Firstly, I am not willing to send the logs so I will be as informative as possible here.
Attached build number on software etc
Now, let's get the bugs out of the way:
General feedback / suggestions:
I'm sure there's more, but otherwise I have really enjoyed the phone and its features so far. The size and weight and performance overall coupled with decent battery life has been great. I am looking forward to a good few years with this phone and I am happy to feed back further as needed and as software updates (hopefully!) mature this phone (rather than break it)!
Well, posts like these are very useful, thanks @PBN! I hope ASUS takes a look at them and even better, takes action. I just preordered mine and can only hope that the bugs get fixed.
Your suggestion about camera improvement seems important for me as well. The camera was (or still is) somewhat of a dealbreaker again (I own the Zenfone 8 now). As I see the reviews now, I'll have to look for a GCAM port again to replace the ASUS camera in some situations.
Yeah I was thinking to look out for a GCAM port actually. I used to have one on my OnePlus before. Mostly the shots are fine, but there are situations where the processing algorithms don't hit. Certainly they are mostly pleasing results, but overall accuracy / balance between accuracy and pleasant viewing is the cost here.
The phone overall is a nice one with some software glitches needing to be tackled. Fingers crossed!
EDIT: Weird thing, today the phone doesn't automatically kick out of silent mode after a call. But now my Bluetooth isn't outputting any sound, either in audio mode, only in call mode. A reboot didn't affect it, I had to manually put the earbuds back in the case and pull them out again, which makes me think it was somehow stuck on the call channel.
This is hard to replicate behaviour indeed!
I also experience most of these bugs, I'd also like the see the auto mode (refresh rate) to be further optimized. And also disable media icons from the AoD notification icons. Bluetooth cracking is probably the most annoying issue I experience.
Asus contact app is also pretty inferior like you said, maybe better to allow us to remove it?
The front camera does support AF? Atleast when presented with a face.
I hope Asus takes a look at this thread, its really excellent.
I think you're right about the front camera autofocus actually. It seems to be relatively precise from 13-15cm up to arms length. (my 7T Pro keeps focus from about 8-10cm and adjusts accordingly). I guess I was just used to something with a little more AF ability.
I don't mind keeping the Asus Contacts app because it is the only way to see individual contact call logs, but just checking my 7T Pro I had the same situation - I would have to go into the OnePlus Contacts app because Google Contacts wouldn't show individual contact call logs).
The frustration here is I CAN set Google Contacts as default for opening contacts, but I can't set ASUS's own Contacts app to "Always". Really odd. On my 7T Pro I think I just resigned myself to manually using their own Contacts app when I wanted individual contact call logs and used Google Contacts for the majority of the time.
I think the real benefit (to allow retention of the call recording feature which you would lose going to Google's superior Phone dialler app), would come from ASUS updating their Dialler to have a decent, customisable favourites tab. OnePlus had it (on OOS11 at least), so I didn't need to use Google's Phone app, but ASUS is missing a trick here.
Bluetooth cracking is very rare for me and even when it happens its very intermittent or fixed with some form of reconnection or reboot. Connectivity with my Bluetooth 5.2 TWS has been more stable than on my OnePlus overall.
What devices are you getting this with? I mainly use mine with Bluetooth 5.0 and 5.2 devices.
On refresh rate, in auto mode it never hits 120Hz in daily use (checked with overlay through Developer Options). It is usually 90Hz when scrolling through settings or using home screens or Chrome. Kiwi Browser only gets to 60Hz for some reason. YouTube, MX Player etc all sit at 60Hz too. Of course you can force it to be 120Hz but that's not going to be great for battery. If this had an LTPO screen and I'd consider leaving AoD on, but as it only drops to 30Hz I have disabled the option in favour of battery life. Will test to see what you mean about notifications.
EDIT: I tested out AoD and yeah, any persistent notifications or "Silent" notifications shouldn't really be shown on the AoD, or at least there should be a toggle to disable it. Tbh a way to manage which apps can have notifications on AoD would be handy so you can select only the apps you want on there (option to select all / deselect all and manual ticking).