• Perhaps HTC should have waited until it could ship the Flyer with Honeycomb on it from day one, as it would have enhanced the standard apps considerably and allowed users to run apps designed purely for the next-generation OS.

    As it stands, the Flyer is an improvement over Samsung’s original Galaxy Tab, but not by much. It still feels like a smartphone with a bigger screen. However, the HTC enhancements will prove popular with existing HTC owners who want to stay loyal to the brand when entering into the tablet market.

    However, I do feel a duty to point out that if you can make do with a similar sized tablet running the slightly older, but still very capable, Android 2.2, the outgoing Samsung can be picked up at some excellent knock-down prices on the net. The Flyer starts at £480 for the Wi-Fi only version and rises to £600 for a 32GB model with 3G (prices taken from Expansys). Either that, or wait until HTC releases its second generation tablet.

    Verdict

    With many new tablets opting for a 10-inch screen with an increased footprint, the HTC looks like a breath of fresh air and the digital pen gives it an edge. However, it doesn’t come with the designed-for-tablet version of Android, nor a dual-core processor. Performance is actually very good, but Android 2.3 wasn’t made for big screens.

    Ratings (out of 5)

    Performance: 4

    Features: 3

    Usability: 4

    OVERALL: 3 

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