plastic back panel with brushed metal finish (available in 6 colours). Moreover, you can buy four custom back covers for the new OnePlus smartphone for added personalization: Rosewood, Kevlar, Bamboo and Black Apricot.

However, Asus is launching a new version of ZenFone 2 in a few weeks that will have a diamond pattern back panel for design-conscious buyers. This new version will have the same features as the standard ZenFone 2 and cost Rs 1,000 more at Rs 23,999.

Both OnePlus 2 and Zenfone 2 have 5.5-inch IPS screens with Full HD (1080x1920p) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. While Asus has not revealed the brightness levels, One Plus says that its new smartphone sports one of the brightest display panels in the industry at 600nits.

However, in our usage we found both smartphones to have similar brightness levels, likely due to the rather warm colours. Nevertheless, the OnePlus 2 display is a little brighter in comparison and delivers better sunlight legibility, as the image shows.

When it comes to viewing angles and colour saturation, both smartphones are almost at the same level.

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