Unboxing The HTC Flyer, Best Buy Edition, And Why It Could Be The Best Tablet to Date

Posted on May 21 2011 - 3:19am by Kyle

Here’s a quick unboxing video of the forthcoming HTC Flyer, Best Buy edition. This 7″ tablet is feature rich and if marketed correctly by HTC and Best Buy, could be the tablet of the year.  Earlier this week we reported that the CEO’s of both Motorola Mobility and Nvidia, weren’t happy with the number of Honeycomb tablets selling.

Both companies, as well as many analysts have said that Honeycomb’s lack of apps is the major downfall to the sprinkling of Honeycomb infused tablets available now. The HTC Flyer doesn’t run on Android 3.1 Honeycomb it actually uses Android 2.3, Gingerbread, underneath a newly created HTC Sense UI for tablets.

More after the break

While the lower Android version may be a drawback for some, the major benefit, like that of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0″ version, is the fact that there are over 230,000 apps in the Android market that will work on the HTC Flyer.

Of course that’s not the only reason to consider the HTC Flyer.  The 7″ form factor means that it can easily fit in a jacket or pants pocket. It interacts with the HTC Pen (sold separately) for taking notes, doodling, marking up web pages and documents and more.  It has a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for video conferencing.

The new version of Sense is actually incredible. When turned in landscape mode the HTC Sense UI comes alive almost appearing as 3D.  It also continuously scrolls instead of stopping like it did in previous versions.

Check out the video for yourself:

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  • http://twitter.com/palfrei Peter Palfrei

    It may very well be my tablet. I’ll have to wait.

  • Onlive

    Does it have “Onlive” installed? Is it playable?

  • http://aliwaqas.info Mark Edward

     See if this gets rooted with gingerbreak, will u? =P xD 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=792144454 Tyler Jacobs

     A pen….game changer

  • http://twitter.com/TheTechChat TheTechChat

    I’m a bit confused: the vast majority of those 230,000 Android apps will run on Honeycomb tablets as well, and just as well as on the Flyer. Indeed, what holds some of those apps back from running well on Honeycomb tablets isn’t Honeycomb but rather screen resolution, a “weakness” that the Flyer shares.

    Really, what differentiates the Flyer from the Honeycomb tablets is that the latter can run Honeycomb tablet-optimized apps, while the Flyer can’t.