Camera

The most notable improvement to the camera is how much more detail it captures.

Interestingly, HTC says adios to the “Ultrapixel” 4-megapixel camera, and has instead outfitted the HTC Butterfly 2 with a 13-megapixel camera, which features an f/2.0 aperture lens, BSI, dual LED-flash, and a second sensor to complete its “Duo Camera” system. This is an intriguing move on their part, since they’ve constantly touted the advantages of its Ultrapixel camera. Of course, we’re curious about its performance, as the HTC One M8 produced rather underwhelming results.

Running the camera app, there’s nothing new here to talk about, seeing that it’s the same one we’re familiar with over on the HTC One M8. Honestly, though, it’s pretty versatile because of its rich set of manual controls and shooting modes. Using one of its Motion Launch gestures, where tilting the phone to landscape and then pressing on either of the volume buttons, instantly launches the camera in a heartbeat.

So what’s the verdict? Does the switch to a higher megapixel count camera make a sizable difference to its quality? Frankly, the biggest improvement here is the increase in detail – an obvious result, no doubt. Having this gives us more flexibility when it comes to cropping photos later on, so that there’s no detrimental loss in detail during the process. Colors seem to be a tad bit saturated, and at times, it struggles to find a neutral exposure level.

Under lower lighting, the visuals become softer in tone, but we’re glad to see that it’s not burdened by much noise. Overall, the choice of going with a higher megapixel count camera definitely makes it more formidable – plus, the added duo effects continue to give that pro-like look with its profound bokeh-like effect.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
HTC Butterfly 2 2.8
No data
556
449
HTC One (M8) 2.3
No data
444
363
Samsung Galaxy S5 2.5
3
300
243
Sony Xperia Z3 3.2
No data
452
395

Moreover, we’re pretty content with the handset’s 1080p video recording quality as well. It’s not outstanding per se, but it has enough of the goodies to warrant passable results. However, it really would’ve been swell if they added 4K video recording into its arsenal – to make it more indicative of a cutting-edge thing.


Multimedia

With its dual speakers aiming at us, the Butterfly 2 is undoubtedly powerful and ideal for multimedia consumption.

Like before, we’re given two options when it comes to playing music – the Google Play Music app or the Sense music player. Each have their own unique attributes and characteristics, but it’s nice to find that its dual front-firing speakers with BoomSound produce strong tones that top out at 72.4 dB. Even though it’s not as powerful in output as the HTC One M8, the BoomSound effect delivers the same punchy and robust tones we adore.

Always ideal for the occasions, especially with its spacious sized screen, the Butterfly 2 is an exceptional device for watching high-definition videos. Out of the box, it supports a wide array of codecs – while its playback is buttery smooth.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
HTC Butterfly 2 1.028
HTC One (M8) 1.28
Samsung Galaxy S5 0.43
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
HTC Butterfly 2 72.4
HTC One (M8) 75.2
Samsung Galaxy S5 81
Sony Xperia Z3 74


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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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