HTC Flyer Review and Gaming Performance

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June 7, 2014 | 0 comments
HTC Flyer Review and Gaming PerformanceAs you might know (or not), on this website, i never – ever – reviewed any tablet from HTC.

And that’s not so surprising for me given that this manufacturer is not really active in this market.

HTC usually makes smartphones mostly on Android and Windows Phone markets.

However, even though this specialized smartphone manufacturer is not really active in tablet-making business, interestingly, there are 2 Android tablets made by HTC that used to be available to get on the market in the past (but probably are harder to find right now).

And one of them is HTC Flyer.

HTC Flyer benchmarks and gaming performance

By judging at how this manufacturer makes smartphones – which mostly put focus and priority in the design sector -, then we can assume that HTC tablet will look so great and elegant just like other HTC smartphones – with that premium design and material that even the iPhone 5S cannot match (*cough* HTC One M8 *cough*).

And that’s actually true because HTC tablet – i’m talking about HTC Jetstream - not HTC Flyer -, which i’m about to show in the next review -, indeed looks really premium and elegant, especially compared to other rivals across the tablet market in 2011.

HTC Flyer, on the other hand, is not the one with the premium design and material. But even so, there are still some pretty good things to be liked on this tablet.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know with one of these 2 HTC tablets, then here you go, check out my personal review of HTC Flyer.

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Okay then, without further ado, here you go, my personal review of HTC Flyer.

Introduction

Around the tablet market, specifically in early 2012, It was really really rare to see such good quality tablets beside the iPad – which used to become the “definite choice” for tablet shoppers back then.

Samsung GALAXY tablets were still in early stage – with some laggy and lame performance -. The first-gen original Kindle Fire was still in the busy promotion on Amazon website.

And some other Android tablets were mostly not so great in delivering good and smooth experience to end-users, compared to the smooth and fast iPad.

HTC Flyer Review and Gaming PerformanceAnd it goes the same with HTC – the company known mostly for its smartphones. Despite having some impressive Android smartphones in its grasp, this Taiwan-based manufacturer apparently was not really great in the field of tablet-making business.

Its HTC Flyer was its first-ever-generation tablet aimed to gun the iPad – which used to be insanely popular around the market.

However, given that this tablet was the first-ever tablet made by HTC and probably the first experience of this company, then it’s really obvious that HTC Flyer will still have many downsides here and there, especially in terms of performance and experience.

However, the good thing found on this tablet is, despite being a 'new kid on the block', HTC Flyer interestingly still comes with some pretty good-grade hardware specs, especially compared to other rivals that also have similar equal specs.

Besides having some pretty impressive specs (in its time and its class), HTC Flyer also looks pretty solid as an Android tablet.

It has some unique design, solid-built material, and premium feel – especially on its rear-cover.

But the question is, compared to other competitors, does HTC Flyer have what it takes to be an iPad killer, especially in terms of performance?

Well, we’re about to find out more about that in this review.

Design

When it comes to design, there’s nothing to write home about on HTC Flyer.

It looks generic as any other regular Android tablets out there.

However, there is still something that we should appreciate on HTC when making this tablet. And that is its design characteristic.

I think HTC did a pretty good job in designing this tablet.

Even though there’s nothing special about its design, HTC Flyer still has its own characteristic, especially on the top and bottom specific bezels, plus on the different type of material finish on its rear-chassis.

HTC Flyer Review and Gaming Performance

HTC Flyer Review and Gaming Performance

This tablet may not win any tablet design award – nor beat iPad’s premium design. But still, for a tablet released in 2011, HTC Flyer still has its own identity compared to its rivals, especially its Android counterparts – which mostly look pretty similar one to another.

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  • Mini-SIM
  • Released May2011
  • Status Discontinued
  • Weight 420.8 g
  • 7.0 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, 600 x 1024 pixels 16M colors (~170 ppi pixel density)
  • 1.5 GHz Scorpion Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T Chipset
  • Adreno 205 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android OS 2.3.3 Gingerbread, upgradable to 3.2 Honeycomb
  • HTC Sense UI
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD memory card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 16/32 GB Internal storage
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • HSDPA 14.4 Mbps
  • HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • Accelerometer
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Java
  • Li-Po 4000 mAh battery (Non-removable)
As a 7-inch Android tablet released in early 2011, then it’s not surprising to see some low-grade quality specs under the hood of HTC Flyer.

It features a 7-inch display with humble 1024x600 pixels, a dual-core Snapdragon MSM8255t processor clocked at 1.5GHz per core, 1GB of RAM, Adreno 205 GPU, 5MP camera with autofocus, 16/32GB of internal storage with expandable microSD card slot for up to 32GB, a huge 4000mAh power battery ensuring 1440 hours of standby by time and many other standard features.

Not to mention, you’re also provided with 3G cellular connectivity through its mini-SIM card slot.

For today’s standards, then it’s pretty obvious that HTC Flyer will be positioned in lowest-end budget tablet market, alongside Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Lite, Acer Iconia B1-720 (although this Acer tablet has much better gaming performance than HTC Flyer) and any other cheap budget tablet with some low-grade specs.

Screen

HTC Flyer features a 7-inch display sporting the resolution of 1024x600 pixels.

This screen resolution may already be considered as low-resolution, especially in today’s standards.

However, given this tablet was released back then in 2011, then its low-resolution screen can still be tolerated.

Besides, even until today, there are still many cheap budget tablets still using this same low-resolution display, like Acer Iconia B1-720 (2014 edition), Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7' (and 7" Lite) and many other cheap budget tablets. So you’re not gonna be alone if you decide to get this HTC Flyer in the near future.

However, in the real world quality, 1024x600 pixel resolution on a 7-inch tablet will not look sharp and crisp as other 7-inch tablets with 720p resolution, but it’s still good for your reading and viewing experience.

But if you’re gonna use this tablet mostly to read books/magazines or browse the web, you will need to do a lot of pinch-to-zoom gestures if you just can’t read the text or see the images perfectly.

Besides, for a tablet with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon MSM8255T processor, this low-resolution on this tablet is actually a perfect match for that mediocre processor, making sure that this tablet could perform faster and smoother, and have much longer battery life all day.

User Interface and Features

Similar just like HTC Jetstream, HTC Flyer also shares the same looking UI through HTC Sense UI, with that traditional weather and HTC’s digital clock widget and many other standard Android features.

HTC Flyer comes with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread out of the box, but luckily it can be upgraded to Honeycomb through software updates.

But basically, the UI of this tablet will be similar to the UI of other HTC devices with HTC Sense UI, with the same icons, added features, visual presentations and many other similar things.

Performance

HTC Flyer is packing a humble dual-core Snapdragon MSM8255T, accompanied with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 205 GPU.

For today’s standards, then it’s obvious that this type of specs will be blown out of the water by many rivals across the market to date, like Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire 7 HDX, LG G Pad 8.3, HP Slate 7 Extreme, HP Slate 8 Pro and of course, the iPad mini with Retina Display.

However, it’s worth noting that this tablet is only equipped with a low-resolution display plus – it’s released back then in 2011 -, so the medium-grade specs under the hood of HTC Flyer are still acceptable and adequate for its class.

So for doing any basic daily tasks, mostly media-consumption tasks – like reading books/magazines, watching movies, browsing the web, checking out photos, using live wallpaper or even playing games -, HTC Flyer is more than capable to execute all of these tasks without any meaningful problem.

And thanks to its 1GB of RAM, this tablet allows you to open multiple apps or tasks at once without giving a huge impact to its overall performance.

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When it comes to gaming performance, HTC Flyer is probably pretty similar with other low-end budget tablets with low-grade specs.

So for playing most of the older games released in 2012 or before that year, then this tablet has no problem at all in executing these games in smooth performance and in full graphics.

There are many Android games that will work perfectly on this device – like PES 2012, N.O.V.A I, Asphalt 5 and 6, ShadowGun, Dead Trigger I, Modern Combat I, Need for Speed Undercover & SHIFT and other older-released games.

However, as for the latest graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2, GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 4 (and 5 of course – which is about to arrive in the near weeks), N.O.V.A 3 or Need for Speed Most Wanted, i don’t think these games can be played perfectly on this tablet, especially in full graphics.

Yes – some of them would run smoothly on HTC Flyer, but definitely not in full graphics.

I think the gaming performance of this tablet will be surpassed by its Android counterpart, the same cheap low-end budget tablet – Acer Iconia B1-720 (with Mali 400 GPU), which i’ve already seen this tablet perform great in playing Asphalt 8: Airborne even in high graphics.

And that’s not so surprising given that other Mali-400-powered tablets – like Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inches and Archos Gamepad 2 – are also proved to be great in gaming performance.

If you want to know more about the gaming performance of HTC Flyer, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out our YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

It’s great to see that HTC Flyer is packing 4000mAh power battery, which is still considered as huge even for today’s standards.

And given that this tablet only features a low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, plus some less-power-hungry hardware, then it probably could help a lot in giving an all-day battery life to the users.

So even if you’re type of power users and would like to play with this tablet in heavy intense usage without resting the screen at all – like for watching movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then you can expect to see HTC Flyer last around 5 to 7 hours of battery life, which is good enough for a 7-inch tablet.

And you’ll definitely get a lot more of battery life if you only use this tablet only for doing some simple basic tasks with combined screen on and off time.

My Personal Opinions

So my final conclusion about this tablet is, even though HTC Flyer has some pretty good quality specs under its hood, i still don’t think this tablet is good enough in its class, especially for today’s standards, where many of its Android counterparts already adopt more powerful processor, bigger RAM, higher-resolution display and bigger battery capacity.

However, even if you’re still interested in getting this tablet, you probably will find a lot of trouble finding it around the tablet stores near your town because HTC itself already stop producing this tablet to the market.

The good news is, there are still many other choices that are just way better than HTC Flyer, like HP Slate 7 Extreme, HP Slate 7 Plus, Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire 7 HDX, LG G Pad 8.3, Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro 8.4 or iPad mini with Retina Display.

Not to mention, if you’re in the search for a 7-inch affordable tablet but with super-power hardware, you can still aim your target to the brand new Xiaomi Mi Pad tablet – the Chinese company led by ex-Google Hugo Barra -, which is packing some monster specs like Tegra K1, 192-core Keppler GPU, 2GB of RAM, full HD 1920x1200 pixel display and many other goodies.

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