HTC was quietly and brilliantly playing in the Android developer’s sandbox today at Google IO 2011. When we stopped by their booth we got a chance to have some hands on time with the HTC Flyer tablet (not to be confused with the HTC Evo View 4G on Sprint).
When we were at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year we saw the HTC Flyer get released, however they weren’t allowing us hands on time. Now that the Flyer has officially been announced, and is available at Best Buy on Pre-Order, touching it was no problem.
More, including video after the break
The HTC Flyer features a new version of HTC’s Sense UI. HTC engineers rebuilt HTC Sense specifically for tablets from the ground up. One of the things we like most about the tablet version of sense is that it scrolls through your home screens continuously instead of from left to right.
One of the other great features about the 7″ tablet is the HTC digital pen. The digital pen is an $80 accessory however HTC has added a number of great digitized features to the HTC Flyer that interact with the pen. In our video we show you the pen in the doodle app.
The doodle app is digitized and won’t work in a capacitive touch capacity. In other words, you can’t just doodle with your finger. The doodle app, which can be found under notes, has a lot of edit features including color changes, font changes, erase, and more. You can doodle notes, and pictures with the digital pen or you can use the on-screen keyboard to type notes.
The HTC Flyer also has a cool voice record note app which ties your voice recordings into the notes you were taking to make referencing a lot easier.
HTC ha also digitized other apps including the ability to share websites and web content by simply circling it with the digital pen and then tapping on the screen to mail a link to info, which is great for on the go.
If you’re interested in the HTC Flyer it has a $500 price tag and the pen is an additional $80. Capacitive styli will work on some screens on the HTC Flyer but not in place of the digital pen.