HTC Flyer Takes On Apple’s iPad: The Start Of Something Big?

One of the biggest electronic shows to come out of this year the Mobile World Congress, has been housing some of the biggest developer names as well as their fantastic devices for launch this year. Today is a big day for the guys at HTC, we have heard about smartphones such as the ChaCha and Salsa including the new Facebook button, the Incredible S, Wildfire S and Desire S all being pulled out of the bag. But their new Android tablet, the Flyer, which is a device we addressed just a few weeks back, is causing a big stir.

With official specifications to go on now and a release date, we have decided to compare it to none other than the iPad. Ok, so there are other tablets on the way such as the Galaxy Tab, the Xoom, LG Optimus Pad and so on, but its Apple’s tablet that most of you are no doubt more familiar with. By comparing the 2 devices, we have had to put them side by side and look at everything from sizing, display, imaging, what processors they are running on and so on.

Firstly, we have to say that it all really comes down to personal preference and how much you want to spend, and we do have to take into consideration that the new iPad 2 will be with us at some point. Whilst on the subject of cost, the iPad is cheaper costing a Wi-Fi: £429/£499/£599, 3G: £529/£599/£699 although prices may drop on the arrival of the next gen. The HTC Flyer although officially announced does not come with a price at the moment.

The sizing of the 7-inch Flyer is considerably smaller than Apple’s 9-7 inch offering. As well as being thinner, it weighs in at 415g compared to the iPad being 680g for the WiFi version and 730g for the 3G, and on looking at this, its easy to see that the Flyer will be more portable to carry around. Pocketlint looked at what both devices offer in relation to screen display and size, and with the HTC Flyer incorporating a 16:9 ratio, in terms of viewing videos, the Flyer wins hands down.

Regarding the processor and what both tablets can achieve, yet again its obvious to see that Apple seems to be on the back burner. Although the HTC includes a single core Qualcomm 1.5GHz processor and the Apple a Cortex A8 1GHz, the Flyer is considerably faster in running speed. As Pocketlint stated, Apple’s RAM lags behind with a quarter of the Flyer’s memory. Moving nicely onto this, although the Flyer includes a 32GB and microSD card, and the iPad a variation of either 16, 32 or 64GB flash, both devices actually carry the same amount of maximum storage. Depending on how much you will use your tablet(s) during the day, and whether you are going on a long journey, battery life and how many hours of video playback you will get to use, are a big deal. The Flyer provides just 4 hours playback whilst the iPad 10 hours.

If when thinking about your next purchase, a camera and video recording is a must-have, then the Apple iPad is not for you. Unfortunately it lacks both, although we are hoping that this may be an inclusion on the next generation. The Flyer will give you a 5 megapixel rear, 1.3MP webcam for accessibility to Skype and VoIP calls, 720p video recording, WiFi and an updated Bluetooth 3.0, whilst the Apple relies on its respectable Bluetooth 2.1.

From HTC’s announcement of today, we have to say we’re a little surprised and disappointed at the same time with the device running on Android 2.4 Gingerbread and HTC Sense. The company are hoping to update the software as soon as it humanly possible to Honeycomb 3.0, but it begs the question whether you prefer Android or the iPad running on iOS?

What’s your preference? In terms of cost, will you be prepared to pay more for the Flyer?

  • ennan

    Look nice. The pressure sensitive stylus interests me. I also love sense. Will be watching this one closely. Hope the price is not too high though.

  • andy taylor

    When will HTC flyer be out

    • Joe

      about march 2011