HTC Jetstream vs Apple iPad 2

When it comes to cellular enabled tablets for AT&T, the pickings are indeed slim with the Apple iPad 2 being the most highly respected name on their lineup. Well, the HTC Jetstream is flying in to make a name for itself as being the carrier’s very first tablet to feature next-generation 4G LTE connectivity. Indeed that’s a prevalent shining point for the Honeycomb flavored tablet, but when you look at its $849.99 no-contract price, it seems remarkably overpriced versus the comparable $730 32GB 3G-enabled version of the Apple iPad 2. There’s no arguing that they’re going to be the cream of the crop for moment on AT&T’s lineup, but which one should you fork over your hard earned money into?


From a cursory look, it’s very difficult to point out the design differences between the two tablets, but if there’s one thing we love about them, it has to be their solid feeling brushed aluminum casings – it simply radiates quality! Looking at them head-on, their overall dimensions are relatively close to one another, however, the iPad 2 takes the mark of being the more refined of the two due to its razor thin construction and lighter weight feel. It’s not to say that the HTC Jetstream is a chubby one, but when the iPad 2 is able to confine itself within a small space, we’d only expect others to follow closely in the same footsteps. Naturally, HTC does a valiant effort on their part, but the kudos has to go to Apple’s team for engineering the more premium feeling tablet between the two.

On one hand, the Apple iPad 2 features a 9.7” IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768, which might seem slim in figure compared to the higher 1280 x 768 resolution found with the Jetstream’s 10.1” LCD display. Actually, details are comparatively the same with the two tablets – with neither one gaining the upper hand in this area. However, the iPad 2’s display produces colors that are more natural looking compared to the bland tones exhibited by the Jetstream. Furthermore, there’s a subtle yellow tinge seen with the Jetstream’s display when it’s tilted at various angles. And when it comes down to outdoor usage, the higher brightness output of the iPad 2 enables us to visibly see whatever is on-screen in direct sunlight.

In our experience, we constantly find ourselves accidentally pressing the Jetstream’s dedicated power button and volume rocker since they’re very sensitive to the touch – thus, causing us to press them by mistake too often than none. In contrast, the iPad 2’s physical buttons are more pronounced and require a good amount of force to activate.

Above their displays and built into their bezels, both tablets employ front facing cameras for video chat functionality. On the iPad 2, it’s a 0.3-megapixel VGA camera, while the Jetstream sizes up with a larger 1.3-megapixel one.

Of course, both tablets have their own respective charging and data ports, but not surprisingly, you’ll need to purchase adapters in order to gain HDMI-out functionality with the two of them.

Continuing to show off its mightier hardware, the HTC Jetstream packs a significantly higher 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash, which dwarfs the iPad 2’s miniscule less than 1-megapixel count camera. At the same time, the Jetstream offers stereo output with its left and right speakers – versus the single one on the iPad 2.

Considering that they’re cellular enabled tablets, the iPad 2 employs a microSIM card slot, while the Jetstream uses a more traditional regular sized one instead. Giving props to HTC’s beauty, the availability of a microSD card is undoubtedly a sweet thing to find since it allows the tablet to increase its internal storage capacity. Nevertheless, we’re still locked out from accessing their batteries.



1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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...

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.

12. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

18. cklude unregistered

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

24. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

The Galaxy S II phone can even kick the iPad 2's butt: That's a phone beating a tablet in webpage rendering speed tests.

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

4. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

11. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

13. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 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?

20. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011


5. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

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.

17. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

That was a very good comment. Well done.

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 are buying a fashion item and believe me, although I do not tottaly agree with this, in this world brand image is #1...

8. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

33. penos ta unregistered

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

38. travy unregistered

iphone 4s is the best

41. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 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.

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