HTC Jetstream Lightning Review: All Lag, No Jet

Despite running Android's Honeycomb and packing an AT&T 4G radio, the HTC Jetstream has largely been written off for being so 'spensive. But hey! There are even more reasons to write it off. Oy.

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What Is It?

Another Android tablet. This time with 4Gees! Hope you live in DC...

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Who's it For?

Travelers, commuters, people on the go. In Washington DC. Folks who can't be bothered with Wi-Fi when they're looking for Internet. In DC.

Design

Excellent build quality. The brushed aluminum back and curved edges feel nice.

Using It

Totally aggravating. More lag and stutter than porn creepin' through a 56K modem. Sure, the thing'll run an HD game smoothly, but flipping between homescreens or open applications is too hard? Pfft. (Sennnnnse!)

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The Best Part

Battery life. This thing refuses to die. Best battery life we've seen on a tablet yet.

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Tragic Flaw

Sense. Holy crap. HTC's proprietary OS has a history of slowing down Android phones, but this tablet version is the worst implementation yet. And bear in mind this little guy packs a 1.5-GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. Baffling.

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This Is Weird...

The volume rocker is huge and too easy to press. This will result in your frequently accidentally turning the volume all the way up or all the way down.

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Test Notes

• Benchmarked just fine, about on par with other dual-core Honeycomb tabs. (Because the benchmark application is a 3rd-party app that Sense couldn't touch, which is why benchmarks are indications of a device's potential, but not the actual user experience.)
• We weren't in a 4G area (who is), so the best download speed we could get was a little over 2Mbps. Still fine for light browsing.
• Screen is decent, but nothing special.
• Any time you're in an app that Sense has touched, it is slooooooow.
• Any time you link your contacts with Sense it will screw them forever if you use a non-HTC phone. Now I have hundreds of contacts to manually fix. Super terrible.

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Should You Buy It?

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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.

HTC Jetstream Specs

• Network: AT&T
• OS: Android 3.1
• CPU: 1.5-GHz Dual-core Snapdragon processor
• Screen: 10.1-inch 800x1280 pixel LCD
• RAM: 1GB
• Storage: 32GB + up to 32GB microSD
• Price: $700 w/ 2-year contract, $850 w/o
• Giz Rank: 2 stars

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DISCUSSION

frankurd
Arggh! there goes a...snake a snake!

I don't get the "in Washington DC" part. Does that mean 4G is only available in DC? I thought that just happened to be where you did your tests before?