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iPad Rival Alert : HTC Flyer Tablet PC Down To £199

Currys has cut the price of the HTC Flyer tablet PC from £380 to a far more reasonable £199, although you will have to buy it online or reserve it.

The online retailer is also throwing in a free £50 voucher to be spent over two weeks in March next year on items worth £200 or more.

This deal comes after DSGi slashed the price of another small factor tablet, the RIM Blackberry PlayBook to £169.

However, although the PlayBook is technically superior, the Flyer - which was launched in February this year - comes with a few features that make it worth spending an additional £30 on.

The digitising stylus which allows you to write, draw, scribble (and more) on the tablet is a major selling point, as is the HTC Watch on demand movie service.

It is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset which may contain only a single core but could be faster than the PlayBook on certain tasks.

Then there's the fact that it has a microSD card slot which allow users to bump the onboard storage on the cheap (doubling the onboard storage capacity to 32GB with a 16GB microSD card will cost less than £10).

Other features include two cameras, a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more.