HTC's Jetstream tablet is now available through AT&T, but with friends like AT&T, who needs enemies? Straight to the point, at $700 on contract, AT&T went and priced the Jetstream out of contention. That's too bad when you consider HTC nearly single-handedly turned Android into a runaway success in the smartphone sector by blitzing the market, and at this point, HTC knows the open source OS as well as anyone. But if wireless carriers insist on smoking dope when pricing HTC tablets, why should HTC stick around?
It shouldn't, because the Jetstream and any future Android tablets priced higher than Apple's iPad aren't going to sell. Maybe that's AT&T's intention in the first place, maybe not. Either way, here's what $700 gets you in the Jetstream:
1.3MP front-facing camera; 8MP rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash
Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
The spec sheet is anything but threadbare, and the 1.5GHz dual-core processor is especially intriguing, but not to the tune of $700. Throw in a minimum $35/month data charge, and you're looking at investing $1,540 into the Jetstream for the life of the contract ($700 base price + $850 for two years of the least expensive data plan). Good luck with that one, AT&T.
AT&T is also offering the Jetstream sans contract for $850, and if you're somehow still interested, you can pick one up here.