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47 COMMENTS

  1. This is the most complete phone I have ever seen, at least for me. I have a phone that's almost 2 years old, still running great, but this monster it's next level. Performance, battery, accessories, screen, dual speakers, storage, 4 microphones (providing not only gaming but better calling noise cancelation), I love the design, it makes it different from all the phones out there, it has character. This isn't just for gaming, it has guaranteed Horsepower for long term even for apps that you use daily or for a job that uses heavy apps, dude you put this in Asus dock and it's like a laptop, you get all the ports to use. I mean yeah you can still get a decent laptop, but you can't deny it, this thing has potential. Camera I bet it's better than my device although it doesn't bother me that much since I plan on buying a GoPro so it's OK. But spec wise, this is definitely my next buy, if I get to save enough for it, who knows… By the time I've earned the money the ROG 3 might be out. I just hope I'll get my hands on this beast for early spring. Games are getting more serious on mobile devices and this thing is built and ready for it.

  2. Good thing i didn't buy this "Toy Phone 2" its not even working well with all that bugs,errors,glitches,display issues,features not working properly,heating fast,low battery management issue and super fragile while the update is not solving the key issues and causing additional problems instead…..this phone is just for show and the crappy software OS is not able to bring out the best of the phone so do the updates,those who bought it near me are trying to sell it off second hand to buy a decent all rounder phone like 1+,realme….etc.
    THOUGH ITS WORKING FINE FOR NOW,THAT'S SUPER TEMPORARY…..A CALM BEFORE A STORM.

  3. Honestly this is THE best you can get if you plan to game on your phone.

    The speakers are insanely good and you can play some games at 120fps whilst consoles are still targeting 60fps.

  4. I question these gaming phones as far as their durability and long term software support. They have the better price and specs, but will the company give the device the proper support down the line?

  5. Once you go 120hrtz you'll never go back to 60hrtz. Trust me you'll know the difference. Been using ROG 2 for a month no issue. 1 whole day of use still got 20-30% battery left.

  6. The best test of a "Gaming" phone is: If you take the word "Gaming" and toss it out the window, is it still a competent phone? In the Rog phone 2's case, ABSOLUTELY. Plus, where can you get a phone with 512 GB storage for $899 US that comes with a 30w fast charger, case AND external cooler mount? The downsides: Data while on an active call is essentially nonexistent [at least in US] and (as stated in the review) WiFi signal falls of SHARP. Plus side: Android 10 is already in active beta for the RoG Phone II ^^

  7. having a bigger battery is always a win but I don't know if people need all of what this device is offering, and i'm talking about hardcore gamers here. hardware is so far ahead of software in the mobile space that you just don't need a lot of this stuff. most of it just falls under future proofing.

    i'd take this over a pixel 4XL any day of the week though, being that they're around the same price.

  8. Seems like the best phone with a headphone jack out right now, with not a lot of major drawbacks… Since the battery on my OnePlus 5 is starting to give in, this looks like it might become my next phone soon. Thanks for the fun and informative review.

  9. If I may pick a nit, Samsung surely popularized the "phablet" (God I hate that term), but people were making fun of my giant-sized Dell Streak for a couple years before my Galaxy Note.

    Great review, though!

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