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Friday, December 23, 2011

Slipping into the LTE Jetstream -- a review of Rogers' HTC Jetstream

Posted by Don Tolson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 08:30 AM

Audio

Well, what can we say? The stereo speakers on the Jetstream are marginally better than single speaker we get on most phones, but that's still not saying much. It's kind of like listening to those very early transistor radios with the standard 1.5 inch single element speaker. You don't get much high or low range response, just a lot of midrange. They'll do when you are just browsing the internet and watching the occasional show or video, but if you want to listen to music or a movie, I'd suggest investing in a good set of earphones or headphones.

Video

I checked out the Jetstream using our usual testbed of video samples and it handled all of them easily -- displaying all the different formats available smoothly and perfect sync between audio and video. My sons gave it a run on their video feeds (my wife and I prefer to watch the 'old style' television :-). They noticed it took a little longer to get started than on the media PC and there was a little jittering, but nothing that made it unwatchable. The couple of YouTube videos I watched had to buffer a couple of times in the middle, but overall the quality of the video display was very good. It does make a huge difference being able to watch on a 10 inch screen over a 3.7 inch one!

Conclusion

Overall, this is a nice tablet with the kind of quality I've come to expect from HTC. It's solidly built, works well, and has the features most expected in a tablet. I was a little disappointed by the underwhelming LTE performance, but maybe that was part of the network, rather than the tablet itself. For the price, I was hoping for a better alternative to our laptops for media browsing.

Don is a senior architect with Fujitsu, specializing in security, privacy and mobile applications. Living in beautiful Victoria, BC, on the west coast of Canada, he has been playing with, using, and reviewing mobile devices since the very early days of the Sharp Wizard.

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