HTC Butterfly

OVERVIEW

The HTC Butterfly is a pretty interesting device with some really great technology in it. Its screen is one of the fortes as it uses that new screen technology – Super LCD3. It’s a pretty rare screen type which hasn’t really spread all that much as of yet. What it’s particularly great at is being able to make 5.0 inch screens support 1080p full HD resolutions and it generally has a pixel density that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Also, the hardware of the Butterfly is extremely powerful, even for today’s standards. However, with all things considered, this device being one of the strongest out there and such, it will mean that it costs a little bit more to purchase. While an estimated price was of 600 euros, the true price will actually depend a lot on the carrier and provider, as most add a bit more to the price in order to generate a profit for themselves.

GENERAL

This phone, depending on the market in which you purchase it from, can be a 4G phone with LTE enabled, or one with regular 2G and 3G networks. The SIM of this device is a Micro-SIM, so if you have one of those good for you, otherwise you will have to go to your local network provider and change your SIM into a Micro one. This phone was initially announced in December of 2012 and it came out the next month in January 2013. It is currently available for purchase and depending on where you get it from, certain offers and deals may apply for it.

BODY

The phone is pretty massive, so if you’re uncomfortable with phones that have 5.0 inch screens, this may not be the best alternative. Personally, it doesn’t really bother me that the phone is 5.0 inches big (screen-wise). I personally find even the Note 2 of a decent size, despite people claiming that it’s too big to be a phone. Then again, some people even use 7.0 tablets which have SIM support as phones (I have seen it with my own eyes, and it’s a pretty amusing sight). Back to the point: the specific size of the phone is 143 x 70.5 x 9.1 mm big (or 5.63 x 2.78 x 0.36 in, if you prefer this system) and it weighs around 140 g (or 4.94 oz, if you’d rather have this system).

DISPLAY

As I already mentioned, this phone has a Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors. This screen isn’t really all that famous worldwide as there are very few phones that actually have it already implemented. I understand it’s not the cheapest to manufacture, but for the quality it offers it’s understandable. The resolution of this 5.0 inch screen is 1080 x 1920 pixels (the standard 1080p full HD resolution you’re used to from your movies / games). The pixel density is one of the more impressing things. A tad overkill, if you ask me, but if that is their choice who am I to argue. The Super LCD3 has a pixel density of around 441 ppi (considering the maximum perceived by the human eye is 300, all other extra will just server to make the image slightly better, but the human eye won’t perceive it). The HTC Butterfly also has Multitouch and a very efficient screen protection – Gorilla Glass 2. Therefore, it should be safe from any accidental falls and eventual scratches. Also, the phone has the HTC Sense UI 4+ on it, should you want to keep it (I think you need to root the phone in order to remove it, though).

SOUND

The audio output of this phone is quite special. While I may not be a big fan of Beats Audio (particularly due to its pricing of the headphones), I am no fool and can easily admit that it’s one of the more powerful sound enhancements out there. I believe that with the purchase of the phone, you also receive a pair of Beats Ear-Buds for the phone (at least that’s how it was for the One X+ that also had this enhancement). The rest of the audio components are standard ones.

MEMORY

The memory of this device is quite interesting, to say the least. There is a minor problem with the internal storage space as the phone has 16 GB internal space, but only 11 GB are user-available. If you require more, the phone also has a Micro SD card slot that takes any card of up to 32 GB. The RAM of this device is one of the better sums as the phone has 2 GB (which I believe is currently the maximum right now).

DATA CONNECTION

The HTC Butterfly has both GPRS and EDGE on it. Provided you choose the LTE version, it speed with be HSPA+ and LTE Cat 3 with a speed of 100 MB/s Download and 50 MB/s Upload. The phone also has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. The Bluetooth of this device is v4.0 and it also has A2DP. The phone has support for NFC as well and its USB port is a Micro-USB v2.0 one with MHL (therefore, you won’t need a HDMI port on it – all you’ll need is a MHL A/V Link cable and you’re set).

CAMERA

The main camera of this device is one of the finer ones. It is an 8 MP one that can photograph at resolutions of 3264 x 2448 pixels and record video in 1080p full HD at 30 frames per second. The features of this camera are: autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging and face and smile detection. As far as the video features go, they are: stereo sound recording and video stabilization (very useful if you plan on using Zoom). The secondary frontal camera of this device is a 2.1 MP one that can record video in 1080p full HD at 30 frames per second. The secondary camera of the HTC Butterfly should come in quite handy for video calls.

BATTERY LIFE

One thing that worries me about the battery, and perhaps the only true disadvantage of this phone (every phone needs to have at least 1 disadvantage – it’s how things go) is the fact that the battery is non-removable. Other than that, it’s a Li-Po 2020 mAh battery. The thing isn’t really all that big a problem, but in the long run it can cause some amount of trouble. What if in an year or so the battery starts showing signs of degradation – you will have to send the phone to a service instead of being able to personally go out and buy a new battery.

HARDWARE

The hardware of this phone is quite exquisite, the phone having a Quad-Core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and an Adreno 320 GPU. Put together with its 2 GB of RAM, this phone will be able to run even the most complex of apps and games out there with ease.

SOFTWARE

The Android OS version of this device is v4.1 Jelly Bean, however, the phone can also be upgraded to 4.2 Jelly Bean. Therefore, I’d say we’re pretty much set on the software side of things.

FEATURES

This phone is literally packed with all sorts of features. The sensors of this device are: accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass. The messaging on this phone is done via: SMS (with Threaded View), MMS, E-Mail and Push E-Mail. The browser of this device uses HTML5 and has no apparent support for Flash (which may prove troublesome at some point, but it’s manageable). The phone also has Java though Java MIDP emulation and has a GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS. This device is only available in 1 color: Black.

Here is a brief list of what the HTC Butterfly can do:

SNS integration
Dropbox (25 GB storage)
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
DivX/XviD/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
Organizer
Document viewer/editor
Photo viewer/editor
Voice memo/dial/commands
Predictive text input

This concludes our little review of the HTC Butterfly.

Thank you for reading this review. I hope it has been as helpful as possible. If you feel that anything is lacking from this review feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section below for things which should be added and I will be sure to take them into consideration when writing my future projects. In the meantime, I sincerely hope you had as much fun reading my little review as I had writing it.

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Tips on Home Decoration – Framed Butterflies

The decorations with butterfly works are very popular these days. These are in the form of art works, pictures, photos, butterfly houses, shadow boxes, and framed butterflies. Framed butterflies are those decorative pieces in which real butterflies are framed and displayed as a piece of art. The beauty of the whole display lies in the beauty of the butterfly and the frame. Framing butterflies require a lot of attention and care. These are often done by professionally trained people. But if you wish, you can make your own framed butterfly display as well. The perfection to it lies in spreading out the wings cautiously, symmetrically, and without causing any damages to it.

Framed butterflies are considered as beautiful pieces of art owing to the beauty of the creature. Generally, the colours on the wings do not fade off. You must keep it without exposure to direct sunlight. If kept in a cool and dry place, the framed display will last as new for decades together.

The butterflies to be framed commercially are not caught from the nature and framed. They are raised in butterfly farms for the purpose of sale and framing. And it is often the very common species of butterflies that are used for the framing purpose. Rare species of butterflies are not used in the framing purpose. If rare butterfly frames are available, they will be very costly.

Some people create butterfly frames on their own. For this they find dead butterflies, catch them, or buy them online. The wings will have to be spread out very carefully without causing any harm as it is very fragile. You can use see through tapes, thin wires and threads to secure the butterfly, with the wings spread out, in place. Spreading out the wings symmetrically is the time consuming part. It is also good, if you have somebody to help, as the wings may curl up during the spreading out process.

Buying framed butterflies is not that costly. Once you buy, it will last for very long. The frames are available in wood, metals, plastic, and other materials. Some stores allow you to choose the butterfly, frame, and background, so that a custom order can be placed. Once the order is placed, everything is put together to make the beautiful framed butterfly. You can use it as part of your room decoration or gift it to somebody who loves butterflies or framed collections.

Framed butterfly displays can be found at both online and physical stores. The cost varies depending on the species of the butterfly, frame, and other materials used for the decorative purposes. If you are ordering your framed butterfly online, shipping charges also will apply. This can vary depending on the country and weight of the shipment.

Framed butterfly is a very good gifting and decorating idea. It would be better if you learn about the species of the butterfly and its other aspects.

Photo Tip – Why You Need A Fill Light In Portrait Photography!

In the last few photo tips articles, we have been discussing portrait photography lighting patterns… Short, broad, split, the loop pattern, Rembrandt and finally the butterfly lighting pattern. Today’s photo tip is about controlling the pattern’s shadows with a fill light.

Each of our patterns has their good and bad points and will be perfect for some faces and terrible for others. If you haven’t done any experimenting to master them, I suggest you make that your weekend project!

These patterns are essential building blocks to mastering portrait photography.

As photographers, we tend to concern ourselves with light, almost to the exclusion of everything else – but shadows are just as important! In fact, each of the lighting patterns we’ve been discussing is named for the type of shadow the light source casts!

This lighting pattern series has been all about building them with one light – the main (or key) light – and how to position it to get the lighting pattern most pleasing for any specific facial type.

While it doesn’t matter what sort of light it is, it could be a studio flash, the sun, a window, a reflector even nothing more than a flashlight – it is important to have the shadows to add depth and life to our portrait photography.

But, when we look at portraits done by professional photographers, we note that they almost always have more than one light source. Typically they have three and as many as five or six!

Why? And how do we know when more lights are needed and where to put them?

Again, it all goes back to the shadows!

Suppose you are using a short lighting pattern to help visually narrow the subject’s face. This works because – visually – shadows tend to recede and lit areas come forward. Since the shadow is closest to the camera, it makes the face look thinner.

But, the color and depth of a shadow can impart emotions and feelings into a portrait that we don’t want! If we are using one light, we will have a sharp line dividing the highlight and shadow areas and we lose all the detail in the shadow area.

The shadowed area can be very dark – which if we want a lot of drama and emotion in our portrait, that’s a good thing… but what if we don’t want all the drama? Obviously, we need to lighten the shadow, while still maintaining our slimming light pattern.

To do this we add a second light. This is called the “fill light”. It’s named for the fact that this light fills in the shadows!

With a fill light, we can now have total control over the shadows! We can turn it off and have totally black shadows or we can turn it up and have the shadows virtually disappear – and anything in between!

Note: if we have the same amount of light intensity on the fill light as the main light the shadows are gone. If we have MORE light on the fill light, it will cast a shadow on the (previously) lit side. If it does this, it becomes the main light and the other one is the fill light. In other words the fill light is always of equal or lesser intensity than the main light.

To get an understanding of the fill light and what it does, look through your favorite magazines and first try to determine the lighting pattern, then where the main light was positioned and whether or not they used a fill light. If they did use one, why? If not – why not?

In portrait photography, the depth of the shadow is as important as the quality of the light and will make a huge impact on your viewer’s perceptions. We control the depth with a fill light.

Use today’s photo tip to start thinking about how you can use lighting patterns and a fill light in your portrait photography to start controlling your viewer’s emotions – and you will be on the way to consistently winning photo contests.

Butterflies And Hiccups – A Guided Pregnancy Journal

Butterflies & Hiccups (New Beginnings Production Company, 2002)was conceived by Laurie J. Wing during her two pregnancies when she could not find a comprehensive journal for those who do not like to blank journal-keep.

Butterflies & Hiccups is a guided pregnancy journal that allows you to document everything you experience during your nine months of pregnancy. The questions are designed to elicit thought-provoking responses from the moment you find out you are pregnant up until you bring your baby home. This type of pregnancy journal is not just for the mom- and dad-to-be, but when your baby gets older, Butterflies & Hiccups makes for good story time reading. Kids love to hear stories about themselves, especially when they were hiccupping in their mommy’s belly and how much they would kick and make their moms crave crazy foods.

The connection between Mom and Baby begins before a child is even born. How many pregnant women ask their own moms if they felt this way or that way during their pregnancy and how many moms actually remember the details of their pregnancies?

Here are 10 of our favorite journaling prompts from Butterflies & Hiccups:

o If you heard the baby’s heartbeat, how did you react?

o Have people started treating you differently now that you’re pregnant? How so?

o How many times have strangers touched your belly?

o Have you felt Braxton-Hicks contractions yet? If so, describe the feeling?

o Have you had any daydreams about your baby?

o What’s the best piece of pregnany/birth advice you have received so far?

o Estimate how many times you have had to recite your due date so far.

o What are your thoughts about returning to work after the baby is born?

o Have you been nesting? If so, what have you done to prepare for the baby’s arrival?

o What’s the craziest question you wanted to ask your practitioner, but were too embarrassed to ask?

Butterflies & Hiccups provides a section each month for practitioner visits to document the first time you heard the baby’s heartbeat, your first ultrasound, questions or concerns for your practitioner, special tests and other important issues addressed at your practitioner visits. “I wish I could prescribe this book to every pregnant woman!” says Dr. Donnica Moore, a women’s health specialist who recently appeared on Oprah and The View.

Pregnant women know the many different symptoms that occur during pregnancy from morning sickness to breast changes and heartburn. Each month you can document how your symptoms changed throughout your pregnancy.

Your baby’s development progress also is exciting to follow. As you learn about pregnancy and your baby’s development, you can write about the different stages. There is room to include a photo each month of your growing belly. The weight measurement chart allows you to record your weight each month and, if applicable, you can document the dad-to-be’s weight gain.
Butterflies & Hiccups offers reminders including a hospital bag checklist for Mom and Baby, a birth plan checklist for you and your practitioner and questions such as “Did you strap an infant car seat in your car?”

Many women are on bed rest due to complications during pregnancy. There is a special section for the expectant mom on bed rest to record her experiences while also offering a section of things to do while on bed rest since lying in bed could get boring when it is for any length of time.
While the journal asks questions about registering for baby gifts, there is also a baby shower section that allows you to record the memories of your baby shower along with the theme, menu, games, guests who attended and a gift list, if desired.

Butterflies & Hiccups throws in a bit of humor to make journaling a little fun and frivolous. Here are some of our favorite humorous prompts:

o Is it difficult to polish your toenails or tie your shoes as your pregnancy progresses?

o Have there been any UMPs (Unidentified Moving Parts) across your belly?

o Have you ventured out in a maternity bathing suit yet, weather permitting?

o Have you received unsolicited advice or comments about pregnancy?

o Do your rings still fit?

o Has your shoe size increased?

o Are you feeling clumsy?

The “Fun Ideas to Pamper Yourself” section offers just that – ideas to pamper yourself during your pregnancy. After all, your body is going through some major changes while you are providing nourishment for another little life. You deserve a little special treatment!

There are blank pages within the journal for you to add your own special thoughts. If some questions or pages do not apply to your pregnancy or life situation, simply use one of the blank pages to journal. The same goes for the holiday section. Since families celebrate different holidays, this section can be tailored to reflect the holidays and beliefs of your own family and how you celebrated during your pregnancy.

Julie Tupler, R.N., B.S.N., certified personal trainer, certified childbirth educator and president of Maternal Fitness, works with pregnant women on a daily basis and says, “Butterflies & Hiccups is a beautiful, yet thorough journal to help you remember those wonderful moments in time – for many years! I recommend it to all my pregnant moms.”