Product Type: HTC Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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The Underdog of Tablet PC's
Member Name: kellface
Advantages: Amazing screen quality, brilliant operating system, Office capabilities
Disadvantages: Screen size, Battery life?
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.
Summary: As good if not better than the iPad.
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