HTC Flyer Review21
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:
HTC Sense Version: 2.1 for Tablet
Software Number: 1.36.1540.32
Build Number: 1.36.1540.32 CL50422 release-keys
Kernel Version: 22.214.171.124-gb1cf1af
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