Thoughts on the Asus Zenfone 3

I’ve been using the Asus Zenfone 3 as my daily driver for about a week now, and wanted to lay down some initial thoughts and impressions about this phone because Christmas is coming and I truly think this device is something any mobile phone fan would love.

Tech Specs

  • Dual SIM Card Slots
  • 5.5 Inch Capacitive Super IPS+ Display
  • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
  • 64GB of Internal Memory
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 16MP Camera with Phase Detection and Optical Image Stabilization
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • USB-C with Fast Charging

The Camera (Photos)

The Camera (Videos)

Network Speeds (WIFI and LTE)

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Screen Shots

Final Thoughts

After some strong consideration, I have actually decided to sell my Pixel and stick with the Zenfone 3. It’s a perfect phone for me that offers the features I want at a crazy attractive price point, and performs well without any stutter or lag.

EndOffice Dedicated Servers and Colocation

Keyboard

I’ve been known to browse around WebHosting talk looking for dedicated server deals when I came across a physical location that I rarely see on offer from any form of provider.

I worked as quickly as I could to snag one of these servers but a few things struck me as odd that I am hoping is resolved in the near future.

  • No ordering system. You have to email them to get set up.
  • No billing system. I was simply sent a paypal money request.
  • Single Homed Cogent Connectivity (New carrier incoming next month).

Aside from the above mentioned issues, I have had nothing but a joy ordering from EndOffice. Their staff are super responsive at all hours of the day, and really do whatever they can to get a customer online and happy.

My only real concern is this company up and disappearing in a short period of time, however you take that risk with quite a few providers so it’s really something you just have to be prepared for.

Here’s the benchmark from the server I purchased:

 

Still not a bad deal assuming the service sticks around! This box is $29 per month with a 20 megabit unmetered connection or for an extra $10 you can go to 10TB over gigabit.

Again still a pretty good deal if you’re OK with Cogent.

The Nexus Player

Nexus-PlayerThis Christmas my wife got me on of the most awesome gifts I could have asked for the Nexus Player by Asus and Google.

The Nexus Player is the second attempt by Google at a set-top box that offers media streaming similar to the Apple TV, Roku and others.

The first thing I did was install Kodi (Xbox Media Center) on the Nexus Player so that I could have access to a much broader range of media at my disposal. I followed the instructions posted on the Kodi Wiki here. It was super simple and now this little box is incredible!

The Nexus Player is now and all in one device that offers far more than our Apple TV ever did. We get Google Play Movies, Kodi (Movies, TV, Music, Apps), Google Play Gaming, Netflix, and a lot more.

So far I think it’s a really great device for $110!