20
May
HTC-Flyer-at-Best-Buy

That's right, folks - HTC's much-anticipated first Android tablet is up for grabs at Best Buy stores across the U.S. right now. You can pick one of the Wi-Fi only tablets up (note: no stylus included) for a mere $500. A stylus will costs you $80 (yikes), should you so desire one. But consider yourself warned - the Flyer doesn't support handwriting recognition at this point in time, though you could still presumably do all sorts of fun artsy things with it.

How do we know it's on sale? Our man on the street (or in the building, rather), Brad Ganley, snapped a shot of a Flyer demo unit at his local Best Buy:

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What's the Flyer packing?

  • 7" LCD display (600x1024)
  • 1.5GHz single-core Qualcomm processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB onboard internal storage
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread w/ HTC Sense (with several tablet-specific apps)
  • 5MP rear / 1.3MP front cameras
  • Optional digital stylus ($80 extra)

The Flyer has received rave reviews from the likes of Engadget, but with Wi-Fi only, a 7" display, single core, no included stylus, and Gingerbread (though Honeycomb will be coming soon), is $500 something people will be willing to stomach? It's a tough sell - but you do get a product that's a lot more polished (and well-built) than a Galaxy Tab 7, so maybe the price tag really is justified.

Have you picked up a Flyer today? How do you like it? Was your Best Buy sold out? We want to hear what's going down with the Flyer situation at your local Best Buy - let us know in the comments.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.rawdietfordogs.org raw diet for dogs

    The more tablets released the better. More competition means better prices.

  • http://flyerforums.net wicked

    Nice. Thanks for the heads up guys. Time to go check it out and get some hands on.

  • solar

    Thanks! this post got me to check the best buy near where I was since their site still said pre-order, no in-store availability.

    I bought an htc flyer at the best buy in culver city california. The said they had "a few" that they got in today. None were on the floor yet. Just a pre order picture. I really like it so far!

  • 80’s Rocker

    They need to start making these more affordable $200-$300 price range. Only an idiot would pay more for a tablet than a decent desktop / laptop cost. People who do are paying way to much for the "in thing"and when it passes they have an expensive paperweight.

    • solar

      Agreed. Problem is you can't actually get a decent laptop or desktop for $500. You can get an under-powered netbook, or a POS desktop.

    • flyerguy

      And how is carrying your laptop in your pocket working for you? - because I wanted something I could carry around and take handwritten notes on and have "instant on".

  • Eric J

    Got mine today along with the pen. Best Buy published note to their stores to sell what was in stock starting today. Can't wait for Honeycomb

  • Stocklone

    I pre-ordered one. I called the store today and they said they did not have any. So I drove to one much farther away that said they had one and would hold it for me. Then I just got an e-mail from the original pre-order place saying I could come pick up mine. What a bunch of jack asses.

  • ryun

    So I was just in a line at Best Buy for these in Charleston, SC. We get inside and they wont sell them to us because they said they got a message on their screen saying not to sell this in store. Called the other Best Buy down the road here, and they said the same thing. :(

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