HTC Flyer – Feel The Difference

On December 22, 2011, in HTC Tablet, Tablet Review, by Indra Vladvamp

HTC has quickly built an enviable reputation over the last few years, in the smartphone space with a succession of feature-rich, intelligently designed, and innovative handsets. HD2 introduced us to the 4.3-inch form factor, EVO 4G ushered in the era of 720p video recording, and the Legend wrapped themselves in the never-before-seen aluminum unibody enclosure. Currently, the company’s Android assembly line is shut down other innovative devices, although this one is much closer to the size of Athens from Aria. Yes, we’re talking about the Flyer 7-inch, the most unique of tablets offer Android later this year, choosing to 1.5GHz processor Qualcomm Snapdragon, a sturdy aluminum construction that does not even try to compete in the race for extreme thinness, and the Magic Pen to make you forget it’s running Gingerbread and Honeycomb are not (yet) Now I will discuss it in terms of hardware and display.

Hardware

Thinking back to the first time we saw the Flyer in person — at a pre-MWC briefing back in February — we have to say this tablet didn’t make the happiest of first impressions. It’s a weighty old thing (420 grams / 14.8 ounces) that looked thick even before we laid eyes on the subsequent iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab super-slimsters. In fact, the Flyer was instantly humbled by the slicker, lighter, and far more refined slate from Samsung and we had a 7-inch Galaxy Tab on hand. HTC’s choice of a tri-color palette also dashes any chances of the Flyer appearing sophisticated. The white plastic elements at the top and bottom don’t really blend in well with either the grey aluminum shell or the black bezel around the screen. Adding insult to injury, the lower one of those plastic inserts actually protrudes from the body, giving an already chunky tablet some extra junk in the trunk.

Flyer vs. iPad… fight! A big portion of that heft comes from the tablet’s unibody metal enclosure — one uninterrupted chunk of aluminum wraps around most of the Flyer’s rear and sides, protecting it from bumps and scrapes and lending it an excellent feel of rigidity and stoutness. The Flyer’s curved sides are classic HTC and help make it easy and comfortable to handle. Even so, HTC has decided to bundle a sparkly white case in the retail package, which is of an above-average quality, fits snugly around the tablet, and provides an all-important holder for the Magic Pen accessory. You’d hope, after such an inauspicious start, that form has been sacrificed at the altar of function here and we can happily report that to be the case. Though we found the Flyer’s weight unwieldy at first, we adapted to it over time and would now actually describe it as reassuring. It’s ironic to think that this fatty of the tablet world would offer more convenience on the move than all the supermodel skinny slates, but we’ve found ourselves slowly falling in love with the Flyer’s screen size.

Display

HTC is not going to confirm this for us, but we’re almost certain we’re looking at another super LCD on the Flyer. Color fidelity at an oblique angle is too good to be just some run-of-the-mill TFT. We enjoyed our Flyer uses a very, it has a lot of brightness (who never mastered the figure), the spirit, and sharpness to go around. Web browsing, film screenings, Angry Birds, not too hampered by the effects of the sun. We also have not been able to see the lack of anything, whether they be a consistent background, color reproduction is not appropriate, or touchscreen sensitivity deficit. This is just a screen that is very, very good. If you look closely enough, you’ll see a grid of points uniformly applied to the entire display, which we are guessing there as part of the N-Trig hardware setup stylus recognition. You will only see the array with the tablet is turned off, though, because it becomes invisible after lights on. You get 1024 x 600 pixels to play with, a reasonable amount considering the size of the Flyer, although it does not move forward from the things of yesteryear Galaxy Tab.

Specification  :

  • Band :  2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100 Announced 2011, February Status Available. Released 2011, May
  • Proccesor : 1.5 GHz Single-Core with 1 GB RAM
  • Chipset : Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T
  • OS : Android OS, v2.3.3 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v3.2
  • Dimensions : 195.4 x 122 x 13.2 mm
  • Weight : 420.8 g
  • Display : LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches (~170 ppi pixel density)
  • Camera : 5.0 MP and and 1.3 MP webcamp with autofocus, digital zoom, Dual-LED flash Geo-tagging
  • Alert types : Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones. Ambient light, barometer, gyroscope
  • Connectivity :
  • Memory : Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, (buy memory). Internal 16GB/32GB storage
  • Networking : HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Battery : Standard battery, Li-Po 4000 mAh Stand-by Up to 1470 h
  • Other Features : HTC Sense UI Handwriting support Two sets of touch-sensitive controls for landscape and portrait use. 3.5mm jack Yes Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement. Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T. “Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player, DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, Voice memo, Predictive text input, SNS integration”


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