AT&T Now Shipping Ridiculously Expensive HTC Jetstream Tablet

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GPhorce

Along the lines of the Conservative belief that wealth creates jobs, AT&T must believe that expensive devices will stimulate tablet sales. We all know that the extra profits will trickle down to the lowest rung of its employees giving them the ability to buy less expensive tablets thus boosting the sales of its more modestly priced tablets. Right?

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digitallysane

The iPad 2 with 32GB and AT&T 3G is $729 (http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MC774LL-Tablet-Black-NEWEST/dp/B002C74BO0). Not sure what AT&T 3G means in terms of contract.

Here you have a 1.5GHz proc, 4G, SD card slot, HDMI out (the adapter for iPad is $40), 8MP camera, pen.

Even at $850 (which is a lot), it's hard to call it "ridiculously expensive" considering the included hardware. Maybe not very competitive, but this outrage by a computing magazine is just ridiculous.

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Paul_Lilly

More a mixture of surprise and disappointment (albeit rather colorful) than outrage, and we're far from the only ones to point out AT&T's questionable pricing, which places too much of a premium on 4G LTE.

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digitallysane

I like how any tech magazine makes the comparison by saying: the iPad2 starts at $499. Well, we should be mentioning the iPad2 32GB 3G here, not the 16GB WiFi. Yes, you're not the only one pointing the high price, and your linked article, and the Engadget headlines are all part of a new wave of careless journalism which actually fails to inform your readers.

It's absolutely true that AT&T makes it look expensive and that it probably won't sell well, but this is not a decent way to write an article (I'm talking about the info delivered, not about the style).

A correct comparison should have been made and then maybe pointed out that HTC would have been smart to also have a 16 GB WiFi only version, priced around 450-500, so they don't look like they only care about the high priced high end. But you, as journalists, have the responsibility to put the hard facts in the correct perspective. If the article has a line that reads: "An iPad2 with roughly the same characteristics is $730, or $770 if you want HDMI output, while having lower specced hardware overall", suddenly the whole perspective changes.

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Paul_Lilly

The perspective would remain the same, not simply because AT&T priced the Jetstream $120 higher than a 32GB iPad 2 with 3G (comparing non-subsidized prices, $850 vs $730), but because consumers have avoided high-priced Android and other non-iOS tablets (like the TouchPad), and even more so now that prices are finally starting to trend downward. Simply put, there's nothing out there that rivals the iPad's market share, even though competiting tablets like Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 are slimmer, superior in hardware, and cost the same. Sure, the Jetstream ups the ante with a 1.5GHz dual-core chip and 4G LTE, but pricing it $120 higher than the reigning market share leader is going to render the Jetstream just another also-ran, and that's unfortunate for HTC and Android proponents both.

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GPhorce

I usually don't comment on othe people's discussions but this guy is gunning for your job. Fail as he may being that this wasn't a head to head comparison rather a commentary on what type of drugs AT&T might be on to price and Android tablet higher than an Apple iPad2...(and at that price anybody that can afford to drop that kinda Munster doesn't give a crap about paying 40 dollars for an adapter) I have a feeling this guy wanted you to break out the old Excel spread sheet and give him more of the Joe Friday and less Frank Drebin.  

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CaptainFabulous

Apparently HTC didn't get the memo. People want $99 tablets, not $850 ones. Epic fail.

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Teh_tourist

That's some pretty nice bias you got going there...

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TerribleToaster

Not sure who you are referring too...

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