Continued from Part 1
Many have faulted the HTC Flyer for only having a single-core processor rather than a dual-core processor that is more common for Android-running devices these days. However, the HTC Flyer is speedy at 1.5 GHz and doesn’t have the same problems with compatibility that the Motorola Xoom has with its dual-core processor.
The problem with the single-core processor kicks in when you are running many tasks at once. The processor also doesn’t match well with handwritten notes (I’ll get to more of that later). I didn’t test any benchmarks, but can safely say that the HTC Flyer is faster than the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but slower that the Motorola Xoom and a lot slower than the iPad 2.
Despite only having a single-core processor, the HTC Flyer makes a great multimedia tablet. The included music software is good (although I would highly suggest upgrading to MixZing). The speakers, however, sound very tinny and you don’t really get the stereo effect. You would be better off using headphones. The videos playback is also very good.
Don’t expect to use the HTC Flyer to take high-quality pictures and videos. It takes smartphone quality photos, which are okay for situations where you don’t have a still camera with you. The video looks pretty decent in the daytime, but not so much with any type of darkness.
If you are planning to use the HTC Flyer to take handwritten notes and hoping it works as well as taking notes on the iPad or a Windows 7 tablet with a digitizer, run as fast away from this thing as you can! The note taking capabilities are very poor.
In the “Notes” application, you can write with a pen, pencil or marker and choose colors. Writing with the pen feels weird—the strokes create a bunch of dots that blend together in something called a “letter.” Both the pencil and marker tools work much better, except using the marker will give you blurry ink.
If you hold the HTC Flyer in landscape mode and try to write, chances are a keyboard will pop up before you take your notes. This is annoying. If you try to scroll through your handwritten notes that are more than two pages, bring a snack or have a movie ready. It is a very slow process!
It is important to note that the stylus costs $80 extra (at least on the Wi-Fi version they are selling at Best Buy). You would probably be less frustrated if you bought a pad of paper and a real pen.
Part 3 coming soon