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Best Buy just dropped the news that it'll be selling an unbranded, Wifi-only HTC Flyer Android tablet sometime this spring. That's good news for those of you who are looking for some contractless tablet love. And we got ourselves a little time with the device tonight at a CTIA after-hours event.

For all intents and purposes, it's an HTC Flyer, same as we saw unveiled a month ago at Mobile World Congress. The advantage here, of course, is that you're not beholden to a carrier for a two year contract. On the other hand, you have to rely on having a Wifi signal, but for many of us that's not a problem.

Still no word on when it'll be available, other than "this spring," and they're not budging on how much they'll be selling it for. So stay tuned.


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Hands-on with the Wifi-only HTC Flyer, coming this spring to Best Buy


I make that "Spring" and "Sprint" mistake on my keyboard too. But about the device Im not the least interested.... I just have no feelings toward it. They didn't differentiate phone sense from tablet sense UI enough...

Tablets without Honeycomb smell like fail to me. On top of that, this thing is just ugly in both its hardware and its software. That said, if my wife likes it I'll probably get one. That's the only reason, though.

Since HTC nasal already said they will bring. HONEYCOMB to the Flyer the update thing doesn't bother me since they are pretty good with upgrades to their devices. Price will be the determining factor for alot of people. Its awesome that we are going to have the choice of device size from 7 to 10 inches that will all be running honeycomb. It seems like manufacturers have also learned the lesson that we don't want cell contracts for tablets.

If the price point is good, this may be the first tablet I can see being more than just a toy. I have to admit, the stylus is what sets this one apart for me. I was hoping we could get a demo of the stylus, please? Anyone? The peek at MWC wasn't enough.

The Stylus and Presure Sensitivity is what has me drawn to this particular tablet, other than that, I'd still wait until one comes out.

Hopefully the stylus works with pressure sensitivity in SketchBook Pro, brushes ect.. :)