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Another day, another tablet. Welcome, HTC ‘flyer’!

February 15th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

HTC the latest company to enter the tablet wars!

Ok guys, at this point, it just feels like “UGH! yet ANOTHER tablet!?”. Well, thats exactly what we have here, a new tablet by HTC! Right from the get-go, I don’t like this tablet. Why? Well, they claim it’ll have a single core 1.5ghz processor for starters. I’m a big believer in dual cores are superior to one super clocked core. They also say it has a 7 inch screen, as well as a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. They also mention a 4000mah battery capable of 4 hours of continuous video, while I am pretty sure the iPad gets 10…soooo yeah. Round that out with an Android 2.4 (yes, it says 2.4) Gingerbread OS with HTC Sense layered on top, which most people agree that Honeycomb should be powering anything over 5 inches (“tablets”) and it doesn’t exactly instill confidence.

Notice how I didn’t say this product would fail though, simply that I didn’t like it. I don’t like it because it doesn’t seem to be a high end product, its more like a mid-upper range. Nonetheless, HTC’s strategy may be price on this one, judging from its somewhat unusual choices in hardware, such as the slightly lacking megapixel cameras and single core processor. I also think most people want a 10 inch screen on their tablet, and 7 is sorta an in-between that nobody really seems to want anymore. However, again that 7 inch screen may reduce component costs, lowering the ultimate bottom line? We’ll find out eventually, I suppose.

HTC do have one unique feature with this tablet too, and seem to have a marketing strategy. Upon visiting their website, the tablet seems to be pushed heavily as a ‘serious gaming’ device. I did find that support for external gaming controllers and support for online gaming was pretty neat, but then I get back to the 7 inch screen and think this product has an identity crisis if it is 7 inches, expects me to have a wireless gaming controller, and is supposed to be a tablet. As mentioned, HTC do have one curious feature with this tablet, and that is their ‘magic’ pressure sensitive stylus. I don’t really think it’ll be a big deal in the long run though…but I am curious to try it out sometime.

And finally, is it just me, or does everyone agree with me that Android 2.4 is a typo? Either way, HTC appear to be claiming that even though it is not the tablet optimized ‘Honeycomb’ under the hood, that they have developed the layer of Sense to be very tablet friendly, so the version of Android should not effect the experience. We’ll see about that, too.

For complete official specs, click here!

For some hands on video demonstrations, click here!