HTC Flyer (Silver, 32 GB, Wi-Fi, 3G)
Price: Rs. 23,500
HTC has built up an enviable reputation with its impressive line of smartphones and the Flyer is its foray into the tablet realm. The Flyer is a 7-inch tablet running Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and features the latest edition of HTC Sense UI, the Sense 3.0. The UI is similar to HTC's Android touchscreen phones, albeit with the addition of some impressive graphics and animations. HTC has implemented the interface with great attention to detail, something as simple as sliding between the homescreen is executed with a slick looking carousel with 3D elements.
The new UI also brings in an improved lockscreen that gives instant access to four preset shortcuts. A 1.5 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM powers the HTC Flyer, the device also packs an Adreno 205 GPU unit for handling HD games and high resolution video playback. The Flyer comes with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video chats.
The HTC Tablet measures 195.4 x 122 x 13.2 mm and weighs 420 g. HTC is known to never slack in the built department and the Flyer is no different. The Android tablet features a sturdy anodized aluminum chassis with premium non-slip rubber on the rear. One of the rubber fittings can be removed to reveal the microSD card slot.
HTC has fitted the Flyer with an Ambient Light sensor for optimal brightness control and an accelerometer for auto UI orientation. The tablet also features a Digital Compass to assist in navigation.
Battery and Storage
The HTC Flyer ships with an impressive 32 GB of internal memory. Furthermore, you can add another 32 GB of memory via microSD card slot. The tablet is fitted with a 4000 mAh battery that gives a video playback time of around 8 hrs.
Connectivity and Features
The Flyer can access the Internet via 3G and Wi-Fi networks. Data transfer is taken care of by a microUSB port (12-pin microUSB 2.0) and high speed Bluetooth v3.0. The HTC Flyer comes with A-GPS support with enhanced Google Maps integration for improved navigation.
The HTC Flyer implements a split view browser and gallery which gives you a preview of opened tabs. This allows for a PC-like browsing and navigation experience. HTC has ported its impressive social networking expertise from smartphones onto the Flyer. The Android tablet features the Friend Stream app that pulls in multiple social network feeds into a single platform. Other features on the HTC Flyer include latest HTML 5, Adobe Flash support and Wi-Fi printing.
What makes the HTC Flyer stand out amongst the tablet horde is the Magic Pen that allows multimedia note making, signing digital documents or just plain doodling. On the Reader ebook app, you can use the pen to highlight passages or make any annotation. HTC has preloaded the Flyer with tablet customised Android apps to exploit the Flyer's 7 inch screen and more are expected to be available soon.