By Rich W Woods
I am one of few that is lucky enough to have a Microsoft Store within ten minutes of driving distance. I am one of the very few that has two Microsoft Stores within 20 minutes of driving distance. Every time I go to the mall, I stop by the Microsoft Store to visit a few friends and see what’s new.
Every time I stop in the Microsoft Store, I would admire the Yezz Billy 4.7. It’s such a sleek phone, so thin and light, with a beautiful HD display. I got home a few weeks ago and thought to myself, why haven’t I ever asked Yezz to send me one to review? I asked and I received. They through in a selection from their Android line as well, the Andy 5T. I asked for one of their Firefox phones, but those aren’t in production yet.
The Yezz Andy 5T is just as sleek as the Yezz Billy 4.7. It’s thinner than the Billy, coming in at 6.9 mm while the Billy comes in at 7.2 mm; however, it’s heavier than the Billy, coming in at 123 g while the Billy comes in at 120 g. Either way, they’re both super thin and super light, and they both come with three removable backs, which is awesome.
|Yezz Billy 4.7||Yezz Andy 5T|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200||1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582|
|Display||4.7″, 720p, 312 ppi, IPS LCD||5″, 720p, 294 ppi, IPS LCD|
|Body||135.8×67.2×7.2 mm, 120 g||144×69.7×6.9 mm, 123 g|
|Camera||8 MP, 3264×2448, 2 MP Front||13 MP, 4128×3096, 5 MP Front|
|Video||480p – 30 fps, Front 480p – 30 fps||1080p – 30 fps, Front 480p – 30 fps|
|Storage||8 GB, Expandable to 128 GB||4 GB, Expandable to 128 GB|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|Battery||1780 mAh||1800 mAh|
As you can see, each one has its strengths and its weaknesses. The Yezz Billy 4.7 has a better display, more onboard storage, and it’s lighter. The Yezz Andy 5T has a better camera and a slightly bigger battery.
I want to say something about the Yezz Billy 4.7 that will be in my review in a week or two. The Yezz Billy 4.7 fills a hole left by Lumias. I feel like the Yezz Billy 4.7 offers more value than anything Microsoft offers at that price point. For the same price, Microsoft has the Nokia Lumia 635, a phone with a 4.5″ 480p display, a 5 MP rear camera with no front camera and no flash, and 512 MB of RAM.
The Microsoft Lumia 535 delivers a solid amount of value; however, it doesn’t have as good of a display. I can tell you that there is nothing quite like a Windows Phone with a beautiful display like the Yezz Billy 4.7 or the HTC One M8 for Windows or the Nokia Lumia Icon.
Yezz Billy 4.7 vs Yezz Andy 5T: Rear Camera
The Yezz Andy 5T has the higher resolution rear camera here, coming in at 13 MP while the Billy 4.7 comes in at 8 MP. Let me let you in on a little secret. Resolution doesn’t matter. Even on a 4K display, the images would have to be scaled down.
The Yezz Billy 4.7 and the Yezz Andy 5T are Windows Phone and Android, respectively, named after Bill Gates and Andy Rubin, respectively, so they use two completely separate camera apps.
The Yezz Billy 4.7 uses the stock Camera app that ships with all Windows Phones. It allows the user to adjust antibanding, ISO, exposure compensation, and white balance. It also allows the user to choose from a number of scenes, such as portrait, sport, snow, night, beach, sunset, candlelight, and backlight.
The Yezz Andy 5T also has a range of features, including face beauty mode, HDR, and my personal favorite, live photos, a feature I’ve only seen in the Lumia Camera app. Live photos, like living images, is a feature that allows you to take about a second of video, that creates the illusion of a moving image, allowing the user to capture an actual moment. The app also allows the user to control exposure, white balance, hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, and sharpness. The user can choose from scenes like with the Billy, but he can also choose from a number of filters.
Please note that in order to enlarge the image, simply click or tap on it and you can scroll through the carousel. To view the full size image, there is a link in the carousel.
|Yezz Billy 4.7||Yezz Andy 5T|
Obviously, the photos taken with the Yezz Billy 4.7 are brighter. It allows for better low light performance but it hurts the image in bright lighting. In normal lighting, the Yezz Andy 5T can tend to look a bit dark; however, the colors are very saturated, which, for a smart phone camera, is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, HTC marketed the One M8 camera around oversaturated images. The reason for that is because the average consumer likes saturated images.
I would call the winner the Yezz Billy 4.7.
Yezz Billy 4.7 vs Yezz Andy 5T: Front Camera
The Yezz Andy 5T also has the higher resolution front camera, coming in at 5 MP while the Billy 4.7 comes in at 2 MP. I used to say that resolution is more important on the front camera, as they tend to be so much lower; however, Apple does so well with 1.2 MP in the front and selfies don’t need to be cropped as much.
I think the Yezz Billy 4.7 is the clear winner here. It handles bright light better than the Andy does. Also, just look at the third picture from the bottom. Look at that blue sky. Nuff said.
Yezz Billy 4.7 vs Yezz Andy 5T: Video
The Yezz Billy 4.7 only records video at 480p. Keep in mind that all that is needed for 1080p is 2.1 MP. I have me suspicions that this is a limitation of the Snapdragon 200 processor, even though Qualcomm lists it as supporting 720p and the Blu Win HD apparently records 1080p, although that doesn’t mean it does it well. Every phone I’ve ever used with a Snapdragon 200 maxes out at 480p.
The Yezz Andy 5T records 1080p at 30 fps; however, like an idiot, I accidentally recorded my sample at 720p. This is because it uses quality settings like “high” and “fine”. I thought “high” was the highest, but it turned out that it wasn’t.
Yezz Billy 4.7 480p 30 fps
Yezz Andy 5T 720p 30 fps
Yezz Billy 4.7 vs Yezz Andy 5T: Benchmarks
Benchmarks here are going to be a little tough. Geekbench 3 isn’t available on Windows Phone, so I have to do battery tests on WP Bench, meaning we can’t really tell if the comparison between the two is accurate. AnTuTu is available on both platforms, but who knows if it’s the same under the hood?
The first test is a battery test, with the Andy 5T done in Geekbench 3 and with the Billy 4.7 done with WP Bench. The other test was done with AnTuTu.
The battery test is a little suspicious to me. The Yezz Billy 4.7 has less than a third of battery life with a lower powered processor and a battery that is just 20 mAh smaller? I don’t know. Like I said, these benchmarks should be taken with a grain of salt.
Even though both of these are done with AnTuTu, I’m not entirely sure they use the same algorithm. The Android version of AnTuTu seems to do a lot more, so take it for what it is.