HTC Jetstream Unboxing and Hands-on
Even though it’s a tablet, there’s no love lost with its packaging as it retains the box styling we typically find used by a majority of AT&T’s portfolio, which is noticeable with its orange, blue, and mostly white packaging. For something that has the prestigious title of being AT&T’s first Honeycomb tablet to feature 4G LTE support, we’re perplexed to find very few scribbles or tidbits about it around its sides. Instead, the image of the tablet takes center stage on both the front and rear of the box to give us a clear picture of what it looks like. Inside, there’s nothing new with the included accessories – like the wall charger, microUSB cable, and documentation. Unfortunately, you’ll need to shell out $80 to pick up the HTC Scribe Pen seeing that it’s not bundled.
Holding the tablet for the first time, we’re introduced to the distinctive design cues we’re so accustomed to seeing with HTC’s portfolio – like its solid brushed aluminum exterior. With its choice of materials though, it makes the 10.1” tablet feel considerably weighty in the hand, but at the same time, it manages to exude that sense of durability. In fact, it seemingly reminds us of the Motorola XOOM in some way since they share some commonalities with their designs.
Stealing the entire show is none other than the Jetstream’s support for AT&T’s upcoming 4G LTE network, however, it’s going to sit with HSPA+ connections in the meantime until AT&T gives the thumbs up to its next-generation network. Supplementing that one standout, the HTC Jetstream features a 10.1” WXGA display, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 3.1 with a reworked Sense UI running on top of it, and a microSD card slot.
At $699.99 with a 2-year contract or $849.99 outright, it’s one investment that’s sure to impact and potentially empty your pockets – but then again, isn’t that the pricing we tend to see with other 4G equipped Honeycomb tablets? We’ll be checking out this bad boy in the meantime to see if it’s worth the investment. Expect our review soon!
1. newman13 (unregistered)
Looks like an improvement over most tabs on the market. A bit pricey though!
13. Lucas777 (Posts: 2131; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
i wud so much rather have a samsung or iPad... the uneven bezel is very distracting, especially with the extra black strip at the bottom honeycomb provides.. and, i personally think htc sense doesn't mix very well with honeycomb.. i know its their style, but honeycomb is very sleek and elegant, not bubbly and round...
2. JOEEEEEE (unregistered)
I want one, but it's so expensive! Ugh, also why doesn't any tablet seem to have android 3.2?
3. Nathan (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
Absolutely amazing! I think its worth every penny and planning on getting one too, although a little pricey. BTW Phone Arena, on at&t's website it says it includes a "FREE Digital pen w/ purchase".
4. crzycrkr (unregistered)
The Asus Transformer has 3.2. This thing isn't "a little pricey", it's priced in a completely different ballpark. Lol, sales on this thing will be horrible.
11. lulz (unregistered)
THATS WHAT SHE SAID!
6. ap89 (unregistered)
No point of having LTE when there no coverage for it
14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5724; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
AT&T wants you to lobby the U.S. DOJ and FCC to approve AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. In return, at some point in the future (not saying when), you will get coverage. Everyone else will be on 5G LTE, however.
7. hfytfyh (unregistered)
damn that thing booted in like 3 seconds!
8. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
$700? Lol. Who was complaining that the ipad is overpriced again?
12. Whateverman (Posts: 3192; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Keep in mind, this is for the 4G version. As you could imagine, the WiFi only version should be a little cheaper. But HTC, Samsung, Motorola and whoever else decides to make an Android tablet had better wise up. The first impression people see on these Android tablets is how much more they are than the iPad, then they loose interest, rightfully so. But Apple brought out the WiFi only first to spark interest, then the 3G for the carriers. Then with the iPad 2, they brought them all out together. I think most people would like this tablet if the manufactures and carriers would quit pushing contracts on us. If not, Apple is gonna keep kicking Android ass in tablet market share.
15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5724; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"If not, Apple is gonna keep kicking Android ass in tablet market share."
Love em or hate em, Apple sure knows how to market the widgets they sell. Interesting how HTC hasn't released a WiFi-only edition as yet.... I wonder if they were afraid of being sued by Apple for copying their marketing model?
19. Whateverman (Posts: 3192; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Lol. Well, they already made a device with a "flat screen and rounded edges" so I'm pretty sure that lawsuit will be filed first thing Monday morning anyway. May as well put out a $500 wifi only version that would be comparable to the iPad.
9. nemesis (unregistered)
Been using one for three days now, and have enjoyed the experience. I have been thinking about a tablet to assist with my IT duties. I believe I will consider getting one. But I would like to try an iPad, just to run a comparison.
10. crzycrkr (unregistered)
I can buy 2 Transformers for the price of one of these. I really dont understand why anyone would spend this much on a similar specced tablet
16. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
Too expensive. *orders his $499 Asus Eee Pad Transformer*
18. Noray (unregistered)
And now we wait for the HP effect to take over 699 first month, 199 or less by the next. I'll wait for the drop. :)
20. crzycrkr (unregistered)
Plus, a $330 Acer Iconia will be much more attractive to people. Just announced
23. Westfire (unregistered)
Man, I really want this but it is way too expensive!