Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -



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.

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