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HTC Flyer: A Tablet Like No Other?

With the emergence of numerous competitive devices in the tablet marketplace, HTC is attempting to get a piece of the pie with the Flyer, a device that sports a 7-inch touchscreen and a 1.5 GHz processor. In the video above, the Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturer puts forth a compelling case, summing up its unique features. How is this device able to differentiate itself from the innumerable Android tablets ready to hit shelves everywhere?

Running on Android 2.4 Gingerbread, many have been disappointed that HTC opted out of using Honeycomb. However, with the increased flexibility of Gingerbread, the company is able to put forth an experience driven by HTC Sense UI, which utilizes the extra screen real estate in a graphically immersive fashion.

Borrowing from Apple’s design philosophy, the device features an aluminum unibody that makes the tablet thinner than the average paperback book. The Flyer is able to render Internet pages beautifully, utilizing its 1.5 GHz chip and high resolution display. Flash is supported alongside tabbed browsing and a simple way to share information with friends and family.

One of the main selling points is HTC Scribe technology, which allows you to interact with your device with a proprietary pen. It gives you the ability to write on anything you see and share the information with your social web. Essentially, this means that annotations and document editing are natively supported in an instinctual fashion. With a built-in notes application that syncs with Evernote and a canvas application that gives your the opportunity to jot down your doodles electronically, it is a unique feature that is to be implemented in future HTC tablets.

Additionally, you can print via Wi-Fi, simultaneously record audio while taking notes and play back later, a detailed calendar-based archive of your notes, front and back-facing cameras, and an instant movie-on-demand client. At the very least, it is an intriguing, vibrant option in an monotonous market.

Below, we have listed the Flyer’s technical specifications for your convenience. They are certainly impressive when comparing them to similar tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

  • 7-inch 1024 x 600 TFT touchscreen
  • 1.5GHz single-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB of built-in memory
  • microSD expansion
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera
  • Built-in GPS

Though there are no solid details at this point in time, the device is rumored to be subsidized at $400 and set for release in April.  For those of us in the United States, you’ll find it at Sprint under the new HTC EVO View.

What do you, Android fanatics and potential buyers alike, believe? Would you consider purchasing this device over its competitors? Is there a particular reason why? Sound off in the comments below.


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