HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 6, 2013

If you set the HTC Butterfly and the Apple iPhone 5 against one another in a do-or-die match-up, which one triumphs? Does the 5.0-inch display on the Butterfly, crush the 4.0-incher on the iPhone 5? How much storage space is there? Is the 8.0MP camera on the iPhone 5 superior? All of these questions are answered in the table and smartphone comparison below…

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HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

HTC Butterfly VS Apple iPhone 5
Display 5.0-inch Super LCD3 4.0-inch Retina
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
640 x 1136 pixels
(326.0 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 1.2GHz dual core Apple A6
Software Android 4.1.1 iOS 6
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 16, 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face/smile detection, geo-tagging, simultaneous video/photo recording and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.1MP Yes, 1.2MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 70.5 x 143.0 x 9.1mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm
Weight 140g 112g
Talktime TBC 8.0 hours
Standby TBC 225 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, stereo FM radio, TV-out, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio PowerVR SGX 543MP3 graphics, GPS/A-GPS, accelerator, digital compass, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, gyroscope, Siri digital voice assistant

 

HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically better. Here’s how this HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 fight plays out…

HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Connectivity

The innards of the Butterfly come packed with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also boasts 4G connectivity where available. The iPhone 5 doesn’t have NFC, but it does boast 3G/HSDPA/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. More importantly, it supports 4G too.
— The Butterfly wins (1-0)

HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Size/Weight

True pocketability is difficult to quantify but let’s look at the specs. The Butterfly has dimensions of 143.0 x 70.5 x 9.1mm; the iPhone 5 is 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm. The Butterfly is certainly the bulkier handset of the two. It’s also heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at 140g. The iPhone 5, meanwhile, weighs a lightweight 112g. See the graphs below…
— The iPhone 5 wins (1-1)

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HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Camera/Video

The Butterfly’s built-in camera has a resolution of 8.0 MP, plus features that include: autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face/smile detection, geo-tagging, simultaneous video/photo recording and 1080p video recording. There’s also a front-facing 2.1MP camera for video calls.

The two phones match each other for megapixels – the iPhone 5 also packs a 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, a panorama mode, HDR and 1080p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 1.2MP.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-2)

HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Display

Display size is key and the Butterfly features a roomy, 5.0-inch (1080 x 1920) touch-sensitive Super LCD3 screen. It has 2073600 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at a lofty 440.6 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The HTC Butterfly features a 5.0-inch Super LCD3 display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

The 4.0-inch touch-sensitive Retina screen on the iPhone 5 is a whole inch smaller. Where the Retina display used to set the benchmark for touchscreens, the technology has been overtaken. The iPhone 5 boasts a poorer screen resolution too – 640 by 1136 pixels. Compared to its rival, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is lower, but 326.0 is still a classy score.
— The Butterfly wins (3-2)

HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Processor

In terms of raw processing power, the Butterfly boasts a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor. The iPhone 5, meanwhile, has an dual core Apple A6 chip, rated at 1.2GHz.
— The Butterfly wins (4-2)

Half-time: HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5

At the halfway point, the Butterfly has a solid 2 point lead. But this fight is far from over. With five more rounds to go, the iPhone 5 still has a chance to win this fight.

HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-3)

HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Applications

How many apps are available for these two phones? In this case, if you want the smartphone with the biggest choice of apps, choose the iPhone 5 (700000+) over the Butterfly (675000+). At the end of round #7, the iPhone 5 is still trailing by 1. It’s difficult to know which way this will go.
— The iPhone 5 wins (5-4)

HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Storage

Now where were we? Ah yes. Storage. The HTC Butterfly features 16GB of storage. As for the iPhone 5, it’s handily available in different storage options, such as 16, 32 or 64GB. As you can see, the top-end iPhone 5 provides more space out of the box with 64GB. This compares to the Butterfly’s default 16GB. That said, the Butterfly also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 48GB. Unlike its rival, the iPhone 5 is missing an expansion slot and so the max storage options remain 16, 32 or 64GB. Overall…
— The iPhone 5 wins (5-5)

HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Butterfly and the iPhone 5 share the points (6-6)

HTC Butterfly vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Extras

Finally, the Butterfly also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, stereo FM radio, TV-out, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio. In comparison, the iPhone 5 features PowerVR SGX 543MP3 graphics, GPS/A-GPS, accelerator, digital compass, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, gyroscope and the Siri digital voice assistant.
— The Butterfly wins (7-6)

BPF Verdict: The HTC Butterfly wins! (7-6)

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