HTC Flyer review: conclusion

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In the five days I have been using the HTC Flyer, I have spent more time with it than most smartphones I have reviewed over the past year. This wasn’t deliberate at all, but I found myself wanting to use it. Whether it was to have a quick browse, send some emails or anything else, I just wanted to pick the Flyer up and play with it.

I hadn’t experienced this with a tablet before, but I was dragged back to it time and time again. Note-taking in particular became the uppermost use for me and I have already collected a substantial set of notes which have been automatically synchronised to Evernote. That may not sound brilliant when the price of the tablet is considered, but as I have said a few times this week the solution works better than any other I have tried.

HTC smartphones tend to follow the crowd and add some features that are slightly different to others, but in the case the Flyer is different in many ways to the ever growing raft of tablets entering the market. The Magic Pen is the stand-out feature, but that should not detract from the build quality, the speed and the form factor which all come together to make my favourite tablet so far.

I don’t know why it is my favourite, but I believe it to be a combination of many factors and the smaller inclusions that make it different to the rest. The pen input, surround sound, size and build and almost everything else about the Flyer make it a hugely likeable product and one which enables me to accept the lower than average battery life and non-tablet OS.

You cannot judge a product by specific features and how they all perform. The final view has to be derived from the experience of using it and the Flyer feels right in so many ways to me. Just maybe it has made me realise that a tablet does have a place in my life after all.