HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 26, 2013

If you hold the HTC Butterfly up against the Samsung Galaxy S3, which one should you buy? Does the 5.0-inch display on the Butterfly, surpass the Galaxy S3’s screen? Is the 8.0MP camera on the Galaxy S3 good, average or just plain disappointing? Find answers to these questions in the side-by-side comparison that follows.

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HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: 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 Samsung Galaxy S3
Display 5.0-inch Super LCD3 4.8-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412
Software Android 4.1.1 Android 4.0.4
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
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, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.1MP Yes, 1.9MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP and EDR
Size 70.5 x 143.0 x 9.1mm 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6mm
Weight 140g 133g
Talktime TBC 12.0 hours
Standby TBC 790 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, stereo FM radio, TV-out, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, stereo FM radio with RDS, S-Voice, TV-out and Smart Stay eye-tracking

 

HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 fight plays out…

HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Connectivity

The Butterfly is well-specced and includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP connectivity. It can also accelerate to 4G speeds. Samsung has jammed its handset with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and EDR. You can tick 4G networking too.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Size/Weight

Now for a size comparison. The Galaxy S3 is the wider of the two, measuring 70.6mm to the Butterfly’s 70.5mm. The Butterfly is the taller handset, measuring 143.0mm to the Galaxy S3′s 136.6mm. The Butterfly is beefier than its opponent, weighing 140g. In contrast, the Galaxy S3 weighs 133g. At this point in the fight, the Butterfly trails by a point.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (1-2)

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HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Camera/Video

The design of the HTC Butterfly incorporates a 8.0 Megapixel camera with a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 and 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 Galaxy S3 also packs a 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. Another 1.9 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)

HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Display

So which screen is better? The Butterfly boasts a Super LCD3 panel, which measures 5.0 inches across teh diagonal and delivering a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. By our calculations, this means that there are 2073600 pixels overall, which translates to a lofty 440.6 pixels per inch measurement.

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 Galaxy S3′s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display is a little less roomy, measuring 4.8 inches. It boasts a poorer screen resolution that the Butterfly – the display can only muster 720 by 1280 pixels. Compared to its rival, the number of pixels onscreen is 921600 and so the pixels per inch (PPI) rating is 306.042.
— The Butterfly wins (3-3)

HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Processor

Processor vs processor next – the Butterfly’s engine is a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon chip; the Galaxy S3 relies on a quad core Exynos 4412, rated at 1.4GHz.
— The Butterfly wins (4-3)

Half-time: HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

At the end of round #5, let’s take a look at the scores. The Butterfly leads the Galaxy S3 by 4-3. But this isn’t over. Let’s see what the Galaxy S3 has to offer as we start the second half.

HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1.1 vs. Android 4.0.4 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-4)

HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means… As it stands, the Butterfly is still on top in this fight. With only a point separating them, this could go either way.
— The two phones share the points (6-5)

HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Storage

The Next battleground is storage. The Butterfly kicks off proceedings with 16GB of internal storage. The Galaxy S3 offers you a choice of different storage capacities, namely 16, 32 or 64. As you can see, the Galaxy S3 provides more space out of the box with 64GB. This compares to the Butterfly’s 16GB. Of course, the Butterfly also features a microSD slot, which supports cards up to 32GB. This will boost the overall storage to a roomier 48GB. You can expand the memory of the Galaxy S3 via the microSD slot. With a 64GB card, the maximum is 128GB.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (6-6)

HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – 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 Galaxy S3 share the points (7-7)

HTC Butterfly vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – 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 Galaxy S3 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, stereo FM radio with RDS, S-Voice, TV-out and Smart Stay eye-tracking.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (7-8)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins! (7-8)

The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins this match-up. It beats the HTC Butterfly, taking 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 2. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: No
The best processor: No
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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