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In this brave new world of dual-core, 10.1-inch, Android 3.0 tablets, is there room for a new 7-incher that's not running Honeycomb? HTC certainly thinks so with the HTC Flyer. But ever since we first saw the Flyer at Mobile World Congress in February 2011, it was evident HTC wasn't just bringing the smartphone version of Android to a 7-inch device. It's done more than that, with the usual flair and style that you'd expect.

That's not to say the Flyer's not familiar -- we've used 7-inch Android tablets before. But with the brand-new version of HTC Sense -- which is as beautiful as ever -- and the addition (if a little niche) of a stylus and some cool on-screen note-taking features, the Flyer could well carve out a little spot in the tablet market.

It's not as thin as, say, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it's got HTC's outstanding unibody construction, and design flares that could only come from HTC. It's not a dual-core device, but it is HTC's first foray into a 1.5GHz processor, handy for pushing the 600x1024 resolution. And a full gigabyte of RAM should prove to be more than enough.

Check out our initial hands-on above of the Wifi-only version of the Flyer, available exclusively at Best Buy for $499 on May 22.

 

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HTC Flyer video hands-on (Wifi-only version)

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I just tried it out at Best Buy...

I like it. But it doesn't have any of the wow factor of a lot of the recent/soon to be devices. Screen looks nice, but not as nice as my nexus S (4G), action was smooth enough, everything was what I would have expected from HTC...including very solid build quality. The camera took very nice pictures too.

After using the EVO size screen, and now the nexus S...I don't want to pay $500 for a seven inch screen. I am going to get a tablet...and it will more than likely be 10" (possibly the gt 8.9").

Side note...is there an app in the works to utilize an android tablet to answer a phone call (via BT) from an android phone? (similar to what HP is doing with their pad)

Thanks for the daily food for thought on your site! It makes me sound like a genius compared to everyone else (and by genius I mean geek)

The reviewer says this Flyer has 32GB of storage, but I believe the Best Buy version if that is currently available is 16GB.

Good review... I cannot justify the cost however. Perhaps once it has Honeycomb and a bundled pen.

Great review as always, but exactly why am I supposed to buy this tablet? The ONLY thing it has going for it is Sense 3.0 and $500 for it is well stupid. Sorry HTC, but you just can't even begin to justify your cost to me. Better luck next tablet. I'll stick with the Transformer (once it gets fully back in stock).

Its the stylus that makes this one different. Please review using it with programs that are stylus aware...

I picked one up at Best Buy yesterday and am very dissapointed. It is much better than the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but the pen software stinks. I have years of experience with Windows Tablet PC's and was hoping that with the N-Trig active digitizer I could use this for taking notes at school. It is too small and the inking is better on my iPad. Best Buy version doesn't include headphones or the protective slip case and the pen is $80. This means you have to spend well over $600 just to have the same items that come with the Euro version. I love HTC Sense, but it just isn't worth $500. Slower processor, only 8GB of internal storage available to the user at boot up. Only about 300MB of availalbe RAM, so some of my Office Docs loaded really slow. I was hoping to mark up PDF's from professor's but that won't work because you can only ink off of a screen shot which means you have to do it in pieces and email each separate piece of the PDF to yourself. Even on my iPad I can ink and pan, zoom on an entire PDF document. HTC is releasing a 10.1" version of this in the fall and maybe they will improve the digitizer software and the processor power. If they do it might be a workable unit. As it stands now, I could not recommend this device to anyone with the other models that are currently available right now. Thanks for the review Phil!

A few corrections. 8GB storage and about 3GB of internal available. The last poster was correct. There is an included program called PDF Viewer that allows for full PDF annotations without taking a screenshot. One con is that this program only allows for inking with ballpoint pen and none of the other writing choices. Also only has highlighting of text with the pen button instead of the highlighter pen. The other problem is that The Gmail email app will only allow picture attachments and no documents. Pop accounts will accept document attachments. The other con is that the PDF annotations only allow for a minimum ink thickness which is very thick. After playing with it some more the inking is getting better. I had an HP Slate and this is a little smoother. The N-Trig stylus is still loud. The reason is their nib has some play in it and it clacks as you touch the screen. I won't keep one, but my wife loved it and is going to keep it.

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I apologize if this is not the correct venue for this comment, but...

My son just bought me a HeroTab M816 Capacitive; which I can't wait to get my hands on this week! But, I have seen the resistive ones being advertised at $229.00 like its some great deal or something.

I just wanted everyone to know that you can get the resistive screen version of $179.00 and the Cap one for only $39.00 more right now!

I am not affiliated with the link I am posting here! I do not know anyone there. I just wanted to let you all know that $229.00 is not such a great deal.

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Roger