Is the HTC Flyer the perfect Bible study tool?

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 (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.

Topic: HTC

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  • RE: Is the HTC Flyer the perfect Bible study tool?

    Still prefer "The Word" on my
    HP touchsmart TX-2.

    (see video demo)

    Bought the TX-2 2 years ago, 12" tablet, full Windows 7 experience, pen with ultra fast handwriting recognition.. (great at taking notes in class) it even runs Burnout Paradise full speed!

    Coupled this with "the Word" the most powerful, flexible free Bible program i have ever encountered (written by a Greek guy), with loads and loads of Bibles, books, dictionaries, commentaries to download..

    Granted, more expensive portable solution (Bible schools Seminars etc.) but it suits well those that are in for serious in depth Biblical exegesis wherever they go.

  • Quite a few Jews use the iPad for this

    The iPad has become quite popular amongst American (Orthodox) Jews for religious study, I think there are some Talmud-apps or the like, several things of that sort.

    Personally I prefer actual physical books for religious study. Electronic media is more suited to reading the news (which, in reverse, I never do on paper since it's by definition severely outdated once you get it).
    Daniel Breslauer
  • Thats why i bought it 2

    Well said. That is why i bought the htcflyer as well. It allows me to write. Notes and ink as i meditatenn the word
  • RE: Is the HTC Flyer the perfect Bible study tool?

    I think the only reason you work is to feed your uncontrollable addiction to mobile tech. Remember, admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. o_O
  • Check out Logos for the iPad

    I have used the Logos app for Bible study both on the PC and the iPad. They are working on an Android version as well. While this app already supports many types of markup and a vast, searchable library, I would think the vendor would strive to support new tablets such as this. Thanks for sharing.
  • Or Koran or Torah or just anything

    Luckily I am an animist
  • RE: Is the HTC Flyer the perfect Bible study tool?

    Great idea Matt. I use Cadre Bible for Android and Laridian PocketBible on the iPad. Cadre Bible is the closest thing to PB and Mantis for IOS. And Laridian is creating an Android version as well. Thanks for the mini review. The Flyer's web browser is faster than my iPad 2, so I guess there is really no reason to keep my iPad anymore, plus I have flash now.
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