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Topic # 112481 10-Dec-2012 16:02
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With the announcement of HTC Butterfly, this is looking more and more like my next phone. Check out the specs for what you are in stock for. But basically, 5 inch 1080p screen with pretty much the same internals as the Nexus 4. 

I was initially looking at the Nexus 4 as my next phone. But given that I have currently got the GNex, I wanted to try something different and thought I'll get some opinions of people who are currently using HTC phones (or other phones with skins on top of Android eg Touchwiz etc) 

How is the experience when using such phones with Android from the companies. [Edit Android with companies' skins]

Does it get annoying when you don't get updates on time, or do you think its better to wait for a software update to come after a month or so so that bugs are minimised. 

How is HTC SenseUI 4+? I have not used it in the past so would like to get a users opinion of it. Does it lag much? Do you think you can live without it?

Has anyone gone from Pure Android (Nexus) to another phone such as the HTC One X (or X+) or the Samsung S3?



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  Reply # 729853 10-Dec-2012 16:13
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HTC make really well put together handsets (wife loves her sensation). Solid and premium feeling, but HTC sense is too much for my liking.

I find people either love or hate sense.

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  Reply # 729948 10-Dec-2012 19:42
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Sense is probably the best locking of the stock UIs, their widgets are the best looking and the lockscreen the most customizable. In terms of build quality it's probably only Motorola that rivals them. What lets them down is the battery life and really really poor camera.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 729954 10-Dec-2012 20:11
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If I don't get the Nexus4, this running CM10.1 will be my next...



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  Reply # 730019 10-Dec-2012 22:30
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i read some reviews of the HTC DNA and the One X+ and they were saying that the camera is quite good on those models.

I have heard of the battery being disappointing on the HTC phones - hence why i did not consider the Sensation or the One X when they were released. But I think pretty much every other phone right now has better battery than GNex.

The camera not being the best is not a real deal breaker for me, as long as it takes decent pictures it should be ok. It is for times when you want to take that random snap. Also, I read that there will be a dedicated image processor in the Butterfly which made it a bit more attractive to me - along with the F2.0 camera lens.

Has anyone had decent experience with battery life on HTC - on the One X or One X+ or even the One S?

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  Reply # 742048 9-Jan-2013 08:32
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So has anyone ordered or managed to get one?

I know stock is a little scarce at the moment.

My only gripe like most of you is the battery capacity. From what I've read so far, apparently it can easily last you a day even on heavy use - similar to the Galaxy S3. It can standby for 1.5 days (with wifi, GPS and 3G on).



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  Reply # 742057 9-Jan-2013 09:00
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Nope, nothing yet. I have heard they have released this phone in Australia. So someone travelling across the ditch could get this!

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  Reply # 742158 9-Jan-2013 12:11
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Krishant007: Nope, nothing yet. I have heard they have released this phone in Australia. So someone travelling across the ditch could get this!


It is not officially released in Australia but you can preorder through mobicity (http://www.mobicity.com.au/htc-butterfly.html). Allthough they are charging a very hefty price for the phone. 

I am getting my HTC Droid DNA next week, so can let you know how it fares?

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  Reply # 742549 9-Jan-2013 21:30
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I would get the Butterfly rather than the DNA as the DNA doesn't have a slot for microSD, although it does offer wireless charging.



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  Reply # 742554 9-Jan-2013 21:46
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swisshardy:
Krishant007: Nope, nothing yet. I have heard they have released this phone in Australia. So someone travelling across the ditch could get this!


It is not officially released in Australia but you can preorder through mobicity (http://www.mobicity.com.au/htc-butterfly.html). Allthough they are charging a very hefty price for the phone. 

I am getting my HTC Droid DNA next week, so can let you know how it fares?


That will be great if you can let us know. I am really curious as to how good the battery life is on it. And just generally how good the phone is.

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  Reply # 742584 9-Jan-2013 23:27
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Wireless charging is a must!

I really don't think I'll go back plugging micro USB onto my phone anymore...





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  Reply # 746676 18-Jan-2013 09:43
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Bah, I don't care for wireless charging at all. Seems likea fairly pointless development to me personally.

Anyways, my Butterfly should hopefully ship to me today.




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  Reply # 746698 18-Jan-2013 10:04
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NZtechfreak: Bah, I don't care for wireless charging at all. Seems likea fairly pointless development to me personally.

Anyways, my Butterfly should hopefully ship to me today.


That's how I felt until I started using one.





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  Reply # 746701 18-Jan-2013 10:09
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NZTechFreak, look forward to another of your comprehensive reviews. From what I have read online battery life seems to be OK, but it is still a concern of mine!

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  Reply # 749203 22-Jan-2013 22:50
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So, I got it this afternoon when I arrived home from work.

Been posting to twitter about it and will continue to do so, usually best way to find out how I'm getting on with a new toy is catch me there.

So far, some thoughts:
  • Screen is very nice, naturally. Never seen a sharper display, as the 440PPI would lead you to expect.  Display characteristics don't seem up to SLCD2 though, which still remains the best mobile screen I have seen.
  • With the aspect ratio the device is quite long and thin, width-wise. Curve at the back makes it feel slim, and yet still good to hold (often not the case for devices thin at the edges.
  • Physical buttons fairly horrible, will elaborate more later.
  • Micro SD slot - YAY! Changing cards a bit fiddly, not yay. exFat formatting cards not working.
  • USB OTG - present! Including USB audio, which I prize above nearly all-else and is a rarity still outside of Samsung devices. Gamepad support disappoints.
  • Glossy plastic back - as bad as you'd expect. Makes it feel a bit cheap overall.
  • Battery life: too early to say. Colour me a sceptic about how well it'll do here.
  • General smoothness and fluidity of UI navigation - no complaints so far. Despite the increased screen resolution the S4 Pro, 2Gb RAM, and Jelly Bean seem up to the task. Will do some intensive 3D gaming later and see if it has thermal throttling issues like lots of the other S4 Pro devices.




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  Reply # 749215 22-Jan-2013 23:28
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Has anyone had decent experience with battery life on HTC - on the One X or One X+ or even the One S?


What do you consider decent?

My One X would get 2 days between charges on Telecom XT. I get about the same from the Nexus 4. I guess it all depends on what you use it for. I'm not into gaming, so probably helps.

Camera on One X is fantastic, my favourite android device with a camera so far.

I am using Nexus 4 currently and while stock jellybean is brilliant.. I quite liked HTC Sense on the One X.

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