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HTC Flyer review

A customised Android Gingerbread tablet with bags of style
Mon Jun 06 2011, 17:32
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Product HTC Flyer
Website http://www.htc.com
Specifications 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB storage, 7in 1024x600 display, Android 2.3.3 with HTC Sense, 195.4x122x13.2mm, 420g.
Price From £599


HTC'S FIRST ATTEMPT at making a tablet is the Flyer, a 7in slate with some interesting features. We took a look at the device to see if it's just an oversized smartphone or something more.

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The Flyer makes a visual impact with a well thought out design and smooth, good looks. HTC has gone for an aluminium body with white plastic parts at each end. The casing feels strong and the tablet is comfortable to hold in either portrait or landscape mode.

The design is on the minimalist side with only power and volume buttons to break the sleek lines. As with most tablets, you'll find only a headphone jack and microUSB ports around the edges, which keeps things neat and tidy. We do think HTC should have included an HDMI output though.

The slots for microSD and SIM cards are neatly hidden underneath a removable plastic section at the top. The thing we like most about the design are the lipped edges on the front, which prevent the screen from getting damaged if placed face down.

There are three touch buttons - home, menu and back. There are two sets, one for landscape mode and one for portrait orientation so buttons always remain at the bottom. There's also a special fourth button, which we'll come to later.

The 7in size of the Flyer makes is much more compact than larger tablets like the Apple Ipad 2 and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Whilst there is less screen real estate, the smaller size makes the Flyer much more portable and the tablet can technically fit in your pocket (depending on your pocket).

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The Flyer looks and feels nice and we're pleased to say that it performs really well too. It has attractive specifications including a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM.

Performance is extremely smooth and we found next to no lag whilst using the Flyer for various tasks. Even features like screen animations,  rotation and weather on the lock screen looked great.

Speaking of the screen, the display HTC has used in the Flyer is superb. The 1024x600 resolution is lower than that of the Ipad 2 and Transformer but the screen is smaller so everything is super crisp. Colours are bright and clear whilst the viewing angles and screen brightness are both excellent.

HTC has introduced a new service that comes with the Flyer called Watch. It allows you to rent or buy movies and TV shows straight from HTC. The service costs around £10 to buy or £3.50 to rent a new release, which is pretty pricey. You have 30 days to start watching the film if you opt to rent it. The choice of content is quite small at the moment, however, especially for TV Shows.

 

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