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Don't listen to the bad reviews...,
This review is from: HTC Flyer 7 inch 32GB Android Tablet PC with WiFi and 3G (Personal Computers)There's a huge amount of negative publicity out there about the Flyer: "the screen's too small"; "it's just a big phone"; "the battery life is poor". Frankly those comments are rubbish written mostly by people who see the iPad/iPad2 as the be-all and end-all - which it isn't. Probably the best review to read is the one on Engadget which gives just about the most balanced comparison of the Flyer and iPad from someone who has both.
Firstly the screen quality. It is a way, way better screen than that provided on the iPad2. And we have an iPad2 at home as well to compare! One reason is that the pixel density ie, the number of dots available to draw a given size character, is twice that of the iPad. This means that characters are crisp and sharp. Going from an iPad to the Flyer is like going from an old smartphone with a 240x320 pixel screen to a modern one with an 800x480 resolution. I'm sure Apple will fix this in due course but, for the time being, the Flyer is much better.
Secondly, screen size. Frankly you "pays your money and makes your choice". Smaller is also lighter. An iPad2 weighs approximately 50% - yes, that's right *50%* more - than a Flyer. Do you want a brick with a large display or a device with a smaller display that is pocketable and you can take with you everywhere? Remember that the pixel resolution of the Flyer (1024 x 600) is only slightly less than an iPad (1024 x 768) so it can display almost as much information, just a bit smaller!
Thirdly, the "big phone" argument. So if the Flyer is a big phone, the iPad is an even bigger phone. The reason for choosing a tablet is to get more real-estate and see things more clearly and both devices achieve that aim. How far you want to go in size is up to you.
Fourthly, battery life. Like another reviewer, I don't see this as an issue - for me. I'm not planning to use the Flyer day-in day-out. I prefer to use a device with a proper keyboard for heavy-duty typing. And I'm never going to be that long away from a USB charging point. So if I can get 1 1/2 days of life out of the device it's quite sufficient.
I guess the final sticking point raised in reviews is price. But at the moment you can get the 3G/32GB version of the Flyer for 20% off here on Amazon. At that price it is very very competitive.
OK, with the supposed bad points out of the way, here are some of the good points of the Flyer: Have I mentioned the crisp bright display? Good! Characters that look as sharp as on my HTC Desire only on a much bigger screen.
Then there's the apps. If you install a legacy iPhone app on an iPad you get a tiny app in the middle of the screen. Do a x2 on it and it's just bigger and all pixelated. It makes absolutely no use of the extra screen space. With the Flyer, legacy Android apps - and yes, the Flyer has full access to the Android marketplace - scale perfectly, making full use of the extra space available. That means if you're using a legacy email app, you simply have more space to type your emails. And, of course, Android has a far greater proportion of free or advertising-supported apps than do the iPhone/iPad. Yes OK, I'm a cheapskate but not in exchange for quality!
The Flyer interface is fast and smooth - the first Android tablet I've seen where this is the case. Flip through screens quickly and easily using HTC's Sense interface. A minor downer which will be fixed by an eventual software update: Android 2.3 - Gingerbread - only supports phone-type widgets and icon spacing on the home screens even though the space could be used more efficiently. Not that much of an issue but it does reinforce the "Flyer is just a bigger phone" argument, even though the home screens are simply the means to gain access to apps.
So in summary, I think the HTC Flyer is a great little tablet, easy (and familiar if you're into Android) to use, superb screen, easy to carry around with you, and lots of apps as per any Android phone. The 3G version is particularly good value at the moment from Amazon. Don't leave it too long to buy one!
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2011 10:36:52 BDT
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Mr. R. Bailey says:
Posted on 19 Dec 2011 09:21:32 GMT
Wow, thanks for the very informative review. I am an HTC user, never liked Apple, I will definitely add this to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing.
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 15:12:51 GMT
Hi, thanks for the review. But can I know what's in the box? do we get a stylus ? a screen protector included. thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2012 07:39:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Mar 2012 07:49:03 GMT
Richard Lewis says:
I'm not sure of the current product position on the stylus. It is included with the 3G version but there was a time when it wasn't with the WiFi only version. So you need to check independently, I'm afraid. There's no screen protector but I'm not aware of any tablet that comes with a screen protector as it would spoil the "look" of the device. Otherwise in the box you get a soft white case, the MicroSD memory card preinstalled (can't remember the size as I swapped it anyway for a larger faster one) and a high-speed charger which works at a higher voltage than conventional USB. You can use an ordinary USB charger but it just takes longer to charge.
Incidentally I had to use the HTC repair service when the battery became disconnected, probably from the vibration it sustained in my bike paniers off-road and the service was brilliant. There's a 3 year warranty and HTC arranged for a courier to collect the Flyer and returned it within 4 days (collect Monday, return Friday). Very helpful staff on phone when I reported the problem.
Posted on 3 Apr 2012 12:05:28 BDT
One of the best reviews for anything I've seen on Amazon. Good show!
Posted on 3 Apr 2012 20:41:32 BDT
P. M. Clark says:
HTC Flyer 7 inch 32GB Android Tablet PC with WiFi and 3G
Hi. Thanks for the very informative review. Is there a GPS built into the flyer or do you know if its possible to install one. I'm looking for a tablet ( 7inch ) that will support marine charts and maps for sailing and cycling in Uk and the rest of Europe.
Posted on 20 Apr 2012 08:27:33 BDT
M. Wilkinson says:
How much does the 3g cost?
Thanks- very balanced and helpful review.
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