The HTC Jetstream has some better features than it’s Flyer and Evo View siblings:
Operating System: The Jetstream is the only HTC tablet running Android 3.1 Honeycomb. The Flyer and the Evo View 4G tablets are running Android 2.3.
Connectivity: The Jetstream works with AT&T’s 4G network. The Evo View 4G works with Sprint’s 4G network. The T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular Flyers offer 3G connectivity, and the Best Buy Flyer is WiFi-only.
Display: The Jetstream has a 10.1″ 1200 x 800 display, compared with the Flyer and Evo 4G’s 7″ 1024 x 600 display.
Battery: The Flyer and the Evo View 4G share a 4000 mAh battery, which is dwarfed by the Jetstream’s 7300 mAh battery.
Note: When the Jetstream was in development, it was referred to as the HTC Puccini.
But for all of you who didn’t win this time, don’t despair. We’ll be having more giveaways in the future and will be keeping you up to date on our Facebook page and our Twitter account.
Some Statistics from the HTC Flyer Giveaway
Smith and Johnson were the most popular last names. I guess the stats that they are the #1 and #2 in the US has some merit
A breakdown of where the entries came from:
8% entries were on Facebook (This surprised me – I expected more entries from Facebook.)
18.89% entries were on Twitter
72.77% entries were on the website
Around 12% of all entries were duplicates - When people see “giveaway,” they immediately think “I’ll enter myself multiple times with different emails!” or “I’ll tweet this from a bunch of Twitter accounts” – sorry folks, you’ve been removed of the contest to make way for more honest folks.
PC World’s Melissa J. Perenson has written her first impressions of the HTC Flyer. She likes the size of the Flyer in hand, and looks forward to future HTC tablets, and Flyer being upgraded to Android 3.0:
I was surprised that I preferred holding the Flyer considering it weighs slightly more than the [Galaxy] Tab….I do like the 7-inch form. It’s very friendly for one-handed operation.
I found myself more looking forward to what HTC will do with its Sense interface on Honeycomb than I did appreciating what it added in the here and now.
PocketNow has a story on the Puccini tablet, apparently to be launched on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. This would represent HTC’s first AT&T-compatible offering; the HTC EVO View 4G is a T-Mobile device, and the HTC Flyer only has WiFi.
[The leaked image of the HTC Puccini] will be one of the first devices compatible with AT&T’s “true 4G” LTE network, deploying this year….it’s likely to run Android 3.x Honeycomb and support HTC’s Scribe capacitive pen input technology. Since Giacomo Puccini was a 19th and 20th century opera composer (La Boheme, Madame Butterfly), there may be a musical focus here as well. PocketNow
Best Buy has landed an exclusivity agreement with HTC to sell the Flyer when it launches, according to the Best Buy and HTC press releases on March 22.
The press release announced an exclusive sales agreement, but did not mention the length of the terms of exclusivity. In the release, the relationship is stated as a “national retail launch exclusive,” which implies that after the launch of the Flyer, it will be available at other stores.
The exclusive arrangement will allow for a tighter inventory control while incentivizing a strong marketing campaign by Best Buy.
Best Buy begins promoting the Flyer on BestBuy.com
Best Buy is letting people know the Flyer is coming.
Starting on March 22, if you do a search for HTC Flyer on Best Buy, you will see a banner ad promoting the Flyer. If you click through the link, you get taken to a landing page that boasts “Get it first only at Best Buy.”
The slated springtime launch is a problem for HTC
The press release (re-printed after the break) declares that the Flyer is slated to be launched this spring.
This delay could be problematic for the Flyer, as competitors are coming out with dual-core, faster, thinner tablets running Android 3.0, while the Flyer is single-core running Android 2.2.
The longer the launch is delayed, HTC will need to:
cut prices to make the Flyer competitive;
promote more aggressively HTC Scribe, its unique stylus-optimized layer on top of Android;
be more transparent with how long it will be until the Flyer will be running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and how that upgrade process will work.
By having the launch of the Flyer put off until after the iPad 2, HTC has given time for the competitors to preview next-generations of their offerings, such as the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1. Since the Flyer is not yet launched, HTC cannot reveal the Flyer’s second generation, for fear of cannibalizing the sales of the first-generation Flyer.
One thing is clear: how HTC handles the Flyer launch will largely impact the product line’s success. Continue reading →