HTC BUT­TER­FLY

HTC has kicked off 2013 in style and is giv­ing a tough fight to the com­peti­tors with its new But­ter­fly.

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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.

Fun

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

ex­pe­ri­ence.

Work

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.

Apps

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.

Bat­tery

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.

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