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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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