HTC Flyer Unboxing and Hands-On With Scribe Pen [Video]


Some notes about the video:

  • I know “tablet-ized” isn’t a word.
  • They’re calling this version of HTC Sense 2.1, but built for tablets. It’s still closer to 3.0 than 2.1.
  • While the battery isn’t removable, you can remove the top white grip to access the microSD card slot.
  • The charging and data sync port is NOT standard microUSB at second glance.

Welp, it’s been a day since the HTC Flyer was made available for sale at Best Buy here in the United States and we’ve gotten our hands on it. It’s the same device we saw debuted back in February, but my initial comparisons now compared to then is that the software is much better. Considering the units we played with before weren’t final, this was to be expected. But more than that it’s solid, I actually found it quite enjoyable.

The device is still very snappy without a dual core processor and the HTC Scribe pen is one of the most mesmerizing things I have used on any tablet. I’m still a bit perplexed about the absence of Honeycomb, but HTC did say the Flyer would be upgradeable to Android 3.1. The unboxing video and very brief look at the device is above and I’ve pasted some specs you might care about below. Be on the lookout for our full review and more HTC Flyer coverage coming soon.

  • 1.5 single core processor by Qualcomm
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 7 inch display with HTC Scribe functionality
  • 1.3 front facing camera, 5 megapixel rear camera
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 2.1 (optimized for tablets)
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • WiFi (up to N) and Bluetooth 3.0
Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  2. Nice candles. And chair.

    1. His house smells of rich mahogany… 

      1. And leather bound books

  3. Something isn’t right about that stylus.  Maybe i’m just used to the drag of a pen on paper.

  4. Nice quick review. Eager to play with one at best buy

  5. ” I’m still a bit perplexed about the absence of Honeycomb.”

    It’s pretty simple, actually.  There hasn’t been any Honeycomb device yet released at the *resolution* of the Flyer, nor with the processor of the Flyer.  All Honeycomb tablets have been pretty much the same devices running on Tegra 2s.  Between retooling Honeycomb for a Qualcomm chipset, I’m not sure if Honeycomb is even designed to run on a 1024 x 600 device… but we do know that Gingerbread/Froyo do.  Just look at the Galaxy Tab and the Nook.

  6. “The charging and data sync port is NOT standard microUSB at second glance”

    Yes, but all non standard USB HTC ports are fully compatible with standard USB cables and chargers.

    This affects only the HTC original charger, that can’t be used on non HTC devices.

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