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HTC Butterfly S Review

HTC Butterfly S

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Call Quality

HTC Butterfly S Review
The call quality on the Butterfly S is not perfect, but it’s definitely above average and satisfactory with no sound distortions or other big issues. In the earpiece, you can hear voices loud and clear with almost no distortion and it’s easy to recognize familiar voices.

There are two microphones and the handset support noise cancellation. Our callers also reported hearing our voice in its natural tones, loud and clear.

Battery life

The Butterfly S is plain chunky - it’s a large and bulky phone, but you’d be willing to forgive it its size when you learn that it comes with a whopping 3200mAh battery with a quoted talk time of the impressive 29 hours on 2G and 25 hours on 3G. The battery is sealed and is not user replaceable.

In our experience, the Butterfly S would last us two days on average, and even more if you use the device frugally.


The Butterfly S has taken some great features from the HTC One and mixed them up with an amazing long-lasting battery. We love its display, we love its front stereo speakers, we love its longevity.

Then again, it’s not a perfect device. The large battery has taken its toll and the phone itself feels bigger than we’d like, even a bit unwieldy, and the camera shoots underwhelming pictures.

Most puzzlingly, the HTC Butterfly S is available now, at a time when the very similar HTC One is also on sale. Our guess is that HTC just targets a different markets with the Butterfly S. Otherwise, the handset is just as expensive as the HTC One - it’s clearly HTC’s other flagship.

Would we recommend it? We don’t think the Butterfly S is everyone’s cup of tea, but those who crave maximum battery life and a great display, won’t be disappointed.


  • Huge long-lasting 3200mAh battery
  • Great vivid 5” 1080p display
  • Impressive front stereo speakers


  • Large and thick, unwieldy
  • Camera is below average for its class
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posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:32 1

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 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.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:40 8

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Why did it just got an 8?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:11 8

3. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:25 7

4. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 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.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:51

5. uchihakurtz (Posts: 404; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:13 1

6. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:49

8. uchihakurtz (Posts: 404; Member since: 12 Nov 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.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:34 1

7. lallolu (Posts: 560; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:54 1

9. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 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.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:34 1

11. alcheng (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Nov 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.... ;)

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:33 2

10. alcheng (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 13:48

12. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 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.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 14:33

13. alcheng (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

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

--quote from the review

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 02:51

14. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 04:15

15. ibrhmymn (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 21:48

16. FYLegend (Posts: 19; Member since: 05 Sep 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...

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HTC Butterfly S

HTC Butterfly S

OS: Android 4.4 4.3 4.1
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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) S-LCD 3
Camera4 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300 processor
Size5.69 x 2.78 x 0.42 inches
(144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)
Battery3200 mAh, 29 hours talk time

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