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ASUS Zenfone 2 Intel Atom Smartphone (ZE551ML) Review Part 2: Nice Things & Problems

The very nice thing about ASUS Zenfone 2 is that they (currently) update the software, both Android ZenUI OS and built-in applications very rapidly.

I also noticed a few problems though. Sometimes Android System UI crashes (about once in 1-3 days), which is worrying but it resumes successfully, however if I was composing a (long!) text message then it’s wiped away. 🙁

A few Virtual Reality/3D/Cardboard applications are not working as intended (Vrse with blank black video although there is sound) or just crashes (Tokyo VR).

Hopefully sooner than later these issues will be resolved either by ASUS or software developer or Google. Aamiin. 🙂

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Alhamdulillah, Memang Aku Sering Lupa Bersyukur

Penjahit sol sepatu atau tas bekerja dengan halal dan butuh waktu lama untuk mendapatkan 5-15 ribu rupiah per pelanggan. Sedangkan saya…? Ah… #jadigalau

Sore itu saya berniat menjahit tas sobek (bukan “robek” ya!) ke sebuah gang di daerah Kosambi (Jl. A. Yani), Bandung. Sesampainya di sana, karena sudah lewat Maghrib, ternyata sudah pada tutup… tapi ada satu orang bapak yang masih ada di situ, lagi beres-beres. Trus saya tanya dech “Masih buka, kang? Saya mau jahitin tas nich… kecil aja koq.”

Bapaknya mau kan… trus mulai dech dilihat-lihat dan direncanakan gitu haha. Tapi hari udah gelap banget, penerangannya minim, alhamdulillah baterai hape saya masih 88% hehe jadi saya bantu terangin pakai torch.

Mulai lah si bapak ini bekerja… setelah tempat yang berlubang diberi marker, trus mengukur kulit sebagai penambal dengan akurat, memotongnya, menempelnya dengan perekat, sampai menjahit satu demi satu agar tepat.

Di tengah proses yang saya amati ini saya mulai menyadari, bahwa sobekan yang saya kira “kecil aja koq” ini ternyata sulit juga ya, karena kebetulan posisi sobekannya di pojok plus dekat resleting pula, jadi penambalannya pun butuh teknik khusus.

Meski saya memegang torch di hape, tapi masih sempet ngecek sosmed. Si akang ini nggak sama sekali buka Facebook maupun Twitter, hehe.

Dan yang saya pikir sobekan kecil itu cuma butuh 15 menit ternyata setelah kira-kira 45 menit baru selesai. Tagihannya? 10 ribu rupiah.

Saya jadi mikir lagi… 45 menit, 10 ribu. Dari pagi sampai sore, kalau orderan penuh, jadi mentok-mentoknya sekitar 100 ribu. Kalau sepi ya berarti di bawahnya. Saya salut banget akang ini melakukan pekerjaan yang bermanfaat, halal, dan tidak mencari uang dengan cara yang kurang terpuji seperti mengamen/mengemis. (Secara statistik, potensi penghasilan mengamen/mengemis jauh lebih besar… hix hix sedih ya)

Kalau saya bandingkan dengan diri saya sendiri. Saya jadi malu. Dari kecil Allah banyak sekali memberikan saya kemudahan dan rezeki yang bermacam-macam. Ya meski ada juga rezeki yang saya belum dapatkan dan saya berdoa tiap hari agar segera dikasih he..he.. Tapi Allah baik banget ama saya. Bahkan saya merasa sering banget ngecewain Allah. Kalau dibandingkan dengan bapak itu, wah saya sulit banget bisa setelaten dia.

Alhamdulillah…

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Bantu Jokowi Benahi Negara, BJ Habibie Ingin Himpun 1.000 Ilmuwan

Mantan Presiden ke-3 RI BJ Habibie meminta pengurus Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (AIPI) meningkatkan jumlah anggota. Ia menargetkan pada puncak perayaan ulang tahun ke-25 AIPI pada 13 Oktober 2015, 1.000 ilmuwan bersedia bergabung membantu bangsa memberi pencerahan dalam bidang pengetahuan.

“Saya minta Anda memperbesar jumlah anggota. Rakyat Indonesia ratusan juta orang, masa anggota kita hanya 100? Saya minta 1.000 anggota Oktober nanti. Saya targetkan itu,” ujar Habibie di kediamannya, Jalan Patra Kuningan XIII, Jakarta Selatan, Minggu (24/5/2015).

Sebagai salah satu pemrakarsa AIPI, Habibie mengatakan, 1.000 ilmuwan ini harus menjadi guidance atau penuntun bangsa, termasuk pemimpinnya. Para ilmuwan itu diharapkan mampu mencerdaskan bangsa di berbagai sektor.

“Saya minta diberikan 1.000 ilmuwan. Itu bisa ada di bagian sosial politik, kedokteran, riset, teknologi, dan lain-lain. It’s okay, itu nanti tergantung pembangunan negeri ini, karena dia (Presiden Jokowi) butuh guidance,” sambung dia.

Meski organisasi AIPI ini belum memiliki nama besar di luar negeri, tetapi ilmuwan yang menciptakan pesawat CN 250 ini, meminta lembaga tersebut menjadi yang terbaik di negeri sendiri.

“Kita harus berada di ujung tombak. Bersyukur, kita sudah 25 tahun exercise, kalau di luar kita belum baik, tapi di bumi negeri sendiri kita harus paling baik,” pungkas Habibie. (Rmn/Yus)

Save Rohingya, Love Rohingya

Muslim Mayoritas Tidak Boleh Menzhalimi Non-Muslim Minoritas

Namun timbul niat dari sebagian kaum Muslimin untuk membalas kezaliman tersebut kepada kaum kafir yang berada di negeri yang kaum Muslimin jadi mayoritas di sana. Ketahuilah, hal ini tidak dibenarkan dalam Islam. Kezaliman tidak dibalas kezaliman, bahkan wajib bersikap adil walaupun terhadap non-muslim.

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Seperti Anak Panah, Dimundurkan Untuk Melesat Ke Depan

Pernahkah kamu mengalami suatu keadaan yang membuat hidupmu seperti ditarik mundur, jauh dari harapan?

Pernahkah kamu melihat orang-orang yang dulunya berapi-api tiba-tiba seperti kehilangan semangat bahkan lenyap dari peredaran?

Pernahkan kamu melihat atau bahkan merasakan bahwa orang-orang yang pernah kau lihat (atau bahkan dirimu sendiri) mengalami kemunduran itu, lalu tiba-tiba melesat cepat ke depan dan meraih banyak hasil?

Kita seperti anak panah di tangan Allah..! Ada masa-masa anak panah itu melesat cepat terlepas dari busurnya menuju sasaran yang dimaksudkan.

Ada masanya anak-anak panah itu harus istirahat dalam kantong-Nya. Namun di saat yang diperlukan, anak panah itu akan dipasang dalam busur-Nya ditarik kebelakang.. Sejauh mungkin untuk mencapai suatu sasaran.

Semakin jauh tarikannya, semakin jauh pula jarak yang akan ditempuh. Semakin panjang rentang busur menarik ancang-ancang, makin cepat pula anak panah itu melesat.

Jadi…

Jika kau seperti dalam keadaan yang mundur, bersabarlah : Mungkin Allah tengah meletakkanmu di busur-Nya. Menarikmu jauh-jauh ke belakang, agar di saat kau dilepaskan, kau memiliki daya dorong yang kuat untuk mencapai sasaran. Dan jika kau melihat seorang teman seperti tengah mengalami kemunduran, jangan buru-buru menghakimi dengan mengatakan “Apinya telah padam” atau.. “Jangan-jangan dia ada dosa..”

Jadilah teman yang baik, yang mendampingi di saat temanmu sedang “dimundurkan” karena dengan demikian kau ikut menjaganya agar tidak sampai putus asa dan terkulai.

Kamu, aku, dia, mereka, kita… adalah anak-anak panah ditangan Allah..!

Hidup untuk mencapai suatu sasaran yang sudah ditetapkan.

Tetaplah semangat, tetaplah bersabar, tetaplah tekun dalam kebenaran, dan senantiasa ISTIQOMAH dan tetaplah berdoa memohon kepada Allah, niscaya Allah akan memberi lebih dari yg kita mohonkan…

آمين يارب العالمين

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Takut ama beras plastik? Ganti aja ke beras analog jagung ^_^

Beras analog memiliki keunggulan ditilik dari komposisi bahan baku. Sorgum dipilih karena indeks glikemiknya rendah. Indeks glikemik adalah dampak makanan terhadap kadar gula darah. Makanan dengan indeks glikemik rendah lambat meningkatkan kadar gula dalam darah.

Dengan demikian, makanan tersebut menyehatkan dan baik bagi penderita diabetes. Selain itu, kandungan protein beras analog 12 persen. Lebih tinggi dibandingkan beras yang 6-8 persen.

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ASUS Zenfone 2 Intel Atom Smartphone (ZE551ML) Review

ASUS Zenfone 2 is an Intel Atom powered smartphone which supports 4G LTE, Dual SIM, and 5.5″ IPS display screen.

There are several “groups” of variants, notably the lower-end ZE550ML variants with 720p display and ZE551ML variants with 1080p display. I said “groups” because ZE550ML group has variants having 16 GB and 32 GB of storage, and ZE551ML group has variants having 2 GB and 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB and 64 GB of storage, and 1.8 GHz and 2.3 GHz CPU. Mine is a ZE551ML with 1080p display, 2.3 GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM, and 32 GB storage.

My Story

Actually I never planned to buy a new smartphone, at least not so soon. But since my previous Samsung Galaxy Note 2 suddenly stopped working, unfortunately I had to find a replacement quickly and after a light research, I decided to buy an ASUS Zenfone 2. So I went to Bandung Electronic Center (BEC) last week.

Actually I wanted to but the lowest-end ZE550ML with 720p display, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, which would be priced around IDR 3,000,000 which is already expensive for me. But then I thought that the ZE551ML with 1080p display, 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB storage priced at IDR 3,300,000 would be a better price-per-value, I get better display (which means less battery hehe) with also more storage. But then I thought that I had a 2 GB RAM phone before and it got sluggish after a year of usage or so, so I guess it’s “OK” to buy a 4 GB RAM phone this time with a price of around IDR 3.200.000 for the 1.8 GHz, 32 GB storage, and “distributor warranty” version.

After a bit of windowshopping, some stores didn’t have exactly the variant I was looking for, or had it but not the color I want. All stores only sell the silver and red variant. I almost settled on the 4GB/32GB/2.3GHz/distributor-warranty version priced at IDR 3,300,000 but then the storekeeper said they had the wrong price and it’s actually IDR 3,350,000 so I was upset and then I found another store which sold the Red/4GB/32GB/2.3GHz/official-warranty version at IDR 3,250,000 which I purchased. The official warranty is from Metrodata. I’m quite happy, although this is a very expensive phone for me, it’s still cheaper than when I bought my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone last year in used condition for IDR 4.300.000! :p

Looks

Phone looks great and feels great, especially on red color.

Front looks with display on and off:

Looks great on back, with LED flash, F2.0 13 MP camera, and volume buttons:

Bottom is for microUSB port and microphone:

Top is for power button and 3.5mm headset jack:

Sides dont’ have any buttons at all:

My problem with the back design is that it is too rounded, so if I put the phone on back, it will wiggle because the back side is rounded and not flat.

Specifications & Performance

ZE551ML with 4 GB RAM is the flagship ASUS Zenfone 2 phone. It has Intel Atom Z3580 2.3 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM, Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI, 1080p Full HD display in 5.5″ IPS screen, and 13 megapixel camera. I chose the slightly lower 32 GB storage variant, the highest is 64 GB storage.

After I installed all my applications, in most cases the phone performs “quite good”. Why I said that is because my expectations are actually higher. This is a flagship 4 GB RAM phone with the latest quad-core Intel Atom processor, I don’t accept any sluggishness. It’s by no means sluggish, but there are a few times where it does stutter a bit, even while playing music it can stop the music for a few milliseconds, which is quite annoying. Camera processing is also not instantaneous, especially when I turn on Beautification or any other effect. Adobe Photoshop is the worst offender, applying an effect can take 5-10 seconds. That said, other phones with lower specs are definitely worse, hehe 😉

The performance takes a hit when (rapid) charging, because the phone becomes hot. During charging it’s not convenient to use the phone, due to hotness and also because the phone runs slower.

Battery and (Hot?) Temperature

Battery is 3,000 mAh and my verdict is… so-so. It lasts around 9 hours with my moderate usage (no video playing, just social media, chatting and browsing) with screen brightness to lowest-auto. I’m quite worried because this is a 1-week old phone. Within 1 year of usage I expect that I will have to disable many background apps to make it survive longer.

Battery screen gives estimated time left, I don’t really trust it. :-p Especially after 30% it drops faster than above 30%. But below 20% ZenUI will ask if you want to go Ultra-Power-Save mode which disables most background notifications, a must-have convenience that also exists in Samsung and perhaps other brands.

The great thing is it supports Quick Charging and the estimate is quite accurate. From 5% to full charge it requires about 1 hour.

The good thing is, ASUS provides Auto-start Manager so I can disable background apps that I don’t use often. I can live if these apps don’t always update in real-time.

About temperature, in most light usage this phone is quite cool. However during (rapid) charging, it will get very hot. Also it gets quite hot during phone calls. And when connected to WiFi with heavy access, it does get quite hot. It’s probably because of the 2.3 GHz processor getting to max speed. But so far, it’s understandable.

User Interface

The ASUS ZenUI user interface is beautiful, convenient, and fast. I love it. Here we have the standard Android Lollipop notification tray:

ASUS also provides quick access buttons to brightness (can be auto with slider) and other functionality, including the Splendid display setting which can change screen color style to warmer reading, or to vivid, etc. Splendid is a cool idea but I don’t really use it, I just leave it at balanced.

ASUS provides CleanMaster (Boost in notification area) preinstalled, which I don’t know yet whether it’s useful or not, but I guess it’s good to know it’s there if I need it and it’s integrated.

ASUS provides many widgets like Weather out-of-the-box, also applications like Do It Later and SuperNote. You may call them bloatware but I think these are nice apps. And for some people these apps are just right and don’t need to install a more complex app.

ASUS also provides ways to customize the look and feel of the UI, home screen, lock screen, although for this I have to say Xiaomi’s MIUI is best. ASUS ZenUI themes are much fewer. The nicest thing I found is ASUS live wallpapers, which ASUS claims are battery-friendly, here I use LiveOcean live wallpaper. The ocean water level reflects the battery level, so it’s pretty neat too.

Conclusion

For my variant of the ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE551ML with 4 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, 2.3 GHz CPU, official-warranty priced at IDR 4.250.000 it’s a “pretty good” phone (it’d be excellent if it was priced at IDR 3.500.000 hehe). I can definitely find a more expensive phone from Samsung but with similar specifications. But for the lower Zenfone 2 ZE550ML variant with 2 GB RAM priced at IDR 3.000.000 I think that’d be really good phone at decent pricing.

My hope now is that this phone can perform well and reliable for at least the next 3 years. I did read stories from my friends that had Asus mobile devices broken after some usage and still troublesome even after warranty repairs. I hope mine will do much better. Aamin.