Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

Summary: If you are looking for an excellent Android tablet in a 7 inch form factor then I recommend you head over to Best Buy this weekend for the HTC Flyer.

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Even though I have an Apple iPad 2, I bought the HTC Flyer back in May for $499.99 because I wanted a smaller form factor tablet. I also found I used Android much more for data than phone calls and figured a 7 inch Android tablet was a perfect way to fill my needs. I just read over on Android Central that Best Buy is slashing the price of the HTC Flyer down to just $299.99.

After I purchased my HTC Flyer and the pen at an additional $80 Best Buy started including the pen for free. It wasn't stated in the press release if the Scribe pen is included or not, but if not then search online where you can find it cheaper than the full $80 price. I personally find the pen invaluable and use a cheap Nook case to hold my pen and HTC Flyer together.

The HTC Flyer still runs Gingerbread, although there are ways to hack Honeycomb onto it if you don't want to wait for the supposed eventual roll out of Honeycomb from HTC. I personally find Gingerbread to be a better Android operating system for me personally and have no desire to update mine to Honeycomb at this time. HTC has some greatly enhanced apps on the HTC Flyer that make it a super functional and rock solid tablet.

I always knew the HTC Flyer would be a niche product, but I didn't really care since I find it so personally enriching and am glad that more people will soon discover its value. It probably hasn't been selling too well at $500 and with the new Amazon Kindle Fire announcement, HP TouchPad fire sale, and slow economy it looks like Best Buy had to do something to move the HTC Flyers they have in stock.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, HTC, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

    I don't have Flyer, I use Sprint Galaxy Tab for my 7"form factor needs. I agree $299 is a good price for that, but I wont recommend Honeycomb on it and I personally found Gingerbread as good and concrete than Honeycomb. I feel Honeycomb's UX worse than Gingerbread's.
    Ram U
    • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

      @Rama.NET I have a Flyer and the thing is fast, the Pen is fairly useless for most tasks but the tablet itself is a sweet little gem.
      slickjim
      • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

        @Peter Perry
        +1.If I didn't have Samsung Galaxy Tab, I would have gone to HTC Flyer in a heartbeat.
        Ram U
    • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

      @Rama.NET

      I'm not using the pen on mine as much as I though I would, but it's still cool to have. Yesterday I went to the art museum, snapped pictures of some of the portraits and drew moustaches and glasses on them. Fun, fun, fun!
      dsf3g
    • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

      @Rama.NET

      I recently bought the new Archos 80 which runs Honeycomb and coming from using the Archos 70 for the last year, I find that other than things being in different places, I don't really see much difference in the base OS between Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Once I got used to where everything is, it's pretty much the same experience. However, the apps that are optimized Honeycomb do tend to be better. I've only been using Honeycomb for a week so far but I like it and it is an improvement over Gingerbread in some areas.
      kb5ynf
  • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

    That is a great price!
    slickjim
  • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

    $200 price drop is still too little too late. HTC Flyer would have a hard time competing against Kindle Fire at $199 let alone at $299. Try $149 and it may have a chance.
    pieceofcake
    • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

      @pieceofcake

      I disagree. $249 would be the sweet spot. The more I look at the Kindle Fire, the less attractive it is. I think once the media and public get to play with it, $50 more for a full tablet is a bargin.

      Unfortunately, they are now in the "low cost PC" model.
      tzcannon
      • Absolutely agree with tzcannon

        @tzcannon The Fire looks great considered as a super-Kindle with a backlight. In comparison to a $500 iPad, it's awesome, and it's going to sell big. But in comparison to a true fully equipped tablet like the Flyer for a bit more money, you start to see how it's missing a lot and is pretty limited to the Amazon walled garden. Like you, once I got past the groundbreaking price, the more I look at it, the less awesome it seems.<br>.<br>I mean, I've always felt Apple products were too locked down, with no accessible file system, everything going through iTunes, etc etc. But Amazon's lock down would make Apple blush. <br>.<br>If I can get more ports, a mSD slot, more storage, GPS, camera and mic for communications, full Android Honeycomb and possibly ICS, all for $100 more - that's looking like a very very well spent $100, and stuff you won't be able to ever add to a Fire at any price.
        ArtInvent
      • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

        @artInvent
        Your right the Fire really has nothing to offer but similar to apple amazon users dont tent demand much for their dollar. Amazon prices are usually pretty high especially on electronics so shopping there makes little sense for me as a huge online buyer of electronics. The specs on the Fire or really bad and to buy one of those over the flyer would make no sense at all. Its like the ipad where you pay a ton for very little usability. A smart only shopper can get great deals on tablets. I own the Xoom, galaxy tab in 7 inch and 10.1 inch, Asus Transformer, Toshiba Thrive, and most i paid was $295 for the Thrive new. I got the rest new no contract in the $250 to $280 range from ebay and craigslist. All with warranties. I think right now I am liking the 10.1 galaxy the best.
        Fletchguy
    • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

      @pieceofcake <br><br>I strongly disagree. Double the internal memory; micros SD slot; HDDMI video out with adapter; GPS; bluetooth; Android Market; Google Maps and other services; Scribe pen technology (Steve Jobs IS NOT RIGHT - an active digital pen is NOT a stylus like the old Palm Pilot days - just annotate a PDF one time with the Flyer and you will be hooked); Sense UI (yes, it is that good). In fact, the only thing it is "missing" from the Kindle Fire is the integrated Amazon purchasing environment, and if you are a Prime member anyway you can get all of that through the browser, WITHOUT Amazon knowing everything you are doing in Silk.<br><br>Come to think of it, is "Silk" really a description of its light but strong persistent connection, or a sly reference to a spider's web?
      dksmidtx
      • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

        @dksmidtx
        +1. I totally agree with you. Kindle Fire is a money waste item, IMO. In most cases you get what you paid for, but in the case of Kindle Fire, you don't get that. The memory is limited, you have to store your purchased ebooks, music, videos in the cloud once you filled internal storage of Kindle, because you can't expand the storage by any means. And if you are not in WiFi Zone, the content you have stored in cloud is pretty much useless. This will be a frustrating scenario and that will be realized by people soon.
        Ram U
      • Not sure the Kindle Fire will be any good at all

        @dksmidtx So far, the Kindle Fire is vaporware that hasn't being shipped and NOBODY had a chance to even touch it (because Amazon didn't let anybody touch it at the demo).

        Even if the claimed features were actually delivered (something that rarely happens), the features being talked about aren't that impressive .... with the specs being barely better than the $99 so called Walgreens tablet that nobody wants to buy. I believe that the Fire will be a huge disappointment for everybody but a few clueless people.
        wackoae
      • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

        @dksmidtx

        Absolutely.

        The Kindle Fire is a really neat tablet at a great price, but the stuff you get witha Flyer is absofriggin-lutely worth a measly C note.

        I mean, bluetooth alone means you can add a keyboard to your Flyer and tap out a long e-mail without being overcome with the urge to slit your wrists half-way through. And the SD card slot means you can toss a dozen movies on the tablet (pick the one that best fits your mood on your next long flight). Until free WiFi is available literally EVERYWHERE, cloud computing will remain a curous experiment.
        dsf3g
      • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

        @dksmidtx : +1
        Willnott
    • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

      @pieceofcake : Apples & oranges - there really is no comparison. Even *if* someone manages to successfully root the Fire, its' "features" lag far behind any other tablet..... So, look at more than the price and the word "tablet"....
      Willnott
    • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

      @pieceofcake
      How so? The flyer has much more the the Fire as far as specs. The fire is a very very basic dummed down tablet with poor specs so it could get the low price. the flyer is a full fledged tablet with faster processor, dual cameras, fully upgradeable android os not an old version, more ram, more onboard storage with upgradability and has htc sense the best out. They are in completely different classes and if your going to spend the money on a Fire it would make no sense not to up the small extra cash for the flyer which kills the Fire in specs and ability. The fire is like the kiddie tablet for basic reading and those who don't intend to use it for much.
      Fletchguy
  • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

    The Flyer has a camera and is expandable with a microSD slot. That alone makes it worth the extra $100 bucks. I think the Fire like my ipod Touch 8gb is limited by lack of memory storage. And the Flyer has bluetooth. Not a direct comparison to the Fire.
    mstrsfty
    • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

      @mstrsfty And pretty much runs all Android Apps.
      slickjim
      • RE: Best Buy slashing HTC Flyer permanently to $299 on 1 October

        @Peter Perry & @mstrsfty
        Exactly. Once you fill your internal memory, you start using cloud storage and that itself makes it useless in non-WiFi areas. Period.
        Ram U