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While the rest of the industry is rushing to produce 10-inch tablets that compete directly against the Apple iPad 2, HTC is throwing out a curveball called the HTC Flyer. Using a 7-inch screen and running Android 2.3, the HTC Flyer feels like an echo of 2010's Samsung Galaxy Tab. Its pricing is also a little behind the times, with a 32GB model priced at $399 (two-year contract, 5GB monthly plan) or $599 (two-year contract, 200MB monthly plan) in a time when contract-free dual-core 10-inch tablets can be had for as little as $400. What's more puzzling is that the Wi-Fi-only version of the HTC Flyer currently sells for $299, which is a dramatic savings over this 3G-equipped version when you factor in the cost of two years' worth of monthly data charges. Does this Flyer have its head in the sand, or is this portable 7-inch tablet worth every penny? Let's take a look. The Flyer looks and feels like a high-end take on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The 7-inch screen size and surrounding bezel are identical, but HTC wraps its tablet in iPad-like aluminum with two strips of nonslip rubber padding on the back. With a little brute force, the topmost rubber fitting can be removed to reveal a microSD memory expansion slot, which is a convenient design trick adopted from the world of smartphones.
HTC says its Flyer is 'a tablet like no other' on its website and like Creative's Ziio, it includes a stylus (HTC refers to it as a magic pen).The stylus can be used for a variety of tasks such as sketching drawings, scribbling notes or even adding comments to documents. For the most part the pen has real use because drawing with the tip of your finger, for example, can be quite difficult depending on what you're trying to do. At the same time using the Flyer with the pen makes the device seem somewhat dated, as pens like this were last seen on old tablet/notebooks, PDAs and smartphones years ago.Measuring 195.4 x 122 x 13.2mm the Flyer is one of the smallest tablets in our July 2011 grouptest. In stark contrast the device which is priced at US $817, is also the most expensive device on test. Studying the tablet closely it's hard to agree with the price because, for starters, the Flyer doesn't ship with Android Honeycomb but rather an older version of the OS (2.3). Since Android 2.3 was designed for smartphones rather than tablets, the Flyer is a little more clunky to use than Honeycomb devices.At the same time the tablet features only a single-core processor whereas most of the other devices in this price range feature dual-core chips.
Considering the avalanche of tablets now on the market one could be forgiven for thinking “How will this one be any different?” The HTC Flyer, though, is nothing if not unique.Yes, it's an Android tablet; but one which has decided to zig when every other droid tablet out there has zagged. It doesn't feature the stock Honeycomb for tablets and goes with Gingerbread instead. It’s topped with the HTC Sense UI 2.1 for tablets , which looks equally good upscaled to the bigger 7” screen, and has the brand new lockscreen from Sense 3.0. There’s a 1.5 GHz single-core processor instead of a dual-core Tegra-or-something chip. The Flyer boasts HTC’s Scribe technology giving you drawing powers on any screen on the tablet. The aluminum unibody has the trademark HTC feel all over it. Oh yes… It's a cool gadget by any standards. Facing very tough competition, the Flyer relies on its user experience and innovative drawing/imaging technology to up the scales and get on your wish list. While it certainly can't compete with dual-core-powered slates in terms of FullHD 1080p video or the latest games with Unreal 3D engine and whatnot, it can still give users a rich, fun experience. The fact is it’s really pocketable and no burden to handle for longer than 10 minutes. You can literally take it anywhere without having to carry a special bag for it.
This has turned out to be the best example of how dreams turn sour. Of how expectation turns into frustration. Of how potential remains, but gets killed by other factors. The HTC Flyer came with a lot of expectations. However, what we are seeing in black and white is a tablet that is expensive, and that makes it feel even more incomplete than it actually is. Remember the two smartphones that turned around HTC's fortunes, at least in India - the Legend and the Desire? The Flyer has design elements from both those smartphones. The aluminum unibody build from the Legend, and the SIM card access slot resembling elements from the back of the Desire. While this isn't as slim as the Apple iPad 2, it does come pretty close. HTC are shipping the Flyer with a carry case as well. However, it is actually unbelievable how quickly the white case will get incredibly dirty! The slimness of the Flyer is along with the solid build, a real eye catcher. The 7-inch screen is flanked by 4 touchscreen - home, menu, return and stylus. The display has a glossy black border on all sides. The front facing camera is placed above the screen, if you look at it in the landscape mode. The sides are slimmer than the entire thickness of the tablet, which makes the rear panel bulge a bit along the sides before it settles into a flat form.
HTC is certainly bringing something different into the tablet market with the Flyer. Instead of rolling out a Honeycomb tablet with the same specs as the Xoom and the rest of the newly released Android lineup, HTC instead released a seven-inch Gingerbread tablet with the custom Sense UI and single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor. But the Flyer's most defining characteristic is its N-trig pen accessory and HTC Scribe Technology, which turns the Flyer into a bona-fide note-taking tablet. Not only does the HTC Flyer sport unique specs, it looks different too – or, about as different as a slate can look from the other rectangular devices. The Flyer's back panel tapers off at the edges and bleeds over from the back to the front of the device, slightly protruding from the display. This, coupled with the two grip-friendly plastic covers/bumpers on the short sides of the Flyer make it exceptionally easy to hold with one hand. Of course, if you are going to utilize the Scribe tech and take notes, it makes sense for the Flyer to be one-hand friendly. A quick tour of the Flyer reveals nothing is out of place. The display dominates the front with the front-facing camera lens punctuating the upper landscape portion of the frame.
Our first question is, should HTC have released a tablet using a phone version of Android? Samsung did just that a year ago, with its Galaxy Tab, and now HTC has done the same with its Flyer, which runs on Android Gingerbread, rather than Google's tablet-optimised Honeycomb. While it has loads of features plus a rather nifty digital pen and notebook, has HTC released a tablet that is already behind the times? On the face of it, the Gingerbread OS feels pretty fresh. HTC has seen fit to skin it with its latest Sense 3.0 interface, which has made its smartphones really simple to use. You get a nifty animated interface with some great 3D effects, and lots of extras that you'll want to show off to your friends. Rather than the same old unlock screen, the Flyer has four customisable lock-screen shortcuts - these can be dragged into a ring at the bottom of the display. This takes you straight to your chosen app. Pull the ring up and your device is unlocked. You'll find a total of eight customisable homescreens sitting on a 3D-type carousel - the harder you swipe, the faster that carousel will turn. The much-favoured weather-clock widget has been given a 3D update that looks like a retro digital clock when viewed from the side.
Strangely, some might be scratching their heads wondering as to why in the world HTC decided to launch their very first tablet, the HTC Flyer, knowing that it’s going to be flaunting Gingerbread as opposed to the tablet-optimized experience of Honeycomb? Being aware that HTC is renowned throughout the world as a top notch smartphone maker, you really can’t doubt their decision just yet, because time after time, we’ve seen them being able to churn out devices that provide an unparalleled customized experience – thus, making you forget what’s supposed to be taking precedence over others. Granted that this Wi-Fi only tablet is sporting a $500 price tag, it might initially turn off some people, but its unique offerings on the software and hardware side just might justify the hefty premium for this 7-inch Gingerbread flavored tablet. Without further hesitation, let’s find out if the HTC Flyer can grow a pair of wings and fly above some of its Honeycomb inspired brethren.The package contains:Can you say WOW? The HTC Flyer is arguably the best looking and solidly built 7-inch tablet we’ve been able to check out thus far; mainly because of its unibody aluminum construction.
Is there still room on the market for an Android tablet that isn't dipped in Honeycomb? Yes, if your slate has unique and compelling features like the HTC Flyer ($499). In addition to an elegant and portable 7-inch design and a speedy 1.5-GHz processor, the Flyer takes HTC's Sense experience to the next level with pen input. While it's an expensive add-on, the Magic Pen lets you mark up and share web pages, take notes that automatically sync with the cloud, and draw or paint to free your inner artist. The Flyer definitely breaks the Android mold, but our full review will reveal whether you should break open your wallet.HTC built the Flyer using a sturdy aluminum unibody design that looks elegant and feels durable. HTC breaks up the metallic smoothness with white plastic bumpers on the top and bottom where the camera and micro USB port sit (on opposite ends), the former of which can be removed to access the microSD slot.The Flyer has similar dimensions to the Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi (7.7 x 4.8 x 0.52 vs 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.47 inches) but weighs more (14.8 vs 13.6 ounces). Still, the Flyer was more comfortable to hold thanks to its tapered edges.
Let's take a look for a bit at the United States' first look at HTC's Flyer tablet. As you may well know by now, there's another version of this device out there by the name of EVO View 4G - have a look at our hands-on with that version of the device from back at CTIA 2011. The device we're looking at here and now is the Best Buy-sold version of the device being here a WiFi-only piece of hardware. This device has a nice silver metal and white plastic chassis, Gorilla Glass front over a 7-inch 1024 x 700 pixel resolution capacitive touchscreen working with a 1GHz single-core processor and Android 2.3.3 with HTC Sense 2.1 for Tablets. And it's got a pen. Is this the writer for you? This device totes what they're calling the Scribe Pen. This device works much like a pen touching a touchscreen normally would, but because it's working with Android, much more than you've ever had before is in store. The reason a person would purchase this device is its size, it's ability to use the pen, and/or because they love HTC Sense. The form of the device is beautiful, based heavily on HTC's popular line of smartphone handsets from this past year, sized up and formed into a very nice tablet form factor.
HTC doesn't like copying everybody else, especially when it's in a crowded marketplace. Starting with the launch of its first Android smartphone, the manufacturer decided not to make do with the default version of Google's mobile OS, instead adding its own Sense software which it has continuously developed ever since. Now HTC has launched the Flyer, its first tablet. The 7'' device stands out from the crowds thanks to the addition of an electronic stylus (or 'magic pen', according to HTC), and runs not just Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but also the latest version of the firm's own software, Sense 2.1. HTC has also chosen a new processor, in the guise of Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon chip, running at 1.5 GHz. Today we're testing the 32 GB version with WiFi and 3G, but there's also a 16 GB model with WiFi only. The latter is on sale in the UK for £479.99, while the 32 GB version costs £599.99. For the time being, there's no news about whether any mobile networks will take it up and offer it a lower price with a contract. For your money, you get not just the internal memory, but a microSD card slot, allowing you to add up to another 32 GB of memory, a SIM card slot, and a proprietary port used to connect the Flyer to a computer and for charging.
It's been a long time since we've seen an HTC tablet: the HTC Shift, in fact, all the way back in 2008. Even then the company didn't play by the normal rules, pairing Windows Vista and Windows Mobile on a single device. Now, it's the turn of the HTC Flyer to shake things up once more, and the talking point today is whether a slate with a stylus can compete when fingers are in fashion. 7-inch star or ‘droid dud? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. The Flyer's HTC heritage is clear, looking at first glance like an oversized Desire S with its unibody-style aluminum and white plastic insert-sections. It's 7.7 x 4.8 x 0.52 inch chassis is a little longer and thicker than that of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, and it's heavier as well at 14.82oz. Still, that's because of the metal used in the construction, and the upside is a far sturdier, more expensive feeling slate. It's certainly not too large to hold in one hand, and in portrait orientation we could easily grip the edges; alternatively, the screen bezel is just the right width to hold the Flyer like a book without accidentally tapping the screen. Physical controls are limited to the power/lock button on the top edge (which also has a nifty integrated status light) and a volume rocker on the right edge; you also get a 3.5mm headphones socket on the top, and a microUSB port on the bottom.
HTC has always stood out among the raft of Android phone manufacturers. The company's been partnering with Google since the start, but still forges its own style, which has won it a lot of fans.Now that Android is a major tablet OS, with Android 3.0 appearing on the likes of the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V, HTC is still staying separate from the crowd.The most notable change from the norm is the 7-inch screen and the touchscreen stylus, known officially as the Magic Pen. It connects wirelessly to the Flyer, and enables you to annotate, highlight and erase in supported apps. It offers a measure of pressure sensitivity (unlike most styluses on capacitive screens), so may pique the interest of artists.Instead of Android 3.0, the Flyer uses Android 2.3.3, skinned with HTC's familiar Sense UI. In this case, it's Sense 2.1 for Tablet. We'll go into more detail about exactly what that means on the third page, but for now we'll just say it's HTC's way of trying make a version of Android designed for phones work a little better on larger screens.Instead of the dual-core processors that have quickly become the standard for new tablets (particularly Nvidia's Tegra 2), HTC has gone for a single-core processor with a higher clock speed.
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