Apr 22, 2013

HTC Butterfly Snap Review

A Smartphone that apparently makes the tagline of Taiwanese manufacturer HTC – “quietly brilliant”- true to the core. With the launch of this costly Smartphone, the company has geared up for the battle of Androids.

The phone is sort of sophisticated and elegant, which is made using plastic coated with soft rubber and boasts of uni-body construction. It has three touch-sensitive keys- Home, Back and Task Switcher- below the display, while the sensors and secondary camera reside above it. It is IPX-5 certified and can withstand water at low pressure. Even though it is plastic, the build quality is good. 

Everything seems solid and there are no loose parts. The phone heels quite comfortable to hold in hand and weighs 140 grams. However because of the larger surface area and good weight distribution, the device feels lighter than the S III. Even though the device is a bit long, it will easily slide into pockets because of its slim profile.

Inserting SIM in the device is a bit complicated. Since the same location fits the microSD card as well, HTC was not able to fix the SIM tray onto the plastic cover. Instead of a cover that opens up, it is attached to the body. Hence, while ejecting the tray out of the socket, it is a bit difficult but the microsD is much simpler to insert.

Processor and operating system:
The Butterfly runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and features the updated version 4+ of the HTC Sense User Interface and has 1.5GHz quad-core processor. Unlike the stock user interface, Sense uses more colorful icons, more elaborate animations and fancy widgets.

The phone comes with a 5-inch Super LCD 3 1920*1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch, which is the highest in industry. A display of that size and resolution gives crisp text and images. In terms of sharpness, it is the main attraction here. It’s really good for people who like to read a lot. The display is extremely smooth and it’s great to use especially with the curved edges.

Battery life:
The HTC butterfly is powered by a non-user-replaceable 2020 Li-Ion battery which can stand its charge up to 45 hours.

The phone is packed with an 8MP camera which captures images of 3264*2448 pixels in 4:3 mode and 3264*1840 in 16:9. It also captures 6 MP images during video recording. The HTC ImageSense or the camera interface is the same for both the still camera and the video camera and the camera functions as a UI shared between both functions. The 8MP camera delivers quality photos under daylight as well as low-light conditions. The front 2.1MP camera does a good job during video calls and clicking photos.

Storage and Connectivity:
The phone has 2GB RAM and packed with 16GB of in-built memory and microSD card support of 32GB. Connectivity features of the device include Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0. The Wi-Fi works perfectly well and the device isn’t affected by any grip issues like HTC Sensation. The phone can be used to convert cellular data connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot as well as supports Wi-Fi direct and DLNA.

HTC Butterfly, one of the most expensive Smartphones in the market is one of the best Android phones to combine best features like brilliant HD screen and great build quality. The device is a brilliant mix of hardware and software along with good looks, a beautiful display and classy build.

The Smartphone offers a stunning display with full-HD of 1080p and runs on 1.5GHz quad-core processor which makes its performance much faster. It shines in excellent build and solid water resistance ratings.

It loses image especially in the high price which is kind of pretty-expensive for Smartphone users and its confusing SIM tray mechanism and disappointing camera.


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