HTC Flyer

When the WiFi-only HTC Flyer went available for pre-sale from Best Buy, we knew that the 7-inch tablet would cost $499. There was no word, however, on the price of the stylus, which is one of the features that differentiates this tablet from all the rest. New information from one of our readers who was perusing the Best Buy website found the price of the pen as well as a leather pouch for transporting it. The stylus, called the HTC Digital Pen at Best Buy, will retail for $79.99 and the leather pouch will go for $34.99. The pouch has been specifically designed for the Flyer and has a spot for the Digital Pen. If you're interested in both of these accessories, you can buy them in a bundle for $109, which will save about $5. Now we know the price for the tablet and the Digital Pen, is an HTC Flyer in your future?

Source: Best Buy; Thanks, Chris!

 
There are 45 comments

kinster02 says:

Fail

dgoodisi says:

The Flyer uses the same n-trig type display as the HP Slate 500 and the Fujitsu 580. HP sells there replacement pen for $50, Fujitsu sells there's for $25 (exact same pen as the HP except for the color).

All of these pens use a battery to provide power for the pen's portion of the digitizer communication.

btw - Kno was selling their version of this pen for $16.

Obviously HTC has overpriced their pen.

"Do you want fires with that?"

Lobout says:

I am perfectly happy with my xoom. I don't know why i would want to pay an extra 100 bucks just for a pen when my fingers work just fine.

Lol wth htc?

Se7en2#AC says:

$578 for a 7" tablet that's not dual-core and is not running Honeycomb? No thank you. I was always under the impression that it was $499 with the stylus included. Good thing I've decided on the Transformer.

How are you liking the transformer? I love HTC products but this is straight out dumb.

deltatko says:

I was considering getting this, but I'm not thinking a Gingerbread tablet is worth $600, even with the added pen functions

McNooberson says:

I wanted to get this, thought $500 was a fair price, but the main draw was to take notes with ease for school. But $80 for this?? No thanks, ill pick up a PlayBook instead.

colddonkey says:

I really want to give this one a whirl...but at that price I will probably hold out :-/

original00 says:

Not sure what these manufacturers have been smoking but they will quickly realize (like moto did) that price will be key in moving these tablets/accessories. It will end up being a niche product and they will not sell very much in my opinion.

oldpueblo says:

I was really waiting on the flyer (okay the 4G View really) for several reasons:

-7", the perfect mobile size
-Mobile connectivity (3G/4G via Sprint)
-Made by my favorite manufacturer HTC

But sorry guys, you've priced me out of it. The ASUS transformer despite having none of those is still more attractive to me over this for what I can get for it's price (keyboard, etc). :( I'm kind of surprised the stylus can't slide in somewhere either though I guess space is tight.

Beezzy says:

So the main feature the seperates this tablet from all the others cost extra?!?! Lammmmme!!!

htowngator says:

What a joke... Nearly $580 prior to tax for a 7" tablet with 4 hours of battery life, single core, and not even Honeycomb installed yet?

HTC needs to rethink this strategy.

themuffinman says:

First, I would like to say that sense is integrated very well on the flyer/evoview but the reality is there is no excuse to charge at a minimum $500 for a gingerbread tablet this late in the game.

ren0vat0r says:

i was sold under the assumption that the stylus was included. but for $600 after tax? you can get 2 netbooks at that price! looks like i wont be getting a tablet afterall

draken says:

7 inch tablet and stylus for $609? Nah, give me the Transformer (16GB) with keyboard dock for $550, once they catch up on their supply issues.

KCMike says:

I'm with you guys. I'm sure someone will buy this setup but for me, it's too expensive. There are better choices out there for the price. Discounted sale price? Anyone? Bueller?

kdb2103 says:

I was going to purchase this tablet and only held off on preordering bc I wanted a release date first. Very glad I did wait, this tablet is overpriced and, marketing wise, htc made a very poor decision to split up the stylus from the device. Not only will it discourage many new users from investing in the Scribe tech so a real market might come out of the flagship flyer, but it's idiotic to sell hardware/software designed specifically for use with the pen (including, I think, a hard button/indicator that lights up whenever the tablet is open to a scribe compatible program or page) without said pen.

HTC, I love my EVO, love Sense, but I love common sense more.

kdb2103 says:

I was going to purchase this tablet and only held off on preordering bc I wanted a release date first. Very glad I did wait, this tablet is overpriced and, marketing wise, htc made a very poor decision to split up the stylus from the device. Not only will it discourage many new users from investing in the Scribe tech so a real market might come out of the flagship flyer, but it's idiotic to sell hardware/software designed specifically for use with the pen (including, I think, a hard button/indicator that lights up whenever the tablet is open to a scribe compatible program or page) without said pen.

HTC, I love my EVO, love Sense, but I love common sense more.

subminimal says:

I'm not sure why this is a surprise to anyone... During Sprint's announcement of the View 4g they said the pen would be an 'accessory' which always indicates it costs extra.

Given the price of digital pens this would fall in line. Still, the combination of tablet+pen is way out of range for reasonable.

salanester says:

In reality the $80 isn't that big of a deal considering I was gonna drop $499 plus tax for the thing knowing it had lower specs, but for some reason it just kills it for me. With that said, if the people who do get it come out with glowing reviews (especially note taking via pen input) I might still have to bite.

Mike_is_Mike says:

Holy crap, it doesn't COME with the pen?!!!

They messed up. All of my Wacom tablets (different type of tablet) came with a "pen"

I hope this tablet sticks around for a few more years and gets better and cheaper, but I'm not going to be one that helps by buying one.

I would be willing to get one if it could do more, like pressure sensitive drawings and a professional sketching / drawing app.

Mike_is_Mike says:

There also needs to be a place to PUT the pen in or attached to the tablet for storage.

salanester says:

Forgot about that...so if you got the pen/case combo you are looking at $599 plus tax. That, regardless of the reviews would be too much IMO. The other options are looking much better.

chikmagnet says:

So my thoughts
Along the same line as everyone else too expensive for what it is. Hopefully in the near future someone will be able to use the tech of the pen universally across all Android tablets. I am a graphic designer and I love to doodle. I would love the pen for that feature only. I am sure there will be some off brand/copy cat pens out soon for have the price or less that will be able to integrate with current tablets. This is def one of those times I wish I was a developer :(

commonplace says:

Wow, I assumed the stylus was included. Silly me. That pushes this out of the "that's-pretty-cool-I-wouldn't-mind-having-one" range to the "way-overpriced-for-what-it-is-so-I'll-wait-for-a-better-option" side.

/Kevin

moosc says:

make it work with other tablets and u have a weiner

strauss884 says:

I'm upset that the stylus doesn't come with it and $580 is alot of money for a Gingerbread tablet, but I had a Xoom and have not been happy with Honeycomb(still to glitchy). so I figure I'll give this a try to see how it goes. Pre ordered mine today. The dual core is not a big deal to me because I don;t play a ton of games.

patfactorx says:

I also got some ocean front property in Arizona if people are ok with wasting money

Where they really screwed up was the size. At 10in i would go for it, but 7in the functionality just isn't there for note taking etc.., imo

mojochris says:

I really liked this for a 7 inch tablet ( I need one for dev work), but no way too much. I'm really hoping that we get a release date and price on the us version of the Acer A100. For what I need I think that is the way I'm going to go for a 7 inch.

This is also Best buy here. They want to charge 100 bucks for a 6 foot HDMI cable.

aaronwe says:

Truly delusional pricing. $500 for a 7" tablet is crazy to begin with. Another $80 for a pen to go with it is truly nuts.

The good news is these things will sell so poorly at this price you'll be able to buy the whole shebang for $300 by Christmas.

prophet621 says:

The whole reason I wanted it was because of the stylus and ability to easily highlight and add quick notes to pdf, documents or books. That feature alone made it worth the $500 for work and school even with my reservations about the tablet only being 7". Without those features any tablet is basically a big phone to me and I have no need for them but I don't think I could convince myself to pay $600

I really like HTC, but this isn't adding up for me. I won't profess to know that this tablet and its accessory are overpriced because, I have no idea what this combination's "real world" capabilities are, but this is just a LOT of money for a combination of products that simply isn't making waves like, say, the Asus EeePad Transformer???

crichton007 says:

Holy cow! I just assumed that the pen would come with it but that's a pretty pricey accessory that I'm not sure I would even use.

rog152 says:

I take it HTC is not using there "Sense" on this

Nirvana328 says:

I'm totally disgusted after reading this. Either HTC is very ignorant or very greedy, or as I suspect, some combination of the two.

Let's compare:

The HTC Flyer; a 7 inch, single core, Gingerbread tablet for $500, plus an extra $80 for an overpriced pen that should have been included anyways...

OR

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer; a 10 inch, dual core, Honeycomb tablet for $400, plus a keyboard for $150?

So either a slower, smaller tablet with a pen for $580, or a faster, bigger one with a keyboard for $550. Tough call there.

HTC will learn very quickly that no one cares how fancy their products are when the prices are wildly out of touch with the market. The only company that can even remotely get away with this is Apple, and that's only because their customers are sheep.

I hope that these manufacturers wake up and stop insulting their customers' intelligence. Anyone with half a brain will look at this price, gag, and go buy something else.

sheba510 says:

In all of HTC's promos for the Flyer they featured the stylus and all the things you could do with it. I just assumed the stylus came with the Flyer. $499 for a 7 inch Gingerbread single core tablet is too much for the tablet alone and $80 bucks for a stylus. Yikes!

I paid $450 for Acer Iconia A500 which is dual core Tegra and runs Honeycomb. And a 10.2 inch screen. A much better deal IMHO.

marcch says:

Actually, I think this is the price for a replacement pen, in case you lose your pen.

There should be a pen included with the HTC Flyer itself...

S Prime says:

I cannot believe that Best Buy has not posted clarification on their pre-order site on this issue or at least issued a statement to clear up all of the controversy. My pre-order cancelation hangs in the balance.

VDub2174 says:

I thought I read somewhere (probably here) that there was a spot for a pen in the box the Flyer comes in. I would like to assume that a pen comes with the device and that this is just a replacement or "upgrade".

anddy112 says:

It does sound rather expensive to me, sure it's a digital pen but I think it price compared with the price of the tablet is exaggerated. That probably means I am not willing to quit using cross pens anytime soon.

vanessa p1 says:

I think it’s a little shifty of HTC to be selling the pen separately .My jaw dropped when i read that.

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