Samuel Tan

Sam is a tech evangelist, e-learning and learning platform enthusiast, tablet and smartphone chomping maniac, mac and windows zealot, wireless & network genius, developer, designer, user experience tinkerer, moodle and sharepoint two timer, social media junkie, web analyst and server engineer (and an all round good guy).He has over 18 years of tech experience ranging from ground-breaking university research networks to high level secure government extranet projects. He has overseen many megabuck project deployments from Building Schools for Future to harnessing technology, improving sustainability and realising a performance framework for technology in school.And now, while every other so-called expert and consultant is plotting away on world domination, Sam is quietly working on helping each and every teacher, lecturer and trainer, one school at a time to make the most of Technology for Teaching to enrich every child’s learning experience.

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  1. Nizam Kazi
    December 2, 2014 @ 4:52 am

    What you don’t know is this Sonic Master produce crystal clear sound which not loud enough. You need efforts to enjoy it on loud speaker.

    Even phone ring and ALARM sound is so low that it is unable to wake me up. Clarity which you can’t hear properly is not a invention you need.

    Except it is a great budget phone.

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  2. budinantro
    February 28, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

    If you browse the net, you will find out people complaining about the heat, short battery life, the unreliable 3G connection, the pre-installed applications that can not be disabled. Until now, asus has not solved those issues.

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    • Colour My Learning
      March 2, 2015 @ 5:24 pm

      It’s great that you have pointed this out and I am sure a lot of our readers would appreciate this too. It looks like Asus is launching a new Zenfone, the Zenfone 2, with 5.5-inch Full HD screen and a record breaking 4GB of RAM running Android 5.0 Lollipop and a brand new ZenUI. This is a good sign for I am sure existing Zenfone owners are assured of developmental support from a reputable company such as Asus. Just keep logging your support calls to the right channel.

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  3. PRANAV SINGH
    March 1, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

    Sound is too low in zenfone series. It should be higher. it heated very fast and battery is also draining very fast. Asus should has to fix it.

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  4. Colour My Learning
    March 2, 2015 @ 5:31 pm

    Dear Readers,

    It does seem like most issues surrounding the Zenfone 5 with KitKat update involves heat, power, image quality and sound.

    The battery drains quickly while the phone gets hot with normal use. The captured image quality is poor and video recording is verys low at 15-25 fps. The sound from the built in speaker is also very soft.

    Other issues that were highlighted on forums include bad RAM management, WiFi connectivity and random MicroSD card reinserted notifications.

    If you have any solutions to the above or any fixes or updates that work, please share them below.

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  5. Jovits Nitsef
    March 6, 2015 @ 2:45 am

    I do hope that these issues will be addressed together with the promised lollipop update. If they release in the date announced which is on april, this could be an amazing thing for the zenfones

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  6. abhis3k
    March 6, 2015 @ 9:39 am

    Funny thing is, these issues will never be addressed. ZenUI is great but I would prefer stock Android options. Asus will always force us kernels which always keep the cores on, defying deep sleep; will always keep unchangeable ZenUI forcefully. The speakers will always have very low sound and extremely poor battery life which will always make us think what is the need for a smartphone.

    If a smartphone needs network disconnection, then in the world of always connected net and mobile devices, a Zenfone is never much better than a old “dumbphone”. When I use my Zenfone C I have to keep data off so I can at least keep the juice for a call/sms. Not much difference from old nokia 1100.

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  7. sivamanoj
    March 30, 2015 @ 4:28 pm

    I am using ZenFone 5 for two months my battery also will drains off very quickly

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  8. Paul Bahre
    June 5, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

    I have the New ZenPhone 2 with 64GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM. The thing is the fastest phone I have ever owned. And I do own plenty of phones. The 4GB really kicks this thing into high gear. You don’t see that much RAM on even high end phones. I got everything for 300 dollars at Amazon this week I guess they had the 299 dollar sale. You can pay 700 or 800 on a Samsung phone but still not get what is inside this phone. I am so happy with this phone. And all I can say is it works really well and it’s F A S T Fast !!!

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    • Colour My Learning
      June 5, 2015 @ 3:05 pm

      Thank you Paul for your input on the new ZenFone 2. This is definitely a great improvement over previous generation. 4GB and Intel’s 64-bit Quad-Core 2.3GHz processor, the user friendly UI and superb camera is a great pull and to top it off, the super low price point for what is otherwise a super phone. Let us know how you get on in terms of power, heat, battery life, in-call quality and speaker volume on the new ZenFone 2.

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  9. norbu
    November 19, 2015 @ 10:58 am

    same problem, battery, external storage insert notification, heat up, some times network get vanish in middle of no where. need to do something about this things as soon,

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  10. Khalid
    September 25, 2016 @ 9:39 am

    Quick battery draining is the biggest con of zenfone.. plz do something.Otherwise asus is best.

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