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Dell Streak review

7.2/10 AVG.
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7.2/10
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The Dell Streak is very unusual in the sense that it has all the features of a tablet, but is similar in size to a smartphone. It has a five inch display and a 800 x 480 screen resolution. The screen is bigger than the iPhone 4 and bigger than the Android phones, HTC Evo 4G and Motorola Droid X.

Tablets such as the iPad 2 have a 9.7 or 10 inch screen, and if you are looking to use a tablet for emails, casual gaming, or HD videos then you might want a larger screen and a virtual keyboard that is easy to type on. But the Streak's size means neither of these two are possible.

As far as processing goes, the Dell Streak has a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor with 512 MB of RAM. It runs an old version of the Android OS, 2.2. Again, this means it is slightly behind new tablets that run on the Android 3.0. However, it is a very fast system, and can load websites very quickly as well through its WiFi. Most websites load in similar or faster times than the iPad, despite the smaller size, meaning you are not losing out on performance and speed. However, the Android 2.2 OS does not have the same quality and quantity of Android apps that the new 3.0 operating system offers, meaning users miss out in that sense.

Dell claims that their tablet is actually an improvement on larger tablets, because 95% of Android games do not take advantage of bigger screens anyway, and can be viewed or played as easily on this tablet as larger ones. However, it is difficult to judge the Dell Streak because it is not a smartphone and it is not a tablet. It is a hybrid between the two, similar in many ways to the iPod touch, and it remains to be seen whether there is a market for smaller tablets.

Need To Know Facts: Dell Streak

1. Small screen means it is easy to carry around. (The Good)

2. Fast web browsing. (The Good)

3. Small screen might make it harder to type and use certain features. (The Bad)

4. Android 2.2 instead of Android 3.0. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Computer Shopper

The Streak 5, whether you buy it unlocked or with a two-year contract, comes with an industry-standard one-year warranty, as well as one year of "advanced exchange" service. There is no option for an extended warranty on Dell’s site. Bundled apps of note include Evernote; CoPilot Live; Quickof...

- Sarah E. Anderson, Computer Shopper
The Guardian

In summary, despite some minor niggles, the Dell Streak is an excellent device. I also think my experiment of trying to get the benefits of a 'pad and a smart phone in one device has worked. It is big enough to be easy to read, watch or interact with for extended periods but small enough to be highl...

- Kate Craig-Wood , The Guardian
PC Pro

Overall, then, this is a positive update. It’s faster, more intuitive and has more features than before. It also helps that Dell has priced the Streak quite aggressively: £399 inc VAT is competitive for a SIM-free device with this amount of power and features.We don’t suggest that...

- Tim Danton, PC Pro
Mobile Syrup

Overall, I would welcome more of these devices in industry. However, issues relating to battery life, UI, and size must be addressed in order to satisfy and tempt future consumers. Personally, I would only purchase this device if I could use it with one the Canadian wireless carriers’ va...

- Joseph Rizzuto, Mobile Syrup
PhoneArena

As it seems, the Samsung Galaxy Tab reigns on top of the Android tablet market right now with its solid performance and up-to-date experience. Although the Dell Streak is still trying to find a niche for itself, its outdated Android experience doesn't particularly make it the most suitable table...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena


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Screen Size
5"

The Dell Streak's screen size is 5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1530mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1530 mAh battery. Dell's performance ratings are 16 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Dell Streak Specs

Overview
Release date June 7, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1530 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Red, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.9 x 1.0 cm (6 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 218 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 5 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen, Gorilla Glass Display
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Night mode, White balance, Scenes
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 20 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Scenes
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps Facebook, Google Search, YouTube
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Dell Mini 5

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Computer Shopper

Dell’s updated Streak 5 has some solid improvements over its debut version

from Computer Shopper

The Streak 5, whether you buy it unlocked or with a two-year contract, comes with an industry-standard one-year warranty, as well as one year of "advanced exchange" service. There is no option for an extended warranty on Dell’s site. Bundled apps of note include Evernote; CoPilot Live; Quickoffice; TuneIn Radio; and Zinio Reader....

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The Streak 5, whether you buy it unlocked or with a two-year contract, comes with an industry-standard one-year warranty, as well as one year of "advanced exchange" service. There is no option for an extended warranty on Dell’s site. Bundled apps of note include Evernote; CoPilot Live; Quickoffice; TuneIn Radio; and Zinio Reader.

Dell has done some nice things with the Streak 5. Our version had Android 2.2, which is a big plus compared with the original Streak's version 1.6. Its screen resolution, while not spectacular, is appropriate for the display's size and looks great, and its battery life is decent. We’re happy with the dual cameras and the MicroSD card slot, but the 3G performance is just too slow or unreliable to make for a top recommendation. And if Dell wants to sell this as an unlocked device, then it needs to work on both T-Mobile and AT&T, fast and consistently.

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The Guardian

Mix a smartphone with a bit of iPad and you’ll get the Dell Streak

from The Guardian

In summary, despite some minor niggles, the Dell Streak is an excellent device. I also think my experiment of trying to get the benefits of a 'pad and a smart phone in one device has worked. It is big enough to be easy to read, watch or interact with for extended periods but small enough to be hi...More

In summary, despite some minor niggles, the Dell Streak is an excellent device. I also think my experiment of trying to get the benefits of a 'pad and a smart phone in one device has worked. It is big enough to be easy to read, watch or interact with for extended periods but small enough to be highly portable, with all the other benefits of a high-end smartphone. It is a little let down by its older operating system, but even Android 1.6 still overall excels. If you like the idea of a hybrid pad-phone then this could be for you, even if not an Android user. The small investment of time to get to grips with Android would certainly be worthwhile in order to get the full benefits of this device.

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PC Pro

The update to Android 2.2 brings numerous improvements to the quietly impressive Dell Streak, with the one notable negative being battery life

from PC Pro

Overall, then, this is a positive update. It’s faster, more intuitive and has more features than before. It also helps that Dell has priced the Streak quite aggressively: £399 inc VAT is competitive for a SIM-free device with this amount of power and features.
We don’t suggest that everyone rushes out to buy one: many will be better served by a phone with a 4.3in screen, especially if you feel embarrassed holding a 5in slab of plastic against your ear when answering a call...

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Overall, then, this is a positive update. It’s faster, more intuitive and has more features than before. It also helps that Dell has priced the Streak quite aggressively: £399 inc VAT is competitive for a SIM-free device with this amount of power and features.
We don’t suggest that everyone rushes out to buy one: many will be better served by a phone with a 4.3in screen, especially if you feel embarrassed holding a 5in slab of plastic against your ear when answering a call.

However, if you’re willing to put up with the niggles we’ve already identified – our primary concern is its battery life – then it’s well worth buying as a super-charged smartphone with the capability to step up to tablet status when you need it.

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Mobile Syrup

Lived up to most of its hype

from Mobile Syrup

Overall, I would welcome more of these devices in industry. However, issues relating to battery life, UI, and size must be addressed in order to satisfy and tempt future consumers. Personally, I would only purchase this device if I could use it with one the Canadian wireless carriers’...More

Overall, I would welcome more of these devices in industry. However, issues relating to battery life, UI, and size must be addressed in order to satisfy and tempt future consumers. Personally, I would only purchase this device if I could use it with one the Canadian wireless carriers’ various $10 data add-on options for tablet devices. The Streak is too awkwardly shaped to be used as a phone on a daily basis, and the various dirty looks I received while making calls in public can attest to that.

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PhoneArena

Dell Streak with it's outdated OS doesn't match-up with Samsung Galaxy Tab's superiority

from PhoneArena

As it seems, the Samsung Galaxy Tab reigns on top of the Android tablet market right now with its solid performance and up-to-date experience. Although the Dell Streak is still trying to find a niche for itself, its outdated Android experience doesn't particularly make it the most suitable ta...More

As it seems, the Samsung Galaxy Tab reigns on top of the Android tablet market right now with its solid performance and up-to-date experience. Although the Dell Streak is still trying to find a niche for itself, its outdated Android experience doesn't particularly make it the most suitable tablet solution on the market. Despite boasting a very good camera and phenomenal battery life, it doesn't play to the needs of strictly tablet users out there. Sure the Android Market and eventual upgrade to Android 2.1 might make it a tad bit more polished, but it doesn't exhibit the Tab's already superior offerings from a tablet perspective. As for Samsung's pride and joy, its remarkable ascension to the top of the Android tablet market is quite fitting, but it still requires some fine tuning to truly make it a standout competitor outside of the Android space.

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PhoneArena

With the Dell Streak’s 5-inch display, it’s either you love it or hate it

from PhoneArena

Size does matter, and in the case of the Dell Streak, it makes all the difference for those who are considering this tablet. In a way, its diminutive display might initially appeal to a wide audience for being more pocketable, but when it comes down to becoming a functional tablet, it makes for a...More

Size does matter, and in the case of the Dell Streak, it makes all the difference for those who are considering this tablet. In a way, its diminutive display might initially appeal to a wide audience for being more pocketable, but when it comes down to becoming a functional tablet, it makes for a challenging experience. Since it's regarded as a tablet, the Dell Streak truly tests the limits of what consumers would still consider a respectable tablet experience – which is evident with its unusual on-screen QWERTY. However, it's still knowingly a more compact solution over other tablets in the market – while still playing itself as a smartphone replacement. Even though Android 1.6 limits its ability to truly stand above the greats, we'd imagine that an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo would remarkably add more luster to its coating.

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Mobile Tech Review

It's hard not to love the Dell Streak

from Mobile Tech Review

It's hard not to love the Dell Streak unless you prefer smaller, voice-centric smartphones. It's not only a voice phone but a tablet with a 5" display that makes for a better Internet and multimedia experience than 4" and even 4.3" Android smartphones. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it's pocketab...More

It's hard not to love the Dell Streak unless you prefer smaller, voice-centric smartphones. It's not only a voice phone but a tablet with a 5" display that makes for a better Internet and multimedia experience than 4" and even 4.3" Android smartphones. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it's pocketable, you can hold it to your head and make calls and you can use it as a phone. This versatile tablet is gorgeous looking and speaks of quality. The battery door is fussy until broken in though. If you need a pocket computer and Internet device first and a phone second, the Streak is enticing at $299 with contract. We can't wait to see what Froyo brings!

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GSMArena

Too big for a phone and too small for a tablet

from GSMArena

The Dell Streak is trying to find the best balance between smartphone and tablet in a place where no one else has looked. The hardware certainly seems up to the task, matching the best the market has to offer. Or so it seems when you look at the specs sheet.

However, it’s the performance that counts here and the Dell Streak is not quite as smooth as we are used to seeing from Android – especially at this price point. Of course this is in no small part due to the outdated Android version. As soon as the Streak gets Froyo, things might just take a turn for the better...

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The Dell Streak is trying to find the best balance between smartphone and tablet in a place where no one else has looked. The hardware certainly seems up to the task, matching the best the market has to offer. Or so it seems when you look at the specs sheet.

However, it’s the performance that counts here and the Dell Streak is not quite as smooth as we are used to seeing from Android – especially at this price point. Of course this is in no small part due to the outdated Android version. As soon as the Streak gets Froyo, things might just take a turn for the better.

Right now, we can’t help but feel that it’s some way behind both its smartphone and its tablet competitors.

The 7” Galaxy Tab seems to better fit the tablet bill and still packs a camera and full phone capabilities. We recently got the chance to review it and the only grudge we had was the high price tag. Unfortunately, the Dell Streak doesn’t exactly go for pennies either.

Of course, it might be just us but 5” does seem stuck in the middle of nowhere: it’s either a huge phone or a tablet too small. Of course, if a 5” device can do both jobs for you, you might just go ahead and buy it. Once thing’s for sure – you can count on rock solid build quality with this one.

If you’re lucky enough to get an software upgrade soon – it will be a buy you’re unlikely to regret. We’re just not sure. We’ve always thought that tablets are supposed to let you leave your laptop at home. With the Dell Streak however goes the other way – it will let you leave your phone at home and that’s all.

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Pocketnow

The Dell Streak’s 5 inch display acts as a double-edged sword

from Pocketnow

Overall, the Dell Streak is a fantastic device. If you’re looking for a work-horse device that will get you through your day of composing and replying to email, browsing the web, catching up on news, or whatever it may be, the Dell Streak is the device for you. The Streak will definitely fit the needs of many business centric users out there. The ability to fit more widgets and icons per home screen goes a long way....

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Overall, the Dell Streak is a fantastic device. If you’re looking for a work-horse device that will get you through your day of composing and replying to email, browsing the web, catching up on news, or whatever it may be, the Dell Streak is the device for you. The Streak will definitely fit the needs of many business centric users out there. The ability to fit more widgets and icons per home screen goes a long way.

The Streaks biggest Pro is also its biggest Con. The 5” screen is either hit or miss when defining if it’s cumbersome, or something you’ll get used to. The fact that it is sold with Android 1.6 installed also slightly takes away from the coolness factor. With that being said, Froyo will be out in the near future.

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CNET

The Dell Streak makes a very good first impression as it stands out in the Android tablet market

from CNET

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. The Dell Streak is the fir...More

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. The Dell Streak is the first Android tablet worth taking seriously, though its size puts it on the fence between tablets and smartphones.

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