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.