WHAT WE LIKED: The aluminium unibody Flyer is extremely well built and feels compact and good to hold. The prime USP of the Flyer is its pressure sensitive Magic Pen stylus. This digital pen lets you annotate, highlight, draw (and erase) in digital ink—but only in apps that support it. And right now, it seems that its just the default (and excellent) Notes app and a drawing app called Scribbles. Notes is built to sync with Evernote. The pen is works very well with no evidence of lag. Unfortunately, there’s no handwriting recognition in there yet. HTC is encouraging developers to build pen apps with the Tablet Pen API in its Opensense SDK but there doesn’t seem to be too many takers. Skinned with HTC Sense 2.1 atop (a non-tablet version of) Android, the Flyer supports Adobe Flash and HTML5. The screen is bright and vibrant with good viewing angles. Web browsing is smooth. Speakers enhance the video.
WHAT WE DIDN’T: While the tablet itself looks elegant, its soft pouch makes it look a tad feminine. But the biggest shocker with the Flyer is its price. And that when it still uses the ageing Android 2.3.3 OS and, in a largely dual-core processing world, continues to be powered by a single-core 1.5GHZ chip. This means you won’t be able to run some emerging Android apps like Google Body on it. Sadly there’s no slot for the Magic Pen within the tablet. You must park it outside its case. Audio quality is sub-par. Battery life at approximately 7 hours can’t compare with the 10 hours the competition offers. Verdict: While it scores the top slot among the smaller tabs that we looked at, value for money is certainly not something that the Flyer can boast about. So if you have a penchant for smaller, 7-inch form factor, can find good use for the stylus whether drawing or note-taking— and of course a big wad of spare cash—go for this.