With a range of tablets due for release this year (and with many already available), you would be forgiven for deliberating over which one to pick if you are planning to make a purchase.
Clove will be stocking the latest and greatest tablets as and when they are available, so we’ll do our best to compare the different models, point you in the direction of expert reviews and let you know what we think about the different tablets in order to help you make the right choice. Today we’ll be going over some of the details of the HTC Flyer – the debut tablet from the Taiwanese smartphone giant.
Of course, you can always compare tablets yourself using our handy device comparison tool over on the Clove website.
Before we look at the Flyer, here’s a list of the headline tablets that are already available, as well as a list of those that are due to arrive through the year:
Quite a range to choose from ey!
So let’s have a look at the good and bad of the HTC Flyer:
There’s been a lot of excitement over the recently launched Android 3.0 Honeycomb – the version of the Google OS that has been designed specifically for tablets. However, the Flyer will not run Honeycomb as it is designed for tablets with larger displays, e.g the Motorola XOOM. The Flyer will instead run Android 2.4, which is essentially the Honeycomb operating system that will be used for smartphones. So, essentially the Flyer is likely to be a tablet running the smartphone rendition of the Honeycomb OS – slightly confusing? Don’t worry, this won’t make a much difference to the overall performance or feature-set of the Flyer.
With a 1.5GHZ processor, the Flyer isn’t quite as highly spec’d as the likes of the Motorola XOOM or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which will both feature a 1GHZ dual-core processor, but it still packs a powerful punch. It’s thought that Android 2.4 will allow single core devices such as the Flyer to run applications that are designed for dual-core processors – so you won’t be missing out on games for not having a faster processor. At 1.5 GHz, the Flyer will have enough oomph to offer smooth navigation and the rest.
With a 7-inch screen, the Flyer is comparable in size to the Samsung Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry PlayBook. While a 10-inch screen is the benchmark that has been set by the iPad, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to have a screen that’s on the smaller side. For a start, it makes the device much more portable – you can still fit it in your pocket or carry it fairly easily. A smaller tablet also feels better in the hand for some of the games out there, particularly those that make use of an accelerometer. It’s much easier to tilt a 7-inch screen than a 10-inch, although for other games you may want as much screen as possible – an accurate shot in Angry Birds is more likely on a larger display Here at Clove we can’t wait to load the N64 emulator on the Flyer once it’s available, a smartphone screen is a bit on the small side so the Flyer should be perfect.
Magic Pen Stylus:
Only good things can be said about the ‘Magic Pen’ stylus that the Flyer will offer. It differentiates the HTC tablet from the competition by letting you write on the screen and draw or retouch images. For some, it may seem like an unnecessary feature, but if that’s the case then you simply won’t purchase one. It just adds an extra bit of fun to the tablet experience and is likely to be enjoyed in particular by the kids!
Other features to look out for:
Front-facing camera for video calls – a nice feature to have, although you’ll probably need a Wi-Fi connection to make use of it.
Aluminium unibody housing – a great design that gives the Flyer a solid build and nice looking finish.
32GB Internal Storage – Plus the option to increase storage to 64GB via the MicroSD slot. Plenty of space for music, video and photos.
Software – Sync notes using Evernote, HTC Watch – the new movie service from HTC, OnLive – the new games service from HTC.