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HTC Wants You to Take the Flyer Seriously

We haven’t talked about the HTC Flyer much on this site, but are starting to think it’s time we do since the wifi-only model is headed to Best Buy any day now.  As many of you know, the Flyer is HTC’s 7″ Gingerbread (not Honeycomb) tablet that runs a custom version of Sense for big screens and has “Scribe Technology” which allows you to draw, highlight or write on almost any screen at any time.  It has front and back cameras, a 1.5GHz single-core processor and truthfully, is no slouch.  At least that’s what HTC will have you believe as they try to sell you on it through this new 6-minute video.  And I’ve got to admit, they’ve done a pretty nice job of it.    

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  • Waknatious

    why the F### would they take this video down!!? I just mentioned to my wife that Fathers Day is coming and she should watch this wink wink nudge nudge knowhatimean… and it’s gone. Lame. Fail.

  • I love HTC. I cant wait to see what their dual core honeycomb offering is. Im hoping that is their announcement on the 14th.

  • Having recently spent 6 days with the XOOM WiFi (I actually hit Staples up on Friday before release to get one). I am thoroughly disappointed with Honeycomb. Google should have waited for this, as should have Motorola. It’s not fully baked and for many reasons, I returned it Wednesday (after using it on a Vegas trip). I think HTC is playing it smart with the tablet optimized Sense and the stylus tech is cool. I’ll buy this instead of and Honeycomb tablet that’s currently out there, if they make a 10.1 inch available. I DID like the screen size of the XOOM, but not the way Honeycomb acted on it.

  • Having recently spent 6 days with the XOOM WiFi (I actually hit Staples up on Friday before release to get one). I am thoroughly disappointed with Honeycomb. Google should have waited for this, as should have Motorola. It’s not fully baked and for many reasons, I returned it Wednesday (after using it on a Vegas trip). I think HTC is playing it smart with the tablet optimized Sense and the stylus tech is cool. I’ll buy this instead of and Honeycomb tablet that’s currently out there, if they make a 10.1 inch available. I DID like the screen size of the XOOM, but not the way Honeycomb acted on it.

    • Waknatious

      Wow. Good to know. Thx for the feedback. Haven’t seen HC yet personally.

  • Waknatious

    WANT. [Like]. Whatever.
    Gimme.

  • Waknatious

    WANT. [Like]. Whatever.
    Gimme.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I might have to give this a solid look when I go buy a tablet this summer. Hopefully it will be on HC by then.

  • Man….my wife just bought me a nook color for my bday and I rooted it and threw cm7 on there…but now I want this! The NC feels underpowered even though I OC’d it to 1.2ghz. This Flyer seems pretty nice spec-wise.

  • MK17

    If it could act like a huge phone I would be all over it. Thats really what I want. A large 6-7″ Screen phone

  • Anonymous

    I would buy one which is 10.1″. 7″ screen is not for me.

  • It really makes me seriously think about getting one. Looks smooth. I’d have to see one to really decide though. I love the note taking and drawing portions.

  • Anonymous

    HTC plumped for the earlier Gingerbread version of Android (2.3/2.4) rather than the Android 3.0 version a lot of the other tablets are using. It seems Honeycomb will arrive on the tablet imminently though

  • Loginname101

    Really liking all of the very cool software on it. Give me a 10″ screen and I’ll buy it

  • Anonymous

    In addition to Flyer, the firm will also launch “two more new tablets” in the first half of this year, both of which will run the newest version of Android , 7′ and 10′ inches….

  • gimlet72

    It needs some honeycomb action as well as a 10 inch screen. 7 inches is too small.

    • Smtxom

      thats what she said

    • Smtxom

      thats what she said

    • Smtxom

      thats what she said

    • I’ve got a XOOM and am very unimpressed with Honeycomb. I rather have the Flyer with 2.3/2.4 with their extra features than Honeycomb which still seems to be waiting for more developers to do something with it. Where the heck is the Google Music store btw?

  • dannyboydluxe

    I wish the screen was 10′ inches… it’s only 3 inches bigger than my Tbolt.

  • Yeah and it should be taken seriously…

  • nikon d300

    If tablet makers want us to view them as alternatives to laptops, they have to be priced accordingly. If they are going to charge $500 and up, you’re getting a lot more for your money with a laptop. Clearly, the Apple faithful are drinking the cool aide with the iPad, but a reasonably priced tablet is the game changing alternative to a laptop.

    • MK17

      I fell like all they really need to do to snag the market is create a keyboard dock cover all it on. slide your tablet down into it connecting the usb. Have a keyboard with 2 more usb hubs and allow it to fold closed like a laptop and be carried around. When you want a tablet you disconnect it.

      It should really be a cheap thing to make and make a profit off of and if they came out with it for the Xoom I would get funds together to go buy one immediately.

  • Anonymous

    HTC Flyer Price Possibly Revealed:

    Economic News reports that HTC will push the tablet aggressively this spring with an unlocked price tag of approximately $600.

    In addition to Flyer, the firm will also launch “two more new tablets” in the first half of this year, both of which will run the newest version of Android.

    • Guest

      I’d totally sell my iPad and switch to a 10″ version of this. but if the SEVEN inch version is $600?! i can only image the 10 will be more than that, and i’m not sure i could justify that

  • Anonymous

    Meh….”if it has a stylus, they blew it”

    • Please explain why the addition of a stylus is a failure. The stylus is an addition not a requirement. You can still use your fingers to navigate.

      • Anonymous

        i was simply being facetious and retorting what Steve Jobs once said in an interview.

        • OK. I missed the reference. I never listen to that guy. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Seems very cool but its the same size as the streak, gotta be a bit for me to want it. I already have a DX so those extra 3 inches arent enough of a difference.

  • Meh… I just got a XOOM WiFi yesterday, it’s already unlocked, rooted, and overclocked to 1.5GHz.. oh and the price? FREE.. Happy Birthday to me (thanks Mom). 😉

  • DP

    Very impressive. price??

  • Htc flyer is the best model in its class which support WiFi and is 7″ Gingerbread (not Honeycomb) tablet that runs a custom version of Sense for big screens.

  • Christopher M Brannan

    Personally, I think it looked pretty gay. I did like the note taking part but overall the infomercial was pretty gay. I can see some people looking for a tablet more like the flyer but I think HTC is dreaming if they expect an entire boardroom to be full of them. I know I’d definitely rather have my Xoom, even if I had a boss retarded enough to give me a flyer.

    Regardless it would still be better than packing rotten Apples.

    • Guest

      yeah that infomercial was full of dude-on-dude action.

      grow up.

  • Azilla

    nice to see a pen for a tablet that doesn’t look like an pencil eraser

  • Forkball316

    Will probably return my WIFI Xoom for this. It seems to be a better fit for me at the moment and I’ve been underwhelmed with the current state of Honeycomb anyways. Xoom is nice but apps haven’t caught up yet and it’s probably a little bigger than what I prefer.

  • New_Guy

    I was planning on getting the Xoom, but now I think I am going to have to wait and see this thing in action. If it is as awesome as this video makes it look, and at an affordable price, this will be a no-brainer for me!

    Seriously…you can write on anything??? Brings a whole new meaning to electronic paper 🙂

  • Devator22

    I am officially impressed. Never been a fan of HTC, but I think this tablet may convert me. I’m already thinking of all the different uses I could find for it.

  • Ion X

    I truly love Android, i do. But unfortunately Apple has the tablet world on lock with the iPad. If the device isn’t made by apple, it won’t sell. I think Android is the best when it comes to phones but I think they should really just lay low when it comes to tablets..just my own personal opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Those keys are actually like the one on the incredible s…..they rotate automatically….hence that menu key you see doesn’t say menu…like on my tbolt..its like on the incredible s for when they upgrade to honeycomb probably….

  • Droid Life’s readers are showing some serious love for this tablet!

  • is it me or do the touch bottons move around like honeycomb when you rotate the device…. anyone else notice that

    • Anonymous

      They actually look like permanent soft keys to me, maybe HTC changed around the design.

  • dont sleep on this…. i never reallly seriously thought about getting a tablet but if i do.. it will be something like this..

    i know people are going to say no honeycomb. but really what does it matter if the product is ultra useful

  • dont sleep on this…. i never reallly seriously thought about getting a tablet but if i do.. it will be something like this..

    i know people are going to say no honeycomb. but really what does it matter if the product is ultra useful

  • dont sleep on this…. i never reallly seriously thought about getting a tablet but if i do.. it will be something like this..

    i know people are going to say no honeycomb. but really what does it matter if the product is ultra useful

  • dont sleep on this…. i never reallly seriously thought about getting a tablet but if i do.. it will be something like this..

    i know people are going to say no honeycomb. but really what does it matter if the product is ultra useful

  • dont sleep on this…. i never reallly seriously thought about getting a tablet but if i do.. it will be something like this..

    i know people are going to say no honeycomb. but really what does it matter if the product is ultra useful

  • dont sleep on this…. i never reallly seriously thought about getting a tablet but if i do.. it will be something like this..

    i know people are going to say no honeycomb. but really what does it matter if the product is ultra useful

  • dont sleep on this…. i never reallly seriously thought about getting a tablet but if i do.. it will be something like this..

    i know people are going to say no honeycomb. but really what does it matter if the product is ultra useful

  • dont sleep on this…. i never reallly seriously thought about getting a tablet but if i do.. it will be something like this..

    i know people are going to say no honeycomb. but really what does it matter if the product is ultra useful

  • Anonymous

    True…agreed with shopdroid….but if it is i will definately get it….my products so far…macbook pro…lol….palm pre plus, htc incredible, droid x, HTC THUNDERBOLT, soon to be flyer or transformer…cool dock…flyer…writing and sense….

  • Emeraldjun

    If this thing had the same processor as the Evo 3D, it would be uber awesome.

    • Alvinm 77

      Yeah I agree. I’m still buying one but I think they should of put that in there. Tech trolls are gonna have fun bashing this tab because no dual core and no honeycomb out the box but me selling my xoom for this says a lot to me.

  • ShopDroid

    With ASUS Eee Pad Transformer checking in at $399 soon in Best Buy, this thing had better not cost more than $250. Otherwise it would have no chance of success. Would be like another pile of Xoom collection dust in the back room.

  • This video made me MUCH more interested in HTC tablets. I honestly never gave it a thought before this because of the 7″ screen… but now I’m thinking just maybe.

  • This video made me MUCH more interested in HTC tablets. I honestly never gave it a thought before this because of the 7″ screen… but now I’m thinking just maybe.

  • Anonymous

    HTC did a nice job addressing the student on the go to the business meeting and having the technology to really be useful and part of your everyday life. I was a Moto fan, but HTC is really gunning to take the lead here in the Tablet space. I would personally like to see a 10″ version which I am sure is coming.

    If I owned a Xoom I would be a little jealous lol.

  • Anonymous

    HTC did a nice job addressing the student on the go to the business meeting and having the technology to really be useful and part of your everyday life. I was a Moto fan, but HTC is really gunning to take the lead here in the Tablet space. I would personally like to see a 10″ version which I am sure is coming.

    If I owned a Xoom I would be a little jealous lol.

  • we dont need another galaxy tab, we want a honeycomb tablet from htc.

  • This is amazing. This would be the only tablet I would get its just depending on the price. The european prices was really high so I guess we will wait to see what the price is.

  • Suga Shane

    Wow, I haven’t wanted a tablet … until now. This looks serious.

  • WormDoes

    This scribe technology looks incredibly useful for business people. I can almost justify buying on for that feature alone. No more notepads, portfolios or pens at my business meetings??? Nice video HTC, you just sold me and I’m kind of anti tablets

  • Anonymous
  • Todd

    I think I would have rather purchased this than the xoom 🙁

    • no you would not have

  • Troglodyte

    Can I root it and get a vanilla Google experience with Honeycomb? Til then I’ll stick with Nook Color. lol.

  • Tcal

    Eh… I think I am going to get the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer; only $514, I might get the HTC Flyer (wifi version) if it is cheaper than $530.

  • Anonymous

    OH BTW…SO ONLIVE IS ACTUALLY A GAMING PLACE? I THOUGHT YOU JUST WATCH OTHER PEOPLE PLAY GAMES….? NOT YOU ACTUALLY PLAY…OR DO YOU?

    • Gerolux

      OnLive is a streaming game service. you play the games on their server, all in the same quality as they would be on your own computer. so dont need to install the game itself. The OnLive service works, I have tested it. Though it can be a bit of lag from time to time with unstable connections. Not bad for the first service to offer something like this though.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm im going to say i might buy this now….it looks amazing and they said they would update it to honeycomb…the thing about htc i love is well…htc sense…and it has that….though id love to see this on honeycomb…its awesome now!

    SO EITHER THIS!…OR THE ASUS TRANSFORMER WITH THAT DOCK FOR ME…

  • Anonymous

    If it is as GREAT as the Thunderbolt, I am a go…… SERIOOOOOOOUSLY, I am definitely a HTC fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      SAME!

    • Anonymous

      I’m with you on that!

  • Alvinm 77

    Im buying one. The minute I can pre order in USA I will.

  • Anonymous

    After watching this video I want a Xoom instead.

  • Stephen D

    No thanks. I’ll take an 8.9 inch new Galaxy Tab. Stock HC, with a few admittedly awesome tweaks like widget resizing, and probably the Exynos processor.

    • They’re saying it won’t be stock HC… You’re gonna have to put up with Touchwiz apparently.

      • Stephen D

        I know. The tweaks I mentioned are TW. That’s all it is. Widget resizing, extra wallpapers and widgets, and some app tray. Otherwise, stock HC, and the tweaks are actually awesome.

  • I use a Fujitsu Windows 7 Tablet at work all day. I love my Fujitsu because it is a laptop when I want it and a tablet when I want that.
    This has some serious advantages over my Windows Tablet and all of the other tablet devices out there. Instant on, fits in a cargo pants pocket, much lighter than my Fujitsu, takes handwritten notes.
    I have been waiting for this.
    Honeycomb? meh. Functionality? Yeah!
    and I have the benjamins 🙂

  • AppleFails

    I have always liked HTC. I have had an Incredible, (then it broke) Droid 2, (then it broke) and now a Droid X. My favorite, by far, has been the Incredible. Something about HTC Sense is just awesome.

    So I am definitely taking this tablet seriously, and it does look cool. I may actually buy this.

    Sadly it doesnt have Honeycomb, but whatever. I can live with out it, and that note taking feature looks useful.

    HTC ftw

  • Irtechneo

    The OnLive compatibility is what is interesting to me. Although I would love the scribe feature for work, my employer (Major ISP) would never buy one for me and not to mention they have a strict no outside hardware policy. Someone just got fired for bringing in his own laptop and connecting it to the network. Recording meetings on my own device would also raise all kinds of security concerns. There is a demo video (search youtube for HTC Flyer On Live) showing more functionality of the software and it also shows it working on an EVO. The controller for Onlive connects to the phone/tablet via Wifi. Fingers crossed they bring the Onlive service to my thunderbolt! Crysis 2 on the TBolt FTW!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    the note taking thing seems useful and it looks like a good interface. but i bet when i get hands on/have to shell over a lot of benjamins for it, i wont get it.

  • Mr.Joe

    If it ain’t honeycomb I ain’t looking.

    I mean it’s cool and all but seriously no HC = uh nuh for me.

    • incredibread

      maybe no honeycomb because google didn’t want sense on it? like how they wont release the code yet for reasons like that..

      • Mr.Joe

        Does Samsungs honeycomb tab run TouchWiz?

      • Mr.Joe

        Does Samsungs honeycomb tab run TouchWiz?

  • The Baron

    whats the price tag?

  • Anonymous

    I like the look of the evo view better. I likey the darkey

  • I like HTC. My Incredible is my second HTC phone, and I suppose I’ll replace it with a newer HTC Android phone.

    But if HTC wants me to take the Flyer seriously, the only number that’s going to matter at this point is price. And with rumors that Asus’ EeePad Transformer is only going to be $399 (was listed at Best Buy, but the listing has since been removed), HTC’s going to have their work cut out for them peddling a 7″ Gingerbread tablet.

  • Anonymous

    Only reason I won’t buy this is the lack of dual/quad core. It just isn’t different enough for games and stuff. I really like the notes stuff though….

  • jake

    Very nice presentation, Im sold on htc devices, this tablet looks amazing and id be willing to buy one. But is it 4g?

    • Anonymous

      on sprints network…

  • This would actually let me get rid of the stacks of yellow notepads I use for work for taking call notes for quoting. But work won’t likely buy me one of these… so Asus eee pad of Sammy 8.9 will likely be my choice. The Xoom is a nice tank, but I already have my OG Droid if I need a hammer.

  • Anonymous

    After reading this I was thinking no dual-core & no Honycomb meh. But after the video I kinda want this. It does seem more angled toward school/business. The scribe is very sweet also. What are the input/outputs on the tab?

  • If you think about it all the Honeycomb tablets are about the same just different sizes and manufacturers this is the only Android tablet that stands out with new innovations but it looks like a giant Evo lol

  • Doesn’t run Honeycomb cause HTC can’t customize it but has some interesting features

    • Anonymous

      HTC said this will run HC.

  • All those features for note taking would actually be seriously useful.

    • Alvinm 77

      Yes! And I’m a college student. I’m gonna see if it can truly replace my paper notebooks. Plus Onlive? Screw dual core games when I can stream ps3 and xbox 360 games. I’m so sold on this thing. I love my Xoom but I’m selling it soon. For me its not what has the better tech specs, its how productive I can be will it. Plus when I’m running CM7 on my Thunderbolt, I won’t have the urge to go back to Sense UI because the Flyer will have it. I’m can’t wait.

      • scrizzo

        “Its not about specs, its about how productive i could be with it.”

        Sums up what it would take for me to buy a tablet. I see this being a viable choice after seeing the video.

        • Alvinm 77

          It all depends how you would use it in life. I’m in college, I have an office job and I’m an intern. Im always taking notes. The HTC Scribe tech and recording is just epic. It’s 7 inches so typing with my thumbs in portrait mode won’t be an issue if I dont feel like writing. I can stream ps3 and xbox 360 games on my tablet with Onlive?!? What other tab can do that? I draw! Plus I love Sense UI features. It’s the best UI. Only other I would use is stock Android.

          I had to ask my what can my Xoom do that the Flyer w/ Sense UI cant…….. nothing. What can the Flyer do that my Xoom cant……. A few GREAT things. I still love my Xoom but I think I will have way more fun with the HTC Flyer!

          Sorry Moto. Thunderbolt kicked my Droid X out now HTC Flyer is kicking my Xoom out.

      • I don’t get the gaming part of the tablet how do you get those selection of games and what do you play them with…

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

    • Thank you lol. I’ve finally found someone who feels the same way I do abound tablets. This really is the fist one that has an edge over a top of the line android device. Only one thing. It’s funny because everyonewho has one has a laptop as well. They are pointless AT THIS TIME. When movies and software start coming on SD cards then we will be getting some where. They look very nice though.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see the scribe feature in my tablets, I can’t bring myself to buy a tablet until they can do something a 4.3 in cant.. in someways this might be it..

  • Anonymous

    They may want me too… but I’m not. It is a joke. The only thing remotely interesting is the Scribe stuff, but since this will command such little marketshare I can’t imagine there will be many apps that will bother with the API to take advantage of the feature, making it a novelty at best.

    • Juan_ortega92

      Lol same thing I was thinking “they may want me to ” but I don’t at all

  • looks pretty cool, especially the scribe tech.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I was sort of laughing at this tablet back at MWC, but it’s on my radar now. Size is nice. Scribe is cool.

      • jag28co

        Wife will love it. Specially since she going back to school.

  • Anonymous

    If I were in the market for a tablet (read: if I had an extra stack of Benjamins laying around), I’d really consider this. 7″ is a nice size.

    • Doc

      That’s what she said!

      Sorry, couldn’t resist.

      • Anonymous

        I knew that was coming!

        • Anonymous

          That’s what she said!

        • Anonymous

          That’s what she said!

  • goblueboy

    the asus tablet is looking a lot better than this.

    • jag28co

      We bought 5 asus eee laptops for our travelers to take on business trips and we had send all five for repair twice in one year. I dont have good experience with asus but customer support is excellent

  • It made me actually think of it as a possibility. But I still probably won’t get it

    • Anonymous

      That’s where I’m at with it. If it were 4G, that might sway me a bit; but I really want a dual core, 7″, Honeycomb tablet (though HTC has said this will get HC).

    • Anonymous

      That’s where I’m at with it. If it were 4G, that might sway me a bit; but I really want a dual core, 7″, Honeycomb tablet (though HTC has said this will get HC).

    • Anonymous

      That’s where I’m at with it. If it were 4G, that might sway me a bit; but I really want a dual core, 7″, Honeycomb tablet (though HTC has said this will get HC).