HTC Flyer Review21
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.