HTC has grown into one of the world’s most successful smartphone brands. They have produced incredibly popular handsets for both the budget and luxury ends of the market and their ‘Sense’ user interface is widely regarded as the best use of the Android operating system. The Flyer tablet is HTC’s first step into the world of tablets since the launch of Apple’s iPad. Coming in at around £600, the Flyer certainly can’t beat the iPad on price, but does it have the power, features and usability to take on Apple’s world beating slate?
HTC Using Android Gingerbread
The Flyer is based around a 7-inch 600 x 1024 pixel display, putting it in line with the ultra-portable Samsung Galaxy Tab. Instead of using Google’s specific tablet operating system Android Honeycomb, HTC have chosen to use Android Gingerbread overlaid with their Sense 3.0 user interface. This makes the tablet similar in usability to HTC’s latest range of smartphones.
Outlook of HTC Flyer
The look of the HTC Flyer follows the current ‘button-free’ trend. The‘home’, ‘back’ and ‘menu’ keys, invisible when the device is switched off, are touch sensitive and have optional haptic feedback. When the users switches the tablet between display orientations; up, down, left or right; the buttons move with the device, always remaining at the bottom is the display. This feature is not currently offered by any other tablets.
Internally, the Flyer features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, allowing for the speed and smoothness that HTC smartphone users are used to. It also features 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Flyer has two feature-rich cameras. The 5-megapixel back-facing camera has autofocus and there is a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for making video calls via Skype. With an impressive 7 hours battery life, users can enjoy the Flyers features for as long as they need to.