Sprint Rebrands HTC Flyer as the EVO View 4G – Hands on

Sprint was busy today at the CTIA Wireless 2011 show, unveiling its major high-end mobile line-up. The deluge of Android tablets continues with the HTC EVO View 4G, exclusive to Sprint. The EVO View is essentially the HTC Flyer that was announced back at MWC, but all packaged up for Sprint’s network. So what makes the EVO View 4G special? Stylus support, the HTC Sense UI, and a few note taking tricks that could make it a big hit.

The usual specs are all here – a 5.0 megapixel camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera to enable video chat, HD video capture (though only at 720p), and access to 4G Wi-Max speeds. It’s a bit thicker than some of its competitors (at a morbidly obese 13.2 mm thick), but only sports a 7 inch screen, which makes it a more of a bite-sized tablet. The EVO View 4G will run an Android OS 2.3 Gngerbread. And there will be special attention paid to business email support through Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, but social tools like Facebook, Twitter, and personal email will all get their fair dues. Blockbuster On Demand will come preloaded with access to movie rentals or downloads, and users will have access to Sprint Nextel’s excellent GPS offerings.

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Where things really get interesting is the support for the HTC Scribe digital pen (unfortunately, sold separately). You can use it with Evernote to scribble notes on pretty much anything – web pages, PDFs, eBooks, and so on. A really cool feature that should find a strong foothold in the business world is Timemark, which allows for simultaneous note taking with the Scribe and audio recording, designed with business meetings and lectures in mind.

The lovely Sense U.I. that runs on the EVO View 4G isn’t actually the same Sense U.I. hat you’ll find on HTC’s smartphones. This version of the Sense U.I. has been optimized to fully take advantage of the 7″ display real estate. HTC says that that the EVO View 4G will eventually be upgradeable to Honeycomb and that they are working on the Sense U.I. for Honeycomb too.

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