Gadget: Zenfone Max the Travelers Phone
The biggest pain w.r.t phone while traveling is network and battery. I got a new phone for the last year's epic drive, just for the trip. I paid about 10k and it was a bad phone. It would restart all the time, couldn't focus etc. or let me just say it was disaster.
After using Zenfone Max for a week now I wish I had got it then. It kind of shines in all the departments that I expect a travel phone do well.
How is my travel phone different that the one I use on day today 1.
- While traveling I use at least two connections (Airtel and BSNL). So something that offers dual sim is very important to me. Its kind of surprise to me that not many high-end phones don't offer that. Why is that?
- Maps and GPS is something I use 24x7 while on a drive. I track everywhere I go. So its important that the phone handles the power consumption by GPS efficiently and doesn't crash.
- Photos: Even though I carry a dedicated camera on such trips. I do participate in a lot of photo based crowd-sourcing projects - OpenPostBox, Mapilary etc. So I do appreciate good and quick picture-taking capability
- Full Disk Encryption and Full VPN support is very important. The problem with most phones is FDE slows them down, VPN consumes battery quite a bit.
- All these are over and above regular routing, social media, browsing, reading and email.
- Big battery is very important because both network and gps are power hungry.
Asus phones come with decent quality pre-installed apps. I am not taking about third-party apps but the apps created by Asus. I specially like that they come with all Indian language keyboards. Also app developers are quite responsive. I had suggested couple of suggestions to the Kannada Keyboard app, they quickly replied and I see now that some of those points are implemented.
Also you can uninstall the Asus pre-installed apps if you don't like, its feature3 I like even though I might not use :)
Overall its a great phone for the price.