HTC Jetstream hands-on

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When it comes to tablets, HTC has two. A 7-inch Gingerbread powered HTC Flyer, and the new 10-inch Honeycomb powered HTC Jetstream just announced in the US on AT&T.
Keen to see how Honeycomb works on the new 10-inch model and what it looks like in the flesh, Pocket-lint flew to Istanbul of all places, to have a play with the new tablet courtesy of Qualcomm.
In the flesh and the tablet is big, considerably bigger than the 7-inch Flyer and more akin to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 rather than keep the same design ethos.

The front is dominated by the large screen, so much so, there are no buttons to distract with the Jetstream instead using Honeycomb’s on screen button options to give you control over what you can do. That said there is still just about enough room to give you a forward facing camera, as well as the respective logos of HTC and AT&T.
The WXGA HD display is bright and crisp, although by no means stand out stunning.
The sides are void of detail too with a simple power button LED light and headphone socket on the top, and a micro USB charging port at the bottom.
The rear of the device thankfully offers up more detail. There is a speaker and an 8 megapixel camera for those moments you need to take a picture.

Inside and the Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual core processor and LTE/HSPA connectivity. It will support 1080p playback and capture.
It runs the Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system and represents the first iteration of the HTC Sense user experience on Honeycomb.
Like the company’s 7-inch offering, the HTC Flyer, the Jetstream will work with the company’s stylus – the HTC Scribe – an optional digital pen accessory although sadly Qualcomm didn’t have one to had for us to try out.
In the flesh and it’s business as usual with the Jetstream offering a very friendly Sense UI interface for those that love it with the added benefit of Honeycomb and what it offers to Android tablet users too.

Like the HTC Flyer – it uses the same innards – the Jetstream was quick and responsive to our commands and requests.
On the design front, it is a touch on the heavy side, and the brushed metal casing seems out of kilt with HTC’s overall design ethos, something we suspect AT&T requested on perhaps seeing the Galaxy Tab back at US phone trade show CTIA in March.
The HTC Jetstream is available in the US now, and although nothing is confirmed, is expected to make it to the UK at some point in the future.?


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