The HTC Butterfly is a pretty interesting device with some really great technology in it. Its screen is one of the fortes as it uses that new screen technology – Super LCD3. It’s a pretty rare screen type which hasn’t really spread all that much as of yet. What it’s particularly great at is being able to make 5.0 inch screens support 1080p full HD resolutions and it generally has a pixel density that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Also, the hardware of the Butterfly is extremely powerful, even for today’s standards. However, with all things considered, this device being one of the strongest out there and such, it will mean that it costs a little bit more to purchase. While an estimated price was of 600 euros, the true price will actually depend a lot on the carrier and provider, as most add a bit more to the price in order to generate a profit for themselves.
This phone, depending on the market in which you purchase it from, can be a 4G phone with LTE enabled, or one with regular 2G and 3G networks. The SIM of this device is a Micro-SIM, so if you have one of those good for you, otherwise you will have to go to your local network provider and change your SIM into a Micro one. This phone was initially announced in December of 2012 and it came out the next month in January 2013. It is currently available for purchase and depending on where you get it from, certain offers and deals may apply for it.
The phone is pretty massive, so if you’re uncomfortable with phones that have 5.0 inch screens, this may not be the best alternative. Personally, it doesn’t really bother me that the phone is 5.0 inches big (screen-wise). I personally find even the Note 2 of a decent size, despite people claiming that it’s too big to be a phone. Then again, some people even use 7.0 tablets which have SIM support as phones (I have seen it with my own eyes, and it’s a pretty amusing sight). Back to the point: the specific size of the phone is 143 x 70.5 x 9.1 mm big (or 5.63 x 2.78 x 0.36 in, if you prefer this system) and it weighs around 140 g (or 4.94 oz, if you’d rather have this system).
As I already mentioned, this phone has a Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors. This screen isn’t really all that famous worldwide as there are very few phones that actually have it already implemented. I understand it’s not the cheapest to manufacture, but for the quality it offers it’s understandable. The resolution of this 5.0 inch screen is 1080 x 1920 pixels (the standard 1080p full HD resolution you’re used to from your movies / games). The pixel density is one of the more impressing things. A tad overkill, if you ask me, but if that is their choice who am I to argue. The Super LCD3 has a pixel density of around 441 ppi (considering the maximum perceived by the human eye is 300, all other extra will just server to make the image slightly better, but the human eye won’t perceive it). The HTC Butterfly also has Multitouch and a very efficient screen protection – Gorilla Glass 2. Therefore, it should be safe from any accidental falls and eventual scratches. Also, the phone has the HTC Sense UI 4+ on it, should you want to keep it (I think you need to root the phone in order to remove it, though).
The audio output of this phone is quite special. While I may not be a big fan of Beats Audio (particularly due to its pricing of the headphones), I am no fool and can easily admit that it’s one of the more powerful sound enhancements out there. I believe that with the purchase of the phone, you also receive a pair of Beats Ear-Buds for the phone (at least that’s how it was for the One X+ that also had this enhancement). The rest of the audio components are standard ones.
The memory of this device is quite interesting, to say the least. There is a minor problem with the internal storage space as the phone has 16 GB internal space, but only 11 GB are user-available. If you require more, the phone also has a Micro SD card slot that takes any card of up to 32 GB. The RAM of this device is one of the better sums as the phone has 2 GB (which I believe is currently the maximum right now).
The HTC Butterfly has both GPRS and EDGE on it. Provided you choose the LTE version, it speed with be HSPA+ and LTE Cat 3 with a speed of 100 MB/s Download and 50 MB/s Upload. The phone also has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. The Bluetooth of this device is v4.0 and it also has A2DP. The phone has support for NFC as well and its USB port is a Micro-USB v2.0 one with MHL (therefore, you won’t need a HDMI port on it – all you’ll need is a MHL A/V Link cable and you’re set).
The main camera of this device is one of the finer ones. It is an 8 MP one that can photograph at resolutions of 3264 x 2448 pixels and record video in 1080p full HD at 30 frames per second. The features of this camera are: autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging and face and smile detection. As far as the video features go, they are: stereo sound recording and video stabilization (very useful if you plan on using Zoom). The secondary frontal camera of this device is a 2.1 MP one that can record video in 1080p full HD at 30 frames per second. The secondary camera of the HTC Butterfly should come in quite handy for video calls.
One thing that worries me about the battery, and perhaps the only true disadvantage of this phone (every phone needs to have at least 1 disadvantage – it’s how things go) is the fact that the battery is non-removable. Other than that, it’s a Li-Po 2020 mAh battery. The thing isn’t really all that big a problem, but in the long run it can cause some amount of trouble. What if in an year or so the battery starts showing signs of degradation – you will have to send the phone to a service instead of being able to personally go out and buy a new battery.
The hardware of this phone is quite exquisite, the phone having a Quad-Core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and an Adreno 320 GPU. Put together with its 2 GB of RAM, this phone will be able to run even the most complex of apps and games out there with ease.
The Android OS version of this device is v4.1 Jelly Bean, however, the phone can also be upgraded to 4.2 Jelly Bean. Therefore, I’d say we’re pretty much set on the software side of things.
This phone is literally packed with all sorts of features. The sensors of this device are: accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass. The messaging on this phone is done via: SMS (with Threaded View), MMS, E-Mail and Push E-Mail. The browser of this device uses HTML5 and has no apparent support for Flash (which may prove troublesome at some point, but it’s manageable). The phone also has Java though Java MIDP emulation and has a GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS. This device is only available in 1 color: Black.
Here is a brief list of what the HTC Butterfly can do:
Dropbox (25 GB storage)
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
Predictive text input
This concludes our little review of the HTC Butterfly.
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