The Flyer will eventually get an update to Honeycomb, but not until
HTC has taken the time to wrap it up in its Sense user interface.
It sounds like madness -- how can we crave a tablet that's still
rocking a phone version of the Android OS? But despite a heavy dose of
scepticism, seeing the Flyer in person shows there are definitely
advantages to HTC's old-school approach.
HTC's glossy, bright widgets look more welcoming and usable than
Honeycomb's blue wireframes on a black background. On the other hand,
using the Flyer feels more like handling a giant phone, while
Honeycomb's 3D interface gives us the impression of standing in a big
We'll be reviewing the Flyer and the various Honeycomb tablets with
an open mind in our full reviews. But just to convince you that the
Flyer has a shot at taking on its honey-covered competition, we've put
together an exhaustive, yet exhilarating, walkthrough of the tablet's
user interface. Click the photo gallery above to get started.
The Flyer comes with a stylus, that works along with your fleshy fingers, on the capacitive touchscreen. A button on the front of the tablet turns stylus mode on and off, because the screen can be over-sensitive when it's on.