HTC Jetstream Review
For something sporting a mighty 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM, we’re unimpressed by the tablet’s performance since it isn’t as responsive as we’d like. In fact, it exhibits some choppiness when navigating its homescreen whenever a graphically intensive live wallpaper is used – albeit, it runs significantly better with a static one. Who knows why it’s not as fluid looking, but it can be attributed to something with Sense. Still, we’re finding that usual sluggish operation when using the tablet in portrait as well, but it’s only evident when perusing the homescreen. Granted that there are some nagging issues with its operation, it’s able to execute other tasks like running apps with no problems at all. Sure it might have some bulging muscles, but its performance fails to impress the ladies.
Some people were disappointed to find Gingerbread with the HTC Flyer, but since then, we’ve been curious to see what HTC would do to spruce things up with Honeycomb. They essentially ported the Sense UI experience for tablets found on the Flyer to the Honeycomb found on the Jetstream – and that’s it! As much as we adore Sense’s usefulness in offering a complete and engaging experience, we’re bummed to see it sporting more of a conventional look as opposed to the futuristic one found with stock Honeycomb. Gone are the glowing edges and borders, and instead, we find the usual colorful and large sized widgets that are dearly associated with the Sense experience we know and love. However, there are some subtle difference littered throughout the interface – like the fonts and arrangement of the notifications panel.
With the HTC Flyer, we were treated with widgets that encompassed the entire size of a single homescreen. This time around with the Jetstream, they’re broken down so that two HTC widgets occupy a single homescreen – with enough space to add in other tiny widgets or shortcuts. If there’s one thing we adore about the Sense experience on the Jetstream, it has to be that it retains all of the lovely 3D and transition effects; such as the nifty 3D carousel effect when sliding your finger across the homescreen very quickly. Additionally, there’s less of a requirement to launch dedicated apps since widgets are super useful with their basic functionality.
Organizer and Messaging:
Nope, there’s absolutely nothing new with the Jetstream’s set of core organizer apps since they’re the same ones found with the Flyer. With things like the Calendar app, it utilizes a familiar two-panel scheme in landscape that’s commonly employed by many tablets – and of course, it effectively works! Being Android and all, we’re greeted with the usual set of features with the calendar; like the ability to sync calendars. Meanwhile, the Clock app has one tremendous overhaul with its presentation over previous versions of Sense since it carries along the desk clock, world clock, alarms, stopwatch, and timer.
Just like the HTC Flyer, the Jetstream also supports the HTC Scribe Pen, which turns the 10.1” tablet into an easy to use notepad. Using the stylus in conjunction with the Notes app, you’ll be able to use its Scribe technology to draw, scribble, write, and quickly edit notes. Call it unfortunate, but you’ll need to purchase the HTC Scribe Pen separately.
When it comes to inputting text, your only option with the HTC Jetstream is the Sense keyboard – and nothing else. At its core, it’s absolutely a joy to use since it offers a sensibly sized layout and the convenience of inputting other characters by simply executing a long press on specific keys. And obviously, it helps that it’s more than responsive to keep up with our speedy fingers. In portrait, the only difference is that we’re given access to an additional row dedicated for numbers, which reduces the amount of time of having to move outside the usual layout.
Being Honeycomb and all, the email experience is top-notch with both the Gmail and HTC Mail apps. In fact, both utilize that familiar two-panel layout that we’re so accustomed to seeing with most core apps. And once again, their respective widgets enable us to preview messages while staying put on the homescreen. When it comes to setup, it’s almost automatic for most generic accounts by providing none other than our email addresses and passwords. Yet, there are certain ones that require additional pieces of information, like server addresses and ports, to properly set up.
1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
The iPad 2 & the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 are mixed up in the pictures, in the design section of the review. Please PhoneArena.com fix this! The iPad 2 is not 16x9 aspect ratio.
10. cheetah2k (Posts: 869; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Wow, even iPhone Arena wants the iPad to look like the Samsung Tab :p Envy much??
2. Thatsme (unregistered)
I think the images in the first page naming the tablets are wrong. Ipad and Samsung galaxy tab are switched.
3. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Hey guys, we corrected the image placements in the comparison section.
4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Excellent, thank you so much. Prompt as always!
5. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Its more or less what I expected it to be.
Qualcomm chipsets + Tablets with 720p or higher res screens = slow and choppy tablets.
Sorry but its obvious the Qualcomm S3 chip simply cannot power tablets, I think HTC must move away from Qualcomm chipsets otherwise people are going to continue to turn their heads at their products. The amazing Sense 3.0 just isn't enough to recommend a product on its own, the operation must be smooth and they must be priced competitively.
You guys who are reading this probably know more about Snapdragon chipsets then HTC does. As far as they probably know, big numbers next to GHz equals fast performance.
I think that if you must have an android tablet, the Ee pad transformer is the way to go. First off, it and the Optimus pad are the only Honeycomb tablets that don't lag and it comes with a keyboard and a good price.
6. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, i like the Eee Pad Transformer myself. the only tablets i like are the 10.1 and the Transformer. i'm interested in the Excite too though.
9. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Agreed. Any phone with a Qualcomm chipset these days qualifies as a mid-range product, no matter the Ghz, and yet HTC is still aiming to be high-end (and it really pains me to say that because I've been an HTC fan for years). Also agreed on the ASUS Transformer. Can't wait till they come out with a Windows 8 version to replace my laptop once and for all!
7. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
even Sense couldn't hide you from Phone Arena this time Qualcomm lag.
8. TechDroid (Posts: 37; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)
If HTC had made this a Wi-Fi only tablet with a price point to match the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 I would be thrilled, however the price is way too much, especially when you consider that tablets are "that third device" that very few people actually need.
I think Samsung TouchWiz UX sounds more compelling than HTC Sense. It may not go as deep, but when there is an update out, Tab 10.1 owners will not have to wait three months for the update, unlike owners of the Jetstream.
11. Mercenary (unregistered)
Nice tablet,beautiful design,and the (choppy performance) is only when activating a live wallpaper.Only one thing,the web browser isn't smooth enough,the htc sensation web browser is smoother than this!
12. SidLiy (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
Can't wait till windows 8 tabs hit the market next year, It's gonna be by definition the game changer
13. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
I rather the Galaxy Tab 7.7 or even the 8.9