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.


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:
Build number: 1.17.502.3

HTC Jetstream Video Review:


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


  • Really expensive
  • Choppy performance
  • It is thick

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