Buying expensive gadgets is what we do. It’s not that we necessarily like paying money for expensive gadgets, or that the gadgets we know and love so much are so expensive (sometimes), it’s just the fact we don’t have much of a choice. They’re expensive, and we want them so we buy them. Sure, we may feel a small ache in our wallets later, but we’re generally happy with our purchase (unless you start suffering from buyer’s remorse). And, as sad and unfortunate as that truth may be, it’s what we’re faced with day-to-day. Best Buy has confirmed this truthrecently, with the revelation that the stylus for HTC’s Android-powered tablet, the Flyer, will cost $80.

For those who aren’t sure what the HTC Flyer’s stylus is, let’s take a moment to reflect. When the Flyer was announced, HTC took some time out of the announcement to show off one of the key features of the device, which they’re calling Scribe. This feature lets you use that aforementioned stylus to “write” on pretty much everything and anything you want, at any time you want. That means web pages, too. It’s an interesting thing to provide for the end user, and it should provide plenty of fun and functionality to the tablet.

But of course, despite the fact that Scribe is being marketed as core functionality to the tablet itself, HTC’s not going to just give you the stylus in the box. No, that would make too much sense. Instead, HTC’s going to go ahead and toss that stylus into a separate package and make you pay “extra” for it. Now, technically, this is a sound plan. Because while Scribe is a feature, it’s still just a feature, and not an integral part to the tablet.

But, that’s technically. What we’re being told, and what the customer is being marketed, is that Scribe is indeed an integral part of the tablet, and that you don’t want the Flyer if you don’t want to scribble notes onto random things while you’re using it. Scribe is great, so you’ll want to use it. But, you can’t use it unless you’ve got yourself this particular stylus. Oh, and you’ll have to pay extra for it. But you’ll want to do that, because Scribe is so great.

Minus all that sarcasm, that’s exactly what we’re looking at here. So customers will have to pay for the tablet and then the stylus. This would be fine if the stylus wasn’t almost one hundred dollars in of itself. If the stylus were something more “reasonable,” like $50 or $40, then I think this wouldn’t even be a conversation to have. But, we don’t live in a time where inexpensive gadgets rule the roost. We’ve always got to be ready to pay out the you-know-what for something we want, especially if it’s a gadget of any kind, and that’s just something we have to accept.

But, let’s just ask the question: is the stylus for the HTC Flyer too much money? And, perhaps more to the point: should HTC bundle the stylus with the Flyer without charging any extra money? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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James McLeod
James McLeod Yea it is...how are you going to come up with a product with a new feature built into the software like that and expect everyone to pay $80 for the main component of that new feature...especially when it doesn't do anything too different from a stylus I can get from Amazon for $10 or less
Anthony Tyson
Anthony Tyson Yep. Should come with the tab.
Nick Kalman
Nick Kalman Yes and it should be 10inch
Geoff Meza
Geoff Meza Yes
Anh-Tuan Le
Anh-Tuan Le Wait, how much is Apple charging for the "smart cover"?
Larry Valdez
Larry Valdez No not at all we all just shit money
Kaleb Klee
Kaleb Klee For the pen yes, I don't think it would be as big of a deal if it at least came packaged with the Flyer.
Eric Mitchell
Eric Mitchell I think all tablets that are only 7 inches are expensive in any way. 70 dollars for a stylus is ridiculous.
John Cruz
John Cruz Kinda
Lau Nielsen
Lau Nielsen People whine too much. just now, the CHEAPEST ipad2 will cost me what will translate to 714 dollars. The CHEAPEST.
Bayu Ihsani Anggoromurti
Bayu Ihsani Anggoromurti One answer: HELL YESS!!!!
De Keelen
De Keelen Hell yeah but I wasnt planning on buying it anyways. It should have been a 10 inch.
Ethan Hallesy
Ethan Hallesy Definitely.
Joe Czo
Joe Czo Yes but I don't care lol
Douglas J Kmiotek
Douglas J Kmiotek Hell yes!!!
P Greenwood III
P Greenwood III yes
Jozef Sakac
Jozef Sakac Yes

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