With a plethora of smartphones flooding the market, consumers are spoilt for choice. HTC is one of the prime Android manufacturers and its phablets have struck a chord with consumers.
We take a look at which of the following HTC smartphones - One M8, One E8, Desire Eye and Butterfly 2 is the best buy.
Even as OEMs tend to lean toward the bigger is better philosophy, they are keeping in mind design aesthetics and consumer preference for sleek devices irrespective of their size.
Out of the four smartphones - the One M8 (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm), One E8 (146.42 x 70.67 x 9.85 mm), Desire Eye (151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm) and Butterfly 2 (145.4 x 70.2 x 9.99 mm) - the HTC Desire Eye is the slimmest of the four, followed by HTC One M8, HTC One E8 and HTC Butterfly 2.
Width- and length-wise there is not much separating the HTC smartphones. The Desire Eye is the biggest, with the other three almost at par.
When it comes to weight, at 145gms, the HTC One E8 fares the best, followed by Butterfly 2 (151gms), Desire Eye (154gms) and One M8 (160gms).
All four smartphones have a Full HD 1080p display; however, the Desire Eye's screen is the biggest at 5.2 inches. The One M8, One E8 and Butterfly 2 all have a 5-inch screen.
Arguably, the marginal difference in screen size is not visible to the naked eye unless a side-by-side comparison of the smartphones is made. However, phablet users who hanker for bigger screens may just favor the Desire Eye over the other three.
Barring the Butterfly 2, all three HTC smartphones house the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which is clocked at 2.3 GHz. The Butterfly 2 is also fueled by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, but this clocks at 2.5 GHz which is a tad faster.
The One M8 comes with 32GB on-board storage capacity, whereas the Butterfly 2, Desire Eye and One E8 have only 16GB. All four offer support for 128GB additional storage via a microSD card. The smartphones also have 2GB of RAM.
When it comes to primary camera performance, all four smartphones are neck-to-neck as the rear-facing camera on all is 13-megapixels and capable of recording 1080p HD video.
The secondary camera, on the other hand, has a clear winner in the Desire Eye which has a 13-megapixel front-facing snapper. The Butterfly 2, One E8, and One M8 all have a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper.
The Butterfly 2 has a 2700mAh battery which offers support for 23.9 hours. The One M8 has a 2600mAh battery which offers support for 20 hours. The One E8 too has a 2600mAh battery which offers support for 26.8 hours. The Desire Eye has a 2400mAh battery which offers support for 20 hours.
Despite its smaller size when compared to the Butterfly 2, the One E8 has the best battery support of the four smartphones.
The HTC Butterfly 2 is currently not available in the U.S. and can be purchased in certain Asian countries.
With the phones almost neck-to-neck on most counts, ultimately it's the user preference which will play a key role. If price is your concern then the HTC One E8 is the best bet. On the other hand, if a smartphone with a robust battery life is what you're looking for then opt for the HTC One E8. Selfie lovers who want a high resolution front-facing camera would prefer the Desire Eye, as well as those looking for a big screen and slim phone.