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.

Battery

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.

Conclusion


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




Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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:

8.0

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