Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Gadgets Review: Ninetology Z1+ // Samsung Galaxy SIII

Recently, I participated in Tech Kaiju Arena Program, a blogger review program initiated by Ninetology Malaysia 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. I was given a loan of two phones for a week. The two phones I was assigned to review was NINETOLOGY Z1+ and SAMSUNG GALAXY SIII.


Quick Specs

  • Operating System: Android 4.2
  • Memory: Internal 16GB ROM/1GB RAM ; External: Micro SD, up to 32GB
  • Platform: CPU: Quad Core 1.2GHz; GPU: PowerVR SGX544

  • Display: Size: 5.0 inch; Resolution: 1280 x 720 HD

  • Camera: Rear Camera: 13.0MP Front Camera: 5.0MP

  • Power & Battery: Capacity: Li-Ion 2000 mAh; Talk Time: Up to 10Hrs; Stand-by Time: Up to 400 hrs

  • RRP: RM1299

Samsung Galaxy SIII

  • Operating System: Android 4.04 (upgradeable to 4.3)
  • MemoryInternal 16/32/64GB ROM/1GB RAM ; External: Micro SD, up to 64GB
  • Platform: CPU: Quad Core 1.4GHz; GPU: Mali-400MP

  • Display: Size: 4.8 inch; Resolution: 1280 x 720 HD

  • Camera: Rear Camera: 8.0MP Front Camera: 1.3MP

  • Power & Battery: Capacity: Li-Ion 2100 mAh; Talk Time: Up to 21 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 11 h 40 min (3G); Stand-by Time: Up to 590 h (2G) / Up to 790 h (3G)

  • RRP: RM1299

I'm not really a gadget wizard so I'll just be doing a rough comparison on points which I think are important in a phone. :)

The Packaging

Winner: Ninetology Z1+

Ninetology Z1+ comes with a premium gift box which seems much cooler
I am more attracted to Ninetology's packaging with the sleek white bag imprinted with red logos.

Samsung SIII comes with a simple black box which is actually quite similar to SII's.. 

The Accessories.

Winner: Ninetology Z1+

Ninetology Z1+ phone comes with a pair of Earphones, 2 USB Cables , 1 Universal Adapter, a Screen Protector, 2 Pouch and a Power Bank.

With the addition of so many accessories, I do not need to spend extra on all these add-ons. 
The power bank was a pretty cool addition. Compact in size & handy whenever my phone's battery is dying.

The universal adapter is useful when you are travelling overseas. It can be used in 150 countries all over the world. Just last week when I was in Taiwan, I had to fight with my family to charge my electronic devices because we only have 2 universal adapter -.- The addition of an universal adapter would be pretty useful
Samsung SIII only comes with a USB cable, a and a pair of earphones. Basic Stuff.

The Weight & Size

Winner: Samsung Galaxy SIII

Samsung SIII (Left) VS Ninetology Z1+ (Right)
The current trend now is a lighter & portable phone, no? For guys, it'll be easier to slip the phones into their jeans/trousers pocket and for girls, you don't need to bring such a big handbag when you're going out or worry about your bulky hand phone not being able to fit into your teeny clutch when you're out on a formal dinner.
Ninetology Z1+
Weight: 133g
Dimnsion (L x W x H): (13.66 x 7.06 x 0.86) cm
SIII- Yay for slimmer phone! 

Weight: 158g
Dimension (L x W x H): (7.3 x 0.9 x 14.45) cm

The Body

Z1+,  Top View(left) , Side View (Right) 

SIII: Top View (left), Side View (Right) 
Both devices have a similar build-up, with the volume control button & power on button on the side of the phone, speakers & sensor on the top of the phone.
However, I felt that Z1+ has a sleeker body compared to SIII. The sides of Z1+ felt smoother. 

However, both phones' cover is made out of plastic and I would feel nervous when I removed the phone cover, in fear of breaking it. Both cover felt quite flimsy.

Hard Drive

Another score for Ninetology Z1+

Both phones have a Lithium battery which is detachable. However, Z1+ has DUAL SIM CARD SLOT !

SIII has only one micro sim card slot. 
Dual Sim Card slot will be useful for those who owns two different numbers. You need not to use two phones with this additional feature! 


A clean sweep for Samsung SIII

Despite Z1+ camera having a higher Megapixel, the photo captured by Samsung SIII is much more sharp & clear. This applies to both the front & rear camera.

However, both phones have their distinctive extras such as filters & special effects to allow users to go creative while capturing their favourite moments!  



Despite SIII's battery having a higher capcity , I realized that the Samsung Galaxy SIII's battery life burns much faster compared to Ninetology Z1+. SIII overheats easily thus resulting in a sudden drop in battery life span, which is a nuisance if I were to use my 3G/multitask for a long time.

Z1+ on the other hand has a more stable battery life. It does not overheat easily, and is perfect for multitasking/fiddling around the phone to kill boredom :)


Both phones have their own pros and cons & distinctive features. Personally, I'd prefer NINETOLOGY Z1+ over Samsung SIII after using both phones for a week due to the features & additional bonus available. Z1+ satisfy my needs & want in a smart phone :)

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