HTC Flyer Tablet First Looks!

HTC Flyer tablet box

HTC Flyer is a rising tablet in the marketplace and after recently being available at Best Buy in Wi-Fi only for $500. While waiting for the Sprint 4G version, a friend of mine happened to purchase one of these beauties. Being a little of ceremony I was called over and witnessed the de-boxing first-hand.

The box is white in which the HTC Flyer ships. Within lies the Flyer, the charger/dock/adapter, a USB connectivity cable and a few manuals beneath. Like I mentioned before the tablet comes devoid of the stylus but you can get the stylus from a store. In my friend’s case he picked the stylus from the same store for $80.

HTC Crisp Screen

The first feeling of the Flyer radiates the aura of a great device. The design is remarkable unique in chocolate bar shape. Accustomed to the iPad 2 and Xoom, the Flyer felt quite stable and solid. The smaller 7” size moreover makes it a light device. The aluminum casing feel is not far from the crisp and smooth iPad 2 back cover.

Its full specs are as follows;

  • 7” capacitive touch screen with 1024×600p resolution display
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 2.1 UI
  • Powerhouse of single core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Capacity of 16GB internal memory extendable to upto 32GB with MicroSD card
  • Connects by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, MicroUSB connectivity port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 5 megapixel main camera and 1.3 megapixel frontal shooter
  • Measures 195.4 by 122 by 13.22 mm and weighs 420 grams

Yes you noticed the single core processor and the Gingerbread OS which I mentioned in my previous post that has unrivalled speed. Three actors work together to make this tablet this love-at-first-sight; first is the HTC Sense made smooth by the Gingerbread influence, the speedy processor and a worry-free long life battery.

No physical buttons exist but instead tap screen icons is all that there is for home screen, main menu and previous with a special green one for the stylus. Portrait and landscape orientations are possible in only two directions of symmetrical rotation not four like the Xoom

.HTC Flyer tablet stylus

The topside houses the power button and headphone jack. An indicator light in the power button shows whether the device is charging or not. The microUSB port is located at the bottom of the tablet and a different jack for charging. Charging can also occur through Sync.

The right side holds the volume buttons. Stereo speakers and the camera is located on the back. The upper part is slider below of which there is the microSD card slot.

HTC Flyer tablet back

HTC Sense and its effects is very colorful and Smart on the Flyer  includes outlook mail client, lock screens, the home screen  and the three customizable lower screen buttons show great user-friendliness.

Several other default apps like calendar, news, and gallery also sport wonderful enhancements.

The pen has a variety of functions. Highlighting and deleting from the stylus function by the aid of two buttons on the stylus. The Flyer supports all Android apps without default stylus support with the HTC Scribble app so one can write with the pen.

HTC Flyer tablet pen controller

The pen control panel on the lower right of the screen changes the pen tips to six different ones, and eight different colors to choose from. The head of the pen is used like an eraser.

The pen cans also be lost and that at its price is one of the fails for the Flyer to provide a good storing place for the stylus.

Lastly this tablet despite being a homely simple and not all-too-powerful like the Xoom has become an instant staple. Not only is it more comfortable in travel but it works quite well with other platforms as well.

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