[Via Ars Technica]
The first HTC tablet to market running Android 3.1 will be the HTC Jetstream, HTC and AT&T announced today. Landing in stores next week, the 10-inch tablet will be able to use AT&T’s 4G LTE network at launch, and while its specs are impressive, the form factor and price are less so.
The Jetstream has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 10-inch 1280×768 resolution screen, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. The 32GB onboard storage can be supplemented by 32GB more via microSD, and the Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system will be skinned with HTC’s Sense.
However, the body of the Jetstream is unimpressive-sounding: it measures over half an inch thick (0.51 inches, to be exact), and weighs 1.56 pounds, just an ounce less than the HP TouchPad and a few more than the iPad 2. No WiFi version of the tablet has been announced, so there’s only the 4G LTE version, which is priced at $699.99 with a two-year contract.
Yep, $700 with a two year contract costing up to $35 a month. $850 without one. And nothing about battery life.
The Android tablets continue to have a problem with WiFi-only models. as in there is no WiFi-only model of this tablet. It seems that this is part of Google’s licensing of Android.
Apple lets you buy a WiFi-only iPad for $500 that never ties you to any phone company and its data plan. $200 cheaper. Yes, less memory but as we will be spending a lot of time in the cloud shortly, having access to 64Gb of memory – as the HTC tablet does – may simply be adding an unneeded expense..
And if you want a 32 Gb iPad with the ability to connect to a cell carrier, it only costs $730 without a contract, $120 cheaper than the equivalent HTC! And the iPad allows you to get data on a month to month plan without committing to a 2 year plan.
So, for $700, you are committed to a 2 year data plan at a carrier. For $20 more you can get a similar iPad – WiFi and cell – without the 2 year commitment.
Just what are they thinking? 4G LTE is not worth it right now. They are attacking the elephant by copying its ear. That simply will not be very effective.