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Last Updated: July 4th, 2011

One of the more interesting features of the HTC Flyer is its use of a digital pen, but up until now there has been little talk of its availability. The Digital Pen allows you to write on basically anything you see on the Flyer, including web pages or input boxes, using HTC Scribe technology. I think that there was speculation that the Flyer would come with the digital pen, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The pen has popped up on BestBuyBusiness.com for the not-so-low price of $80, which, given the $500 price tag of the tablet itself, brings the entire package up to almost $600.

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Of course, for business users or students, I could see how the addition of the pen would be clutch in the use of the Flyer. After watching the video, I was immediately in love with the idea of the digital pen, because I have wanted some sort of typing/writing hybrid solution for quite some time now. If you haven't seen the video, check it out (if you just want to see the pen, it starts at around 1:11):

I really think that this is a perfect example of "hardware isn't everything." With all of the cookie-cutter Honeycomb tablets on the market, I think that HTC is doing something truly unique and inspiring. While it may not have a Tegra 2 processor, HTC is really offering an experience that you can't get anywhere else, not the mention the fact that we know Honeycomb is in the Flyer's future.

With all things considered, how do you feel about the Flyer?

Update: It looks like Droid Life has gotten word from HTC that the digital pen will not be included with the Flyer.

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Update 2: According to Engadget, the pen will only be absent from the Best Buy version of the Flyer. This is bad news for those of us in the US, as the Flyer will be available exclusively from Best Buy at launch.

Source: Best Buy Business via Android Central

Cameron Summerson
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  • bam

    I was very much considering the Flyer even tho for a 7", 2.3 Gingerbread tablet it was priced high. All the other info mentioned the pen shipped with it. $600? Don't know anymore.

  • ZZ

    "I think that there was speculation that the Flyer would come with the digital pen, but that doesn’t appear to be the case."

    The leaked european manual says it comes with the stylus. Seems more likely that they're selling spare stylus' along with it in case it gets lost, rather than trying to screw over the US Market.

  • http://www.ericcamil.com Eric

    ...I may have to buy this now.. combined with Autodesks SKETCH app -- this may make illustrative and comps for design work so much better. Damn HTC for having what I need.

  • Matthew

    The leaked HTC Flyer user guide says the box includes the pen.

    I still am considering it very strongly.

  • Anon

    Too darn expensive. They are definitely doing something unique, however Lenovo is launching a version in July that might even be a 10" with dual core. Pen will not be included but has better specs.

  • Tim

    Without the stylus, it's no different than the other 7 inch tablets currently available. The stylus makes it different from the other 7 inch tablets. It's not worth paying a total of $608 (with the case) considering the specs, and this is before tax. For a few hundred dollars more I can get a 13.3 inch core i5 laptop. I'll be cancelling my order at Best Buy.

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