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HTC Flyer Review

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HTC Flyer Review
Setting its brightness and audio setting to their medium positions, we played a movie continuously for 8 hours while connected to a Wi-Fi network before it completely drained. Needless to say that its battery life is more than acceptable, even for heavy users, but when it comes to everyday usage, we easily got a solid day out of the Flyer – with only 40% battery at the end of the day.


Conclusion:  

In reality, we’re not all that concerned that HTC decided to move forward with having Gingerbread on board with the Flyer as opposed to Honeycomb – mainly because they did a fantastic job with Sense running on top of it. Undeniably, we love how they carefully thought out the interface and its many core apps to make the experience ideal for tablet usage. Moreover, we don’t miss the fact that its sporting a single-core processor, rather than the usual dual-core one that's becoming more prevalent – albeit, it’s worth noting that it’s clocked in higher than most others. Even though it’s targeted for a specific niche, the Magic Pen stylus adds some functionality that provides some differentiation against the competition. Finally, it’s the best-looking and constructed 7-inch tablet we’ve seen thus far. It even rivals the iPad 2 in terms of premium feel.

Adulation is surely warranted with this tablet, but there are some sore spots that minutely taint its pristine aura. First and foremost, it’s not all that great when it comes to shooting photos and videos. However, our biggest hesitation is with its higher price tag over other comparably sized Android tablets – especially when you factor in its optional $80 stylus, if you get it through Best Buy, which is currently the exclusive retailer to offer the Flyer in the US. Additionally, it’s rather hard to see some people finding more value with it since you can pick up the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 and Asus Eee Pad Transformer at a cheaper price with Honeycomb on board. Nonetheless, if you have the money and willing to go down in size, then yes, the HTC Flyer is still a respectable offering worth looking at. Though, we wonder how much HTC would ask for a 10” version of the Flyer.

By the way, if you've set your eyes on the HTC Flyer, but want it to have cellular connectivity, it might be a good idea to wait a bit until Sprint outs its variant of the tablet – the HTC EVO View 4G - sometime in the summer. It will have the advantage of sporting a WiMAX chip, and who knows, maybe even a bundled stylus! Until then, the HTC Flyer through Best Buy remains a pretty decent offering for those of you, who desire a more compact tablet, powered by HTC's premium quality and having the prospect of being updated to Honeycomb later on.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 2.3.3
HTC Sense Version: 2.1 for Tablet
Software Number: 1.36.1540.32
Build Number: 1.36.1540.32 CL50422 release-keys
Kernel Version: 2.6.35.10-gb1cf1af


HTC Flyer Video Review:


Pros

  • Solid industrial design
  • Mesmerizing and high quality display
  • Latest version of Sense UI
  • Unique offering with HTC Scribe technology

Cons

  • Not so great with taking photos & videos
  • Somewhat pricey
  • Stylus sold separately from Best Buy
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posted on 27 May 2011, 07:20

1. why (unregistered)


why that camera? why?

posted on 27 May 2011, 07:43 2

2. i like htc flyer (unregistered)


omg falling inlove n_n

posted on 27 May 2011, 08:07

3. bossmt_2 (Posts: 421; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Lets see list of tablets that have price as a pro,

iPad2
Acer Iconia

List of tablets where price is a con
Flyer,
Xoom
GSlate
Playbook

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.

posted on 28 May 2011, 00:49

13. Skidro13 (Posts: 53; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)


Price of 32gb ipad2 wifi= price of 32gb xoom wifi

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 17:09

19. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 264; 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

posted on 27 May 2011, 08:28

4. khoonoh (unregistered)


1 simple question. Can the flyer make a phone call?

posted on 27 May 2011, 10:37

5. John.V (Posts: 90; 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.

posted on 27 May 2011, 10:37

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.

posted on 27 May 2011, 11:34 1

7. doubler86 (Posts: 310; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


With Google talk any android tablet can make calls as long as it has wifi

posted on 27 May 2011, 11:36 1

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5286; 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.

posted on 29 May 2011, 11:51

16. LionStone (Posts: 435; 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.

posted on 27 May 2011, 11:36 1

9. doubler86 (Posts: 310; 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.

posted on 27 May 2011, 15:28

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

posted on 27 May 2011, 20:51 2

11. cheetah2k (Posts: 738; 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.

Pros:

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.

posted on 27 May 2011, 21:26

12. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 933; 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

posted on 28 May 2011, 05:09

14. rmdoubleu (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)


What about OnLive?

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 13:28 1

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.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 17:14

20. hellopeople (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 May 2011)


ill take an ipad over this

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 17:17

21. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)


This review makes me want the HTC Puccini even more... HTC is so awesome...

posted on 03 Jul 2011, 09:22

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 02:10

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!

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HTC Flyer Wi-Fi

HTC Flyer Wi-Fi

OS: Android 3.2 2.3.3
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Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
1024 MB RAM
Size7.70 x 4.80 x 0.52 inches
(196 x 122 x 13 mm)
14.80 oz  (420 g)

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