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.
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.