HTC has kicked off 2013 in style and is giving a tough fight to the competitors with its new Butterfly.
Design & Built
Usually, devices with 5-inch display are broad and heavy to hold. But HTC has done a brilliant job by giving a slim 7.9mm waistline to the Butterfly. The Corning Gorilla Glass 2 dominates the front with the glass curving at the edges. Done in black, there are slight shades of red at the ear piece and on the grill on the sides that give it a luxurious look. The three touch keys are placed below the display with a power key at the top and volume controls on the side. The non-removable back cover has a camera prominently sitting on the top along with a single LED flash.
For the Butterfly, HTC has packed in an
28mm 8MP lens with f/2.0 aperture clubbed with auto-focus and LED flash. The BSI sensor excels in low-light conditions. HTC’s fetish for Beats Audio continues and the sound output was loud and clear. From rendering full HD videos to playing heavy graphic games like ShadowGun, the phone gave a flawless
This one runs Android Jelly Bean with the latest version of the HTC Sense user interface. Along with adding apps to the homescreen, now we can also add a row of shortcut keys on the homepage. An interesting feature we spotted in the messaging apps was the ‘move messages to secure box’ and ‘block box’ options. Powered by 1.5Ghz quad core Snapdragon Pro Processor and 2GB RAM, the phone’s native web browser rendered pages quickly and most applications launched without any lag. There is full multi-tasking and the virtual keyboard is well spaced out.
This Android phone has easy access to the Google Play Store, which now has almost all of the top apps globally. However, the apps listed on Play Store are not usually scrutinised by Google and some of the apps do have malware that can hamper the performance of the phone or worse.
The 2020 mAh battery onboard is at par with most of the smartphones as it gave us a day of juice with two push email accounts, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, web browsing and YouTube video access. But we had lowered display brightness and turned off the haptic feedback.