Recently the Android tablet market has exploded with a flurry of new devices from companies, including devices such as the Motorola Xoom, Acer Iconia Tab, ASUS Transformer and the soon to be released Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. HTC has entered the race with their new and first Android tablet, the HTC Flyer, however unlike the aforementioned big players in the market, HTC has tackled the 7-inch space with their tablet; instead of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, they’ve packaged Gingerbread with Sense.

It may seem unusual that an entrant to the tablet market space would push out a smaller device with an older operating system, although HTC has a different idea with their tablet. It’s smaller than the iPad 2, making it more ideal for people wanting a more portable device that is perfect for reading books, newspapers, Google Reader, taking notes and the occasional film. In fact their taking so much of a different approach to the tablet that along with the capacitive touchscreen they’ve bundled a Magic Pen, allowing you to write on the screen just like you would a notepad. It’s attempting to tackle an area other tablets lack at, and we’ll see just how well they can do it.

The HTC Flyer tablet was kindly lent to Neowin by MobiCity; we will be reviewing the top-end model that comes with 32GB of on-board storage and 3G radios for mobile data, and unfortunately our review model didn’t come with the Magic Pen.

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