HTC Unveils Butterly S. 'Phablet': 10 Reasons to Ignore It

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-06-19 Print this article Print

5. Who knows if it’ll ever hit the U.S.?

As of this writing, HTC has only said that the Butterfly S will be available in Taiwan. International availability has at this point not been announced. So, that begs the question of whether or not the HTC will ever launch the device in the U.S. At this point, the company isn’t saying. So don’t get too excited.

6. Don’t get too excited about the camera

HTC is touting the Butterfly S’ “UltraPixel” camera that it says, delivers “high-quality, instantly sharable images wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.” However, what the company doesn’t point out is that that camera is just 4 megapixels. So, those looking to print out those “high-quality” photos will find that they can’t make them too big. That’s a shame.

7. It’s really expensive

Here’s a shock: the Butterfly S will set customers in Taiwan back a whopping $766. Is HTC kidding? In order for the HTC Butterfly S to be even close to considered an option for U.S.-based customers, it needs to be much cheaper. Hopefully some two-year subsidies will solve that problem. But with an increasing number of customers looking to go contract-less carrier service plans, paying upwards of $800 for a phablet doesn’t make much sense.

8. The design is rather dull

Design is extremely important in the mobile space. Today’s consumers, especially, want to be able to whip out their device and show others just how cool it is. The Butterfly S, however, lacks the design flair that it would need to appeal to the average customer. HTC is, well, just a little dull when it comes to design.

9. Where’s the 4G LTE support?

HTC made the strange decision to leave out 4G LTE support in the Butterfly S. There’s a chance, of course, that the technology will be making its way to other countries if and when the device ever hits foreign store shelves, but based on what we know right now, it requires 3G. That’s bad news for mobile customers.

10. It Doesn’t Appeal to Business Users

HTC has made one thing clear with the Butterfly S: it wants nothing to do with corporate customers. The device comes with a wide range of consumer-friendly features, including BlinkFeed, which provides social updates, news, and articles on the home screen, and BoomSound for higher-quality audio. HTC is firmly targeting consumers with the Butterfly S, which means IT decision-makers don’t have to give it a second thought.

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