Inquisitive Mommy: ASUS ZenFone Max ZC550KL

If you’re a Pokemon Go gamer this smartphone is for you! Check out my full review about this monstrous mobile phone that have 5,000 mAh battery for your unending Pokemon battles and journey!

Package Inclusion

ASUS ZenFone Max.11


  • USB Cable with port
  • ZenEar (earphones)
  • User guide and Warranty Card
  • Unit
  • Spare ZenEar protectors

The Design

ASUS ZenFone Max has a plastic front and back, but the side trimmings look like ZenFone Zoom. It also looks like ZenFone 2 Laser, but what they did is put the volume rocker and the power button on the right side of the phone to have a little twist. I love how the gold side trim blends on the white colour of the phone.

ZenFone Max is available in two colours: Leather-like finish of Osmium Black and Eggshell finish of Pure White. If you choose the white one be sure to buy casing to protect the unit from scratches and other elements that can make phone look untidy.

The Display, User Interface and Apps

The UI or the User Interface is very fluid and does not hang up. Some apps are pre-installed like Dr. booster, Beauty Plus, trip advisor, mini movie and photo collage. You can adjust your desired brightness. I preferred a low light view, but I have problem when I am outside specially when the sun shines too bright and my screen brightness is low, that is why I opt to use automatic so that the phone can automatically adjust on the light where I am in.

ZenFone Max is 5.5 inches, 1280x&20 HD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which is very good for a phone this monstrous because it’s shutter and scratch resistant. It is also uses blue light filter for their users eye care.

I think ASUS has mastered the art of making a vivid display though needs more improvement when it comes to super bright lights.

The Battery

I did a Battery test using Antutu Battery benchmarking and ASUS ZenFone scored: 20,183. I started the battery test at 3:25 am at 73% battery and the battery test ended 10:37 am with 19% battery left. ASUS ZenFone Max’s battery is really very good for gamers and heavy users of data or wifi, but after the battery test it takes more than 2 hours to charge the battery which make me feel bored (haha!) I just love to use it over and over again.

ZenFone Max’s battery a non removable is 5000 mAh Li-Polymer which have a standby time of 38 days when used in 3g only and has a talkative of 37.6 hours and 32.5 hours when wifi browsing.


The Benchmarking

I use Antutu Benchmarking 6.2.0 and ASUS ZenFone Max scored: 25,276. The multi touch test scored: 10 when we use 10 fingers. I also run the Antutu Javacript benchmarking and ASUS ZenFone Max score: 16,926 surpassing xperia ultra.

The PixelMaster and Sample Photos

ASUS ZenFone Max front PixelMaster is 5 megapixel with  f/2.0, 85° wide-viewing angle rear and the back PixelMaster is 13 megapixel with f/2.0, 5P Largan lens Laser Auto Focus (0.03 sec focusing) Dual-LED real tone flash. The ZenFone Max’s camera is comparable to ZenFone 2 Laser camera.

Sample Photos taken in different ambiance and lighting and uses the manual mode and no filter using the front PixelMaster:

The Specs

Internal storage: 16GB
Micro SD: Up to 64GB
ASUS WebStorage: 5GB free for life Google Drive: 100GB free space (2 years)

Weight / Dimensions: 202 g (with battery) / 77.5 x 156 x 5.2 ~ 10.55 mm (LxWxH)

Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 410 quad-core ARM® CortexTM A53 at up to 1.2 GHz per core; 32-bit and 64-bit capable
Adreno 306 GPU

Memory: RAM: 2GB LPDDR3

User Interface:
ASUS ZenUI 2.0 with over 1000+ software enhancements : Themes Store
Easy / Kids /SnapView modes
ZenMotion / Tap tap to wake up and sleep 24/7 ZenUI apps Instant update from Google Play Store ZenUI apps with over 30 Million users

SIM Card: Dual SIM Dual Standby SIM1 Support 2G/3G/4G SIM2 Support 2G/3G

Ports: Micro USB 3.5mm audio jack

Built-in Mono speaker
Dual internal mic with ASUS NoiseZero Talk Technology

The Price

ASUS ZenFone Max is priced at P8,995 and is available in ASUS stores and authorised dealers nationwide.

The Mommy’s score board

ASUS ZenFone Max-2

The ASUS Experience

I would recommend this phone to people who like games, watching videos online, Pokemon Go Addicts and fans and people who are so lazy to bring their power bank with them. This phone proves that I can charge just 2x in a week and it’s really powerful and can go with the lifestyle that I have. Though, the camera is not just like the one that I am using (ZenFone Zoom) I still have the chance to take beautiful photos and my son also takes a beautiful selfie with the PixelMaster. My overall is experience was really great and with the price which very affordable with a nice battery this smart phone will surely be number 1 when it comes to choice of  affordability and battery life.


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