HTC Butterfly S Review

HTC Butterfly S Review

Introduction


Just like a real butterfly, evolving from a caterpillar to moth, the HTC Butterfly has transformed into the Butterfly S, a brand new device by HTC that flew into our office and reminded us of both its predecessor and the HTC One.

The Butterfly S has adopted a lot of the signature features of the HTC One - its UltraPixel camera, its front-facing loud and clear stereo speakers and its latest Sense 5.0 user interface. Plus, HTC has bundled in a whopping 3200mAh battery. However this butterfly comes with plastic wings (or rather body), and lacks the optical image stabilization that are key to HTC One’s appeal. Can it still fly? Or have we mistaken the HTC Butterfly S for a moth while it is still a larva? Let’s find out.

In the box:

  • User Manual
  • USB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Headphones

Design


The Butterfly S is a chubby piece of glossy plastic, nothing in common with the exquisite aluminum or soft touch plastic designs we’ve come to expect from HTC. Yet we would not count the glossy plastic as a huge downside. The material is glazed and polished, and feels very soft and actually good to touch.


HTC Butterfly S

HTC Butterfly S

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.78 x 0.42 inches

144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Dimensions

5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

HTC Butterfly S

HTC Butterfly S

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.78 x 0.42 inches

144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Dimensions

5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Speaking in numbers, the phone is 10.6mm thick and at its large size that thickness gets noticed. The handset weighs 160g (some 5.6 oz), also above the average, but not excruciatingly heavy. Truth be told, it feels larger than we’d like, a bit unwieldy.


As similar as it is to the the HTC One in terms of specs, HTC’s Butterfly S stands as a total opposite to the sleek unibody aluminum body of HTC’s flagship. Yet, there are some elements that the HTC Butterfly S borrowed from the One. The stereo front speakers are here and they are painted red, just like the capacitive buttons and the same tone is used on the camera eye ring on the back. There are no physical buttons up front. On the right, there’s a patterned aluminum volume rocker that protrudes nicely and is very comfortable to press. The lock key however is a stretch to reach - it’s located way up top, next to the 3.5mm headset jack and the lid-protected microSD and microSIM card slots.




Display


The HTC Butterfly S comes with a spacious 5-inch Super LCD3 display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. We’re very impressed with it. The screen is extremely sharp and detailed, with a pixel density reaching 441 pixels per inch. You won’t be able to notice none of the annoying jagged icon edges or blurry text.

We love the rich and saturated colors on this display. They are not hugely overblown as on AMOLED screens, but still deliver quite the punch.

The Butterfly S does not have the brightest of screens. Its peak luminance reaches 360 nits and that’s perfectly fine for using the device indoors, but is puts a bit of an extra strain on your eyes when you try to read the display outdoors.

Viewing angles are fabulous. Colors don’t fade out even when you tilt the phone to most extreme angles.

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16 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It is what the HTC One should\\\\\\\'ve been, but with a very big body and the same problematic 4MP image sensor it will be hard to compete against the best of Sony, LG, Nokia and Samsung (and Google and Xiaomi and Oppo and Huawei and Alcatel and ZTE). I love the battery size, the SD600 I do not understand though, this is not February anymore.

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Why did it just got an 8?

3. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

hooo hooo big joke!!\ 8 of 10 for butterfly s !! i expect atleast 9 /10!! reviwer must be sleepy for it.

4. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

wow that\'s rather low. i expected it to score more than the xperia z, at least. the battery is a huge factor it deserves a better score.

5. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

The camera killed it, it would\'ve been perfect if it had a decent or above average 8/13 mpx camera.

6. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

The UltraPixel camera is very underrated in reviews because it\'s actually one of the best if not the best camera out there!

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

.... I haven\'t played with it, so I can\'t say much, but from what people are saying, it does great at night shots but other than that, not so. And to be honest, 4mpx is not enough for some or most people, if they can come up with an 8mpx Ultra Pixel then it\'d be great. But I like the video recording, I saw the sample and it was really good.

7. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

HTC should stop all this 4mp ultrapixel nonsense. Make it 8mp ultrapixel, then we can talk.

9. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Don\'t know how the device got an 8... it should get at least 9. Its a beautiful device with a beautiful screen. Def looks better than any galaxy device.

11. alcheng

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

I bet it is because it lacks the apple logo... note: I am not an apple fan at all, but since this site is so bias to apple product.... ;)

10. alcheng

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

The Flash Player support feature alone should bring the score up to 9.5/10 already...

12. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

I didn't actually know that until I saw your comment, I completely agree with you and I'm beginning to really consider this phone, unfortunately it will be difficult to get my hands on.

13. alcheng

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

\"Both are exceptionally good browsers, but the HTC one has one key advantage - Adobe Flash support.\" --quote from the review

14. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

If the HTC One and this Butterfly S phone released at the same time, the latter would deserve a higher score. It's better in every conceivable way almost. It's just not metal and the screen's a bit dimmer. Also, I love the stupid "Con" they threw there about it being large, thick and "unwieldy" - it's mindsets like this that's making battery life suffer, due to each trend to make the most anorexic phone.

15. ibrhmymn

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

which one should I buy, Butterfly S or Xperia Z1? can you give me an advice please :)

16. FYLegend

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

I'm still using the Butterfly s now but thinking of getting a new phone soon but 2015 choices are disappointing to me, especially for HTC (really want stereo speakers still). The headphone jack has been damaged over time unfortunately bu otherwise it's a solid phone. My major gripe is the audio quality. GSMArena said the audio quality was excellent but I hear some hissing with low-impedance headphones, and clipping distortion at higher volumes (above 12/15). PhoneArena's test shows that the headphone jack has a really low input voltage (0.35) compared to the M7 or M8 which have over 1 V. This one uses the same DAC as Galaxy S4 Snapdragon 600 version, which previously had similar audio distortion problems that were fixed later with software update. Butterfly s' audio quality has improved since it was launched but still slight distortion above 12/15. It seems either the headphone amplifier is screwing things up or HTC simply increased the volume using software...
Butterfly S
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(25h 3G talk time)

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