HTC Butterfly 2 Review

Interface and Functionality

Everything we love about Sense 6.0 is present here, including staples like HTC BlinkFeed, Motion Launch Gestures, and support for the HTC Dot View case.

Out of the box, our review unit of the HTC Butterfly 2 is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat – with Sense 6.0, of course. We’ll spare you all of the reading and say that the experience here is identical to what we all know and love in the One M8. Even some of the same new software features are present here, like Motion Launch gestures, HTC BlinkFeed, and support for the HTC Dot case, which all prove to be quite handy in enhancing the overall experience. However, we should point out that it uses a different kind of HTC Dot View case, since the ones for the M8 don’t allow it to close properly.

Being Sense 6.0 and all, the visuals present here continue to be one of the more modernly designed interfaces that we’ve checked out. It’s clean, crisp, and most importantly, not cluttered with ugly looking widgets. Beyond the visual presentation, we can’t help to say that the experience isn’t an overwhelming one – unlike how other customized experiences tend to throw a million things at us.

For more details about the software experience, please read our HTC One M8 review.

Processor and Memory

Getting a bump in its clocked speed, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset runs smoothly with an assortment of things.

There’s a slight change to the hardware under the hood of the phone. On the surface, it’s still powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU, but its clocked speed is increased to 2.5GHz – a step up over the 2.3GHz tally from before. Not surprisingly, the phone is pretty darn responsive with an assortment of things, like gaming and simple navigation.

Unfortunately, HTC knocks down its storage capacity to 16GB, in comparison to the 32GB amount with the HTC One M8, but nevertheless, we can always supplement its tally with the aid of its microSD card slot.

Quadrant Higher is better
HTC Butterfly 2 24704
HTC One (M8) 19139
Samsung Galaxy S5 25041
Sony Xperia Z3 20756
AnTuTu Higher is better
HTC Butterfly 2 45570
HTC One (M8) 31075
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
Sony Xperia Z3 40437
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
HTC Butterfly 2 1568
HTC One (M8) 1171
Samsung Galaxy S5 1186
Sony Xperia Z3 1571
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
HTC Butterfly 2 3175
HTC One (M8) 3657
Samsung Galaxy S5 3479
Sony Xperia Z3 2938
Sunspider Lower is better
HTC Butterfly 2 838
HTC One (M8) 693.1
Samsung Galaxy S5 777.3
Sony Xperia Z3 863.7
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
HTC Butterfly 2 29.
HTC One (M8) 28.3
Samsung Galaxy S5 27.8
Sony Xperia Z3 29.3
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
HTC Butterfly 2 13
HTC One (M8) 11
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.7
Sony Xperia Z3 12.5
Basemark OS II Higher is better
HTC Butterfly 2 1179
HTC One (M8) 1071
Samsung Galaxy S5 1054
Sony Xperia Z3 1099

Internet and Connectivity


Combining its spacious sized, high-resolution screen, with its 4G LTE connection and speedy response, the Butterfly 2 serves its purpose in being a very versatile web surfing device. It’s good, really good in fact.

Indicative of being a high-end smartphone, the Butterfly 2 is armed with all of today’s modern connectivity conveniences – such as aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, NFC, and MHL tethering.


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19 Comments

1. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Without premium materials, there it doesn't have any difference between a Samsung phone.

3. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Better android skin, less lag, still better built even with same plastics, looks better. Yep nothing over samsung.

11. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You are crazy if you think HTC plastic designs are built better than Samsung ones. HTC plastic is horribly finished at the USB ports, headphone jacks, and SIM card slots. They may use matte or thicker plastics but thinner and stringer is better period.

12. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Oh look more nonsense about Touchwiz and Samsung being laggy. There is no "lag". My SGS3 runs smooth and fine, Note 2 runs smooth and fine, Note 3 runs smooth and fine.

15. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Then You are used to the Lag and made up your mind that it is not a lag. But comparing the features what Samsung offers, Lag can be compromised.

19. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

If you're an idiot who thinks a milisecond delay is lag, sure.

20. dommaden

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

I exactly agree with you.

2. Rajanvir

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Now HTC BUTTERFLY 2 or SONY XPERIA Z3 ?

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

You prefer HTC skin or Sony? Sony or HTC exterior phone design? You need waterproofing? There you go ;)

13. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Xperia Z3...

17. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

htc butterfly 2 and your phone will take 1 year to get old since htc releases it's butterfly yearly while sony has a 6 month cycle

5. Rajanvir

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

just few things i care about 1. Lag free(recently downgrade my Sony Xperia SP from 4.3 to 4.1.2 because it lags a lot) 2. keys placement across the body cuz i love my device's key placements 3. Body(BIG PROBLEM for me) cuz both devices got advantages and disadvantages at certain points SONY got Aluminium,glossy body but aluminium frame bothers me because i love my mobile's aluminium frame and i don't want to put a case on it but i have to on other hand i love HTC's Plastic design and don't have to worry about if i drop it (It barely happens but it happens) but man its true no matter how beautiful you make plastic it feels cheap 4. Camera my phone got 8 MP still behave like a 3MP camera (IN capturing pictures) 5. those flips over ports of XPERIA Z3 which are missing on BUTTERFLY 2 but still its water resist and HTC and SONY both are the reason i love ANDROID

6. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Why would you buy a non-metal HTC phone for waterproofing? If you want a snappy, waterproof, premium phone with great stereo speakers the Xperia Z2 is perfect

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I would give it an 8.7/9, 8 seems a bit too low for me considering there are only a few cons about it and more pros over the m8

8. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

only 8? this phone is almost perfect. Nice matte plastic finish, waterproof (without usb cover!), top specs, no lag, dual speakers, descent battery life. maybe too much bezel but at least they are a bit smaller than m8.

9. Tokuku56

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 04, 2014

I don't understand why this got a 8 and the iPhone got a 9 this phone decreasing from 32 to 16 shouldn't be a big deal because you have external storage and saying nothing new with the experience come on now we been saying that about the iPhone for how long?

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's way too chunky and big even by suck t c standards. Especially for a plastic phone.

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Those bezels are huge and ugly...

16. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I think PA is biased more nowadays. If plastic body is a disadvantage, then Iphone 5C and all the Samsung flagships got more Rating. (Samsung has a purpose of using Plastic - Removable back cover and battery) . If 16GB is a disadvantage, then all Sony flagship should get low rating I phone 6 and 6+ are having a big Cons list but got 9/10. PA you better stop reviewing any phones. It mislead the new customers.
Butterfly 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(23.9h 3G talk time)

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