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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
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor MSM8260 Dual-Core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
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
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
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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