Have HTC and AT&T gone nuts?

September 6th, 2011 at 9:35 AM  2 Comments

I do not understand the thinking behind this.  It makes absolutely no sense to me.  $849.00 for a Android Dual Core tablet?  $149.00 subsidy from AT&T?  What were they thinking?!  I realize that these decisions were made long before the HP TouchPad firesale started, but don’t you think someone should have said “wait a second, we should look at this again” and postpone the launch?

The HTC Jetstream is no low end tablet, but it is nothing unique. 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, 10.1-inch display, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. In today’s world, the majority of tablets (including this one) is a add-on device.  Why are they charging the price of a low to mid-range laptop?  At this price point I can almost buy a Lenovo Thinkpad and a lower end Android Tablet.

The other piece that is puzzling to me is why is AT&T only offering a $149.00 discount for a 2 year contract?  Who would sign up for that deal?  With Sprint’s recently announced ETF Change is this a new pattern?  Low subsidies and high ETF’s?  Lets hope not.

Hopefully this is just a case of “too late to change” and doesn’t show a trend to things to come from HTC.  If it does, I don’t see the once great smart device manufacturer continuing on with their legacy.