Conclusion: The HTC Flyer certainly succeeds where other Android tablets have fallen down, in that it provides a slick, nicely designed user interface. We really love how HTC Watch is implemented and how the Magic Pen/stylus works; we had hours of fun doodling on our screens with the Flyer. Where the Flyer falls down is on app support and battery life; if you’re the kind of person who wants a tablet to tinker with and install a multitude of apps, then we’d advise you to wait for the...
Conclusion: For artists and hand-writers, the HTC Flyer is a solid tablet thanks to its well-implemented pen-specific features. But if you're not interested in pen input, Android tablets with Google's latest tablet-specific Honeycomb OS are a better bet.
Pros: Fast performance. Clear, bright screen. Excellent pen input. Sense UI improves on Gingerbread OS. HTC's extra apps are solid.
Cons: Outdated, non-tablet-specific version of Android. Google Talk video chat isn't supported in Gingerbread. Slow browser performance. Cluttered default layout. Cameras are only mediocre.
HTC Flyer Android tablet review - revenge of the stylus!
7 June 2011
Summary: The HTC Flyer is HTC first tablet that runs the Android OS. However, unlike rival firms, HTC has decided to load the Flyer with the smartphone version of Android (Gingerbread), rather than the new 3.x version (Honeycomb) for tablets. Whilst this might initially sound like a bad thing, in reality it has allowed HTC to keep the extensive customization that is found on its smartphones, and take it one step further to make real use of the available screen real-estate.
Pros: Nice aluminium unibody, attractive user interface and widgets, bundled case (some markets), cool pen functionality
Cons: Poor camera, fragile/fiddly rear cover, sluggish at times, nowhere to dock stylus without case
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.
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
Conclusion: Is it an oversized phone (minus voice and 3G) or a really cool tablet? The HTC Flyer is both. It runs the phone version of Android OS and honestly looks like some of HTC's higher end Android smartphones, just bigger. But HTC's software turns this tablet into a compelling offering, especially for less technical types who don't want to hunt for apps that meet their needs.
Pros: Easy and fun to use out of the box, excellent custom software, optional pen is great for notes and digital drawing.
Cons: Runs the phone version of Android OS, has a single core CPU, though clocked quite high.
Summary: HTC deserves kudos for applying some much-needed innovation to Android tablets. The pen functionality is really compelling, making the Flyer a good productivity partner as well as an entertainment device. We also like the vibrant display, rich Sense interface, and the comfortable design. However, the back camera and speakers didn't wow, and you're stuck with phone-centric apps--at least until this tablet sees an upgrade to Honeycomb.
Pros: Portable and comfortable to hold, Vibrant display, Improved HTC Sense interface, Syncs handwritten notes with the cloud
Cons: Expensive pen is optional easy to lose, No handwriting recognition, Doesn't sync audio recordings with Evernote, Low-quality cameras