The news that the stylus for the HTC Flyer would ship separately from the Android tablet at an added cost of $80 was met with a collective groan from the tablet-buying public, especially those pining for active pen support and true inking from a mobile tablet.
The fact that the Flyer was priced $500 at launch, only added to the frustration of those not willing to shell out extra cash to get full use out of HTC’s first tablet.
Best Buy has apparently heard that groan, as the HTC Flyer is now being bundled with the Scribe digital pen for the same $500 launch price.
The Scribe digital pen is an N-trig active stylus powered by an AAAA battery (included) with a pressure-sensitive tip. With it, users can operate the tablet like a true notepad, similar to the Windows tablets that have long supported the function. One major drawback is that the stylus cannot be used as a cursor to navigate the operating system or open apps. However, TabletPCReview noted in the HTC Flyer review that the notes app that supports the pen is extremely robust and useful for scribblers.
Sprint is also offering a similar deal with the EVO View 4G, which is the 4G variant of the Wi-Fi-only HTC Flyer that supports Sprint’s WiMAX network. Sprint is offering the tablet for $400 with a two-year agreement and Scribe’s digital pen included for a limited time. The EVO View 4G is available for $650 off contract, pen not included.
It’s not clear if the Best Buy Flyer deal is for a limited time or not.
Source: Netbook News