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Interface and Functionality
The Butterfly S runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0 with BlinkFeed on top. This is the same skin found on the HTC One with the absolute same features, and the absolute same brilliant buttery smooth performance throughout.
HTC’s Sense 5.0 skin is nothing new - it’s been on devices for nearly half a year now. It features graphite color accents and a streamlined modern look that’s much more serious than the cartoony, slightly childish interfaces on Samsung and LG devices.
After months of using it, we feel more confident in one thing - this skin is not very practical in some areas. Oft used functions are often buried deep in menus and submenus. Try swapping the wallpaper or adjusting the camera settings - simple actions are unnecessarily complicated.
HTC Sense 5 includes BlinkFeed - a news and social aggregator that shows on your home screen as a new panel. You cannot disable it, but you put another panel in the center and leave BlinkFeed aside.
HTC also includes a few home-grown apps like calendar, mail a music player (there’s no dedicated video player app on board), Scribble for taking notes, tasks and a weather application.
Basic functionality is well covered. The phonebook is fairly quick to access and you can swipe between your contacts, call log, favorites and dialpad. You can type on a contact icon to quickly text or call without having to open its file.
Processor and Memory
The Butterfly S is powerful enough to deliver very smooth performance. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip with quad-core Krait 300 processor clocked at 1.9GHz (faster than the 1.7GHz processor on the HTC One) and with 2GB of RAM. Technically, the exact chip inside is the Qualcomm APQ8064T, built on a 28nm manufacturing node. There is almost no difference between this variation of Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064T) and the S4 Pro (APQ8064) found in the HTC Droid DNA - both are 28nm chips made on the same fabrication process, with same L-level caches and the same Adreno 320 GPU. The thing that makes the slight difference is the higher, 1.9GHz clock speed allowed on the Butterfly S.
Now, this is a great device for gaming. The Adreno 320 graphics allows you to play all the latest games at maximum (or close to maximum) details without a hitch - Real Racing 3 and the likes truly shine on the vibrant 5” display.
We ran our standard suite of synthetic benchmark to illustrate just how fast the Butterfly S really is.
(HTML5 / Metal)
|HTC Butterfly S||13183||24682||4660 / 41 fps||2606 / 789|
|HTC One||12481||23308||3551 / 31 fps||2395 / 781|
|Samsung Galaxy S4||12078||24701||4437 / 39 fps||1702 / 704|
|Sony Xperia Z||8221||20835||3382||2198 / 626|
There’s 16GB of internal storage on board the handset, and it’s expandable via hot swappable microSD cards. Some 8GB of that allowance is actually available to the end user, the rest goes to system resources.
Internet and Connectivity
The HTC Butterfly S comes with a home-grown browser and Google’s mobile Chrome out of the box. Both are exceptionally good browsers, but the HTC one has one key advantage - Adobe Flash support. The browser also supports incognito mode, allows you to search for words on the page and easily switch between desktop and mobile versions of websites. You can also save articles to read later and even offline. Unsurprisingly, it all works buttery smooth - pinching to zoom in and out, and scrolling around is snappy.
The Butterfly S comes with 4G LTE connectivity on-board and this enables lightning fast browsing speeds. It also supports Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA and MHL.
HTC Butterfly S Review - Interface and Functionality
|Display||5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) S-LCD 3|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300 processor
2 GB RAM
|Size||5.69 x 2.78 x 0.42 inches|
(144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6 mm)
5.64 oz (160 g)
|Battery||3200 mAh, 29 hours talk time|