HTC Butterfly 2, One Rugged Droid

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HTC Butterfly 2

Although the Taiwanese from HTC already have some fierce aspirers in the battle for the smartphone crown (the M8 and E8), a third soldier has just popped in and brings a whole bunch of tempting features that will surely catch the attention of the area of consumers (in a good way, of course). I’m talking about the HTC Butterfly 2, a refurbished version of the previous generations of butterflies, one that holds, among other key features, a powerful Snapdragon 801 chipset, a duo-camera with a 13MP main sensor and an IP57 certification for being dust proof and water resistant. This sure sounds well, but there’s even more to it, so keep reading for getting more info about it.

In its retail package, the HTC Butterfly 2 comes accompanied by a charger, a microUSB cable which serves for making data transfers and re-charging the handset and a pair of headphones that feature a mic and a remote.

In terms of looks, the Butterfly 2 isn’t the most compact phone around, yet we must consider that it features stereo speakers on its frontal side, so the additional space is justified by that. The handset measures 145.4 x 70.2 x 10 mm and has a weight of 151 grams. Managing it won’t pose any problems if you’re already used to handling smartphones and you’ll also be slipping it easily into your pockets.
The build quality is great, even though we’re talking about an all-plastic body here. The handset comes in three colors – blue, red and white, the first two having a glossy finish while the third coming with a matte one. Naturally, the glossier it is, the smudgier it gets and I’d also like to mention that the first options are also more slippery than the white, matte one.

The HTC Butterfly 2 holds on board a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi. The image quality provided by it is excellent, with beautiful colors, extremely wide viewing angles and deep contrast. Looking at it is a pleasure and you’ll find that it’s perfectly usable on the outside too, as the sunlight legibility is quite good also.

HTC Butterfly 2 Rugged Droid

Now, let’s find out what the Butterfly 2 brings in terms of software. Android v4.4.2 KitKat is here and has been customized with HTC’s proprietary Sense 6 interface. If you’re familiar with Sense, you’ll feel right at home, otherwise you’ll get accustomed quickly with the interface, which has the usual customizable homescreens, wallpapers, widgets, shortcuts, quick toggles, the App drawer(which is vertically scrolled, unlike on other devices) and more. Browsing through the friendly interface runs like a charm and you’ll be having a nice and pleasant user experience.
When it comes to performance, the HTC Butterfly 2 does an excellent job and doesn’t fall behind its rivals at any point when it comes to fluidity and task handling. That’s thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, which holds a quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage which can be bumped with a microSD card of up to 128 GB.

Let’s see what’s cooking at the connectivity department. The HTC Butterfly 2 holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC, microUSB 2.0 MHL enabled and there’s also an Infra-red port on board.

Things are really interesting in the photography area. The Butterfly 2 is the first from the HTC family to sport a duo camera. The primary one is a 13 megapixels snapper that delivers photos with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and is helped by a dual-LED flash in low light situations. The secondary camera from the back serves for allowing you to refocus your shots, add effects and more, by creating a depth map of the scene. The results delivered are awesome, as the phone delivers some accurate and vibrant colors, great contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The camera also shoots some great 1080p videos @30 fps. A front-facing 5 MP snapper is also here for you in case you need to make a video call or take a “selfie”.

Surfing the web is made through Google Chrome or the Android browser which has been customized here and there by HTC. Both of them offer a plethora of options and settings beneath their simplistic looking appearance.

Some other important things carried by the Butterfly 2 are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, BlinkFeed for displaying relevant information to you (news and all that), two great media players, an FM Radio with RDS support, Google Drive, Google Now and much more. I feel the need to say that this baby is a master when it comes to audio output.

The HTC Butterfly 2 is powered by a 2,700 mAh non-replaceable battery and will last around two days and a half under a moderate usage.

HTC Butterfly 2 backs

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