The HTC Flyer – A Truly Productive Tablet

HTC Flyer tablet and stylus. Source: HTC

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 Flyer has many options and features to draw and take notes. Source: HTC

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.

The Flyer has a classic HTC unibody construction. Source: HTC

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.

Click HERE for a video that highlights the main features of the HTC Flyer and HERE for a list of specifications.


Posted on May 20, 2011, in Devices, Thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Nice write up. The main reason I got the Flyer is because of the size and the Scribe technology. I had the Galaxy Tab and loved the size. I write a lot of notes and I was hoping someone would come out with a thin tip stylus that would work on the iPad for note taking, but it seems only the big tip ones work which don’t provide for the best notetaking experience.

    Although I disagree with the price, the Flyer provides me with a key feature I wanted in a tablet, allowing me to take notes more like a pen and paper. And I believe it has the ability to highlight on PDFs too which helpful.

  2. I agree. But what sucks about the styles is that you can ONLY use it with the built-in Notes apps, and nothing else. You can not use it to click on icons, navigate around the OS, and etc. I think this is a big oversight on HTC’s part.

    Good analysis on HTC Flyer.

  3. Good review, stylus has potential but i worry that I’ll misplace the scribe pen.

    I was upset there is no handwriting recognition, no way to use the stylus to input instead of on screen keyboard. You have to switch from thumb typing to the stylus.

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