HTC Flyer Review

When I first heard off the HTC Flyer (also know as the HTC View 4G on Sprint) in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress I wasn’t really sure what to think about the product. HTC didn’t allow the press to handle it and the device’s specification left me puzzled about it competitiveness compared to all the more powerful Android Honeycomb tablets all over the show floor.

With Honeycomb tablets being all the rage this year it was definitely surprising to see HTC launching a relatively small Gingerbread tablet powered by a single core CPU with the main differentiator being its n6trig active digitizer and Stylus. I admit, the Flyer didn’t look good on paper. I quickly dismissed this as a dead on Arrival product that only saw the light of the day because HTC was willing to use nVidia’s Tegra 2 SoC and decided to stick with Qualcomm which ultimately resulted in the company only being able to use Gingerbread instead of honeycomb (Android 3.X is only now being made “compatible” with SoC’s other than the Tegra 2).

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HTC Flyer Camera samples

The HTC Flyer has unfortunately one major hardware flaw: it’s totally crappy 5Mp camera on the back. I’ve been using the Flyer for nearly a week now and I simply can’t snap a good look picture or shoot a viewable video with the device. At first I thought that my review sample had a busted lens or sensor but unfortunately that’s not the case; the main camera is just crap. Pictures are muddy with no detail , same for the videos.

The most ridiculous part of all of this is that the front facing 1.3Mp camera seems to have a better lens and shoot better quality videos (but a a slightly lower framerate) and has better color reproduction. Check out the samples after the break:

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HTC Flyer hardware tour Video

I’ve just uploaded a hardware tour video of the HTC Flyer Android tablet showing you how the device physically looks like and the build quality (full specs here). The unibody aluminum chassis is reminiscent of the iPad but the Flyer is a lot smaller because of its 7″ screen. HTC really did a good job here in terms of build quality and I was pleasantly surprised by the screens viewing angles. The device, unlike all other Android tablets on the market has an active digitizer allow the use of a stylus thanks to the N-Trig G 3.5 chipset. The only major flaw is the proprietary micro-usb connector. Yes, HTC did it again but this time it’s even worst than before because you just can’t plug-in a regular micro-usb at all unlike past HTC devices where a normal mini-usb could still be used on the HTC ExtUSB connectors The connector is apparently HTC’s new proprietary ExtMicroUSB connector and it actually works with regular micro-usb cables. Oddly enough my old HTC HD2 cable wasn’t fitting but my Samsung ones correctly pug into it. Check out the 7 minutes long video after the break:

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HTC Flyer first impressions

HTC was kind enough to send me an HTC Flyer tablet today so I can try it out and give you all my impression about it given that I didn’t have a chance to go hands on with it during MWC11 in February.Most of the website content is about Windows Phone and Microsoft products but the one thing I hate the most is blogs/fansites who critique other products without even having any hands on user experience with devices. That’s why you see me post news and reviews of major Android devices and other Google related stuff every once in a while.

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Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Gingerbread Android 2.3 roll out starting this month

Following last month’s false start Samsung is now officially announcing that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread roll out for the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab is going to debut this month in the UK and other Nordic countries then quickly followed by other European countries. Samsung isn’t well known for painless updates but one can admit that at the very least the company isn’t forgetting it’s millions of Android users.

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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread roll out suspended by Google

Why is this not surprising ? Well, because something similar happened with the Galaxy S Android 2.2 Froyo roll out last year. Google has apparently suspended the Gingerbread roll out for the Galaxy S that started last week-end because of problems with the ROM and I personally hope the Samsung changes a couple of things in there before pushing it out again.

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Official Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update starts rolling out

Samsung has started to gradually roll-out the official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy S this past weekend via the Kies desktop software. So far only European users are being notified to update when plugin-in their phones but nothing’s stopping you from doing it manually by downloading the full package to your PC and flashing it via ODIN. This new XWJVB version seems to be really similar to the leaked XWJVK (they do have the same basedband).

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Official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Samsung Galaxy S ROM leaked ?

What appears to be the official Gingerbread Android 2.3.3 ROM I9000XXJVK for the Samsung Galaxy S line of phones has just leaked today. Samsung is supposedly going to officially push it through it’s KIES software in the coming days but if you don’t want to wait until then just head over here and grab the file to flash your device. Do this at your own risk and don’t forget to back-up your device.

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Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread finally pushed out to the Google Nexus One: wait or download it now

This definitely took a while but Google has finally started to push the OTA Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update to the venerable Nexus One. The roll out is probably going to take a little while so don’t be surprised if your handset hasn’t been notified yet. If you can’t wait to get it then just hit the link after the break to download and follow the instruction below to install it:

- Download the .zip file

- Rename it to update.zip

- copy it to the Root of your micro-sd card

-Boot your device in recovery mode by holding the the trackball and pressing once on the power button

- Select Bootloader and then select Recovery

- Let the device reboot (it will display an exclamation point) and then press the volume up and power button at the same time

- finally select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” with the trackball.

-Voila

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Google tweaks the Nexus S Super AMOLED screen with a firmware update. Will Microsoft do this for the Omnia 7 and Focus?

Google has recently tweaked the Nexus S Super AMOLED’s color temperature to be more natural via its Android 2.3.3 OTA firmware update:

“With your new OTA complete, you may notice a slight difference in the way colors are displayed on your Nexus S. For Nexus S, we have adjusted the color temperature settings to more accurately reflect darker colors at all brightness levels. The Gingerbread UI being darker, we found that the colors were not as accurate when the device was being used at lower brightness levels. For example, some users reported that the initial color temperature was too high leading to some darker greys having a reddish tone; with the new color temperature this is no longer the case.”

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