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How HTC Tablets Work

        Tech | Tablet PCs

The HTC Flyer's sleek name and design hint at aerodynamics, but we do not recommend testing the extent of its abilities in that arena.
Image courtesy of HTC.

HTC, a Taiwan-based company known for its touch-screen mobile telephones, entered the tablet market in 2011 with the HTC Flyer. A version of the Flyer with cellular capabilities is sold by Sprint under the name EVO View 4G.

Mobile, Internet-capable devices like the Flyer and EVO View have gained more than a foothold in American households. By the close of 2010, global sales of smartphones had surpassed PCs [source: Weintraub]. And forecasters predict that by 2015, tablet sales will eclipse PC sales, too. According to Forrester Research, which gathers and analyzes industry-specific data, an estimated 20 million-plus tablets will be sold in 2015 in the United States alone [source: Schonfeld].

The Flyer and EVO View each cost around $500, about the same as HTC competitors' entry-level tablets like the Motorola Xoom, the BlackBerry PlayBook and the recently discontinued HP TouchPad. Some of these tablets, like the PlayBook, initially lacked crucial features like e-mail. Although the HTC tablet does include e-mail, along with other useful features like streaming movies, it wasn't met with critical acclaim.

Because the Flyer/EVO View share such striking similarities to multimedia mobile phones like the HTC Sensation, these HTC tablets have been described as oversized smartphones that don't actually make calls [source: Perlman]. It doesn't help that the tablets run on the phone-centric Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system, which causes the occasional hiccup when used for tablet-sized content streaming and downloads. Other operating systems tend not to have these issues, like Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), which was created specifically to handle the increased data demands of tablets [source: Biddle].

Want to learn more about the underpinnings of HTC tablets? We'll take an in-depth look at its operating system and apps on the next page.