Dell Streak Tablet Review

posted on 07 Feb 2013 11:36 by androids directory Tech, Knowledge
Dell Streak Tablet Review
 
Spec
  • 5-inch multi-touch display made of damage-resistant Gorilla Glass (800 x 480 pixels) with ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer

  • Widescreen virtual keyboard with haptic feedback
  • 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with auto-focus lens and dual LED flash
  • User-facing VGA camera for video chatting
  • Multi-format media player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ audio files and H.263/H.264, .3GP, MPEG4, and WMV video files. Dedicated Amazon MP3 Store app for over-the-air downloads.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • Memory: 512 MB ROM + 512 MB SDRAM + 2 GB non-user accessible microSD for system and applications files only
  • HTML Web browser (Webkit)
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off

Price 200-250$

Review

I received my Dell Streak last Thursday but waited for a few days before posting comments.First off, I tend to agree with most of the comments posted so far although i might add that like every electronic device out there, no one device is created equal and the Dell at over $400 w/o plan is no exception. There's so much to say about this device and I'll try my best to lay it out straight. If Amazon allows half a stars, i would rate this device 3.5 stars.

Looks and Appearance: Very slick and sharp build and amazingly thin. As far as size is concern, it is what it is and either you like the size or you don't. If you are a light phone user and will use the Streak more for the web, I would recommend this device.

Handling and Buttons: I took points off here since Dell could have done a better job. Power button could have been better positioned at the top of the phone instead of lining up side by side to the camera and up/down volume controls. One could easily turn the device off accidentally if device is held to the ears.

Pin Connector: Using a standard USB cable with mini-usb would have made everyone's life a lot easier. Instead Dell has to develop its own unique USB-Pin connector. Connecting the pins to the device can be tricky business since it does not attached easily and one could easily damage the pinheads in a matter of time.

Sound Quality: Have to say that the speaker phone is far superior than the Iphone. Only problem is speaker sound tends to be thinny without bass as some reviews have already indicated here.

Battery Life: Not very impressive but then again this device carries a 5" screen which sucks power. I followed Streak's recommendation to economize on battery life by setting screen timeouts to 1 sec, disable bluetooth and wifi when not required and shut down apps with killapps software. Still battery tends to drain. Compared to the Iphone (or any other Apple products for that matter), I'd give the Iphone battery 4 stars anytime.

Functionality: If you are a heavy phone user, i recommend you pass on this device. Navigating phone features needs some getting used to plus don't forget battery life is an issue. This device is best used if you are sitting down on a couch or have the device on a table. In short you need two hands to work this device efficiently. Definitely not for navigating buttons when you are walking or driving (which you shouldn't be doing anyway). And if you are to use the phone frequently, use a bluetooth headset instead. Somehow it makes more sense and you look more sensible too.

Speed: I find navigating screen pages and launching apps incredibly fast on this device and yet it is only loaded with the Android 1.6. Pages load almost in a flash. I find the speed on the Streak very impressive as it is.

Android vs Itunes: I am a first time Android user and may be a little bias in my comments here, so bear with me. I personally find Iphone apps alot more user-friendly and developed. It seems to be that some Android app developers just dump apps on Android market without really testing it out. Then there is the issue that each Android device has its own operating characteristics and hence not all Android apps are meant for all Android device. That said, there are significant trial and errors when it comes to downloading your favorite apps.

Upgrades: All ATT-issued Dell Streak are still loaded with 1.6 and the 2.2 version will only be made available in January 2011 after all the guinea pigs have been exhausted.As informed by Dell, Android is rolling out the 2.2 for unlocked Streaks followed by ATT version. For advance users however, the Streak can be loaded with 2.1 which is not for the faint hearted. Sadly, the 1.6 version does not allow pinching to zoom.

Video and Picture Quality: Picture quality is excellent but video dismal. With a 5" screen, one would expect better resolution. The 5mp camera with front and back lens is impressive though but a real good steady hand is needed to snap good pictures.

Conclusion: This is a device you will need to fall in love with. Give it some time, get to know it BUT if you find yourself making excuses everyday for keeping it, then it maybe better to let it go. Its acquired love. Your main motivation for parting out with $400+ for the unlocked version (or sign your life to ATT for 2 years) is because you want a mini portable tablet that fits in your pocket. Truth of the matter is you don't need a phone that has a 5" screen do you?! At this moment i am deciding whether to go for a Samsung Galaxy tablet or the Ipad. I've decided to go for the Ipad for its simplicity, stability, great battery life and picture resolution.

 
 

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#1 By Thiago Farroco (103.7.57.18|180.149.8.120) on 2013-02-22 20:04