If the HTC Butterfly S looks familiar that is because it has similar visuals to its predecessor, the HTC Butterfly. Don’t worry if that name still does not ring a bell - in the United States, the phone was available on Verizon as the HTC Droid DNA.
Basically, the Butterfly S seems like a mix of the Droid DNA and the HTC One. The screen is a large and sharp 5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel display like on the DNA, but the camera is a 4-megapixel one as on the One. The body is plastic like on the DNA, but the front stereo speakers remind of the One. You get the picture.
Design and display
Starting with design, the Butterfly S nestles in a glossy plastic shell we’ve come to expect more from Samsung rather than HTC. It’s a fairly thick device at 10.6mm and at its large size that thickness gets noticed. The handset weighs 160g (some 5.6 oz), also above the average, but not excruciatingly heavy.
The screen is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a 5-inch Super LCD 3 1080p display with vivid colors and excellent viewing angles.
Interface and features
The most controversial features is the UtlraPixel camera. We applauded HTC’s idea to ditch the megapixel race (the camera here is only 4 megapixels) and focus on quality and low-light performance in particular. However, the implementation has not been ideal. Our quick hands on experience showed the camera performed well in low light and above average in other conditions, but we’ll pass final judgment in our upcoming review.