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Shiny graphics don't make up for lack of substance,
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This review is from: HTC Flyer 7 inch Tablet PC (16GB, WiFi, Android) (Personal Computers)A solid, trendy bit of kit with the HTC Sense overlay that HTC is famous for. However, frustration soon set in.
Purchased this with the intention of replacing my ageing iPad (first gen). Even after upgrading the device to Honeycomb, this device could not keep pace with the iPad with websites loading several seconds after the iPad - despite that device being a year older! The device also seems prone to rendering issues - often, especially on Flash-intensive sites, text is overlaid on top of pictures on top videos. Whilst this wasn't a regular occurrence it happened sufficiently often to become irritating! Other times, you'd be halfway through reading the page and the browser would jump you back to the top - with no apparent reasoning!
Furthermore several apps on the Android store simply would not download, let alone install. The touch interface is good - but isn't as responsive as my old iPad. Pressing the 'back' button for example often left you waiting a split-second, wondering if the touch had been registered. Pressing again would cause the browser to jump back two pages - and without a "forward" button means you lose your page.
The battery is average but again, compared to the old iPad, can't hold it's own. Equally the pen is a neat touch but is ultimately a gimmick. There's nowhere to store it however and I can see it quickly getting lost.
Again, the graphical overlay is near-perfect (almost worth the price tag for the weather animations alone!) and the ease with which Google automatically sets up the device (if you're already a Google user) is fantastic. If you've never had an iPad, I think this tablet would be extremely impressive. The screen is bright and the colours are vivid. However, if you have had an iPad previously, you can't help but feel that you've taken a step backwards with this.
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Initial post: 6 May 2012 10:53:43 BDT
Robert Howcroft says:
Many people coming from iOS are not happy with Android so why didn't you just buy a newer iPad?
In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012 18:37:37 BDT
J. Place says:
I've had Android mobiles before and always thought very highly of them. The 16GB equivalent of the Flyer goes for £399 but Amazon had the Flyer's on at half that price. For the difference it seemed a bargain - but just sadly not up to what I was expecting! I still think highly of Android - but just not on this occasion. I'm not pro-Apple or anti-Android; just wasn't impressed on this occasion!
Posted on 10 May 2012 18:42:14 BDT
If you're irritated by the browser, just download Opera. Problem solved ;) And by the way, this is an entry level tablet, as the price suggests. Compare ipad to price equivalent android tablet and then you will be amazed how good and better android is.
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