Gear: HTC Flyer, BlackBerry PlayBook, Slate Tablets.
I have spent several months following tablets and saw that the HTC Flyer is an Android tablet with both touch and pen input. It's something completely unique and commendable on part of HTC. Most Android tablets have the same specs and the same software, basically nothing unique about them. Yes most of those Android tablets will never be a huge success. The video above has many of my thoughts and while it's a bit early to make definite statements I think there are pros and cons.
- Android OS (currently 2.3 but it might get a 3.0 upgrade)
- Both touch and pen input
- Good pen input via N-Trig technology (it also has palm rejection)
- Very bright screen
- MicroSD card slot (not easy to access)
- Easy to access volume and sleep/wake buttons
- Pen is small and has buttons (erase, and highlight)
- Dedicated pen software for note taking (syncs with Evernote)
- Soft buttons on landscape and portrait modes (home, settings, back, and scrybe)
- Tons of apps
- GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Digital compass, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon CPU
- Speakers are hideous when you put the system on a table
- Cameras are not great (when compared to the BlackBerry PlayBook)
- $80 extra if you want the pen
- The body seems a bit way too smooth (slipping from hands will occur)
- Android 2.3 is not really a tablet OS (it's made for cell phones, but HTC adapted it to this tablet)
- One micro USB port (no HDMI)
You will be glad to know that the Flyer's pen input is very good. It's not going to replace your Wacom tablets for pressure sensitivity. What makes the system unique is that it can be a digital note taking device with many extras. Due to the software support and speedy system this system is way better than the Asus Eee Note EA-800 that I checked a while ago.
Since I have the HTC Flyer and the BlackBerry PlayBook I can make a few comparison videos. Both of these systems are 7 inch tablets, so they are in the same category. Hardware wise it's easy to compare, but software is another story