The HTC Flyer – A Truly Productive Tablet
I have to admit, when I first heard about the iPad and how it was considered to be the next BIG thing, I was among those who bagged on it and thought that it was a total gimmick. I figured it was more of a novelty…you didn’t really NEED it because many of the things that one would do on it could easily be done on an existing laptop, but then apps came along. Now, iPads can be used as several different things from DJ turntables, to digital notebooks…which leads me to the main point of this article. Since the iPad’s successful adoption, we’ve seen a plethora of tablets saturate the market. Despite all this, I still could not justify the need for a tablet, until now. The HTC Flyer tablet, which will be available at Best Buy stores this Sunday, May 22, may be the only tablet out there that has a TRUE productivity feature. Read on to see what makes this tablet so special.
The most important thing that the HTC Flyer has going for it is its so called “Scribe” technology. Basically, by using a stylus made specifically for the Flyer (at this point, we still do not know whether or not the stylus will come with the tablet or if you’ll have to buy it separately), you’ll be able to jot down notes and doodles JUST like you would with a pen and paper. Noticed how I emphasized “JUST?” The ability to jot down notes or whatever using a stylus on a tablet is not a new feature. There are plenty of capacitive styli out there that allow you to do so on any capacitive display such as those found on the iPad, Xoom, and many of today’s high-end tablets. However, the difference is in the accuracy of these styli. Using a regular ole’ capacitive stylus on an iPad or Galaxy Tab is fine when just doodling or taking general, less detailed notes. But when you need to jot down things like structures of chemical compounds, many of those styli are not fine nor accurate enough to take any good notes. This is where the Flyer differentiates itself. The tablet along with its specifically designed stylus make taking notes and drawing much better by being a lot more accurate than regular styli on a capacitive display.
In my opinion, this one feature alone puts the Flyer ahead of other tablets, which I still believe are purely for entertainment purposes. Sure, the HTC Flyer is running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) instead of Google’s tablet-based version of Android (3.0, Honeycomb) and it only has a single-core 1.5 GHz processor, but again, I think the productivity capabilities of this tablet makes it a lot more useful than any of the dual-core Honeycomb tablets, or even the iPad for that matter. I’m sure many people can put the Flyer to good and practical use (high school/college students, business people, artists, etc.) This feature is something that can justify buying/using a tablet over your laptop.
Posted on May 20, 2011, in Devices, Thoughts and tagged Android, artist, doodle, draw, evernote, flyer, gingerbread, HTC, htc sense, note, productive, productivity, scribe, scribe technology, sense, stylus, tablet, take notes. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.