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HTC Flyer Review

HTC FlyerHTC have stuck to the older version of Android, rather than using Honeycomb which is designed for large screen devices. This has given HTC time to customise the interface in an intelligent way, much like the HTC Sensation, the Flyer boasts the Sense version 3.0 user interface, which offers some improvements over Android the Flyer's user interface looks good when compared to the Honeycomb interface. The Flyer also features a number tablet-specific changes too, to take advantage of the bigger screen and also features HTC's new video store where you can rent or buy films for screening on your tablet and other HTC devices along with an ebook store.

Despite essentially running an operating system that was built for smartphones, the Flyer definitely does not feel like an oversized mobile when you're using it and the Flyer doesn't lack many other features to be found on Honeycomb tablets. The Flyer browser renders Web pages quickly and accurately and supports Flash Player too so you don't have to rely on a separate YouTube application. The stand out feature on the Flyer is the unique stylus. It may seem retro but it's actually very useful, for jotting down notes, highlighting text in ebooks and a whole host of other useful features. The stylus works a treat, accurate, responsive and intuitive.

The Flyer has all the traditional technology you would find in a smartphone, such as Wi-Fi and HSPA+, voice over IP calls on Skype, video calls with a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel camera on the back for using the Flyer as a giant digital camera! Physical connectivity isn't great but it's better than the new iPad with a single micro-USB port on the bottom plus a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack, but no HDMI port unlike the Motorola Xoom.

The Flyer is powered by a 1.5GHz single-core processor which although fast enough in operation, it can't quite match the dual-core or quad core chips in other tablets such as the Motorola Xoom or the new iPad. Overall, the Flyer's speed is good and never really feels lacking, but it's not spectacular when compared to high power rivals.

The HTC hasn't managed to pack much battery life into the Flyer. So, unlike the iPad 2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab, which can both last for a day or more easily, the Flyer begins to run down in less than one day and starts displaying low battery warnings. But at least the Flyer can charge over a normal micro-USB cable, unlike the Xoom, which needs a bulky power adaptor.

Battey life aside, the HTC Flyer's is a sleek and highly portable tablet, with a great user interface and a useful stylus allowing you to take notes anywhere in the user interface.

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