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HTC Flyer More Expensive Than iPad 2 Even On Contract

The HTC Flyer Android-based tablet has been unveiled by Three on a 15GB monthly data allowance for £30.99 per month on a two year contract with an upfront fee of £169.

With a total cost of ownership of more than £900, the HTC Flyer can hardly be considered a bargain especially when Apple's tablet device, the benchmark by which all others are measured, costs less than that at £879 with Three.

The HTC Flyer is currently on sale at Dixons for £599 and given that 15GB broadband costs £15.99 at Three, one can argue that the mobile phone operator is not significantly subsidising the deal.

The difference in the TCO between a Three contract and one involving a SIM Free HTC Flyer and a separate three contract is only £70.

The tablet, which will go against other 7-inch devices, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Acer Iconia A100, comes with a stylus that allows the user to input data as they would do on a classic tablet.

The HTC Flyer comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 system on chip clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard memory, HDMI port, a five megapixel camera with AF, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, two speakers, SRS WOW HD virtual surround speakers and, unlike bigger tablets, is still powered by Android Gingerbread.