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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

[Gadget Review] Ninetology U9Z1+ VS HTC Butterfly S

Two weeks ago I was loaned two units of smartphones, the Ninetology U9Z1+ and also the HTC Butterfly S through Ninetology's Tech Kaiju Project, which aims to promote transparent blogging as part of Ninetology's yearlong ethical blogging initiative that will go hand in hand with sharing the latest gadget information, both Ninetology and other competitor brands. Since I'm not an expert in gadget review, I'll just do a rough review and state what I like between these two phones instead of comparing. 

Ninetology U9Z1+

Quick specs overview:-
  • 5" 1280 x 720 HD, Corning Gorilla Class 2 with IPS, curve touch point and capacitive multi touch screen
  • 144.5 x 73 x 9.0mm, weigh 158g
  • 1.2GHz quad core processor, powerVR SGX544
  • 1GB ram, 16GB internal memory (expansion microSD card slot up to 32GB)
  • 2,000 mAh Li-Ion (up to 10 hours for talktime, 400 hours standby time)
  • 13 megapixel rear camera and 5.0 megapixel front camera
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
  • Comes with 4200mAh power bank and S-Kross, renowned world-class dual USB travel charger

One of the main concern when girls (90%!) looking for smartphone, its front and rear camera. Surprisingly, Ninetology U9Z1+ comes with 13 megapixels rear and 5 megapixels front cameras! However, bigger megapixels doesn't mean better quality of photos. I've took a few pictures with Ninetology U9Z1+ and also the HTC Butterfly S, but in results, the pictures captured by HTC Butterfly S with merely 4mp ultrapixels are more clear, sharp and vivid-colours.

First of all, the premium gift box packaging does attract me a lot and it comes with many accessories such as S-kross world USB charger (compatible in 150 countries), 4200 mAh power bank, battery, charger, USB cable, earpiece, screen protector (clear), bumper case, quick start guide and warranty card, which is a plus point that I don't need to spend extra money to purchase phone accessories after that. 

Besides, its building material is aluminium CNC mid-housing bezel which allows rough handling, with this ultimate protection. However, the battery cover is abit frail and flimsy compared to HTC Butterfly S that I'm afraid I will break it while opening the back cover. Ninetology U9Z1+ also supports dual sim card and 3G HSPA+ connectivity, updated with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, which is perfectly designed for business men/women. 

Ninetology U9Z1+ isn't that bad afterall considering its cheaper price (RRP RM1,299 only!) and it's sufficient for normal usage. Dual sim card function, quad core processor, 5" IPS HD display with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and its beautiful glass panel... yay or nay? :)


HTC Butterfly S

Quick specs overview:-
  • 5" Full HD display 1080p, 440PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6mm, weigh 160g
  • 1.9GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • 2GB ram, 16GB internal memory (expansion microSD card slot up to 64GB)
  • 3,200 mAh non-removable battery (up to 25 hours for 3G talktime, 659 hours standby time)
  • HTC Ultrapixel rear camera with 4 megapixel and 2.2 megapixel front camera
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS with HTC Sense 5 UI
  • Key features: HTC BlinkFeed, HTC BoomSound, HTC Zoe & Video Highlights

I'm amazed by the HTC Butterfly S once I turn on the phone because of its 5" super LCD 3 full HD display, 1920 x 1080 resolution with 440 ppi. The images are very clear and bright, and sharp contrast. Speaking about the build quality, it is made of polycarbonate plastic which makes the phone designs looking edgy and feels really solid while holding it. However, there's a little drawback of its back cover which attracts fingerprints :(

As I've mentioned above, one of the key features of HTC Butterfly S is HTC Boom Sound. Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amps blast sound and music at you for premium audio that's much more louder, richer and sharper than usual smartphones. Beats audio technology combines software and hardware for a signature level of unmatched quality.

Another highlights of the phone, HTC Zoe with video highlights. 

Hmm it's not a photo, it's not a video, it's a HTC Zoe - a camera setting that automatically clusters 20 photos to create HD images that move. Besides, it also enables video highlights - a setting that automatically creates 30-second mini movies with music themes you select, and one-press sharing allows you to send it all with a simple screentap. HTC Butterfly S is equipped with 4 megapixel Ultrapixel camera, which enable you to capture 300% more light than the regular smartphone camera, hence it explains why it takes better picture and vivid-colours compared to Ninetology U9Z1+. 

The picture above taken by HTC Butterfly S. Seriously I've never knew that a smartphone camera can take such good quality of pictures! 

In addition, HTC Butterfly S features 3200 mAh for long-lasting stamina that keeps you listening to your favourite music, taking impressive photos, watching HD videos, and reading the latest posts. With this powerful battery, you'll spend less time charging and more time using this incredible multi-tasking machine. Honestly, I'm very impressed by this feature as I always managed to use more than 20 hours with heavy usage, 100% brightness and data running. It's one of the most powerful battery I've ever seen and now I'm considering changing my Samsung S4 to HTC Butterfly S due to its outstanding specifications and its sleek and edgy designs heh.

Overall, I think both Ninetology U9Z1+ and HTC Butterfly S has its own strengths and weaknesses. You need to figure out what's your needs and wants while looking for smartphone and not just comparing it blindly. Last but not least, here's a good news for you guys as Ninetology will be allocating from RM15,000 to RM20,000 worth of Ninetology E-Vouchers every month just for the 1st 100 readers who subscribes to their newsletter via the banner. The vouchers will enable you to purchase their products at a discounted price. So if you're planning to buy one, check out the banner below! :)


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