The first Honeycomb tablet
If you wondered when HTC would give us a new tablet to keep you entertained for hours, we are happy to inform you that they have and its name is Jetstream. This is the first Honeycomb tablet enabled with 4G and LTE to hit the markets and the second after the previous Flyer. The problem is that this is one heck of an expensive gadget if you want to buy it. Some would argue that you could ditch it and get yourself a laptop at the same price. Let’s see what our tests showed.
Made from aluminum
First and foremost, the HTC Jetstream packs a visually striking design which won’t let you get bored, because it has the same body as the Flyer model: made of brushed aluminum with a dark and grey paint job; there were soft touches when we looked at the tablet from the back. It was durable enough not to break when thrown on the floor. The chassis had no flex at all, which was great, and there was a lip which made the device easy to hold. Ok, so maybe it’s not the lightest product ever, but it sure has fewer kilograms than tablets such as Acer Iconia Tab A500, Toshiba Thrive and some others. On the rear is placed a plastic strip which works as a way to avoid interference coming from radio waves. The microSD card slot and the SIM card slot were hidden under a plastic section on the right which was very easy to remove once we wanted to see the 2.
10.1″ LCD display
On top of the tablet you’ll be able to see the power key and a 3.5mm stereo jack; on the left is a large speaker grille and two smaller grilles are placed toward the bottom of the gadget. The SRS technology offered sound that was, as we experienced in the test, full and very loud, but the bass was too much for our ears, so in the end we turned the volume down or off. We found no HDMI port when we looked at the tablet for the first time, so we had to buy an MHL adapter.
The screen on the HTC Jetstream is a 10.1″ LCD; the colors we perceived when looking at the display were bland and we also discovered a yellowish tint when viewing the screen at different angles. Besides, direct sunlight affected the display a great deal.
1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon procesor
When looking at the performance of the tablet we’re reviewing today, the processor used is a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon with a fast clock speed, but still not up to par with a Tegra 2 CPU. When we wanted to open applications or using the interface, everything happened fast and smooth. The Adreno 220 graphics present made for powerful 2D acceleration when playing games or watching 1080p MPEG4 videos. As a side note, though an important one, we didn’t experience crashes. 4G speeds, we have to say, struck us as being superb.
The software installed on the HTC Jetstream includes HTC Sense 1.1 for Tablets as one of the options. There are a lot of widgets preinstalled, possibilities to customize to your heart’s desire, apps and further ones.
The Stylus that is offered by this tablet can be taken everywhere you go and with whatever program you want. The battery of Jetstream made the tablet go on for 10 hours.
Finally, the camera took some amazing photos, very unlike what we saw on other tablets. Same can be said about the videos we shot with it.
The new HTC Jetstream tablet reviewed today is a good choice for a gadget and is coming with the latest Android Honeycomb operating system.
|Screen: 10.1″ WXGA HD screen|
|Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)|
|HTC Sense UX for tablets|
|Processor: Third-generation Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor|
|Camera specifications: Front Facing 1.3 MP, Rear facing 8 MP and Dual LED Flash|
|HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)|
|EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)|
|Expandable Memory: MicroSD card up to 32 GB|
|Battery: 7,300 mAh|
|Total weight: 25 ounces|
|External dimensions: 7″ (l) x 9.87″ (w) x 51″ (d)|