The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been THE Android handset of 2012, but its reign may be over if the HTC J Butterfly (expected to come to US as the Verizon Droid DNA) is all it promises to be. Why is this phone such a threat? It’s in the hardware, so let’s have a look.
HTC J Butterfly (DROID DNA) vs Samsung Galaxy S3
The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on a quad-core Exynos 1.4GHz chip with 1GB of RAM. The HTC J Butterfly has a Snapdragon S4 Qualcomm chip that’s 1.5GHz and has 2GB of RAM. Both phones are very fast and perform brilliantly. There’s not much between them, really. The HTC does have a higher clock speed and also has 2GB of RAM, so on paper it wins. Remember, though, that the US S3 has 2GB of RAM – but it runs on a dual-core chip.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8” Super AMOLED screen that has a 1,280x720p resolution. The HTC J Butterfly has a 5” Super LCD screen with 1,920×1,080p HD resolution and a ppi of 440 that outdoes the S3’s 306ppi. The HTC phone also gives more realistic colours and higher brightness levels, which is useful for outdoors. The Samsung Galaxy S3 can’t promise this, but it does give deep blacks and hyper-real colours. The Butterfly flies off with the prize for its sharper and bigger display of course.
The HTC J Butterfly is 5.62 x 2.79 x 0.35” and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34”. The HTC is wider, taller and thicker than the S3. It’s also heavier – 4.93oz compared to 4.6oz. As light and slim deserves points, the S3 takes this category.
Storage now – the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16, 32 and 64GB options, and it has SD support for up to 64GB. The HTC only has 16GB of internal memory and 32GB on SD, so the S3 wins again.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8MP camera, with autofocus and LED flash, and a 1.9MP camera on front. The HTC J Butterfly matches the S3’s rear 8MP rear and trumps the front camera with its 2.1MP shooter. Both phones can take 1080p video, but as the HTC has a better front camera, it’s on top in this category.
The HTC J Butterfly has Jelly Bean, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still waiting for it in many areas, so for as long as the S3 languishes on ICS, the HTC is the winner. In the US.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 2,100mAh battery that gives 650 minutes of talk and will last for 750 hours on standby. The HTC has a 2,020mAh battery, but standby and talk times are unknown as yet. Samsung, with the bigger battery and smaller display, should be the winner.
Both phones have all standard connectivity like NFC, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi. While the US Samsung Galaxy S3 does have LTE, we expect the same from the HTC DROID DNA when it hits Verizon.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in Marble White and Pebble Blue, with new colours coming out, like red, black, grey and brown versions. However, not all colours will be available from all carriers. The HTC comes in red, black and white. The S3 has been shot down due to its cheap plastic looks, and the HTC J Butterfly has the same striking looks of the One X phones so wins the beauty contest.
Bottom line: The HTC J Butterfly has won more categories here, which puts in the lead – on paper at least. If the rumours are right and it’s coming out next months as the Verizon HTC Droid DNA, it might be worth waiting to see what it’s like before jumping on the current favorite the Samsung Galaxy S3.