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HTC Butterfly S Review

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HTC Butterfly S Review

Introduction


Just like a real butterfly, evolving from a caterpillar to moth, the HTC Butterfly has transformed into the Butterfly S, a brand new device by HTC that flew into our office and reminded us of both its predecessor and the HTC One.

The Butterfly S has adopted a lot of the signature features of the HTC One - its UltraPixel camera, its front-facing loud and clear stereo speakers and its latest Sense 5.0 user interface. Plus, HTC has bundled in a whopping 3200mAh battery. However this butterfly comes with plastic wings (or rather body), and lacks the optical image stabilization that are key to HTC One’s appeal. Can it still fly? Or have we mistaken the HTC Butterfly S for a moth while it is still a larva? Let’s find out.

HTC Butterfly S Review
In the box:

  • User Manual
  • USB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Headphones

Design


The Butterfly S is a chubby piece of glossy plastic, nothing in common with the exquisite aluminum or soft touch plastic designs we’ve come to expect from HTC. Yet we would not count the glossy plastic as a huge downside. The material is glazed and polished, and feels very soft and actually good to touch.

The body material of the HTC Butterfly S feels very soft and actually good to touch - HTC Butterfly S Review
The body material of the HTC Butterfly S feels very soft and actually good to touch - HTC Butterfly S Review
The body material of the HTC Butterfly S feels very soft and actually good to touch - HTC Butterfly S Review

The body material of the HTC Butterfly S feels very soft and actually good to touch


HTC Butterfly S
5.69 x 2.78 x 0.42 inches
144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC Butterfly S

HTC One
5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4
5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Sony Xperia Z
5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches
139 x 71 x 7.9 mm
5.15 oz (146 g)

Sony Xperia Z

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Speaking in numbers, the phone is 10.6mm thick 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. Truth be told, it feels larger than we’d like, a bit unwieldy.

Front - HTC Butterfly S Review
Android buttons - HTC Butterfly S Review
Front camera - HTC Butterfly S Review

Front

Android buttons

Front camera


As similar as it is to the the HTC One in terms of specs, HTC’s Butterfly S stands as a total opposite to the sleek unibody aluminum body of HTC’s flagship. Yet, there are some elements that the HTC Butterfly S borrowed from the One. The stereo front speakers are here and they are painted red, just like the capacitive buttons and the same tone is used on the camera eye ring on the back. There are no physical buttons up front. On the right, there’s a patterned aluminum volume rocker that protrudes nicely and is very comfortable to press. The lock key however is a stretch to reach - it’s located way up top, next to the 3.5mm headset jack and the lid-protected microSD and microSIM card slots.

Left edge - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review
Right - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review
Top - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review

Left edge

Right

Top

Bottom - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review
Back - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review
Rear camera - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review

Bottom

Back

Rear camera

The sides of the HTC Butterfly S




Display


The HTC Butterfly S comes with a spacious 5-inch Super LCD3 display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. We’re very impressed with it. The screen is extremely sharp and detailed, with a pixel density reaching 441 pixels per inch. You won’t be able to notice none of the annoying jagged icon edges or blurry text.

We love the rich and saturated colors on this display. They are not hugely overblown as on AMOLED screens, but still deliver quite the punch.

The Butterfly S does not have the brightest of screens. Its peak luminance reaches 360 nits and that’s perfectly fine for using the device indoors, but is puts a bit of an extra strain on your eyes when you try to read the display outdoors.

Viewing angles are fabulous. Colors don’t fade out even when you tilt the phone to most extreme angles.

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posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:32 1

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It is what the HTC One should\\\\\\\'ve been, but with a very big body and the same problematic 4MP image sensor it will be hard to compete against the best of Sony, LG, Nokia and Samsung (and Google and Xiaomi and Oppo and Huawei and Alcatel and ZTE).

I love the battery size, the SD600 I do not understand though, this is not February anymore.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:40 8

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1490; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Why did it just got an 8?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:11 8

3. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


hooo hooo big joke!!\
8 of 10 for butterfly s !!
i expect atleast 9 /10!!
reviwer must be sleepy for it.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:25 7

4. pwnarena (Posts: 956; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


wow that\'s rather low. i expected it to score more than the xperia z, at least. the battery is a huge factor it deserves a better score.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:51

5. uchihakurtz (Posts: 270; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


The camera killed it, it would\'ve been perfect if it had a decent or above average 8/13 mpx camera.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:13 1

6. rizevnarastek (Posts: 331; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


The UltraPixel camera is very underrated in reviews because it\'s actually one of the best if not the best camera out there!

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:49

8. uchihakurtz (Posts: 270; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


.... I haven\'t played with it, so I can\'t say much, but from what people are saying, it does great at night shots but other than that, not so. And to be honest, 4mpx is not enough for some or most people, if they can come up with an 8mpx Ultra Pixel then it\'d be great.

But I like the video recording, I saw the sample and it was really good.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:34 1

7. lallolu (Posts: 245; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


HTC should stop all this 4mp ultrapixel nonsense.
Make it 8mp ultrapixel, then we can talk.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:54 1

9. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Don\'t know how the device got an 8... it should get at least 9. Its a beautiful device with a beautiful screen. Def looks better than any galaxy device.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:34 1

11. alcheng (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


I bet it is because it lacks the apple logo...

note: I am not an apple fan at all, but since this site is so bias to apple product.... ;)

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:33 2

10. alcheng (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


The Flash Player support feature alone should bring the score up to 9.5/10 already...

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 13:48

12. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


I didn't actually know that until I saw your comment, I completely agree with you and I'm beginning to really consider this phone, unfortunately it will be difficult to get my hands on.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 14:33

13. alcheng (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


\"Both are exceptionally good browsers, but the HTC one has one key advantage - Adobe Flash support.\"

--quote from the review

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 02:51

14. JMartin22 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


If the HTC One and this Butterfly S phone released at the same time, the latter would deserve a higher score. It's better in every conceivable way almost. It's just not metal and the screen's a bit dimmer. Also, I love the stupid "Con" they threw there about it being large, thick and "unwieldy" - it's mindsets like this that's making battery life suffer, due to each trend to make the most anorexic phone.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 04:15

15. ibrhmymn (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


which one should I buy, Butterfly S or Xperia Z1? can you give me an advice please :)

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HTC Butterfly S

HTC Butterfly S

OS: Android 4.4 4.3 4.1
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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) S-LCD 3
Camera4 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300 processor
2048 MB RAM
Size5.69 x 2.78 x 0.42 inches
(144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)
Battery3200 mAh, 29 hours talk time

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