HTC Flyer

HTC Flyer Hands-On and Unboxing

Hooray we finally got it! It's the coolest little tablet this side of the sea - only it's not just this side of the sea, it's all over the place. The first place we saw this device, the HTC Flyer, was back at Mobile World Congress 2011 where we got but a tiny glance at what it truly held for us. Then we got a better look at its Sprint counterpart at CTIA 2011. Now we've got a full-fledged hands-on look of the device and we're ready and rarin to go look at all of its insides. Pay special attention to the last question in the post as it's for YOU!

HTC Flyer Review on SlashGear

Our buddy Chris Davies has done a review of the HTC Flyer, that cute little 7-inch HTC handheld tablet, over on our sister site SlashGear. What you're about to view is a bit of a re-write review based on what he's told us about the device thus far. This is the first tablet we've seen from HTC since 2008, the last being a Windows device by the name of HTC Shift. So how is the Flyer? We got a tiny glimpse of this piece of candy back at Mobile World Congress 2011 and a much longer look at its USA cousin via Sprint at CTIA 2011 - that one was black, this one's white, that one has the stylus sold separately while the Flyer has one that comes with. Will this Euro HTC superstar add up?

HTC Puccini 10-inch Android Tablet Leaked

Behold the HTC version of the 10 inch surfboard - I mean tablet. Everyone's gotta have a 10-inch Android tablet to compete these days, and HTC is no exception. After sending their HTC Flyer 7-inch tablet to our main man in Euro Chris Davies, they've got quite the followup coming up soon in a 10-inch iteration. That is to say if you're interested in an Android 3.0.1 tablet in the future where Android 3.1 is already released. Oh Honeycomb, whyfor art thou playing on us the same Gingerbread tricks?!

HTC Flyer hits shelves today

HTC is working its way through releasing the various devices it announced back in February at MWC 2011, and latest to hit shelves is the HTC Flyer. The 7-inch tablet has arrived in EMEA, undercutting the iPad 2 in mainland Europe at least, at €649 $929) for the 32GB 3G + WiFi model, while the 16GB WiFi-only Flyer is priced at €499 /$714). Unlike in the US, both come with the digital HTC Scribe pen as standard. That can be used to draw, annotate documents or create handwritten notes, which can then be synchronized with Evernote. The Flyer also has twin cameras and marks the debut of HTC Watch, the company's new streaming movie and TV service. The HTC Flyer will initially be available in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. Carphone Warehouse has just confirmed that it will be offering the tablet in the UK from £129.99 on a £25 per month (24 month) contract with Talk Mobile, which includes 5GB of data, or for £599.99 stand alone, in both CW and Best Buy stores. HTC's own online store is here, where the WiFi-only Flyer is £479.99. [vms c00c2d31982567235c55] Press Release:
HTC FLYER, THE FIRST TABLET WITH HTC SENSE, IN STORE FROM TODAY Aluminum unibody design with HTC Watch video service and HTC Scribe Technology hits the shelves across EMEA LONDON, UK – May 13, 2011 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has announced that its first tablet, HTC FlyerTM, will be available in-store from 13th May. Blending HTC’s trademark design language with an all-new HTC Sense user experience that has been reimagined for tablets, the HTC Flyer combines natural touch and pen interaction in either a combined 3G and WiFi or WiFi-only model. As well as being available to purchase in retail outlets, HTC fans will also be able to order Flyer direct through the HTC.com website. “We are delighted by the positive reactions that HTC Flyer has received since we first unveiled it in February and are pleased to be able to bring it to major markets across EMEA,” commented Florian Seiche, President HTC EMEA. “HTC Flyer is completely different from any other tablet on the market and we look forward to hearing about the different ways in which our customers use HTC Flyer in their daily lives – for both work and play.” The combined 3G and WiFi HTC Flyer features 32GB of onboard memory which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32GB and will retail at €649. A second variant will be available for €499 and features WiFi connectivity and expandable 16GB memory. Both versions will come with the HTC Flyer Magic PenTM that will work with HTC’s Scribe Technology for an alternative to fingertip interaction. From 13th May, HTC Flyer will be available in the following territories, both in-store and through HTC.com: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. Premium Design and Performance Weighing as little as a paperback book and encased in sleek aluminium, the HTC Flyer exudes the style and premium build quality that have forged HTC’s reputation in the smartphone market. With a seven-inch display, lightning fast 1.5Ghz processor and high-speed wireless capabilities, the HTC Flyer tablet is perfect for those who have been waiting for a tablet that is both compact and powerful. HTC Sense for Tablet HTC Flyer’s tablet-focused HTC Sense experience focuses on surprising and delighting people with its gorgeous 3D home screen. Similar to the experience unveiled on the new HTC Sensation, a unique carousel of widgets puts your most important content and information at the visual center of the experience and offers uncompromised Web browsing with Flash 10 and HTML 5. Streaming Mobile Movies with HTC Watch The HTC Flyer is the first tablet to premiere HTC Watch, HTC’s new video download service, offering more than 600 premium movies and TV shows from major studios. Video content can be bought or rented and watched immediately through progressive download. Once purchased, movies are stored in a “cloud locker”, allowing up to five registered HTC devices to download and play the same content. HTC Scribe Technology HTC Scribe Technology introduces a wave of integrated digital ink innovations that make it easy and natural to take notes, sign contracts, draw pictures, or even write on a web page or photo. Note-taking has been made smart for the first time by synchronising natural onscreen handwriting with Timemark audio recording. Tapping on a word in your notes instantly takes you to that exact place in time in the audio recording, ensuring you can place your notes in the context of any conversation or meeting. Notes are also integrated with the calendar so when there is an appointment reminder you are automatically prompted with an opportunity to begin a new note or in the case of recurring meetings, to continue where the last meeting left off. In an industry first, the HTC Flyer tablet also features built-in synchronization with EvernoteÄ, the world-leading notes application and service. For more information, see www.htc.com

HTC Flyer Stylus gets priced for $79.99 at Best Buy

Recently the HTC Flyer has went up for pre-order at Best Buy. The price listed has been $499 for a while now, there was however no talk about the stylus they have mentioned quite a bit. Something they are calling a digital pen. This is a feature making the Flyer stand out, you can use the digital pen with your hand resting on the display, and it wont get confused from the multiple touches. Fancy for those that need it.

XDA forum sets sights on HTC Sense to Samsung Galaxy Tab

It's almost a digital Island of Doctor Moreau. You know, the book about the mad scientist who crosses humans with animals? Well, users of the Samsung Galaxy Tab are exploring porting the HTC Flyer ROM. The idea comes from the fact that both the Flyer and the Galaxy Tab have the same screen resolution (600 by 1024).

Android developer momentum wanes claims new report

Android developer enthusiasm has "plateaued" according to the latest research by Appcelerator and IDC, with sluggish Honeycomb-based tablet sales and ongoing concerns regarding platform fragmentation cited as the key reasons. According to the two companies' April 2011 Mobile Developer Report, "developer momentum is shifting back toward Apple." Tablet interest is particularly precarious, with Honeycomb apparently yet to convince developers to create slate-specific titles. While 86-percent of iOS coders expressed interest in developing for the iPad, only 71-percent of Android developers said the same about Honeycomb-based tablets; similarly, only 44-percent were "very interested" in the Motorola XOOM and just 31-percent in the HTC Flyer. Nonetheless, despite the concerns, developers don't seem to be looking elsewhere. 62-percent say that they don't see how rival platforms could ever catch up to Android and iOS, while the numbers of those expressing interest in developing for Windows Phone or BlackBerry have in fact dropped. The January 2011 report had suggested that Google developer interest was growing, and that the platform would soon catch up to Apple's iOS. [via ReadWriteWeb]

HTC Flyer preorders start Monday at Best Buy

HTC Flyer fans, you're wait is nearly over. As we reported here, Best Buy is now making it official with preorder details and pricing. Beginning on Monday, April 25, 2011, you will be able to pre-order the WiFi version of the Android Tablet for $499 through the Best Buy website. One thing though, the Flyer will not come with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), but has Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) preloaded instead, with HTC Sense. Google hasn't made Honeycomb available just yet to HTC. And it may not, since we reported last month that Google is requiring separate license for the Honeycomb OS and is blocking updates from all Android 2.x tablets.

HTC Flyer tablet lands May 9 2011

The HTC Flyer will go on sale in Europe on May 9, HTC chief Florian Seiche confirmed today. The exec took the stage at the HTC Sensation event today and, just prior to the smartphone being unveiled, confirmed the release date for the 7-inch slate announced at MWC 2011 in February. No official word on pricing, but in the past week we've seen the Flyer listed for £599.99 at online stores in the UK. Functionality includes the HTC Scribe stylus, a digital pen which can be used to annotate webpages and make handwritten notes to sync with Evernote.

HTC Flyer pre-orders open: £599.99 for 7-inch slate

HTC's 7-inch tablet, the Flyer, has gone up for pre-order at UK retailer Carphone Warehouse (along with their Best Buy Mobile arm). Currently only available off-contract, the HTC Flyer is being offered for £599.99 with no data plan, SIM-lock or agreement; that means buyers will be able to slot in a SIM of their own and not lock themselves into a two-year data plan if they don't want to. Specs are just as we've seen before, so a 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen that works with both finger input and the HTC Scribe active digital stylus, a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing webcam. The stylus can be used to annotate webpages and create handwritten notes, which can then be sync'd to Evernote. £599.99 isn't cheap, but we'd expect to see subsidized deals when the Flyer gets broader availability. We're still excited about the pen possibilities, though others have expressed concerns that the slate is over-priced considering the rest of the tablet market today. Are you tempted? Update: Carphone Warehouse tells us that, despite the listing saying the Flyer is currently in-stock, the tablet won't ship until May 2011.
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