Is the HTC Flyer the perfect Bible study tool?

Summary:Tablets are good for reading on the go and the HTC Flyer adds another level of functionality with the pen and ink integration. Combine that with Evernote on the back end and you have a powerful Bible study device.

I was sent an evaluation HTC Flyer on Friday and after using it with the Magic Pen for just a couple hours I decided I would buy one for myself (stay tuned for more articles on it this week). One major reason I bought the HTC Flyer was because it is a fantastic Bible study tool. With the pen and inking capability you can mark up (highlight, underline, add notes, etc.) the Bible as you study and with Evernote powering the Notes program you can later search your handwritten notes with their amazingly powerful search technology.

There are a couple of ways for you to use the HTC Flyer as a Bible study tool. Since I already have a couple of excellent Bibles on the Android platform that I like to use, YouVersion Bible from Lifechurch.tv (this one even has free audio Bible support) and Olive Tree BibleReader, you can use these just as they were designed and a single tap of the Magic Pen captures a screenshot and pulls it into the Notes program so you can mark it up all you want. I prefer this method since these Bible programs are optimized for reading, search, and typical functions of a Bible program. They also have free and low cost Bible translations available for offline use.

The other method is to buy a Bible translation in the HTC Reader application, powered by Kobo, and then mark up the Bible within this program since Reader supports inking natively. While inking is saved within the book itself and not as separate files like the screen captures mentioned above, these Bible are simply books and do not have the same functionality as you find in applications designed for Bible reading and study. The benefit is that all of your markups are attached in one place with the book and you could always take a screenshot and import that to the Notes program.

Both methods are great ways to study the Bible. My Samsung Galaxy Tab was a good Bible study device while my iPad is just too big to take to church and is not always with me. The 7 inch tablet form factor is really perfect for Bible study because it is easy to hold, always with me, and still has a large enough display to be useful for study. The HTC Flyer then takes that to the next level with the inking that allows you to truly mark up your Bible like we used to do with pens in paper Bibles.

In addition to the inking and capture functions, HTC includes the ability to turn on the voice recorder and as you take notes the two are synced with Timemark technology. Thus, if you can't read your handwriting or don't complete understand a note you heard during a sermon, class, or meeting, then you can listen to the audio and see when you wrote the notes to put them together and make sense of what you wrote. Our church is a high tech church with podcasts of all the sermons so if I am traveling or miss a service I can listen to it on the HTC Flyer and capture notes while listening and possibly even record that podcast with my notes at the same time.

Topics: HTC

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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