HTC Butterfly S Review
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.
1. _Bone_ (Posts: 1740; 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.
3. amiroo (Posts: 239; 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.
4. pwnarena (Posts: 438; 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.
5. uchihakurtz (Posts: 128; 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.
6. rizevnarastek (Posts: 300; 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!
8. uchihakurtz (Posts: 128; 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.
7. lallolu (Posts: 170; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
HTC should stop all this 4mp ultrapixel nonsense.
Make it 8mp ultrapixel, then we can talk.
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.
11. alcheng (Posts: 5; 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.... ;)
10. alcheng (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
The Flash Player support feature alone should bring the score up to 9.5/10 already...
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.
13. alcheng (Posts: 5; 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
14. JMartin22 (Posts: 393; 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.