HTC Butterfly S Review: Evolution Complete: Office Suite, Organizer, Google Play, Google Maps

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Full Office suite

Office documents are handled by the preloaded Polaris Office app. It supports Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc. and lets you view and edit files on the go. It's remarkable to see a full Office suite when even some flagships (*cough*Galaxy S4*cough*) don't have one.




Polaris Office

We tested a couple of Word and Excel files and found the One perfectly capable of handling them. There's a Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer too





Polaris Office editing

Organizer

The calendar on the HTC Butterfly S has five different types of view: Month, Week, Day, Agenda and Invites. You can swipe between different months/weeks/days like you would through tabs in other Sense 5 apps.

Adding a recent event is quite straightforward and you can also set an alarm to serve as a reminder. Naturally, the Calendar supports multiple online calendars (including Facebook), only one of which you can sync with your computer. You can also easily show/cover the ones you don't want.

The Agenda view shows a list of all the calendar entries from the recent past to the near future. Invites view only lists events with invitation info attached to them. The day view also shows the weather forecast at the top of the screen, which is a nice touch.






The Calendar

There is also a calculator on board. It is nicely touch optimized with big, easy to hit buttons. Flipping it horizontally enables some more advanced functions like logarithms.




Calculator

The Clock app comes with World Clock, Alarms, Stopwatch and a Timer. The World clock is like a mini Google Earth - it shows a 3D globe and you can rotate and freely zoom in on it. You can add cities that are pinned to the globe (and also visible as a list below it).

The alarm clock application can handle multiple alarms, each with its own start and repeat time. The stopwatch and timer are pretty self-explanatory.






Clock app

The HTC Tasks app is here as well. It does exactly what the name recommends and can access your Google Tasks. There is no location-based reminder support, compared to apps like Any.DO, iOS's Reminders, etc.

HTC's Note app has been replaced by Scribble, which takes after the Note app found on certain Samsung phablets, and gives you a wide array of templates like to-do lists and calendar views. After selecting a template you can create various notes, add drawings, pictures and dictations. Sharing and printing options are also available.






HTC Tasks • Scribble

HTC's Weather app is here too. It became popular years ago with its cool weather animations and widget. You can preset many cities across the globe and it uses info from AccuWeather (much like Samsung and Apple do).





Weather

Google Play for all your app needs

The Google Play Store features several scrollable tabs - categories, featured, top paid, top free, top grossing, top recent paid, top recent free and trending. Apps usually have several screenshots (some even offer a demo video) so you can acquire an concept of what the app looks like before installing it.

You can also check out comments and ratings, as well as the number of downloads and so on, to assist you decide if the app is worth it.






The Android Market will give you access to hundreds of thousands of apps

The Google Play Store is full of all sorts of apps, but in some countries it also offers music, movies and TV shows, books and magazines.

Unfortunately there is no HTC Hub in the Jelly Bean version of HTC's Android implementation. This means you can't acquire additional HTC wallpapers, HTC lockscreens, etc.

Google Maps is better than ever

The HTC Butterfly S has a built-in GPS receiver, which managed to acquire a lock in under a minute. If all you need is a rough concept of where you are (within 150 meters) you can utilize the Cell-ID and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network lock, which is very quick as well.






Google Maps

Google recently revamped the UI, but the basics are the same. Maps offers voice-guided navigation in certain countries and falls back to a list of instructions elsewhere. You can also plan routes for bicycles and public transport. A nice addition to the latest version is that Maps shows you a couple of alternative routes like the desktop version of Google Maps.

For navigation, the map will cache the data it needs and will reroute you offline (so you don't need a data connection along the way). The Navigation app itself had its UI polished to match the rest of Maps.

You can also search for nearby POI and go into the always cool Street View.






Google Maps

Popular places around the world feature pictures and reviews. Street view isn't available everywhere, but it is growing in coverage and is the coolest thing we've seen on a Maps app to date (that includes Aerial view in iOS).

You can save maps for offline view, which caches them on your device's storage, but haged in mind that not all map info is saved (meaning not everything down to street level like businesses, POIs, etc.).


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