HTC Butterfly 2 Review

Call Quality

The earpiece is strong, but the speakerphone sounds too reserved to use under noisy settings.

We’re not particularly astounded, but it’s at least effective enough for use with phone calls. Over on our end, its earpiece emits a strong tone to sprinkle some substance to the clear and robust tones we’re exposed to under noisy environments. However, our callers explain that they’re presented with voices that have a subdued quality. Likewise, the speakerphone doesn’t have as much of a strong brilliance – giving voices a reserved tone.


The slight increase in battery capacity doesn’t translate to an outstanding battery life. It’s just average with normal day-to-day operations.

Another welcomed improvement is that the Butterfly 2 is stuffed with a slightly larger 2700 mAh battery, up from the 2600 mAh one in the M8. Despite the increase, we don’t recognize a substantial improvement to battery life with real-world usage. In fact, it’s almost unchanged from before, but we’re able to easily get at least a solid one-day of battery with normal usage. If you’re really conscious, its Extreme Power Saving mode will undoubtedly come in handy.


Being one of the first to launch its flagship phone for 2014, HTC undoubtedly jumpstarted things and delivered a fantastic product in the HTC One M8. For all of its acclaim and stature, it had some rough edges, like its 4-megapixel camera. Therefore, all of that leads us straight to the HTC Butterfly 2.

Don’t go looking for your wallets just yet, mainly because the HTC Butterfly 2 isn’t something that’s going to be widely available for purchase. As it currently stands, it’s being sold in the Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore – albeit, you can pick it up as an unlocked model for roughly $660 through various online sellers. Over here in the US, the phone is unlikely to ever reach the light of day with any of the major carriers.

Nonetheless, we’re not too saddened by this realization, since the Butterfly 2 isn’t much of a drastic improvement over the One M8. Sure, it gains a water resistant construction and a more formidable 13-megapixel camera, but it loses its signature unibody aluminum body, which unequivocally gave the phone its biggest advantage - one of the best premium designs out there. At its core, the Butterfly 2 feels more like a device to tide over those who felt that the M8 was lacking, but in the back of our minds, we’re really hoping to see HTC carry on some of the new things present here into its next flagship device.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.4.2
Baseband Version: 1.19.21331147A1.16G_20.58.4196.01L_F
Kernel Version: 3.4.0-g8485c03


  • Water proof construction that doesn’t require ports to be covered
  • New 13-megapixel camera is able to capture more detail
  • The software experience is unchanged, still simple & modern looking
  • Performance is pretty snappy with everything


  • The plastic body lacks enough substance to give it a premium feel
  • Internal storage capacity has been decreased to 16GB
  • Nothing new whatsoever with the experience

PhoneArena Rating:




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.


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.


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


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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