HTC and Android Tablets. Not two things that you would think of going hand-in-hand. Some of you might remember HTC’s two attempts at selling Android tablets, the HTC Flyer and the Jetstream, both of which failed pretty spectacularly. Well, perhaps “fail” is the wrong word, they just weren’t very popular at all, and it was pretty clear that HTC didn’t have much of a strategy to begin with. The Flyer was a strange tablet, it came out a time when 10-inch Honeycomb tablets featuring dual-core CPUs were hitting the market. HTC decided to buck this trend though, and went with a 7-inch form factor that didn’t feature Honeycomb but instead went with the phone-centric Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It was a decent tablet, despite the single-core CPU, it had a lot of features that came with its Scribe stylus – think Samsung’s S-Pen – and it had impressive battery life. Problem was, the Flyer was too little, too late and while it did get an update to Honeycomb, it didn’t seem to help much.
We’ve not heard anything from HTC on the Android tablet front since then, and while there’s no surprise in that, it would be really nice to see them get back into the game. After all, competition is pretty important in any industry. Not just that, but HTC have the design capabilities to make something really desirable and if Sense 5 is any indication, then they could well offer some added value on top of Android.
The HTC One is a lot of things, but it certainly is a good-looking device and arguably better looking than Samsung’s Galaxy S IV. From the use of premium materials to a truly unique design, there’s a lot that HTC could offer to a tablet. If they were to make a 7-inch sized tablet then they could give the iPad Mini a run for its money. We all know the Nexus 7 is a much better device than the iPad Mini – at least in terms of specs – but in design and build? That ball is very much in the iPad Mini’s court.
Sense 5 might not be to everyone’s taste but, Blinkfeed is something that would work very well on a tablet. For a lot of people – myself included – picking up the tablet comes at the end of the day, or when I hit the hay and I’d like to be able to get a hold on what’s important to me in a quick, and pleasing manner. Of course, the rest of Sense 5 might work on a tablet but, with the pure experience that the Nexus 7 – and subsequent revisions to the Nexus 7 – offer it’ll have to put up something truly special.
Pricing would be key for HTC, Amazon and Google have pretty much blown the lid off of the 7-inch tablet market with the pricing of the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t any room for a device that costs a little bit more but, how much more would ultimately make or break such a tablet. If HTC were to do something like this, it’d be a big risk for the company, they’re struggling to keep up with demand for the One and it raises questions about HTC’s ability to deliver like they used to.
What about you though? Would you like to see HTC try their hand at the tablet market?