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I originally bought my HTC flyer a year ago, as a cheaper alternative to the iPAD and it has certainly proved its value. Being smaller than an iPAD it fits more conveniently inside handbags while still being large enough to view webpage text without squinting. It also seems more robust; mines been dropped a few times, and stored in a bag, without the case, and the screen remains undamaged. It's a little heavier than the iPAD but still easy enough to hold in one hand and type with the other.
The interface is simple, it's easy to use for very basic everyday functions (email, YouTube, internet) and there are a whole range of apps, many of them free, for anyone who wants greater functionality. I installed the Polaris office suite on mine, but although I used it to read attachments or documents I find the tablet keyboard a little trickier to write on compared with conventional computer keyboards. The google maps app proved the most surprisingly useful, together with the GPS it's stopped me getting lost plenty of times and can be used as a satnav. The battery lasts around five hours, perfect for a commute although it sometimes failed me during a long day.
In conclusion I'd recommend the HTC if you're looking for a cheaper and more compact tablet and arent relying on the apple store for apps.
Just yesterday I received my 16GB HTC Flyer in the mail. I purchased it used from Ebay. I have been using it non-stop. I love the stylish interface of this tablet. The animations are bright and vivid and so is the display. This tablet was released on June 1st, 2011. It became the number one sensation as the HTC (Usually a cell phone company) released an Android tablet. But then, as competitors tried to win they're customers back, they released tablets with bigger screens and more quality cameras. Even though, the HTC Flyer isn't as popular as the big guys, it still has lots of killer features that makes it great!
I personally love the built-in applications that comes with this tablet. (Weather, friends communications, facebook, news updates, etc.) You can choose what applications to add on to your home screen. The personalizing ability on this tablet is by far the best with one of the most popular used HTC Sense 3.6. You can download wallpapers, notification sounds, etc., right from the built-in HTC online shopping store (Dont worry, they're all free). I also love the clear camera. It may not have flash but it's still a great 5 mega pixel camera. The front camera is regular VGA, nothing special.
The tablet itself may be a little bulky. I expected a thin device sent to me.
Another thing that disappointed me is the speed boost. I am a heavy user. I download almost anything that I can find. When I use too much space the tablet slows down which disappointed me.
Other than that, this is a great user-friendly tablet. I was very happy that with my 100 euro tablet.
I bought one of these off eBay for a great discount off the RRP so I'd recommend shopping around on eBay and Amazon in order to get yours for a decent deal and at a lower price than the iPad. For the price I got it for (around £250.00), I consider this great value for money. Easy to browse the internet, all the Android applications are available, the user interface is fun and the screen is bright.
I preferred the size of the screen to that of the more bulky tablets as I considered the iPad too large to carry round on a day to day basis. I think that 7 inches is the ideal size for a tablet.
Disadvantages are that iPlayer only works if you readjust the screen, you don't get ALL the apps that Apple do, tablets in general are just for fun and so I wouldn't consider using this in place of a computer all the time and the camera is not that great.
My favourite features are the interactive weather forecast (which shows you what the weather is like on the screen), the eReader app with several free eBooks, the fact I could get Skype (though for some reason I couldn't rotate the screen correctly and due to the low quality of the camera, it wasn't as good as using Skype on an iPod for instance.) and the easy touch keypad for the internet browser and the notes app.
The stylus pen does not have character recognition which is disappointing but nevertheless you can write notes for your own use, (which won't send in email format unfortunately.) The tablet comes with a free cover which is of good quality and protects the screen from knocks and scratches.
Enjoy using this on a day to day basis, useful for the office and fun to use for iPlayer and Youtube.
Tablet PCs have surely taken the world by storm! HTC Flier is a case in point. The portable 7 inch tablet is versatile in more ways than one. You can surf the web, chat, use Picasa, IM, etc. It is well equipped with an accelerometer and compass and it is cheap as well.
I have to say I was pretty sceptical about tablet pc's when they started to come on the market, especially given how much they cost. Granted you look pretty slick zipping around with your finger on the screen, but I often find that the performance of them is pretty flimsy for the price you pay. My other half recently decided to ignore all of this and go and buy one of these HTC Flyers. We got the 16GB model, which retails for around £450 depending on which retailer you use. The screen is a mere 7inches, but then I think this makes it much more portable than an iPad. Ours also came with a digital pen or stylus that makes touching up photos and drawing very simple. We got ours with just WiFi capability because we didn't want to pay for an additional subscription. The flyer comes with 1GB RAM anda 16GB memory, with options for additional memory storage such as an SD card or USB flash drive. The device is very light, under 500g and so can easily be slipped into a bag and carried around. The battery lasts a long time even when using it all day, you would only need to charge it once at the end of the day. Performance is good too, with everything working very quickly and seamlessly.
Having said all this I still wonder whether you actually need to buy one of these. Yes they look very good and they work well for doing the odd bits and pieces, but I can't imagine sitting and working on this all day. I also don't like the fingerprints left on the screen when you're not using the stylus. I think before buying one of these you should consider what sort of laptop you could buy for £450 - a quick look on currys website shows that you could get something with 6GB RAM and a 750GB harddrive.......so is this tablet really a good use of your hard earned cash?? I remain to be convinced!
As far as the weight goes, the Flyer is definitely a bit on the heavy side when I compare it to my brother's touchpad. However it's not like you really notice how much it weighs when you use this device. The Flyer's screen is also a lot smaller so it is less awkward to hold with one hand. The heftiness of this devices makes it feel more sturdy than the iPad. It's sort of a rugged device. The word manly comes to mind. Since it's only about 7 inches, I can actually fit it in some of my pockets, something that you can't do with a touchpad or iPad, so I think on that front it is more of a portable device. The Flyer also comes with a really nice case.
Like I said, the screen is smaller than that of the touchpad, but larger than that of a phone. I consider it a bit closer to the small side. Web browsing on it is fantastic and it has flash support, unlike one of its competitors(one of the reasons I didn't buy the Ipad).Unlike the cramped keyboard on my phone, typing on the Flyer is nice and easy with plenty of room as long as you have smaller fingers like me. The tablet's autocorrect also seems to be smarter than on my epic 4g, but I could be making that up. The Flyer is almost small enough that you can use it like you would a smartphone, but not quite. It's just a little too bulky.
The screen is really nice at 1024x600 resolution and great for watching movies. It's a lot brighter than my toshiba screen and it's even pretty usable outside! That actually surprised me. The battery life is definitely great. One day my whole family was using it (HEAVY usage) and it easily lasted the whole day. Most weeks I can go about two or three days of regular use before I need to recharge it. You can even schedule it to sleep at set hours of the day to conserve even more battery life (which is a great feature), so I have it set up to turn off the WiFi and stuff while I'm sleeping.
Altogether, I'm like my Flyer, but there are a couple downside. The speakers, for example, are not very good, so you should definitely invest in a good pair of speakers or headphones. The screen is small,which is ok for me, but might be issues for some folks.. Also, the Android app store is pretty lacking when it comes to apps for tablets, and some apps don't use the entire screen, which is kind of annoying considering the tablet is only 7 inches. The camera is also pretty bad(I don't even bother using it), but the UI is definitely better than the other devices that I compared it to at Best Buy. The magic pen thing is also kind of cool, but I don't really use it that much.
There are that many tablets out at the moment it can be a little overwhelming on which to choose, personally I knew I already wanted the HTC Flyer as my boyfriend has the HTC HD7 mobile phone (Which I've also reviewed). The iPad will never be outsold, simple as that but it doesn't mean that it can't be matched when it comes to other products on the market. After my little girl was born I dipped into my savings to treat myself to a shiney new gadget.
HTC are most famous for their smart phones like the HTC Sensation, HD7 and the HTC Desire - to name but a few. They recently made the jump to tablet like a lot of other electronics companies, I'm guessing after they all saw what a killing Apple were making with the iPad. Like their smart phones the HTC Flyer looks and feels like a bigger version of their mobile phones. If you have a HTC smart phone then you will be very familiar to the layout and design of the Flyer.
It's small, sleek and lightweight - weighing in at just under 500g. Unlike the iPad which is quite large and a little difficult to slip into the average persons bag. The HTC Flyer fits perfectly into my bag and weighs practically nothing.
So lets get down to the geeky stuff.
The screen is 7" which may seem a little small but it's only 2" smaller than the iPad 2. It is a multi-touch LCD screen which looks great and it has a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. The screen pretty much takes up the whole of the front of the tablet with just a slimline silver border around it. The back of the HTC Flyer is silver, which in my earlier comment made me think it looks like a giant mobile phone. It has a 1.5 GHz Processor with 1GB Ram which is pretty awesome. It has HDMI/USB capabilities, which means I can also plug it into my TV meaning I can watch videos from my Flyer on the big screen!
The HTC flyer has 2 built in HD cameras capable of pictures and movies. The back camera which faces away from the user is 5 Megapixel and the front camera is 1.3 Megapixel, why they only had such low quality for the front facing camera is beyond me but for the size of the tablet the quality is still amazing when the photos are displayed on the screen. It is sleek, lightweight and simple to use the HTC flyer, if you have a HTC mobile phone then you will be very familiar to it's design and layout of its programmes.
What about storage? We bought the 16G model which is twice the amount that my old iPhone could hold, we've still got absolutely tonnes of storage left and we've had the Flyer for a month or so now. There is a 32G model available but the price is quite a leap from that of the 16G. The HTC Flyer also has an SD slot which means you can add extra storage and that storage can be transferred from various things, like your Micro SD card from your digital camera or from your laptop. You can also transfer things via the SD Card or the USB Cable to your laptop or home computer.
When it comes to connecting to the internet and browsing, it's a smooth and flawless process. We only have the Wi-Fi flyer as we weren't up for paying the extra money for the 3G model, and to be honest we just wouldn't make use of the 3G away from the house. 3G connectivity is brilliant for people who will be using the Flyer out and about, maybe whilst travelling on trains or when you need to send emails/documents away from home and on the move. For people who do the majority of their internet browsing at home then the Wi-Fi model is definitely for you, it means you can simply connect via your internet connection at home just like your laptop or mobile phone. The HTC Flyer also has Bluetooth 3.0 and the ability to connect to wireless printers enabling you to view, edit and print your Office documents and then send them to a wireless printer. Browsing the internet is just as easy as it is on a laptop or your home computer. It has built in Adobe Flash which means you can also watch/play flash games or videos unlike the iPad.
One of the best things about the HTC Flyer is - The Magic Pen - No it's not a wand of any kind but it's basically a magic stylus that enables you to use the HTC Flyer in a new and exciting way. The Magic Pen enables you to draw, paint and even touch up your photos! Originally we thought you had to buy these separately but was surprised when it was included in the price! There is soon to be an upgrade for the Flyer called "Honeycomb" this will enable the Magic Pen to do a lot more on the tablet.
I could literally sit here all day and write another 1000 words on what the Flyer can do but I think you may fall asleep. It has the ability like the iPad to download apps - with its android software - it is pretty much just like a larger version of their smartphones. It supports playback of most audio and video files including mp3, mp4 and avi files. Another great feature is Kid Mode - which has games and story books for the little ones, or if your a big kid yourself! haha It also has HTC Watch - which is on demand movie viewing - but I haven't used this, however it is also DLNA-enabled meaning you can wirelessly stream media smoothly. Other features include a built in digital compass and GPS.
The price: Here's the most important bit. Depending on what version of the HTC flyer you purchase depends how much your bank balance is going to take a beating. We bought the 16G flyer which cost us £479.99 from PC World. You can also get a 32G Flyer which is a pretty hefty £599.99 from PC World. I know it is a lot of money and you may be thinking why didn't I just buy an iPad? It's operating system and everything about it for me is just so much better than the iPad. It still has downloadable apps just like the iPad and you can listen to music, and watch videos. Everything the iPad does and just a little bit more for me. Each to their own but it's just something different for me and more suited to what I want from a tablet. You can get tablets on various mobile broadband contracts so don't be put off by the huge price tag of buying it outright. Shop around and your sure to find a good deal.
Last but no means least is the Battery. It has a built in Lithium-ion battery which like the iPad is probably one of it's downfalls as the battery can become drained with improper charging etc. Thankfully I'm quite good when it comes to charging things like my phone/laptop etc. I wait for the flyer to give me the warning that it is running out and then plug it in and fully charge it. Depending on what you use the Flyer for and for how long at a time all depends on the battery. For me I charge it every 2 or 3 days, my boyfriend and I use it for a good few hours everyday and the battery seems to last quite well. However, I have read other reviews where people are a bit less happy than myself with the battery life, but as I said I think it just depends on what you use the Flyer for. Like any electronic product like a laptop or mobile phone, the more stuff you use it for the less time the battery will last.
I'd recommend the HTC Flyer to people who want a tablet that goes that extra mile performance wise and is a bit different. Or if your already a fan of what HTC have to offer, quality products (at not so affordable prices) but excellent performance. Yes the HTC Flyer is a little on the expensive side but for what it can do it's totally worth it. With an absolutely awesome operating system, it's sleek compact design it's perfect for everyone.