Product Type: HTC Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Member Name: samdsox
Advantages: resolution, smaller/portability, flash support, battery
Disadvantages: speakers, size for some people, magic pen sorta useless, appp market
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.
Summary: Its only OK
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