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HTC Jetstream Review

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HTC Jetstream Review
After seeing the vociferous appetites of current 4G LTE enabled smartphones, it’s really intriguing to see how the HTC Jetstream will perform with its massive 7,300 mAh battery. However, in our testing, we disabled its cellular connection and strictly used it strictly as a Wi-Fi only tablet. Essentially, we placed it on auto-brightness and used the Jetstream primarily for web browsing and emailing. After the first day, we were left with a battery tank at 48% capacity, which is a pretty good mark. Frankly, we’re rather impressed with its performance since it’s almost able to get 2 days of battery life on normal usage, although it will last less with the 3G/4G module enabled.


Conclusion:

Try as hard as we can, there’s absolutely no hiding the fact that the HTC Jetstream is handicapped by its exorbitant price point – just like some of the other available cellular connected tablets on the market. Sure it’s able to differentiate itself from the pack, by offering a customized Android experience with Sense, the usefulness of HTC Scribe technology, and eventual 4G LTE connectivity, but there’s nothing else too compelling about it to take on the juggernauts in the tablet space. Even more, we’re undeniably perplexed to see some noticeable evidence of choppiness with its operation – despite packing a respectable 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. For $849.99 outright or $699.99 on-contract, it’s very hard to make a justifiable decision to pick up the Jetstream since the comparable LTE enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is priced modestly at $629.99.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version:  3.1
HTC Sense version: 1.1 for Tablet
Software number: 1.17.502.3
Kernel version: 2.6.35.10-g4612ecf
Build number: 1.17.502.3

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Pros

  • Solid Construction
  • Enabled for 4G LTE connectivity
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Really expensive
  • Choppy performance
  • It is thick
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posted on 14 Sep 2011, 09:58 2

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; 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.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 16:37

10. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Wow, even iPhone Arena wants the iPad to look like the Samsung Tab :p Envy much??

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 10:00 1

2. Thatsme (unregistered)


I think the images in the first page naming the tablets are wrong. Ipad and Samsung galaxy tab are switched.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 10:07 2

3. John.V (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Hey guys, we corrected the image placements in the comparison section.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 11:35 1

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Excellent, thank you so much. Prompt as always!

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 11:42 5

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.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 12:11 1

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.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 15:55 1

9. Commentator (Posts: 2293; 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!

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 12:13 4

7. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


even Sense couldn't hide you from Phone Arena this time Qualcomm lag.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 13:16 2

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.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 03:38

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!

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:13

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

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 08:12 1

13. henrickrw (Posts: 403; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I rather the Galaxy Tab 7.7 or even the 8.9

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HTC Jetstream

HTC Jetstream

OS: Android 3.1
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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 768 pixels (148 ppi) LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 APQ8060, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
1024 MB RAM
Size9.87 x 7.00 x 0.51 inches
(251 x 178 x 13 mm)
25.00 oz  (709 g)

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