The HTC EVO View 4G may not generate the same level of interest as the EVO 3D does, but after spending the last several days with the HTC Flyer, the WiFi-only carrier-less variant of the tablet now available at Best Buy for $499, I really think it should.
It doesn't have top-end features like a dual-core processor or 3D, but with a tablet-optimized version of HTC Sense 2.1 (very similar to Sense 3.0 for phones), Gingerbread 2.3.3, 32GB built-in storage expandable with a microSD card, 1GB RAM, 4000mAh battery, unique capacitive digital pen (sold separately), and 7-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen, it's a truly awesome device. I've had the Flyer in hand since Friday and have been forcing myself to put it down so I could get some sleep.
With 4G, a much sleeker black casing, and of course the EVO name, the View 4G is going to be even better. I personally can't wait for its release now that I've been able to spend some quality time with the Flyer, but what about you? Will you buy the EVO View when it's released this summer?
I know some people think a 7-inch device belongs in no-man's land—too big for a pocket, too small compared to the 10-inch tablets that you may as well carry around instead—but it really hits a sweet spot for me. I have a Motorola Xoom (mine), iPad (baby girl's), and iPad 2 (husband's) in my house and find that they're all too big for me to use comfortably for an extended period of time. A smaller tablet is easier for me to hold, whether with one or two hands, and is more comfortable to use on the couch and around the house.
And as a big fan of HTC Sense, I also find the UI on the Flyer/EVO View 4G to be downright gorgeous and lovely to use. I had a Samsung Galaxy Tab that I ended up selling after months of non-use and I have a Dell Streak 7 that I currently use primarily because of StreakSmart, my Dell Streak site, and the Flyer/View blows them both out of the water.
I'm headed out to California today to spend some time with the folks at CrowdGather and decided to leave my Xoom at home in favor of the Flyer. I'm also taking a handful of phones (EVO included, of course) and my travel computer (MacBook Air), but I expect the Flyer to get a ton of use. It's seriously the most enjoyable 7-inch Android tablet I've ever used. I want the EVO View 4G now!