HTC Flyer

HTC Flyer Unboxing & First Impressions [Video]

HTC Flyer Unboxing & First Impressions [Video]

Android tablets aren't exactly in short supply these days. As well as the current big-name Honeycomb slates, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM and ASUS Eee Pad Transformer there's no shortage of low-cost alternatives and no-brand upstarts. Into the fray wades the HTC Flyer, fresh to store shelves today and managing to differentiate itself by virtue of its Sense interface, 7-inch form-factor and - perhaps most importantly - digital stylus.

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HTC offered Sense-free Honeycomb Flyer for Google I/O giveaway?

HTC offered Sense-free Honeycomb Flyer for Google I/O giveaway?

Samsung's 5,000 strong Galaxy Tab 10.1 Limited Edition giveaway at Google I/O this week won them a few fans, but behind the scenes it seems there was plenty of controversy over who would get to give out freebies to the attending developers. Inside word among developers, Android coder Al Sutton tells us, is that HTC wanted to give every attendee an HTC Flyer as well as an unspecified smartphone from its range; however, Google decided to go with Samsung instead.

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HTC Flyer: Latest victim of tablet sabotage

HTC Flyer: Latest victim of tablet sabotage

Perhaps it's Friday paranoia talking, but it does seem like the US carriers (and retailers, for that matter) want to kill the chances of every tablet other than the iPad. News that the "Scribe" active stylus for the HTC Flyer will be an $80 accessory for the WiFi-only version Best Buy will sell (and, presumably, the HTC EVO View 4G headed to Sprint) has whipped the rug out from under the tablet's stubby Android feet, making it either a very expensive - $580 for WiFi tablet and pen - proposition or merely a 7-inch slate not even running Honeycomb.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – April 24, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – April 24, 2011

This week's tech news roundup highlights the Apple and Samsung legal battle, our Samsung Galaxy SII extreme unboxing, cloud computing problems for both Amazon and the PlayStation Network, Apple's Q2 earnings, the white iPhone 4, the iPhone 5, and details on various smartphones and tablets including the BlackBerry Playbook, G-Slate, G2x, HTC Flyer, and the Acer Iconia Tab.

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HTC Flyer up for SIM-free UK pre-order

HTC Flyer up for SIM-free UK pre-order

The HTC Flyer has gone up for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse, with the retailer announcing that the 7-inch slate will be available - contract free and SIM-unlocked - for £599.99 ($980). Currently listed as in-stock, the Flyer has a 5-megapixel main camera, HTC Scribe digital stylus for notetaking and annotation, and will be the first device from the company with support for HTC Watch, the company's new media streaming app.

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