So recently, I was given two smartphones to review and compare out, one being the top of the range Ninetology U9 Z1 phone, and the other from HTC, the HTC Butterfly S. This would be a short overview, more on the unboxing, as well as first looks. Reason being, the time I had with the two gadgets was quite limited hence limiting my ability to look further into its features and useability. Anyway check out below on my short gadget comparison review.
|Ninetology U9 Z1 VS HTC Butterfly S Gadget Comparison Review|
Receiving both gadgets on the same day under one of the initiatives from Ninetology Tech Kaiju Arena's gadget review program, the packaging for both devices differ much from each other. HTC Butterfly S came in a rather compact box, while the Ninetology U9 Z1 came in a 20+ cm long box. The U9 Z1 phone itself is bigger than the Bufferfly S, hence the difference in box size I suppose.
|The rather large Ninetology U9 Z1 box|
|The standard HTC Butterfly S box|
Judging from the difference in packaging size, I would think there will be more stuff contained inside the Ninetology box. However, the Ninetology U9 Z1 does come with more or less the same bells and whistles inside their packaging as compared to the HTC Bufferfly S. Check out the contents of each one when I unboxed them.
|Unboxing the Ninetology U9 Z1|
|Unboxing the HTC Butterfly S|
Nothing surprising there, except for the fact Ninetology threw in some extra cases for their phone.The other accessories were standard, on top of the handset itself, we have the data cables, the charger, the user manuals, and one headset each. Both charging plug came with the 3-pin standard package.
|Holding the rather large Ninetology U9 Z1 in my hands|
|Holding the slightly smaller HTC Butterfly S in my grubby hands|
It was a fairly simple unboxing affair, and both gadgets powered up relatively fast in my hands. The Ninetology U9 Z1 came to live within seconds with some accompanying music, while the HTC Butterfly S came alive silently. Both screens were lit up with bright bold colours. Holding them in my hands, I physically felt the differences in weight for the first time with the U9 Z1 clocking in at 191g, while the HTC Butterfly S was lighter at 160g. Both felt solid though, with U9Z1 feeling like it had more plastic.
|Ninetology U9 Z1 viewed from the side|
|HTC Butterfly S viewed from the side|
Looking from the side, both the Ninetology and HTC handsets were equally matched in terms of thickness, with the U9 Z1 being on the thinner side. Of course, with huge display phones like these, being thin is a luxury, but one which more and more phones are capable of getting to nowadays.
|Ninetology U9 Z1 viewed from the bottom|
|HTC Butterfly S viewed from the top|
The differences in thickness can be seen more clearly from the pictures above. Both handsets come with the usual connectivity options. The screen size of the HTC Butterfly S comes in at being 5" 16M-color 1080p Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with 441ppi pixel density while the Ninetology U9 Z1 is a 5.7 inch, Resolution, 1280 x 720 HD, Capacitive Multi Touch Screen. To the man on the street such as myself, both look equally bright and vivid when switched on.
|A photo taken from the HTC Butterfly S camera|
|The same shot taken by Ninetology U9 Z1's camera|
Booting up the cameras on both the Ninetology U9 Z1 and HTC Butterly S was snappy, fast and both feature burst mode photo capturing. I tried to compare the quality of both pictures, under the same lighting conditions and the standard settings. See above photos comparing the difference. To me they are both equally good, but I somehow think the Ninetology U9 Z1's camera is too quick to compensate for the lighting exposure, causing the picture to be a tad over-exposed. The HTC Butterfly S however did not adjust too quickly, which may or may not be a good thing. Check out below on a quick look at the feature and specification comparison between the two.
Ninetology U9 Z1
Available in: Silver and blue colour
Platform: CPUQuad Core 1.2GHzGPU, PowerVR SGX544
OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
Memory: Internal, 16GB ROM / 1GB RAM,
Display: Size, 5.7 inch, Resolution, 1280 x 720 HD, Capacitive Multi Touch Screen
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS,
Camera: Rear Camera, 12.0MP , Front Camera, 5.0MP
Sensor: Proximity Sensor, Motion Sensor, Ambience Sensor, Magnetic Sensor
Connectors: USB 2.0, Audio Output, 3.5mm Audio Jack
Power & Battery: Li-Ion 2600 mAh,Talk Time Up to 10.5Hrs, Stand-by Time Up to 372Hrs
Features: 3G Video Call, Dual SIM
HTC Butterfly S
Available in: Red, Silver, White
Platform: Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset
OS: Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense UI 5.0
Memory: 16GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot
Display Size: 5" 16M-color 1080p Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with 441ppi pixel density
Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA; Wireless TV out, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
Camera: 4 MP autofocus "UltraPixel" camera with 1/3" sensor size, 2µm pixel size; LED flash
2.1 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording,
Power & Battery: 3,200 mAh battery
Features: MHL-enabled microUSB port, Bluetooth v4.0, Accelerometer and proximity sensor, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Front-mounted stereo speakers with BoomSound tech