The HTC Flyer is a great little tablet but like many other great products, such as the Nexus S or the Desire S, it is too expensive, especially when you have a rival like the Samsung Galaxy Tab which was launched back in September 2010 and can be had for £200 less.
Amazon stocks the 3G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 for £368 including delivery. Like the Flyer, the Tab comes with a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1024x600 pixel resolution, a 3.2-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera.
While the Flyer has the clear lead when it comes to the processor with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon and the Tab still running on a 1GHz Hummingbird, the tables are turned when it comes to the GPU; the MSM8255 has an Adreno 205 which is still slower than the four-year-old PowerVR SGX540 found in the Hummingbird SoC.
The HTC Flyer has more RAM (1GB vs 512MB), more onboard capacity (32GB vs 8GB), a better rear camera (5-megapixel vs 3.2-megapixel), faster 802.11n and better Bluetooth 3.0 plus it can double as a tablet thanks to its unique nifty stylus.
But the Flyer loses out big time against the Galaxy Tab when it comes to battery life (seven hours vs four for the Flyer), the ability to make calls and send texts and when it comes to weight (380g vs 420g).
Although the Flyer comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and boasts some interesting features like HTC Watch, HTC Sense and native support for Onlive, we believe that the £200 difference makes the Galaxy Tab, the hands down winner.