In a fiercely competitive tablet market, price is one of the biggest factors consumers consider. Case in point: Kindle Fire. Following the device’s announcement back in September, Amazon’s newest Kindle member, priced at $199, has seen record pre-order numbers pile up, and it still hasn’t been released. Granted, it does have Amazon’s ecosystem behind it, but the $199 consumer-friendly price is a huge draw.

So how does a company offering an Android tablet, similar to other Android tablets, stand out? For the 4G LTE enabled HTC Jetstream, the price is its biggest headline, but for all the wrong reasons.

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.

With an LTE enabled Galaxy Tab 10.1 available at a much friendlier price, the Jetstream is a hard device to recommend. In any case, check out the video for the full review.