As a veteran Android manufacturer that rapidly rose to the top of the smartphone food chain, the news that HTC was working on an Android tablet didn’t come as much of a surprise. But when the
HTC Flyer

was first
unveiled at Mobile World Congress

back in February, we saw a device a quite different from what most were expecting. This was no 10-inch,

-toting slate like other manufacturers were offering, but a smaller 7-inch tablet with pen input, running on
Android 2.3 Gingerbread


HTC seemed to be positioning the Flyer as a different sort of tablet -- something smaller and lighter than the portly
Motorola Xoom

, but more multimedia and web-friendly than the average smartphone. As the original
Samsung Galaxy Tab

proved, the 7-inch tablet form factor has a lot to offer, but with prices set around the level of larger, dual-core tablets, is the HTC Flyer worth your cash? Read on to find out.