HTC Jetstream Review
Having support for AT&T’s eventual 4G LTE network, the HTC Jetstream should obviously provide some wickedly fast data speeds. But in our testing, we simply used it as a Wi-Fi connected tablet. Interestingly, the web browser’s appearance is different from the normal stock one since executing a slide down gesture from the top bezel uncovers the open and available browser tabs. As for the actual performance, it’s pretty good as it perfectly renders complex sites, but there’s some evidence of choppiness with sites that are heavily drenched with Flash content. Frankly, it’s rather perplexing after taking into account the processor it’s packing, but other navigational controls are gladly more responsive.
Without question, the Jetstream’s 4G LTE connectivity is by far its biggest attraction, but sadly enough, we’re unable to even experience a sampling of it since the network has yet to official launch. Instead, you’ll be kicking things back with HSPA+ speeds “with enhanced backhaul” in the meantime. Moreover, it packs the usual suspect of other connectivity items like Bluetooth 3.0, aGPS, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.
Running the camera app, the interface is fairly unchanged from what we see in use with HTC’s Android smartphones, but there are some neat looking effects that you can overlay to give some shots a novel look. Plus, we’re presented with the same level of manual controls and settings that should appease some photo hungry individuals out there.
Continuing to show that it’s packing some serious hardware, the HTC Jetstream is blessed with an 8-megapixel sensor in the rear with dual-LED flash. Surely it’s up there in terms of megapixel count, but it’s only able to take some average looking shots – those of which are good enough for 4” x 6” printouts. With outdoor shots, they’re sharp looking with their neutral color tones, but fine details are a bit soft in tone. Conversely, indoor shots under minimal lighting suffer from excessive levels of graininess and digital noise. However, the dual-LED flash is remarkably potent as it’s able to cast enough light to brighten up the scenery.
Similar to the results with still images, the Jetstream’s 1080p high-definition video recording is average at best with its production. Obviously, outdoor capture fares much better with its fluid capture rate of 30 frames per second and clear audio recording. However, details are still a bit of an issue with the Jetstream since it’s on the muddy side. And you might want to reconsider shooting things in poor lighting since videos are reduced in quality due to evidence of artifacting, noise, and a sluggish capture of 20 frames per second.
HTC Jetstream Sample Video:
Gone is the alluring looking stock Honeycomb music player, and instead, the Jetstream features the same one featured in the Flyer. Rather than pressing the forward or reverse buttons to change tracks, you can actually execute a swipe gesture on the album cover to switch songs – and it does it effortlessly. Not only are we presented with a mini-player within the notifications panel, but we absolutely find another one on the lock screen to be tastefully acceptable. Enabling SRS enhancement, audio quality is robust and powerful with its speakers, and on top of that, there are a variety of equalizer settings available when you connect a pair of headphones.
Easily considered a beast with its dual-core processor, the HTC Jetstream doesn’t flinch for a moment when playing back a movie trailer encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution. Keeping our eyes entertained by its rich visuals and buttery smooth playback, there’s no doubt that it’s the perfect companion to keep you preoccupied during lengthy trips.
Not everyone might know about it, but the HTC Jetstream is still capable of offering a mirrored experience thanks to its MHL port – however, you’ll need to supply yourself with an adapter since one is not included. Of course, some will complain about that omission, but it’s nevertheless still an appreciable feature that enables us to quickly share content.
Boasting 32GB of internal memory, which is broken down to 16GB for apps and the other 16GB for everything else, it’s more than sufficient for anyone out there. Nonetheless, you can still push it up by adding cards up to 32GB in capacity into its unoccupied microSD card slot.
1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4081; 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: 817; 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: 4081; 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: 2424; 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