The "1-Minute" Review
The HTC Butterfly S is the latest in HTC’s line of smartphones and improves upon its predecessor, the Butterfly and offers better specs than the HTC One. Key features include a quad-core 1.9GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built in storage, expandable micro-SD slot and a non-removable 3,200 mAh battery. In performance tests, CNET reviewers found that the Butterfly S slightly outperformed the Samsung Galaxy 4 despite both using the same processors. The Butterfly S’ battery life is also comparable to the Galaxy 4, lasting around two days with normal usage.
Like the Butterfly, the design of the Butterfly S maintains the glossy plastic body which GSMArena describes as “very soft and actually good to touch.” Unfortunately, Alvin Wong of Unleash The Phones observes that the glossy plastic attracts fingerprints and will accumulate small scratches and scuffs over time. In addition, the phone itself is slighter thicker than most smartphones today, measuring in at 10.6mm and weighing around 160 grams (around 5.6 oz) which, according to Phone Arena, makes the phone slightly unwieldy.
The main draw of the phone is its 5” LCD3 display. The vast majority of reviewers found the screen to be extremely sharp and detailed due to its 1080 x 1920 resolution. Mobarena notes that the display offers excellent contrast and saturated colors as well as excellent viewing angles which “make[s] everything appear as if painted on the screen…” The only issue that reviewers had with the display was sunlight legibility. Even at the brightest setting, reviewers at Hardware Zone had issues viewing content under direct sunlight.
On of the few drawbacks is its camera. While it uses the same Ultrapixel 4MP camera as the HTC One, it unfortunately does not have utilize the optical image stabilization. Instead the Butterfly S uses a software image stabilization, which many reviewers have found unacceptable for a phone of its price range. In addition, CNET notes that the camera suffers from some smearing of pixels in low-light situations and some loss of detail in good light situations.
Most reviewers have had no problems recommending this phone for people more interested in a utilitarian device. Consumers interested more in design and aesthetics, however are urged to look elsewhere. CNET notes that in order for the phone to compete among the market “its design needs to stand out more” while Hardware Zone states that “mainstream consumers ...may not be looking purely at performance; Aesthetics, build quality and usability are also factors...If the latter set of pointers are more important for you, the HTC One might a slightly better choice.”
The Good: Excellent display with superb viewing angles, incredibly fast processor, excellent battery life.
The Bad: Unwieldy phone design, plastic body prone to smudges and scratches, display.
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HTC released the Butterfly S on July 8, 2013.
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HTC backs up the Butterfly S with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
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