After a long run with flagships, renowned tech-giant Samsung is taking a big leap in the highly competitive budget smartphone market. The company has unleashed a plethora of budget phones in India, and is now planning a move againstMicromax, Lenovo, and Motorola with its all new Tizen operated Z3.
While some of you might know about Tizen, others must be expecting something similar to Android with a slew of features. Well, if you’re well-versed with Android, let’s just say Tizen is nothing but a simplified avatar of Android for budget buyers. The first member of the Tizen family, Galaxy Z1 received a good feedback, which is why, the company’s here with its elder sibling the Tizen Z3.
So, at a price around 8k, the Samsung Z3 sits proudly as one of the finest phones alongside Galaxy J2 and many others. The phone certainly has a lot of potential, but it will be really interesting to see how well it performs against the all new Android Lollipop based Galaxy J2. The prices are similar, but there are many noticeable differences to count on. Let’s take a look on them!
Design and Build Quality
In terms of design and build quality, both Samsung Z3 and Galaxy J2 depict usual Samsung craftsmanship with a plastic body, centre placed rear camera, andhome-button the front-panel. The edges on Galaxy J2 are slightly curved, while the new Z3 has more of a rectangular look with squared up edges. Both phones are fairly slim and light, but Z3 again makes a good impression, due to the part of its leather-like soft touch rear panel.Its material is completelyplastic, but users get a good grip due to the lack of that coarse texture, which is commonly seen in Galaxy J2 and other Samsung phones!
Display and Visual Experience
While both phones sport equally impressive Super AMOLED panels, Samsung Z3 looks slightly better with its 5-inch 720p display. The 4.7-inch display of Galaxy J2 has a lower screen resolution (540 x 960 pixels), which ultimately results in lack of detailing and colour clarity. It lacks some serious amount of pixel density, and might not be a good choice for on-the-go gamers and movie-buffs.Therefore, if you’re shopping for a good budget phone offering deep blacks and perfect viewing angles, go with Tizen Z3!
Hardware and Performance
According to on paper specs, Samsung Galaxy J2 is slightly stronger than Z3. The dual SIM based device powers up by company’s proprietary Exynos 3475 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3GHz paired with 1GB RAM. It packs seamless performance makes a strong impression against Z3’sSpreadtrum quad-core processor running at the same speed.In a nutshell, despite featuring different chipsets, both phones manage sufficient power to handle routine processes and applications without any lags, glitches or thermal issues.
Software and OS
The biggest difference between the two phones comes from their software capabilities. The Samsung Galaxy J2 runs the latest Android Lollipopwith TouchWiz UI on-the-top. It features a slick and customizable interface with a bunch of Samsung apps and features such as, the Ultra-power saving mode and S Health.
On the contrary, the new Samsung Z3 runs on Tizen OS 2.4, which is fairly light, fast and impressive. The OS is still developing, which means there’s a lot to come in next few years.It doesn’t offer as many apps as on Android, but gives a nice user experience with commonly used applications featured on the Tizen store. On whole, it’s a good choice for a budget phone with entry-level hardware.
The camera setup equipped with Samsung Z3 is a whole lot better than what comes with Galaxy J2.The Tizen-based smartphone sports an 8-megapixel f/2.2 rear autofocus camera with flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper with the same aperture size. It delivers sharp and vibrant images in all environments and performs way better than Galaxy J2, which incorporates a 5MP rear and a 2MP front-facing shooter. Though both phones capture 720p videos, Samsung Z3 gives a better ecosystem for photography with enhanced pixel count.
On the connectivity front, both phones offer the usual set of options such as 3G HSPA+, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and microUSB 2.0. They both give impressive surfing speeds, but Galaxy J2 seeks additional advantage from advanced LTE capabilities.The handset supports Indian LTE bands, and delivers blazing download and upload speeds, which you’ll not get with Samsung Tizen Z3. In other words, lack of 4G is probably the only downside of the Tizen-powered smartphone!
Even terms of power-efficiency, the dual SIM based Samsung Z3 outperforms Galaxy J2. The device accommodates a 2600 mAh battery, and offers enormous life support for nonstop work and play. It promises up to 55 hours of music playback, which is barely seen on any budget phone, not even on Galaxy J2, which offers a maximum 41 hours of music playback with its 2000 mAh battery.So, if you’re more of an on-the-go user, it’d be better to go with the new Z3.
In India, both phones are priced equally at Rs. 8,490, and are available via renowned ecommerce portals and retail outlets all across the country.The Galaxy J2 is available in Gold, Black, and White colour options, while the Z3 is also shipping in three colour options, Black, Gold, and Silver.
The balance of pricing and features makes it really difficult to choose sides between Samsung Z3 and Galaxy J2. Both phones are equally good at their own places, and it all depends on individual preferences. If you just want a powerful phone with good looks and impressive battery backup, Z3 is the way to go, otherwise, Galaxy J2 is one of the only few choices offered by Samsung for Android-lovers with a tight budget. On whole, both phones make up a very good deal and offer full value for money to the user!