AT&T HTC Jetstream 4G Tablet: iPad 2 Opponent

Tablet rivalry amongst manufacturers seems to heat up every month. As the compact slate technology becomes more and more popular, Apple’s iPad 2 still hails itself as the epitome of tablet versatility. Other creators use the iPad as a benchmark for their designs and since its arrival at the beginning of this year, names such as Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 Tab and news of a possibly smaller 7.7, BlackBerry’s PlayBook, Motorola’s Xoom, HTC’s Flyer and so on have all been trying to get a piece of the action.

Enter another into the equation from HTC. At the recent yearly IFA event in Berlin which kicked off just a matter of days ago, HTC were keen to unveil their latest tablet addition by the name of “Jetstream.” How they think up these names is yet another article, but its specs particularly that of 4G LTE inclusion is a major advantage over Apple’s iPad 2. Presently, this is one drawback for Apple but if rumor is to have any substance to it, then the company’s next gen iPad 3 could incorporate the very same feature.

Although a tad bit on the expensive side which we will talk about in one moment, the Jetstream will release with a 10.1-inch screen, Android 3.1 OS, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8MP camera to the rear and a 1.3MP to the front, 32GB of internal storage with expansion thanks to a microSD card slot, with battery life as stated claiming to be around 12 hours.

As Slashgear pointed out, although the new HTC benefits from 4G LTE support, the price is a little off-putting. Listed with carrier AT&T, the Jetstream will be retailing for a jaw-dropping $699 on a two-year data plan costing you at least $35 per month, or as a stand-alone price of $849.99.

Just before we leave you to ponder over the new AT&T HTC Jetstream, we wanted to tell you about another device that AT&T are offering and its in the shape of a new smartphone, the LG Thrill 4G or Optimus 3D as its also known by other countries. Featuring a 4.3-inch display, dual-core processor, Android 2.2 OS, two 5 megapixel cameras for 3D (no glasses) usage including video recording and so on, the Thrill 4G will set you back in the region of $100 on a new data plan.

Is the HTC Jetstream tempting for you or have the company completely out priced themselves out of the market? For you, is it the iPad 2 every time?