HTC Flyer Review
Running the camera app, the interface is fairly unchanged from what we see in use with HTC’s Android smartphones, but there are some neat looking effects that you can overlay to give some shots a novel look. Plus, we’re presented with the same level of manual controls and settings that should appease some photo hungry individuals out there.
Producing some barely passable images with its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, outdoor images lack any fine detail and tend to appear soft in tone, though, color production as a whole appears to be acceptable. Indoors under low lighting, the overall quality naturally takes a dip, even more since it lacks an LED flash, but it’s nothing pretty looking with its hazy visuals and cooler color production. At this point, you’ll still want to rely on a traditional point and shoot.
Unfortunately, the tablet’s 720p video capture is ghastly worse with its non-existent details, muddy looking visuals, abundance of artifacting when moving abruptly, and sensitive exposure. Although it’s able to shoot at 29 frames per second, it still tends to look a bit choppy with its playback, while its audio recording is on the crackly side. Stay far indeed with this one!
HTC Flyer Sample Video:
Happily, we notice yet again the two-panel interface in use with the Gallery app, but aside from that, it’s fairly straightforward with its approach. On the left side, it displays all of our albums, while the right one aggregates all the content within the highlighted album. Selecting a particular image, we can execute a variety of things ranging from sharing it with a specific service, making some minor edits, and the ability to apply an effect.
If there’s one thing that we’re always confident about seeing HTC excelling in, then it has to be the always-intricate presentation of the music player. Rightfully so, HTC hits it in the mark with this one as they utilize the standard two-panel interface that displays albums on the right, with the playing track on the right. Rather than pressing the forward or reverse buttons to change tracks, you can actually execute a swipe gesture on the album cover to switch songs – and it does it effortlessly. Not only are we presented with a mini-player within the notifications panel, but we absolutely find another one on the lock screen to be tastefully acceptable. Rounding out its capacity, the tablet offers a wide range of equalizer settings to perfectly hone in on specific genres of music. As for audio quality, it’s astoundingly powerful with its tone, yet screechy sounding some times when placed at the loudest volume setting.
Playing a video encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution, there are some instances of pixelization, but with the same one encoded in MPEG-4 and XviD, it’s filled with plenty of details, rich colors, and smooth playback.
Unfortunately, the Flyer’s lack of a dedicated HDMI port sets it apart from most of the offerings we’ve seen of late. However, you can still output videos and get a mirrored experience if you happen to own an MHL adapter, which plugs into the microUSB port on the Flyer. Luckily, we connected one and managed to experience all the neat functionality of the tablet directly on our high-definition television set, though, we still prefer a dedicated port.
However, we also shouldn't miss to mention HTC's Watch app, which will allow you to purchase or rent movies or TV shows on the device. Thankfully, these can be watched while they are being downloaded, so you'll just have to wait for the device to buffer some content, and your movie will begin.
Surely some will find its 16GB of internal storage to be more than sufficient, but luckily it packs along a microSD card slot that allows you to increase its capacity with cards up to 32GB in size.
Internet and Connectivity:
Looking at the big picture, there are a variety of compelling elements that make the web browsing performance on the HTC Flyer so gratifying, but its perfect execution offers a resounding experience. Sure we have plenty of real estate with its 7” display, but the Flyer is a champ when it comes to loading complex pages – even ones with heavy Flash content! Simultaneously, its performance doesn’t stutter for a second when Flash content is present since we’re greeted with smooth kinetic scrolling, responsive pinch gestures, and near accurate page renders. In the end, the Flyer is not only meant to deliver an enthralling experience, but one that’s complete in its offerings to stand highly amongst its brothers and sisters in the Android world.
connectivity options, we only have Wi-Fi to rely on with data connectivity, but fortunately enough, it manages to retain a solid connection during our testing. Additionally, it features Bluetooth 3.0 to get other wireless devices to interact with it, and aGPS to work with a handful of location based services. Overseas, the HTC Flyer is enabled for 3G connectivity, while Sprint’s upcoming variant in the HTC EVO View 4G will offer WiMAX support when it’s released.
1. why (unregistered)
why that camera? why?
2. i like htc flyer (unregistered)
omg falling inlove n_n
3. bossmt_2 (Posts: 401; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Lets see list of tablets that have price as a pro,
List of tablets where price is a con
All those tablets are either the same price or within a 100 bucks of the iPad. The ones that are more expensive than the iPad are the Xoom (non-wifi) and the GSlate, both which work (or will work) with their carriers 4G networks something the same featured iPad cannot do. Also both the Xoom and GSlate can be purchased on Contract for the same price or cheaper than the iPad2 wifi. only. Playbook and Flyer are the same price and while in some ways the iPad2 has better features, in others it doesn't.
This is disregarding that you did not mention the Transformer, which is 100 BUCKS LESS than the iPad2 Wifi.
I mean I don't come here and expect to agree with everything posted here but a little continuity and intelligence would be nice.
13. Skidro13 (Posts: 51; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)
Price of 32gb ipad2 wifi= price of 32gb xoom wifi
19. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 262; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)
flyer is a 7 inch tab without android 3.0/1, plus the stylus isnt even included, 399.99 should be the price
4. khoonoh (unregistered)
1 simple question. Can the flyer make a phone call?
5. John.V (Posts: 88; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Unfortunately you can't, but then again, there are a handful of VoIP options that should get the job done.
6. lazarus101 (unregistered)
the version reviewed here is the Wi-Fi only one. The 3G version that is already in sale in Europe can send text messages and use the mobile data network but it does not support phone calls.
Allthough, having an unlocked bootloader i wouldn't bee too surprised if some smart hackers will be able to unlock the phone functionality in the near future.
7. doubler86 (Posts: 293; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
With Google talk any android tablet can make calls as long as it has wifi
8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4721; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I have had the Flyer for 3 days now, and the only real Con that I would say it has is the marginal camera (and no flash). The Sense U.I. is way better than Motoblur on the X. Also, the HTC implementation of the e-mail client is more user-friendly (I like the 2 panel format). Un-bundling the stylus is a bit of a nickel-and-dime exercise, but maybe as more competitive 7 inch tablets are available, the stylus will be bundled.
As it is, IMO, HTC has a hit (even if it doesn't have a dual-core CPU inside). Personally, I would have scored the Flyer as an 8.5.
16. LionStone (Posts: 405; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Yep I agree, at least 8.5...I've had it since the day before the scheduled launch and its a great device! Comes loaded with a few classic books, able to rent/buy movies, the pen is pretty accurate and very easy to use, the grippers on the end are nice to give it a lil somethin to hang onto in landscape. (ie. Guy next to me on the plane dropped his ipad twice) This thing is snappy as all get out, and the Zoodles app is great for the kids...which I ended up giving it to my daughter for her birthday. Ill check out a few others when they come out, but I wouldn't mind getting another one for myself as its the perfect size and weight for traveling and everyday use.
9. doubler86 (Posts: 293; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
The Flyer is really great. I've used our store's display a lot. The camera on the one I used is actually pretty good (both front and back). Plus the white rub on the back makes it really easy to hold with one hand. Definitely is great tablet and definitely like they said the best 7" out there.
10. markhiggins96 (unregistered)
how can you mark it down for not having the stylus bundled with it !! its an optional extra you dont have to have it !! thats like marking down a tablet for not having a protective case with it
11. cheetah2k (Posts: 696; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
WTF? an 8??
You people at PhoneArena really need to get some consistancy with reviews
After playing with one myself I see too many - Cons:
1. It has a fat plastic bum which looks and feels totally out of place (like a mistake and an after thought) - The whole body should be aluminium and uniform shape
2. No dual core, and its still laggy. A Dual Core snapdragon would have been nice.
3. No Honeycomb... Reminds me of the Dell Streak 7.. Yuk!
4. Large gap between aluminum body and screen (good dirt collector)
5. The plastic ends just don't meet well with the aluminium chassis
6. No 3G?? WTF? even the iPad was released in Wifi + 3G versions on release
7. The whole package looks like a rush job IMO.. The screen feels un-even during use (may have been a defect on the one I used?)
8. Rubbish camera.. Seriously, this could have been so much better.
9. Really, its nothing special. I'd wait for Samsung's 8.9" Tab offering.
1. 1Gb Ram
2. Useable out doors with the bright LCD
3. Having Gingerbread on board means more compatible apps
4. Personally, I love 7" tabs.
12. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 881; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
i like the flyer. its a good tablet to have for WiFi. i also like the AT&T tablet thats coming out soon. i plan on getting a tablet, but there are so many choices and each one has it flaws
18. mnemosyne (unregistered)
I know cameras are on almost everything but seriously who is taking photos and videos with a tablet. I have an iPad 2 and it's a pain in the butt to hold up just to do that sort of thing.
21. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)
This review makes me want the HTC Puccini even more... HTC is so awesome...
22. Pete.H (unregistered)
recently baught a Motorola Xoom , i have sold it already because android 3.0 isn't anything special , hoping on buying HTC Flyer , because it has sense 3.0 and it will be easy to carry around collage.
Not having 3g is not a problem for me , wasnt going to buy a 3g model anyway. save money buy turning my HTC incredible S into a personal Hotspot. i like the fact that it has a stylus , not liking the fact you have to pay more for ( sound like Apple.. )
People moaning about the camera ? dude who cares about a camera , i'm not a photographer and even if i was i would spend my ££££ on a big super camera.
Pro's it uni-body / aluminium - some one mentioned that its stupid it has plastic bits?? well how do you expect the radio waves to pentrate metal with efficent connectivity? dumb twat
Any way Honeycomb ( Android 3.0 ) is nothing special like i said , it has homescreens and thats about it , very boring , nice marketplace view but thats it , not many special Apps for it ect , feel slightly forgotten when purchased , left on your own.
23. missbritania (unregistered)
I've only had the Flyer for a few hours but I must say I really love this thing. It runs so smooth and the apps are great. I love the taking notes on it too, its perfect for school!