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HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

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Interface and Functionality:

When we hear about hardware specs for the first time, we’re sometimes naturally inclined to get all giddy when we hear about souped up processors, but in actuality, they don’t always necessarily translate to responsive actions. Case in point with the HTC Jetstream’s 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, which seems on paper better than the 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor with 512MB of RAM on the iPad 2. However, the iPad 2 is able to exhibit the smoother response when navigating the homescreen over the choppy actions of the Jetstream. Of course, the Jetstream’s sluggishness can be attributed to Honeycomb’s graphically intensive experience – whereas the iPad 2 sticks with a less strenuous presentation.

Already, we’ve gone over in detail between the difference between the iOS and Android Honeycomb experience in other comparisons – and honestly, it all depends on how you feel. Specifically, Sense for tablet on the Jetstream packs a considerable amount of personalization thanks to its useful widgets, slick looking 3D visuals, and transition effects. Conversely, the iOS experience on the iPad 2 is the easier one to grasp with its low learning curve. Simplistic in presentation, iOS might look downright dated by now, but its peppier operation and relative ease enables anyone to get situated with it right away. So yeah, depending on your tastes, you’ll find either tablet more than ideal to your particular needs.

HTC Jetstream runs Android Honeycomb with Sense UI - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
HTC Jetstream runs Android Honeycomb with Sense UI - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
HTC Jetstream runs Android Honeycomb with Sense UI - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
HTC Jetstream runs Android Honeycomb with Sense UI - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

HTC Jetstream runs Android Honeycomb with Sense UI


The iOS experience on the iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The iOS experience on the iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The iOS experience on the iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The iOS experience on the iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

The iOS experience on the iPad 2


Thanks to Sense for tablets, the core organizer apps on the Jetstream get a good amount of love in the form of optimizations that are better adapted to the tablet medium. Obviously, the iPad 2 is able to provide a sensual experience as well, but we feel that the Jetstream seems to offer more depth with its offerings. In fact, it’s evident in things like the calendar – where it’s able to display 2 months as opposed to a single one when in month view. Moreover, we see more of the love in other things like the Clock app, which integrates things like alarms, weather information, the temperature, world clocks, and more. With the iPad 2, it doesn’t offer any of those out of the box, but rather, you’ll need to download third party ones to gain those specific functions.

The Calendar of the HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The Calendar of the HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The Calendar of the HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

The Calendar of the HTC Jetstream


The Calendar of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The Calendar of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The Calendar of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The Calendar of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

The Calendar of the Apple iPad 2


When it comes to inputting text, both offer well-sized keyboard layouts to make it wickedly easy to type long passages of text. Between the two though, we have to hand it to the Sense keyboard namely because we have access to other characters besides letters directly from the main layout. Besides that, there isn’t much that separates the two since they’re extremely responsive to the touch.

The Sense keyboard of the HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The Sense keyboard of the HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The Sense keyboard of the HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

The Sense keyboard of the HTC Jetstream


Keyboard layout of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
Keyboard layout of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
Keyboard layout of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

Keyboard layout of the Apple iPad 2


Lastly, we find the email experience to be roughly the same on both tablets since they intricately use two-panel layouts that provide visibility to both our inbox and selected email. Additionally, setup is a breeze with most generic accounts since it requires mainly our email address and password to properly set up.

The e-mail app of HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The e-mail app of HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

The e-mail app of HTC Jetstream


The e-mail app of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
The e-mail app of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

The e-mail app of the Apple iPad 2



Internet and Connectivity:

Using a Wi-Fi only connection with our comparison, the web browsing experience on both tablets are more than ideal to our taste, however, they both offer their own strengths. With the iPad 2, it’s clearly the more responsive one with its fluid and smooth navigations control – whereas the Jetstream has a choppier execution with things like kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming. Despite those shortcomings, the one advantage that the Jetstream has is its support for Flash, which of course provides that idyllic desktop-like experience. Nonetheless, both are still more than equipped in dealing a tolerable experience.

Browsing the web with the HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
Browsing the web with the HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
Browsing the web with the HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
Browsing the web with the HTC Jetstream - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

Browsing the web with the HTC Jetstream


Safari browser of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
Safari browser of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
Safari browser of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2
Safari browser of the Apple iPad 2 - HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

Safari browser of the Apple iPad 2


By far, the biggest feature that the HTC Jetstream has to offer over other devices on AT&T’s lineup is that it has the prestigious title of being the carrier’s very first 4G LTE enabled tablet – albeit, it’s not widely available just yet. Still, it’s able to ride the waves using AT&T’s HSPA+ network “with enhanced backhaul” in the meantime – while the iPad 2 relies on good old 3G speeds. Granted that we’re unable to compare data speeds, we’re pretty confident that the Jetstream’s faster data connection will enthrall individuals. Aside from their cellular connections, they feature the exactly the same connectivity options – like aGPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

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posted on 20 Sep 2011, 09:30 1

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Just looking at the cameras... u'll see the generation gap.
(Even if rear cameras are not that needed in tablets)
8 megapixels away...

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 09:41 2

2. DMan (unregistered)


Well, I´m not an Apple fan. But you also gotta consider the Ipad´s GPU is much better than those on Android counterparts.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 06:47 3

12. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


The exynos chipset for the phone is a lot better than that tablet chipset.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 21:04

18. cklude (unregistered)


The jetstream is on a whole different (higher) level when it comes to chipset though.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 17:35

24. NeXoS (Posts: 277; Member since: 03 May 2011)


The Galaxy S II phone can even kick the iPad 2's butt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCf0-MQswCo&feature=BFa&list=FL-ugRWaTqzQUE6dZ0Zm6_Zg&lf=mh_lolz

That's a phone beating a tablet in webpage rendering speed tests.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 10:36 2

3. box (unregistered)


I can't fathom why the Jetstream is priced so high. Yes, it's LTE capable and has the highest resolution camera on a currently-popular tablet, but even the aging Xoom and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 are lower priced, and offer similar overall performance, and for a much more approachable price. For this money, I could get multiple lower-end tablets, or a Viewsonic ViewPad Pro (whichever the one is that runs both Windows7 and has the Android emulator) and money left over for a low-end netbook. I hope the price drops like a rock

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 10:41

4. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Just wait for the Ee Pad slider, the sequal to the Transformer,the only android tablet that didn't fail miserably and was priced correctly. All other honeycomb tabs sucked. Save for the Sony tablet S, which is actually decent.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 06:45 1

11. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


The tablet s is not that descent. The slider is not a sequel and yes, u should wait for better products.
Honeycomb may suck, but Ice Cream Sandwich will be a lot better than that.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 12:58

13. BenCjamin (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 May 2011)


Also the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab is way superior to the EEE pad. And it definately didn't fail miserably. Have you even looked at the other Tabs out there?

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 08:48 1

20. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


In size only. THERE"S NO EFFIN PORTS ON THE GTAB 10.1.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 15:46 2

5. taz89 (Posts: 1948; Member since: 03 May 2011)


lol everytime i hear that voice i already know that this is going to be biased towards apple...

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 15:53 3

6. monstermash123 (unregistered)


The Jetstream could be better than the iPad in every category, but it won't help sales. Not because of Apple "fanboys" or anything like that...but because HTC is CRAZY for selling the Jetstream for $850. That's insane for a tablet running an Android OS, I don't care what it does.The only way to be competitive with the iPad is to price it a little lower and offer better hardware specs in some areas. This product will be going the way of the motorola xoom. It might find a niche with scribe technology, but I doubt that this will become a mainstream tablet (at it's current price), carrier subsidy support or not.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 19:49

17. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


That was a very good comment. Well done.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 14:20

27. John from NY (unregistered)


Very nice comment...hope some folks over at HTC could hear you...actually Apple is paying a lot to build its image especially through movies. So you are not just buying a tablet..you are buying a fashion item and believe me, although I do not tottaly agree with this, in this world brand image is #1...

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 20:13

8. jcoberg10 (Posts: 110; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)


if this tablet was on the true LTE network with verizon i would probably buy it right now, on 2 year contract for $550.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 17:12

16. atrix 4g (unregistered)


actually att 4g lte network rolled out on sunday, i know its extremly small compared to verizon, but its been proven to be faster than verizons 4g lte

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 01:46 1

9. BK (unregistered)


When doing a comparison, please compare products with the same OS.

DO NOT take OS A & B and compare it. How on earth are we to know which hardware is better if the software used is different?

BTW:
Apple vs G.Tab
Apple vs Flyer
Apple vs Playbook
Apple vs Xoom
Apple vs Iconia
Apple vs Transformer

For god's sake do a proper comparison and not 'Win7 Corei7200k vs WinXp Core2Duo' style trash.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 01:14

15. Why me (unregistered)


and yet again apple is the winner on the count of the s**ty iOS and even s**tier camera and specs

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 23:28 1

19. mr.neutrallity1 (unregistered)


All comparisons done on this site treat Apple as the "favorite child". In every comparison that's been done with Apple vs xxxxxxx there is always noticeable favoritism in the writing. When the Apple is better by a bit it's conveyed as being far superior. When the Apple has clearly been edged out of the top spot it's conveyed as a draw and a matter of taste. We can clearly tell what gadgets sit on your nightstand, but for the sake of journalism can you knock it off! It's getting more difficult to give credence to any of your "reviews" when they're so obviously slanted! More fact, less opinion please.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 02:09

23. Dojob (unregistered)


I have always follow this side for along time and it's always bias to American Product. Either Apple or Android!!!!! American like to issue a propaganda and so as Apple. That's why they succeed to sell all their products. They like to make rumors like Apple staff left their Iphone 4 & Iphone 5 under construction in a Bar and bla bla bla so that they can sell more their overprice product. Before Apple enter the Smart market we rarely heard that this smart company sueing other company for surviving of their company. What a coward... strategy. Another web side that is worship Apple is Mobile-Review. where the author worship Steve Jobs as a god. What a bias. Remember Apple you won't be survive forever. Remember the history of the first PC created during the 80s where all your product has been beaten by IBM, However it is time the history return where the other competitors will leave you behind as what happen on the 80s.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 22:16

26. stevescrewu (unregistered)


If the stupid Pad cannot run smoother as a dumb app launcher, one should just bin it.
Android Honeycomb btw, is a full experience OS. Not just a dumb app launcher with big screen.
Don't be a sheep & get screwed by Steve.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 23:06

33. penos ta (unregistered)


most people desire having i-Pad, but it is not mean i-Pad is the best,,

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 20:17

38. travy (unregistered)


iphone 4s is the best

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 19:54

41. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)


I was planning on buying two HTC Jetstreams but after the announcement of the $850 price point... NO thank you! Not when I can get a Asus Transformer for $390 at some retailers.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 06:13

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