HTC Flyer Review

Over the last month we have been trying out the HTC Flyer Tablet. Both Matthew and I are big HTC fans. You may remember we reviewed the HTC ChaCha mobile phone back in the summer and really liked the handset. Matthew has recently upgraded his HTC Desire HD for a HTC Sensation XE, he can’t praise it enough and is always getting comments about his new phone.

The HTC Flyer is a tablet the whole family can enjoy. With HTC Scenes, you can set up your own set of home screens to have the Flyer exactly how you want it. For example Matthew has news, the weather and F1 apps, for me, as I am a social network diva, the flyer can be transformed at a click of a button so I can have live twitter and Facebook streams, photo galleries and diary appointments to make sure I don’t miss anything important. The HTC Flyer also has ‘Kid mode’ which allows younger children to draw, read and play games without the risks of roaming the internet unsupervised. It can even record us reading a story for the boys and play it back to them whenever they would like to hear it!

“HTC Flyer is a portable 7-inch tablet with a digital pen that can do more for you than you can imagine. From creating masterpieces with a stroke of a paintbrush, to taking multimedia notes or even signing digital documents, HTC Flyer puts you in control of any situation. With streaming movies at a touch of your finger, HTC Flyer turns any moment into something special”

The Flyer has a  16GB hard drive capacity, this allows for the storage of the apps and music that you download, the Flyer runs on the Android 2.3.3 operating system. Which in my opinion gives Apple, Samsung and Blackberry a run for their money with their tablets. 

The Flyer is a smart and portable tablet, it has a 5 megapixel camera and HD camcorder so you can capture anything anywhere in fabulous detail, it also has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera offers video calling and portrait images. We took  the Flyer with us to Thomas Land here are a few of the pictures and videos that we took, I also used it when we went to Callum’s Nativity play at school and found it really easy to use and carry around with me.

The HTC Flyer is the first tablet delivering a new HTC innovation that features natural pen interaction. It can draw, paint, write, sign documents, and even retouch pictures. It can be a highlighter for the reader” 
Here is the specification of the HTC Flyer:

Size: 195.4mm x 122mm x 13.2mm 7.7″ x 4.8″ x 0.52″

Weight: 420 grams (14.82 ounces) with battery

Display: 7 inch touch-sensitive screen

Screen: 177.8 mm (7″)

CPU speed: 1.5 GHz

Internal: 32 GB
Expansion slot: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)

Connectors: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Standard micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0)

Audio supported formats:
Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
Recording: .amr, .aac
Video supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Recording: 3gp

Platform:         Android™ with HTC Sense™

Camera:          5 megapixel color camera with auto focus
                        1.3 megapixel front camera



Power & Battery:
Battery type: Rechargeable battery
Capacity: 4000 mAh

Standby time:
3G version: Up to 320 hours
Wi-Fi version: Up to 480 hours

Video playback (with WiFi off):
3G version: Up to 8 hours
Wi-Fi version: Up to 8 hours

Internet browsing:
3G version: Up to 6.5 hours
Wi-Fi version: Up to 6.5 hours

I love the flyer and would highly recommend it for anyone thinking of buying a tablet. I know a lot of my friends have iPads and think that nothing is better but even they have been surprised as to how good the Flyer is and how well it works. I’m not sure they would swap their iPads as they are loyal to their own brands but then so are we and we love HTC. I give the HTC Flyer an amazing rating of 5/5.

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