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HTC Jetstream review

6.4/10 AVG.
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6.4/10
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The HTC Jetstream currently has an Informr score of 6.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

There’s plenty to love about the HTC Jetstream, at least on paper. It boasts one of the most impressive spec sheets found on a tablet computer, with features such as a 10.1-inch WXGA touchscreen display, 7300 mAh battery, and 4G LTE network support. It’s really quite feature-rich, and provides good value all around. Is it truly worth choosing over other tablets from more popular brand names in the worldwide tablet market, though?

The Jetstream is kept running with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage space. It also supports up to 32GB microSD cards, and features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, and quad-bandGSM network support. HTC had to deliver it with only Android 3.1 Honeycomb pre-installed, so if you’re looking to get a tablet with the latest flavor of Android pre-installed, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

HTC decided to deck this tablet out in an aluminum casing, which makes it extremely nice to hold without much heft at all. And when it comes to camera performance, you’ll heve two choices for snappers. There’s an 8-megapixel camera at the back and a 1-megapixel camera for backup right up front. Again, it's filled with a lot of goodness and looks like an absolute must-have on paper. Unfortunately, HTC seems to be asking too high of a price, even if it were running the latest version of Android at launch.

For reference, the Nexus 7, with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, costs a mere $199 for the base model with 8GB of storage. The HTC Jetstream may be bigger, louder, and better in certain areas, but the Nexus 7 still manages to show it up in some the most important areas of consideration: CPU, software, and battery life. At $700, this tablet costs nearly 4x more but still fails in certain aspects. If you really need to have an 8-megapixel camera on your LTE-enabled 10-inch tablet, it might be one of your options. Try your best to find it priced lower than $700, though.

Need To Know: HTC Jetstream

1. Support for HSPA+ data along with 4G LTE networking ensures fast browsing speeds in areas where there is network coverage. (The Good)

2. Dual-core Qualcomm processor is powerful enough to run built-in software with ease. (The Good)

3. Pre-installed software—Android 3.1 Honeycomb—is outdated. (The Bad)

4. Priced too high for its own sake, even with carrier promo bundles. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Gizmodo

Well, it's only... wait $700?! Are you kidding me?! With a two-year AT&T contract?! Ahhhhh! No. Just no. Nonononononono.

- Brent Rose, Gizmodo
Engadget

On paper, the Jetstream talks a tough spec game, boasting a 10.1-inch WXGA display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB of storage and an 8 megapixel rear shooter capable of 1080p video. Add to that list 4G LTE capability and you'd easily topple the Honeycomb competition in a side-by-side comp...

- Joseph Volpe, Engadget
PC Magazine

The HTC Jetstream, AT&T's first 4G LTE tablet, is overkill. It was designed with something to prove, but that thing doesn't seem to involve anyone buying it. Sure, it's the most powerful Android Honeycomb tablet ever, but its 25-ounce weight and $699-$849 price, combined with difficulty finding...

- Sascha Segan, PC Magazine
TechnoBuffalo

At its cheapest, the HTC Jetstream is offered at $699 with a two year contract and $849 without – no, that is not a typo. That alone is enough to turn away consumers, and it’s unfortunate because the wonderful build quality, HTC Sense UI and Scribe technology make it a solid device, albe...

- Jon Rettinger , TechnoBuffalo
Laptop Magazine

The HTC Jetstream is a sleek Android tablet with a friendly interface. Unfortunately, its main draw, the HTC Scribe pen, doesn't work as well as advertised. But our biggest issue is the Jetstream's price. For $699 you get the tablet, as well as a two-year 4G data plan with AT&T. That's $70 more...

- Daniel Howley, Laptop Magazine


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Screen Size
10.1"

The HTC Jetstream's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a MSM8260 Dual-Core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
7300mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 7300 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 37 days standby time, 12 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

HTC Jetstream Specs

Overview
Release date September 4, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor MSM8260 Dual-Core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 7300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 37 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Shimmering Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.8 x 25.1 x 1.3 cm (7 x 9.9 x 0.5 in)
Weight 709 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Scenes
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Puccini, AT&T Jetstream

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Critic Reviews


Gizmodo

It's just too expensive

from Gizmodo

Well, it's only... wait $700?! Are you kidding me?! With a two-year AT&T contract?! Ahhhhh! No. Just no. Nonononononono.

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Well, it's only... wait $700?! Are you kidding me?! With a two-year AT&T contract?! Ahhhhh! No. Just no. Nonononononono.

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Engadget

The HTC Jetstream falls behind its 10.1-inch competitors in both price and performance

from Engadget

On paper, the Jetstream talks a tough spec game, boasting a 10.1-inch WXGA display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB of storage and an 8 megapixel rear shooter capable of 1080p video. Add to that list 4G LTE capability and you'd easily topple the Honeycomb competition in a side-by-side c...More

On paper, the Jetstream talks a tough spec game, boasting a 10.1-inch WXGA display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB of storage and an 8 megapixel rear shooter capable of 1080p video. Add to that list 4G LTE capability and you'd easily topple the Honeycomb competition in a side-by-side comparison. When put to real-world use, however, many of those much-touted internals, especially the LTE radio, could turn against the device, sucking down the beefy 7,300mAh juice and leaving you with a handicapped mobile product. Use it heavily in one of AT&T's LTE coverage areas and you'll need to pull out the charger at day's end, but left to the operator's HSPA+ network and this go anywhere slate becomes a trusty and long-lasting mobile sidekick.

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PC Magazine

It's too heavy and overpriced to compete

from PC Magazine

The HTC Jetstream, AT&T's first 4G LTE tablet, is overkill. It was designed with something to prove, but that thing doesn't seem to involve anyone buying it. Sure, it's the most powerful Android Honeycomb tablet ever, but its 25-ounce weight and $699-$849 price, combined with difficulty findi...More

The HTC Jetstream, AT&T's first 4G LTE tablet, is overkill. It was designed with something to prove, but that thing doesn't seem to involve anyone buying it. Sure, it's the most powerful Android Honeycomb tablet ever, but its 25-ounce weight and $699-$849 price, combined with difficulty finding apps that spotlight its powerful hardware, make it more a curiosity than a compelling purchase.

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TechnoBuffalo

Wonderful build quality, HTC Sense UI and Scribe technology make it a solid device but turned away by its premium price

from TechnoBuffalo

At its cheapest, the HTC Jetstream is offered at $699 with a two year contract and $849 without – no, that is not a typo. That alone is enough to turn away consumers, and it’s unfortunate because the wonderful build quality, HTC Sense UI and Scribe technology make it a solid device, a...More

At its cheapest, the HTC Jetstream is offered at $699 with a two year contract and $849 without – no, that is not a typo. That alone is enough to turn away consumers, and it’s unfortunate because the wonderful build quality, HTC Sense UI and Scribe technology make it a solid device, albeit one that many probably won’t get to experience because of its premium price. It’s worth noting, too, that we did notice a slight lag during daily operation, even though the device is packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

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Laptop Magazine

The biggest issue is the Jetstream's price

from Laptop Magazine

The HTC Jetstream is a sleek Android tablet with a friendly interface. Unfortunately, its main draw, the HTC Scribe pen, doesn't work as well as advertised. But our biggest issue is the Jetstream's price. For $699 you get the tablet, as well as a two-year 4G data plan with AT&T. That's $70 mo...More

The HTC Jetstream is a sleek Android tablet with a friendly interface. Unfortunately, its main draw, the HTC Scribe pen, doesn't work as well as advertised. But our biggest issue is the Jetstream's price. For $699 you get the tablet, as well as a two-year 4G data plan with AT&T. That's $70 more than a similarly equipped Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for Verizon, which is lighter and offers faster 4G speeds. And it's also $70 more than a 3G iPad 2 on AT&T, which has more compelling apps. If AT&T decides to drop the price on the Jetstream, it might be worth picking one up. For now, though, it's just not worth the premium.

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Cnet

It prices itself out of most consumers' budgets, while offering little to compensate

from Cnet

Whether at its $850 no-contract price or the discounted $700 two-year contract price, the HTC Jetstream is simply not worth the money. It's a capable tablet with good design and good performance, but offers nothing compelling enough to warrant such an exorbitant cost.

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Whether at its $850 no-contract price or the discounted $700 two-year contract price, the HTC Jetstream is simply not worth the money. It's a capable tablet with good design and good performance, but offers nothing compelling enough to warrant such an exorbitant cost.

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Business Insider

The Jetstream doesn't seem to stand a chance

from Business Insider

It's unfortunate, but the price is really the only thing holding me back from recommending the Jetstream. I really do enjoy the tablet, but with 10-inch iPads and Galaxy Tabs starting at $499 and the upcoming Kindle Fire selling for $199, the Jetstream doesn't seem to stand a chance.

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It's unfortunate, but the price is really the only thing holding me back from recommending the Jetstream. I really do enjoy the tablet, but with 10-inch iPads and Galaxy Tabs starting at $499 and the upcoming Kindle Fire selling for $199, the Jetstream doesn't seem to stand a chance.

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SlashGear

Most comprehensive and well-done user interface placed over Android Honeycomb yet

from SlashGear

It is, again, unfortunate that this tablet will cost you seven bills. If you take away the price, on the other hand, you’ve got one of the nicest Android tablets on the market, complete with the most comprehensive and well-done user interface placed over Android Honeycomb yet – HTC&rs...More

It is, again, unfortunate that this tablet will cost you seven bills. If you take away the price, on the other hand, you’ve got one of the nicest Android tablets on the market, complete with the most comprehensive and well-done user interface placed over Android Honeycomb yet – HTC’s Sense is always welcome in devices in my house, as it were. If only this were an alternate universe and the work and materials that went into this project were inexpensively sourced, we’d have the $400 tablet of our dreams.

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PhoneArena

Excels in shooting photos & videos

from PhoneArena

Being the newest kid on the block definitely has its advantages, and it really shows with the HTC Jetstream as it excels in shooting photos & videos, packs support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network, and incorporates HTC Scribe Technology. Moreover, the HTC Sense for tablet experience offers...More

Being the newest kid on the block definitely has its advantages, and it really shows with the HTC Jetstream as it excels in shooting photos & videos, packs support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network, and incorporates HTC Scribe Technology. Moreover, the HTC Sense for tablet experience offers a lot of usefulness with its depth – despite its choppy appearance at times. Even in the face of stiff competition, the iPad 2 remains the most relevant tablet on the market thanks to its eye-catching looks and well-rounded performance. However, pricing is always something that can dictate success or failure with any product.

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PhoneArena

Handicapped by an exorbitant price point

from PhoneArena

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...More

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.

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