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HTC Flyer to be launched sans digital stylus, Scribe Technology pen to be sold separately

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HTC Flyer to be launched sans digital stylus, Scribe Technology pen to be sold separately
Ever since the HTC Flyer was introduced, the Taiwan based manufacturer has continually promoted the Scribe Technology on the tablet. Using a digital stylus, the tablet's user can take notes, highlight texts, play endless games of Tic-Tac-Toe and Hangman, and write all over the 7 inch capacitive screen. Combined with the built-in voice recorder, an HTC Flyer user who can't read his own writing (like all of us) can go back to listen to the exact time when a particular note was scribbled and hear the words all over again. The Scribe Technology seems like a good way to differentiate the HTC Flyer from other tablets on the market.

When the price of the device was revealed to be $499.99, it was assumed that the price included the stylus. But you know what happens when you assume something and in response to an inquiry, an HTC rep wrote that the stylus will be offered separately. And as it turns out, Best Buy's web site shows the stylus as an accessory going for $79.99 with an optional leather pouch priced at $34.99.

Now that you know that the HTC Flyer will be $499.99 and it will cost another $79.99 for the digital stylus, does that change your mind about buying the tablet? Let us know by commenting in the box below.


Best Buy's web site shows the digital stylus for the HTC Flyer as an accessory priced at $79.99

Best Buy's web site shows the digital stylus for the HTC Flyer as an accessory priced at $79.99

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posted on 06 May 2011, 00:03 6

1. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

wowwwwwwww way to go htc and screw up a decent tablet... the one thing that was actually different and unique and god about your tablet you wont even give us? honestly, a little magnetic or whatever it is pen costs 75 dollars! WTF htc its like ur asking ur tablet to fail...

posted on 06 May 2011, 01:31 1

2. DoraRoxx (unregistered)

OMG HTC!!! EPIC FAIL!!! :( God bless Asus EEE MeMo 7" with integrated stylus ! Here I come

posted on 06 May 2011, 03:09 1

3. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

This thing is going down in flames! You really think people are gonna buy a tablet half the size of the ipad for the same price, and cough up more money for this stylus??? Have you not heard of the Asus Eee Transformer? Just because its Android, doesn't mean we're gonna flock to any old piece of crap you put it on. A few consumers out there may appreciate this tablet, but the other 82% with ipads are gonna stay put if this crap is the best HTC can do!

posted on 06 May 2011, 05:06 1

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

It is kind of surprising to see this kind of decision-making by HTC. I would have expected Moto to make a move to over-price their tablet; but HTC? Oh well.

Maybe HTC will come to their senses when the Flyer sales don't meet expectations.

posted on 06 May 2011, 10:36

8. vishu9 (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)

Flyer u just got shot..and going down!

posted on 06 May 2011, 10:41

9. Yung Meeage (unregistered)

Honestly if you guys don't want the tablet then don't purchase it. Especially because from day one on the HTC website they stated that the scribe pen would be sold separately.

posted on 06 May 2011, 15:18 1

10. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

It's not even pressure sensitive is it?

posted on 07 May 2011, 15:39

15. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

no its a capacitive screen. the stylus basically just mimics your finger but with an obiously smaller point of contact to be "a pen". 80 bux? heck no!

im sory, but that puts this thing at right under 600, its only 7 inches, it doesnt have honeycomb on it... REALLY!?!? You can get a full sized asus transformer with a bigger processor, honeycomb, more memory, and a keypad for that..get 4x the battery and a full sized keyboard which negates the stylus needs for 99% of anything anyways.

HTC fail.

posted on 07 May 2011, 00:05

11. jjrams (unregistered)

The absence of an included stylus, for me, isn’t necessarily a deal breaker; along with the stylus, I’m also interested in the form factor, something smaller than the Ipad and more portable. Nevertheless, it is a disappointment that the stylus isn’t included. HTCs advertisements are disingenuous, namely because they heavily promote the stylus and therefore imply that it’s included. There’s a chance with enough outrage that HTC will rethink this move, and if nothing else lower the price to a more rational number

posted on 07 May 2011, 05:11

12. Danger dan (unregistered)

As an marketing and advertising consultant I am constantly surprised at these bad decisions that the big companies keep making. Their marketing budgets are huge, and yet somehow there is not a single person on staff able to tell them that this kind of ploy is nothing but bad-will. I sometimes wonder if I live in Kafka-land.

You don't market something as "one product" and then tell people that they have to pay twice for it. You just don't do that.

posted on 07 May 2011, 09:22

13. BK (unregistered)

Would you rather then decide to charge $599.99 and INCLUDE the pen?

And FYI...a 7'' screen is not HALF of a 10.1" iPad screen.

posted on 07 May 2011, 09:23

14. BK (unregistered)

Oops..."rather they include the pen, then charge..."

Proof reading saves lives...

posted on 07 May 2011, 18:00

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

BK - Just looking at the math, you are right. The screen size of the Flyer isn't half the size of the iPad. Especially if the are both held horizontally. But physically the Flyer is half the size when you turn the iPad vertically. If you were to take two Flyers (horizontally) and stack the one on top of the other, and put an iPad (vertically) next to them, they would be roughly the same size. That's what I meant by "half the size".

posted on 10 May 2011, 13:00

17. Arwen in NJ (unregistered)

1. Capacitative stylus with buttons for drawing/erasing. A little bit more than a device that "just basically mimics your finger".

2. Comes with Android 2.2 but will be updated to Honeycomb.

Personally, I like the 7" devices. They fit in my purse so I can easily carry them all of the time- a 10" table does not. I carry a Nook Color with me now- which is going to be replaced by the Flyer. I am PO'd that the pen is going to cost extra, but I am still going to get one. I am hoping that handwriting OCR software comes along soon- that will make this device indispensable for my business trips where I take hand written customer notes that I now spend my night in the hotel room turning into e-mails, reports, to-do lists etc. on my laptop... :-(

posted on 10 May 2011, 13:05

18. Arwen in NJ (unregistered)

Oops.. Android 2.3.3, not Android 2.2

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