HTC Jetstream Review
Introduction:

There is no question about it, but Verizon has been aggressively attacking the 4G LTE market by bringing out a treasure trove of devices while AT&T sits idly as they await their time to throw open the switches. Rather than waiting for the inevitable, AT&T decided to get things started by bringing to market their very first 4G LTE enabled Honeycomb tablet – the HTC Jetstream.  Being HTC’s second tablet after the Flyer, it packs a wallop of dreamy hardware under the hood to complement its ability to surf the web lickity split one day in the future. However, its expensive price point from the onset might seemingly derail its ability to become a successful pioneer for AT&T’s upcoming next-generation data network.

The package contains:

  • HTC Jetstream
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide


Design:

Following the same design footprint established by the HTC Flyer, the Jetstream looks and feels like a much bigger version of its 7-inch sibling, but it sports a silver and dark grey paint job that’s not bad looking at all! For the most part, it exudes a decent amount of durability thanks to its brushed aluminum casing and soft touch patches in the rear, but strangely, a good tap on the back reveals some hollowness to the tablet. Neither the lightest (25 oz.) or most streamlined tablet on the market (0.51” thick), we’re reminded of the Motorola XOOM’s design since there are some similarities. Is it mesmerizing? Definitely not, but at least it embodies all of the characteristics we normally find with other top-notch HTC products.


Sizing things up with a 10.1” LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, it’s undoubtedly detailed enough to make out fine text, but it’s actually slightly below the mark of the 1280 x 800 resolution used by other similar sized tablets. Honestly, there’s no cause for alarm, but its color production is a bit bland looking when compared to the delectable palette offered by the Flyer’s display. Despite that, its wide viewing angles enable it to retain its visibility any way you look at it. However, we still find ourselves shielding it outdoors since its brightness output isn’t the strongest.



Unfortunately, we’re more annoyed with the Jetstream’s volume rocker and dedicated power button since they’re just way too easily activated. They’re simply placed squarely in areas where our palms rest on the tablet, thus, accidentally pressing them every now and then.


Perched above the display, we find a front-facing 1.3-megaixel camera with a green LED light next to it that powers on when the camera is activated. Meanwhile, the bottom edge of the tablet houses a microUSB/MHL port that allows the tablet to charge, transfer data, and offer a mirrored experience on a high-definition television when an MHL adapter is used.


In the rear, the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash is positioned towards the upper right corner, while the left and right speaker notches are placed near the bottom edge. Removing the plastic panel surrounding the camera is effortless this time around unlike the Flyer, but once it’s off, we gain access to its SIM card and microSD card slots.



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14 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 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: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Excellent, thank you so much. Prompt as always!

5. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 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: May 10, 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: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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: May 10, 2010

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

8. TechDroid

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 14, 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: Sep 14, 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: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I rather the Galaxy Tab 7.7 or even the 8.9

23. Deicide

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

I hope the new Nexus 9 is better.
Jetstream
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 7300 mAh

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