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Wi-Fi HTC Flyer Tablet Launches May 22 Exclusively at Best Buy

The WiFi-only HTC Flyer will finally hit Best Buy stores (exclusively) on May 22:

Best Buy today announced that the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer™ tablet launches on May 22. All Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores, as well as BestBuy.com, will have the tablet exclusively at launch. The HTC Flyer is a fast, portable, light-weight tablet that integrates the immersive and highly intuitive HTC Sense™ experience and enables content including videos, music, games and more to be easily accessed and enjoyed. The addition of the HTC Flyer to our tablet lineup gives Best Buy further opportunity to help connect customers with the mobile technology that best meets their needs.

We’re still not sure if it’ll come with a stylus or not, but one thing we do know is that this device provides a completely different experience than the 10.1″ stock Honeycomb tablets we’re seeing in masses.  It’s only 7″, runs a tablet version of HTC Sense over Android 2.3 instead of 3.0, is incredibly light, and allows users to take advantage of its unique Scribe technology (once they buy a pen of course).  It’s definitely been on our radar since it was unveiled at MWC just a few months back.

Anyone still interested in the Flyer?  Too small?  Is the lack of Honeycomb a killer?

  • http://twitter.com/mikeszekely Mike Szekely

    I love HTC, but $500 is WAY too much for a 7″ Gingerbread tablet when you can buy a 10″ Honeycomb for less.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1444786467 Jason Downing

    At this point, what is the tablet to go with? I am looking to get one soon. 

  • NikonD300

    I’d snap up two if they were in the $350-400 range. Not worth $500.

  • Anonymous

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  • Interstellarmind

     single-core? gingerbread? pen (the only thing that makes this tab stand out and a get-worthy tablet) sold seperately? htc dropped the ball pretty hardcore.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure if I care for this one.  Will try in the store for a while.  I am quickly tiring of my Google Gtab 10.1 only because of the size and the extremely flaky browser.  Time will tell.

  • http://twitter.com/SciJohn SciJohn

    I am looking forward to picking mine up. I preordered one.
    I know I don’t need one but I also know I will use it a lot because I already have a Windows 7 tablet that I use every day to take notes in meetings. It’s the pen functionality in combination with Microsoft OneNote that sold me on the Win 7 tablet. Since it is a convertible tablet, it also serves as a nice desktop. A second external monitor makes it even more useful as a desktop.
    The detractors for my Win 7 Tablet (for me) are portability (size and weight) and lack of an “instant on”. I don’t usually carry it around unless I am on my way to a meeting.
    I am expecting that I will carry the Flyer at work all the time – making it more useful for taking notes around the campus.
    Now all I have to do is figure out how to get my notes from the Flyer into OneNote and make the text searchable.
    EverNote is cool but I doubt that it can replace OneNote for me.
     

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    I love my 10″ android tablet (Acer A500) and would not give up the screen real estate. 10″ is portable enough for around the house and travel, but for a jacket pocket or purse I could see getting a 7″ tablet.

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  • LionStone

     I have a pre-order with Best Buy, see how this goes…

    I never was always an early adopter, and I’m blaming Droid-Life for that! :) So I’m definitely going to get one of these Flyers and use it for a couple weeks. It is worth it to me, for traveling and note-taking and the size and weight is perfect. Small, lightweight stuff sometimes costs more, and I know in a year or so it’ll drop to half of what I’ll probably pay, but hey, I think this thing might be a good fit for me.

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica M.

     Not interested in the flyer at all. Ive the thunderbolt has taught me anything its that HTC batterys suck and sense gets annoying after a while. Besides Im happy with my Galaxy Tab and soon I will own either an Asus eee pad transformer or an xoom. Im still debating but itll be wifi only because I need some honeycomb :)

    • http://twitter.com/BHagey1 Brandon Hagey

       Wish i even had a remote problem with my battery so i knew what people are talking about lol.

  • Anonymous

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  • http://twitter.com/Beezzzzy Basil Mahmud

    This needs to be $100 cheaper and include the pen!

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Let’s see, 17inch acer laptop 498……htc7inch tablet…499….

    I thought these things were replacing netbooks……$298 anyone?

    • Mr.Joe

      Only if it comes with the stylus.  If none then $249. 

    • Anonymous

      I would love to see that 1 lb acer laptop with a multi-touch screen you are talking about. Sure, I can get a PC off craigslist for $25 but nobody in their right mind would compare the two.

      BTW I own 3 laptop an iPad and an Acer Iconia A500 android tablet and the android tablet gets 90% of the use.

  • Anonymous

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  • http://www.kevinkuramura.com KevK

     I like the form factor and the idea of a stylus, but the execution seems iffy. I’ll need to see it in person and I need HTC to commit to some quality software upgrades in the near future.

    A sophisticated art app and good video battery life for long flights would make this almost a no-brainer for me. Honeycomb would be nice, too, but not nearly as important as making better use of the ONE thing that’s supposed to set this tablet apart. 

    Maybe I’m wrong about what people want to do with this thing. Do a lot of people do that much complicated annotation of documents that the “Scribble” feature would noticeably improve their productivity?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe a Christmas gift for the kids, depending on pricing.

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  • Lionel Y.

    I have seen many unboxing of this tablet, they all came with pens, wth are you guys talking about?

    • Mr.Joe

       Are you sure those weren’t Review unboxing ;)

    • http://www.kevinkuramura.com KevK

       http://www.droid-life.com/2011/05/05/confirmed-htc-flyer-digital-stylus-to-be-sold-separately-for-around-80/

      HTC has apparently confirmed that best buy will sell it without the stylus, while other vendors will have it bundled. It would make sense if there were a price difference, but I haven’t seen evidence of that yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ewhitaker Eric Whitaker

    I really want this tablet it is the only tablet out there that has a purpose to it. But I have to try out the note taking function because that is basically the only reason I want it.

  • Luckyr1981

     F@#$ Best Buy!!! They screwed me over on my TB and left me with a $50 gift card. I ended up going to Verizon to upgrade.

  • Anonymous
    • Waknatious

       broken half-typed links with “…” at the end… thanks…

      • Anonymous

        You can still click them you derp.

  • Emeraldjun

     I REALLY wish there was a Honeycomb tablet with digitzer and stylus compatibility. 

  • Emeraldjun

     I REALLY wish there was a Honeycomb tablet with digitzer and stylus compatibility. 

    • Anonymous

       look at my post…

  • Tesseract 3

     The price tag (even if the pen were included, which its not) is just too much, though for me that’s the story with EVERY android tablet so far. I cannot justify the price. 

    I have a really powerful pc I built myself for my powerful computing needs, and a smartphone for portability.

    I just don’t understand the need for a laptop/netbook/tablet in my situation. Unless I were a business traveler, the need for the portability + power stronger than a smartphone does not seem to be there. Even then a laptop is way more bang for your buck than an android tablet. 

    Now I am not necessarily saying people are stupid for buying them, just that they are overpriced for what they are capable of, and are not something you need, but something you want. They are an expensive luxury item, that we could all do without. I just cannot justify the expense, if the price ranges for these things was MUCH lower I might consider it. But the prices just aren’t reasonable, sorry. 

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

      Your situation may not dictate the need for a tablet or laptop but some people could find use in one. The price is not reasonable to you because you do not need one.

      • Tesseract 3

        My case is that anyone who would “need” one, could get more out of their money buying a laptop. A tablet is a luxury device at it’s current price point, it is not something you need. If you have extra money, it’s a sweet toy though, don’t get me wrong. 

      • Tesseract 3

        My case is that anyone who would “need” one, could get more out of their money buying a laptop. A tablet is a luxury device at it’s current price point, it is not something you need. If you have extra money, it’s a sweet toy though, don’t get me wrong. 

      • Tesseract 3

        My case is that anyone who would “need” one, could get more out of their money buying a laptop. A tablet is a luxury device at it’s current price point, it is not something you need. If you have extra money, it’s a sweet toy though, don’t get me wrong. 

      • RW-1

         Here’s the destruction of your statement: the word Need, and that you stated those “could find use”, not definitely use ?

        You don’t need a tablet, you want one. And it is a statement of fact that for the cost of any of the tablets, with the exception of the Asus, which is non available, that for that cost, you can get a more fully featured laptop.

        Once most people decide that they want one, they shop – once shopping they ask others what they think, and until tablets come down in $$$ for what they offer in comparison to a laptop, even a cheap one comparatively, those people get told you can do better in functionality vs cost by getting a laptop.

        Now, that said:

        I want one, but I don’t need one, there is no one out there I know of
        who “Needs” one … that is the realm of sales experts, to tell you what
        you need.

        There are advantages to tablets, how that may make your decision to get one is known only to that shopper. That includes whether or not to go apple vs android.

        My next statement is a bit flaming, however, the ipad sales are IMO just because any apple person will traditionally get the next big thing out of Cupertino because its Steve’s. That accounts for most of those sales, and the lack of comparison in sales of android tablets. Then you have those who like it better. they are entitled to that opinion and to enjoy their tablets! There are persons here who have both and could tell us all the pros/cons without getting into fanboy debates.  :)

        IMHO though, android tablets will overtake them for the same reason PC’s outnumber them: many more HW manufacturers which equals choice for the consumer.

  • Cwpit81

    Wow that sounds familiar …..

  • Mr.Joe

    As a verizon droid customer who comes here looking for verizon/droid news.  I find this article very helpful! 

    • Tesseract 3

      lol 

  • Anonymous

    Any word on price?

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