The newly announced HTC Flyer just may well be my next smartphone. As mentioned in previous posts, I have been playing with the Samsung Galaxy Tab for around 2 months and while I believe that Samsung did exceptionally well for its first tablet attempt, the average performance of the Samsung Galaxy Tab held me back from upgrading from my iPhone 4. I’ve made up my mind, that for my type of work and lifestyle that a 5 inch or 7 inch tablet would be most suitable. This week it seems that HTC have ticked all the major checkpoints with their new HTC Flyer tablet.
Here’s a list of features on the HTC Flyer that impresses me most:
- Slick form factor: it’s sleek form is a result of its aluminum unibody construction. Much more stylish than the plastic casing of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The metal build makes around 100 grams more heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Tab however I think it’s a small price to pay for a device that is more rugged and able to withstand more knocks.
- Powerful 1.5Ghz processor: I’m happy that it’s more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s processor, however slightly disappointed that it’s not dual core.
- HTC Scribe: drawing diagrams and taking handnotes should be easy on the HTC Flyer. Also means I won’t need to carry my iPad to meetings anymore since it should run Evernote quite effectively.
- 5 MegaPixel digital camera: compared to 3.2 Megapixel on the Galaxy Tab
Will Battery Life Suck On The HTC Flyer?
Yes, the HTC Flyer on face value looks like an extraordinary device however I have concerns around the battery life. It uses a single core 1.5Ghz processor which should translate to increased demands on the battery which appears to be the same capacity as the Samsung Galaxy Tab (4000mAh Lithium Ion). After writing a post dedicated to battery saving tips on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, I’m crossing my fingers and toes that the HTC Flyer will be more energy efficient especially with Android 2.4 and HTC Sense running on it.
HTC Flyer – First Looks Video
HTC Flyer Press Release
BARCELONA, SPAIN – Mobile World Congress – February 15, 2011 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced its first tablet, the HTC FlyerTM. HTC Flyer blends HTC’s trademark design language with an all-new HTC Sense user experience that has been reimagined for the tablets. Using an intuitive and innovative approach to tablets, HTC Flyer combines natural touch and pen interaction. HTC also announced HTC Watch, a new connected video service that will debut on HTC Flyer tablet, and will collaborate with OnLive, Inc. to launch the first cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet.
“Clearly, smartphones have transformed our lives but as we observed how people use smartphones, computers and other technologies, we saw an opportunity to create a tablet experience that is different, more personal and productive,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “We are progressing down a path as an industry when people will no longer be in a single device paradigm, but have multiple wireless devices for different needs; this is the direction we are moving.”
Encased in a sleek aluminum unibody, the HTC Flyer tablet exudes the iconic style and build quality HTC is known for. It is also ultra-light, weighing as little as a paperback book, and compact enough to fit in a jacket pocket only. With a seven-inch display, lightning fast 1.5Ghz processor and high-speed HSPA+ wireless capabilities, the HTC Flyer tablet is perfect for those who have been waiting for a tablet that is both compact and powerful.
HTC Sense for Tablet
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HTC Scribe Technology
Touch interaction lights up the HTC Flyer tablet experience, but it also offers a groundbreaking pen experience. With the new HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet, people can rediscover the natural act of writing. HTC Scribe Technology introduces a wave of integrated digital ink innovations that make it easy and natural to take notes, sign contracts, draw pictures, or even write on a web page or photo.
HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet transforms traditional note-taking into smart note-taking by integrating natural onscreen writing with thoughtful and integrated innovations. A feature called Timemark enables you to capture the audio of a meeting in line with your written notes, so tapping on a word in your notes instantly takes you to that exact place in time in the audio recording of the meeting. Notes are also integrated with the calendar so when there is an appointment reminder you are automatically prompted with an opportunity to begin a new note or in the case of recurring meetings, to continue where the last meeting left off. In an industry first, the HTC Flyer tablet also features built-in synchronization with Evernote, the world-leading notes application and service.
Streaming Mobile Movies with HTC Watch
The HTC Flyer tablet premieres HTC Watch, HTC’s new video download service. The HTC Watch service enables low-cost on-demand progressive downloading of hundreds of High-Definition movies from major studios. The intuitive, natural design of the HTC Watch service makes it easy to find the latest movie and video content, while advanced technology on the back-end enables instant playback over the HTC Flyer tablet’s high-speed wireless connection.
Mobile Cloud Gaming with OnLive
HTC takes mobile gaming to an entirely new level by being the first mobile device in the world to integrate OnLive Inc.’s revolutionary cloud-based gaming service. OnLive is leading in the home gaming market by letting people play top video games on their televisions and computers without the need to buy expensive gaming hardware or software. When integrated fully, the OnLive service will enable customers to pipe the OnLive service through the HTC Flyer tablet’s broadband wireless to their television sets, or let them play directly on the tablet. When integrated on the HTC Flyer tablet, people can play a variety of games, including hits like Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood™, NBA 2K11 and Lego Harry Potter™.
HTC Flyer will be available to customers globally during Q2 2011.