Dell Streak Feature Roundup, Hands-On, And Impressions
13 August 2014
Summary: The Dell Streak is certainly an interesting device to say the least. Its unique size and design makes it a contender in the market, as it stands out above the rest of the smartphones on the shelves. I’m certainly looking forward to the Android 2.1 (or 2.2?) update which will hopefully come sooner rather than later in the US, too. If you want to grab one for yourself, it’s available through AT&T from $299.99 with a two year contract.
Summary: The Dell Streak is the first Android tablet worth taking seriously, though its size puts it on the fence between tablets and smartphones.
Pros: The Dell Streak offers an unprecedented combination of processor power, screen size, and design quality. Support for 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth hit all the wireless sweet spots, while photo, camcorder, and calling capabilities blur the boundaries between tablet and phone.
Cons: Battery life isn't great, the touch-screen keyboard is awkward, music quality is below average, and the position of the camera tends to cloud photos and video.
Summary: But if I had to pick one, it would be the Samsung Galaxy Tab. I really enjoyed using this device. Social Media, blogging, reading my RSS feeds, Twitter , Facebook , and browsing the internet was very enjoyable and more so than the Dells Streak. At the end of the day, I got tired of using the Bluetooth ear piece to avoid the unwanted attention and constant references to the bag phone when describing the Streaks size.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, we found the Dell Streak’s battery consumption an issue – you’ll probably need to keep a charger handy. Left in standby or screen-off mode overnight, it needed charging the next day. This is rather a drawback, since this is a phone as well as a tablet device, but with a Sin screen and a 1GHz processor to power, not really surprising.
Conclusion: The Dell Streak is great for web browsing, watching videos and social networking but its size means that it won’t necessarily fit into a pocket and will prove a bit of a handful for some. This is accentuated by the homescreen view being locked to landscape forcing to you hold it in two hands. Those looking for something truly portable may want to consider a smaller-screened smartphone instead.
Excerpt: Times certainly are changing. Devices that can boast a larger screen are becoming the current fad. By increasing screen sizes manufacturers hope to fortify users’ ability to multitask and become even more efficient by maximizing usability. Dell has jumped onto the bandwagon by releasing the Dell Streak, an Android tablet device that also doubles as a phone.
Pros: + Large 5″ screen increases usability
Cons: - Large 5″ screen sometime makes the device cumbersome in the pocket
Conclusion: If you love Android and you're a fan of the bigger form factor then the Dell Streak could be the handset to make you cast aside your hesitations. An interesting device for trailblazers and phone geeks.
Pros: At five inches across, the Dell Streak is certainly the biggest touchscreen phone we've seen and Dell has emphasised the fact by locking it down into landscape mode use. But for all that, it's impressively thin. At just under 10mm, the Streak is barely thicker than the new iPhone 4, and will still comfortably slip into your pocket, despite its width. The 1GHz Snapdragon processor is as zippy as you'd expect on top-end Android handsets. And the WVGA screen is responsiv...
Cons: It's heavy – at 219g, the Dell Streak is hefty for a smartphone (an iPhone 3GS weighs just 135g). The five-megapixel camera takes average stills, and has a slightly laggy shutter and the onscreen keyboard is simply not good enough for such a large, otherwise responsive screen. The Dell Streak also only runs the older Android 1.6, albeit a nicely skinned version, so no delicious FroYo Flash support or multiple Google accounts. And because it’s skinned, don’t expect imm...