The Flyer is getting a ton of flak for this, as much of the tablet’s appeal and marketing is centered around its pen support. The media at large has begun to question the value of the Flyer, which is expected to arrive this spring.
The Flyer is a seven-inch Android tablet, and the only new brand name Android release that won’t be featuring Honeycomb. Instead the Flyer will initially launch with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), with a planned upgrade to Honeycomb sometime in the future. The Flyer will also sport HTC’s Sense UI, which will feature a good amount of pen integration (according to HTC’s marketing campaigns).
The Flyer is expected to retail for $500, so to obtain the tablet with its pen functionality would yield a total cost of $580. Whether this is a prohibitively high cost, and HTC and its retail partners have made a huge mistake by not including a customary stylus, or if the media is making a lot of noise for no good reason, will be seen after the Flyer’s launch party.