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Pre-sale for the HTC Flyer Begins April 24 at Best Buy for $499

The HTC Flyer is getting closer to that “Spring” release we heard about back in March.  The WiFi-only version of this 7″ 1.5GHz single-core tablet with nifty Scribe technology will go on pre-sale starting this Sunday, April 24 at Best Buy stores for $499.

My feelings over the Flyer are still pretty mixed.  Without Honeycomb, most people are writing this off as a failure, but you can’t count out HTC’s new version of Sense made specifically for a tablet.  If anyone could do the first tablet skin right, it would be HTC.  Plus, Scribe technology is something we haven’t seen on any other tablet including the dual-core beasts.  Oh, and it’s damn sexy lookin’.

Anyone interested in the Flyer?  

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Via:  Best Buy

  • Waknatious

    Every time I “re-watch” that video I want it again. What ever happened to that longer video with the art/drawing segment in it too?
    Want.
    Chris

  • Lube

    htc totally understands how to set their products apart from the others they get that top specs are great but become obsolete almost instantly so they make something that only gets better the longer you use it.

  • http://twitter.com/SciJohn SciJohn

    I tried to pre-order it. There’s no link at Best Buy to do it. Online support guy says it is not available yet. He also said that site is not a Best Buy site.
    But he’s probably uninformed. :(

    • Anonymous

      same thing here. They wouldn’t let me preorder. MEH

      • http://twitter.com/SciJohn SciJohn

        I just heard back from Jeff Haydock at Best Buy. Apparently, you have to pre-order in the store. Hopefully the store is aware of it. :)

        • Anonymous

          I went to 2 different stores and they won’t let me!!! any special codewords? :D

          • http://twitter.com/SciJohn SciJohn

            My neice works at a Best Buy store and she says that it does not appear available for preorder in their ordering system. She’s keeping an eye out for me. :)
            The code word is bullcrap right now.

          • http://twitter.com/SciJohn SciJohn

            I finally found someone at Best Buy who knew what I was talking about! I pre-ordered it.
            Thank you Braintree, MA Best Buy!

  • Anonymous

    @kellex you realize the presale starts the 25th right? look at the Source…

  • Lionel Y.

    Im getting it. the wifi version is fine, im not too excited about paying another data plan

  • Anonymous
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  • http://twitter.com/SciJohn SciJohn

    Yes! I am very interested in this. The stylus is more important to me than Honeycomb – which seems like beta to anyway. Plus it will fit in my cargo pants pocket making it more likely that I will carry it around. I can’t wait to try it out.

  • Anonymous

    Blazing fast. HTC buzzword for 2011. Scribe is interesting, other than that it sounds like a familiar commercial. Aluminum unibody construction. C’mon people, get original. Just another stab at our wallets and a job for marketing pukes.

  • Anonymous

    I’m seriously considering this for college stuff.

  • Anonymous

    Why would anyone buy this instead of the Transformer?

    • http://twitter.com/SciJohn SciJohn

      The size is not a downgrade. It’s just different from the 10″ form factor. The 7″ may better suit someone else’s needs but not yours. That’s all.

    • Kevin7598635

      Maybe you need a 42″ tablet…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Blacklock/100001633248589 Jason Blacklock

    Im so glad to finally see some product movement. All these cell phone companies and these delayed and promised phones and products are getting on my nerves. We have been waiting on the bionic for how many months now?

  • Raptor007

    I am pretty sure HTC stated the Flyer would launch with 2.3.3 and receive an update to Honeycomb in Q2, so they still have time. Honestly I would rather start out with GB and have a far greater number of apps to go with then get Honeycomb with no apps to choose from. Here is an article from earlier in the month http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2011/04/02/htc-confirms-flyer-honeycomb-upgrade-only-after-its-made-available/

    Perfect timing as I was just about to order a Galaxy Tab from Verizon and this was good karma coming my way. Since this is NOT a carrier dependent launch (unlike the ThunderBolt disaster) when do we realistically expect it to be available for pickup?

  • Mottspj

    This is mine. I ended up with a Droid X because I couldn’t get an EVO on Verizon. I have loved Sense but could never get it on my phone. Incredable was backordered and too small. Sense 3 will be great and HTC will update to Honeycomb. The lead in getting updates out. May not pre-order because I want to get my hands on it first. But I can’t imagine that I won’t be buying the.

  • Anonymous

    Its hard to decide….i mean i can get the asus eee transofmer with the latop thing for 550……and its a laptop and i can customize it, then however i love sense…..ill have to see if there are roms for the eee transformer to put sense with scribe on it….

  • Anonymous

    if netflix will run on it then maybe ill get it, else ill wait for the next gen

  • http://www.facebook.com/robrbecker Rob Becker

    I have counted many times when I could have used the meeting recording, playback and note taking features. So I’m interested, I just wish it were a 10.1″ device w/ Honeycomb. So, I guess what I’m saying is, I don’t know.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, 10.1 with honeycomb with dual core and I would pay a xoom price. Assuming the scribe stuff turns out to work well.

  • Mr. Joe

    UH knock off $100. Sorry but no Honeycomb here and Honeycomb tablets are cheaper then this.

  • Guest

    Give me a 10″ screen, dual core processor, honeycomb, and 32 GB for $500 and my money’s yours, HTC

    • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

      For real. This scribe thing, with HTC’s nice looking add ons + Honeycomb + dual core = a winner!

  • Riverjao

    Flyer looks like a really sweet device. But it definitey needs Honeycomb. I have no idea what HTC has said about its plans to update, but they are the best in the Android biz for updates. But, I love my Xoom :-)

  • Riverjao

    Flyer looks like a really sweet device. But it definitey needs Honeycomb. I have no idea what HTC has said about its plans to update, but they are the best in the Android biz for updates. But, I love my Xoom :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

    Off topic but I can’t believe this wasn’t posted here. Series 2 of the dead zebra collectible mini androids. Of course they’re sold out but I went and bought 5 on eBay.
    http://shop.deadzebra.com/products/Android-Mini-Series-02.html

  • Anonymous

    Yes and no. I’m more interested in the Samsung 8.9″ tablet.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure why they would expect me to pick this over the Asus Eee Pad Transformer for $399. One has Honeycomb, a dual-core CPU, and a higher resolution screen, and is $100 cheaper. The other has a stylus.

    • Anonymous

      And yet the stylus is exactly why I’m getting this.

      • Alvinm 77

        I’m buying one too.

    • Lionel Y.

      its a matter of price versus functionality.
      what does the asus brings to the table beside its price?

      in your opinion what does the ipad bring to the competition beside iOS functionality and everything attached to it?
      it all comes down to functionality: what you are going to do with that tablet.
      the average price for a decent tablet is a little less than 499
      the specs don’t matter, as we all know 6 months later, whats hot now will be obsolete, you need something else than specs to remain relevant in this industry.

  • Anonymous

    I’m interested in the stylus. But I feel like it will only work with the Flyer, has there been any explicit information about that?

    • Anonymous

      Unless there’s something very odd about the Flyer’s screen technology, the stylus should work with any capacitive screen.

      • Anonymous

        Sweet that’s what I was hoping.

      • Anonymous

        Technically it will work, but without the HTC Scribe technology you will not get most of the benefits of it, it will just be a pointing device.

        This more than anything is the reason I will not get the Flyer. It is a separate API that developers will have to use and the apps wil have to be targeted specifically for this device. Hence, unless it becomes a runaway sucess, there will be limited app support that will actually use the stylus.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Pronchick/679790407 Michael Pronchick

          No it wont technically work at all. It is not a capacitive stylus. It is a pen used with n-trig technology. This is what is used on convertible laptop. Such as the HP smart touch laptop. The pen will only work with this device and it provides 256 pressure points. A typical graphic artist version would provide over 2000 pressure points.

        • http://twitter.com/SciJohn SciJohn

          Here’s a thought… When you want to use a standard Android app, put the stylus down and use your finger like everyone else. No harm. No foul.

          • Anonymous

            This would be true, except the Stylus is the only intriguing feature about this tablet. Non-Dual Core, Android 2.3 weighed down by Sense? No thanks. There are better options out there (or will be soon)

          • http://twitter.com/SciJohn SciJohn

            Assuming from your posting “there are better options out there (or will be soon)” that you mean better tablets with stylus functionality, doesn’t that imply that developers will see value in creating apps that support the stylus?
            My understanding is that Sense UI is one of the best overlays to the Android OS.
            Better than Touch Wiz and Motoblur.

          • Anonymous

            I mean better tablets… if there were others with tablet functionality, and this was a basic Android SDK I would be less concerned with developers not picking up the mantel. But since this is an SDK proprietary to HTC Scribe, and would require the Flyer or other HTC Tablet using the technology to take off in large enough numbers for developers to notice and start developing for it, my perspective is that it becomes one of those Rock/Hard Place scenarios. People (like me) don’t want the tablet unless there are (or you are relatively sure there will be) apps for the device, developers don’t want to develop for the tablet, unless they are sure it is worth their time, and hence… stuck.So, when I say “better options” I mean Android Tablets with Honeycomb.

            I don’t like Sense. But that is merely a person preference thing. Other than a few cute widgets, I don’t see Sense bringing anything substantial to the tablet (Don’t get me wrong, this is better than TouchWiz which does, in my not so humble opinion of course, more hard than good). Hence, to me, that is not a selling point.

          • Anonymous

            I mean better tablets… if there were others with tablet functionality, and this was a basic Android SDK I would be less concerned with developers not picking up the mantel. But since this is an SDK proprietary to HTC Scribe, and would require the Flyer or other HTC Tablet using the technology to take off in large enough numbers for developers to notice and start developing for it, my perspective is that it becomes one of those Rock/Hard Place scenarios. People (like me) don’t want the tablet unless there are (or you are relatively sure there will be) apps for the device, developers don’t want to develop for the tablet, unless they are sure it is worth their time, and hence… stuck.So, when I say “better options” I mean Android Tablets with Honeycomb.

            I don’t like Sense. But that is merely a person preference thing. Other than a few cute widgets, I don’t see Sense bringing anything substantial to the tablet (Don’t get me wrong, this is better than TouchWiz which does, in my not so humble opinion of course, more hard than good). Hence, to me, that is not a selling point.

      • Anonymous

        Technically it will work, but without the HTC Scribe technology you will not get most of the benefits of it, it will just be a pointing device.

        This more than anything is the reason I will not get the Flyer. It is a separate API that developers will have to use and the apps wil have to be targeted specifically for this device. Hence, unless it becomes a runaway sucess, there will be limited app support that will actually use the stylus.

      • http://twitter.com/SciJohn SciJohn

        It’s resistive technology. That’s why it doesn’t look like a pogo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Pronchick/679790407 Michael Pronchick

      The pen will only work with that tablet. It is not a capacitive pen. It uses n-trig technology. This is also why the price is higher for being a single core.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=55712305 Lee Sandy

    Oh yes