Hands-on with the HTC Flyer with magic pen (photos)

Hands-on with the HTC Flyer with magic pen (photos)

Summary: The HTC Flyer will be available at Best Buy this Sunday, but we have one in our hands. This photo gallery compares the Flyer to the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Android tablets have become a dime a dozen, but HTC's foray into the space has some major distinctions from the pack. The HTC Flyer has the more portable 7-inch form factor, and is running Android Gingerbread instead of the tablet-optimized Honeycomb. HTC has also added the ability to take notes on the screen with a digital pen, a first for an Android tablet.

I just received the Flyer so I can only share my first impressions of the tablet. The HTC Flyer will be available at Best Buy this Sunday, so until then take a look at the photo gallery below to get a look at it. The gallery has photos comparing the Flyer to a couple of 7-inch tablets on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Check out the HTC Flyer with magic pen photo gallery


Image Gallery: HTC Flyer -- with comparisons to Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry Playbook Image Gallery: Charge Image Gallery: Charge

Hardware specs:

  • CPU: Snapdragon 1.5 GHz (single core)
  • OS: Android Gingerbread (2.3) with HTC Sense 3.0
  • Storage: 16GB internal, 1GB RAM
  • Display: 7-inch (1024x600) capacitive with active digitizer for optional pen input
  • Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB (charging, connection to PC)
  • Camera: front- 1.3MP; rear- 5MP
  • Connectivity: WiFi (b/g/n); Bluetooth 3.0
  • Sensors: Ambient light, G-sensor, digital compass
  • Dimensions: 7.7" x 4.8" x 0.52"; 14.82 ounces

I will be posting a full review next week, but after an hour's use of the Flyer can offer up these quick impressions.

Pros:

Nice aluminum and plastic construction

Fits nicely in the hand, especially in portrait orientation

HTC Sense 3.0 provides useful widgets and makes the transition from portrait to landscape well

Cons:

A bit heavy in the hand (almost a pound)

Thicker than other 7-inch tablets

Only special screen controls can be tapped with the pen, making it necessary to constantly shift between pen and finger control

No place to store the pen without buying carrying case

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, HTC, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Even looking at the package, HTC did not go far enough from copying Apple

    As to "cons", the CPU, even with higher clock speed, is much slower in graphics, vector FP, and it is single core -- comparing to iPad 2.

    The screen, even though having significantly better resolution/details/dpi on smaller size, is not IPS and it's layers are not glued together (Samsung calls screens with such technology "Super" or "Super Clear"; Apple, which was the first to develop such technology -- they implemented it in Foxconn -- does not call it anything since they have, obviously, less talented marketing people).
    DDERSSS
    • RE: Hands-on with the HTC Flyer with magic pen (photos)

      @denisrs
      super like !!
      small confusion which one to buy ,,plz help me out!!
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      TechExpert21
  • RE: Hands-on with the HTC Flyer with magic pen (photos)

    From the looks of it, it's a good piece of hardware. I still think 7 inches is a really awkward screen size for a tablet -- unless it's primarily an ebook-reader. Tablets like that incur the dilemma of being too big to work as a phone, while being too small to do anything you can't do with a phone in the first place.
    nickswift498
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  • RE: Hands-on with the HTC Flyer with magic pen (photos)

    I know this would never happen, but Wacom should partner up with some gadget manufacurer to make the ultimate artist's tablet. I know wacom isnt about to stop pimping their 1000+ dollar cintiq line though.
    nickswift498
  • RE: Hands-on with the HTC Flyer with magic pen (photos)

    Wacom only makes dual digitizers for 12" or larger tablets. You won't see any Wacom on smaller tablets unless they are pen only which is not going to happen.
    tgeek32
  • RE: Hands-on with the HTC Flyer with magic pen (photos)

    I keep hearing really good things about this thing.... I'm still not sure I'd like a 7'' tablet though. Seems to small (for my use caseanyways).
    kenjionozawa