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New Review: HTC Flyer

imageWhat good is a snazzy digi-pen when what you’re writing on is outdated anyhow? That is the conundrum we faced when reviewing the HTC Flyer. With mixed performance and a relatively high price tag at $499.99, larger tablets can be had that beat the Flyer in power and pricing.

Utilizing a single-core processor and running on Gingerbread (version 2.3), which is not tablet-optimized, the Flyer does have a few redeeming qualities despite these discrepancies.

True to its namesake, the Flyer can boot up in a mere 16 seconds with its “Fast Boost” setting enabled. It also has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that has the fastest clock speed we’ve seen in a tablet so far. Still, most tablets these days have a dual-core processor, which does put the Flyer a bit behind the rest.

Here are some highlights of our review of the HTC Flyer:

“Take away the Flyer’s digital pen (which is a $79.99 option) and you’ve still got a decent 7-inch Android tablet that has a few standout features, such as a very quick boot time, excellent screen quality, and superb speakers. But the Flyer suffers from mixed performance and a relatively high price tag at $499.99.”

“The screen is surrounded by a black bezel, which includes two sets of physical Home, Menu, Back, and Pen Option buttons (more on the Pen Options button shortly). When you hold the Flyer in portrait mode, these backlit buttons appear on the bottom bezel. But when you shift the Flyer’s orientation 90 degrees to landscape mode, with the Webcam positioned on what is now this orientation’s top bezel, the backlight turns off, and those buttons stop working. With the tablet now in portrait mode, a new set of buttons appear on what is now this orientation’s top bezel—or what was formally the left bezel when it was in portrait mode.”

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