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8. HTC Flyer

Half of the tablets on this list are powered by Android and HTC is one of the powerhouses of the Android ecosystem. Unlike rivals Motorola, Samsung, and LG, who all unveiled high-end tablets at CES 2011, HTC was remarkably silent on the tablet question in Vegas. However, the company officially announced its first tablet a month later at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It is the HTC Flyer and it's a 7-incher with 1.5 GHz CPU, 1.0 GB RAM, 32GB of Flash storage, an attractive unibody design, and a special version of the HTC Sense UI designed for tablets. Unlike most of the other Android tablets, the Flyer also includes digital ink technology and a stylus. However, the Flyer will not run Android 3.0. Instead, it will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Given the problems with Honeycomb and HTC's strong track record with its Sense UI, this could be a very usable little tablet.

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2 comments
christer.carlsson
christer.carlsson

I feel that if the tablet will really boom into the enterprise it has to offer more than the Smartphones do. As I see it iPad 2 is more or less an upsized iPhone and that is not enough. I guess without having the possibility to see for myself that the others are very similar in that part. I need a product that can replace my PC/Laptop for most parts except powerediting. I need a tool that can be used for presentations, for textediting and spreadsheets and that can be easily transfered to my server. And sorry to say, it has to be able to edit or att least read office-documents. I need a product that does not store logins by default and that really clears out all the cashed information from my surfing when I close the browser. If I had that, I would buy one.

ScarF
ScarF

I was looking forward for the color eInk technology and Pixel Qi's is a promising one. I'm not very keen about an Indian startup though. I also hope to see some devices with Qualcomm's Mirasol technology and/or Philips's Liquavista electrowetting technology - now purchased by Samsung. It is my believe that the future will belong to the non-LCD (ePaper) screens with 5x-10x longer battery life.