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While Android receives great reviews, one of its problems has been the rate at which new versions appear - and which render a device out of date. The original Dell Streak was a victim of this. When it was released last year, it sported the already old Android 1.6, so missed out on a lot of the new features that were available in updates not long after it launched. Now Dell has re-released the Streak as the 2.2, with Android's latest incarnation - Froyo - as well as Dell's own custom interface, Stage. Looks This latest version boasts the same hardware as the original Streak - that means a five-megapixel snapper, WVGA display, 16GB memory and a five-inch capacitive touch-screen. As it happens, if you own the first Streak, you can update the new features over the air. Audiophiles will be glad to see a 3.5mm audio jack, so you can use your own headphones, although Dell has supplied a good pair of ear buds with the Streak 2.2. The chassis is sleek and curved and boasts a shiny black or red coat. The metal battery covers slides off. Actually it comes off somewhat easily - rather annoying because each time this happens the phones turns off. You'll find the charging port on a long side, which means it is possible to put it on a media dock and play video and charge simultaneously.
Even though some would argue that the massive sized displays of the HTC EVO 4G and the Motorola DROID X can be regarded as almost tablet-like, out comes the Dell Streak pushing forward and inevitably commences Android's presence into the tablet market. In actuality, the Dell Streak slams accurately down to earth as it records a display that's 5 inches of pure screen love. At that screen real estate, can it still provide a tablet friendly experience without allowing its below average sized display to eventually become its own Achilles Heel?The package contains:More than a handful from an initial grab, its sleek and streamlined (0.38” thick) body provides the notion of it being extremely manageable to hold. But instead, it'll steadily require more of a two handed operation than one. Luckily, its minimalistic design is well appreciated thanks to its hard lines, tapered edges that are curved, and high-quality plastic that's supplemented with a metallic rear cover. Finally, for something commissioned to be a tablet solution, we're surprised to find its weight to tastefully complement its construction.
The Dell Streak has crossed the line where phones stop ? and by some distance too ? but we are still not completely convinced it's beyond the point where tablets start. Is the Dell Streak sitting on a fence or sitting right in the middle of nowhere? We've reviewed all sorts of devices over the years but never did we have more trouble telling exactly what it is that we're reviewing. And the device itself doesn't help us make our mind up either. Sure it has a SIM card but those landscape-oriented buttons reveal its tablet intentions. It all boils down to what you want it to do, not what you think of it, we guess. This smartphone / tablet may have identity issues but its timing is right. With smartphones getting better and bigger ? and tablets riding the Android tide ? the moment is ripe for the Streak. And the best chance Dell have of making a difference in the smartphone game is to take opportunities like this and make them count. We for one would love to see how that experiment pans out. It's all to play for in a segment so vastly undeveloped (and that's an understatement really). So will the Streak prove that a 5? screen is the right balance between portable and usable or will it fail to convince? We'll have to wait until the end of our review. Looks like we start on the right foot anyway ? with design and hardware.
When it comes to Android devices, there are two inevitabilities. The first is that its popularity is unstoppable. Twice as many Android smartphones are sold now than were only two months earlier; Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, claims that about 200,000 Android devices are sold every day. The second given is that an onslaught of Android tablets are about to descend upon us. There is already a smattering of Android tablet devices, but the choices are still few and far between. However, major manufacturers, such as Asus, LG, Motorola, and Samsung have their devices in the pipeline for later this summer, the fall, or early next year. But Dell says, why wait? The Dell Streak Android tablet is available right now. (In fact, not only has it already been available in the U.K. since June, but we first got a glimpse of it back in January, when it was still being called the Dell Mini 5.) With an 800x480, five-inch (diagonal) screen, some might question the Streak's claim as a tablet—especially when you consider that the current ber-tablet, the Apple iPad, has a 1024x768, 9.7-inch screen.
Despite being billed as a tablet, the Streak is being sold as a smartphone, and costs £399 on its own, or up to £149 if you get a contract with O2. The ingredients include a 5'' WVGA, 800 x 480 pixel screen, a 1 GHz Qualcommm Snapdragon processor that needs no introduction and 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11b/g WiFi connectivity. There's a 5 Megapixel camera at the back and a VGA webcam at the front. Alongside the 2 GB of internal memory, the Streak comes with a 16 GB MicroSD card and a multipurpose PDMI cable used for connecting it to other devices and recharging. Google's Android OS is running version 1.6, Donut. At just 10 mm thick, the slimline Streak is easy to carry around, even in the pockets of your jeans. We like the combination of a black face with touch-sensitive buttons and the reverse in a contrasting colour, even if the red version that we tested was in questionable taste. We have a few doubts about the build quality, and the paint job in particular looks rushed—some flecks of red are visible underneath. The materials used, though, are of good quality.
The Dell Streak is born into a hardware environment that desperately needs an Android-based tablet—or any kick-ass tablet that doesn’t run Apple’s “stop it now before it borgs the free world” iOS. Our current tally shows no fewer than 30 touch-operated tablets that could be launching in the next six months, and the majority of this freshman class of iPad killers will probably be running Google’s mobile operating system. Indeed, hardware manufacturers from here to the back aisle ways of Computex want a piece of the tablet action that the iPad has so successfully proven out. As of July 21, Apple was reporting 3.27 million iPads sold, and, hey, we like the iPad as well. We also think we might like the open, unfettered platform of an Android-based tablet even better. But is the Dell Streak even a tablet? See, it might actually be a smartphone. And as a smartphone, it’s got a lot going for it. But as a tablet, though? Um, no. Not so much. Neither Phone Nor Tablet, Fish Nor Fowl The device’s capacitive touch screen display measures five inches diagonally, and boasts a 800x480 resolution. At that 5-inch physical dimension, the screen is bigger than what the iPhone 4 offers (3.5 inches), and is even larger than the 4.3-inch displays of the largest “pure” Android phones, the HTC Evo 4G and Motorola Droid X.
At the time of this review, Dell has not yet issued an official price for the Streak. Our review and rating is based on statements that place the price between $500-600. Once pricing has been made official we will update our review accordingly. Everyone is eager to see a serious competitor for the Apple iPad tablet computer. For the moment, the Dell Streak is the strongest contender we've seen, though its pocket-size design and phone capabilities have us wondering if it shouldn't really be judged as a smartphone. However you want to define it, the Streak's features and design quality are simply too tantalizing to ignore, even if its price (around $500, reportedly) is tough to swallow. The most notable aspect of the Dell Streak is its design. Chances are, you already know what Google's Android operating system is capable of, and the Streak's phonelike hardware capabilities (camera, touch screen, memory expansion) are nothing we haven't seen before. When you pick up a Streak for the first time, the first thing you'll notice is its size.
After much teasing and a European launch, the Dell Streak smartphone has finally arrived here in the U.S.. The Streak goes against the gradient, with its roomy 5-inch touchscreen and a design that emphasizes its huge potential as an Android-based data device. But it also has a phone, too, and as such, stands to be judged against the latest competitors in the smartphone arena. And that's where the Streak stumbles. After spending some quality time with the device, I found a lot to like when using it for multimedia and data. But, it's lacking as a phone, and the overall user experience was lackluster. My experience with the Streak sums up the devices schizoid nature-is it a ginormous smartphone on steroids (not quite) or a tablet computer for your palm (closer to the mark). In the end, in spite of its unique design and appealing viability as a handheld media device, in use the Streak feels too much like last year's Android device. (This review will be updated as soon as Dell announces the particulars of the Streak's availability and pricing). This palm-sized gadget is truly optimized for use as a handheld. While using it, I couldn't help but think of some of the Star Trek PADD devices, the smaller ones that unobtrusively fit in a single hand.
The Dell Streak that showed up in in PC Labs arrived enwrapped in mystery. Dell wouldn't tell us its price or many details, except to say that it was final hardware, almost-but-not-quite-final software, and that we could review it. We're withholding stars from this preview as we don't know how many of the Streak's many bugs will be fixed by its launch date, but we do know a few things about the device. Sized halfway between a smartphone and a tablet, the Dell Streak is a broad, black slab that looks good and runs a solid processor. Right now, however, its buggy, cobbled-together software begs for serious improvement before it reaches consumers hands later this year. I can see uses for a five-inch phone. Hold it in two hands sideways, and it feels a bit like a PlayStation Portable - great for gaming. Strap it to a dash mount, and it's a good-looking GPS. Find a case with a kickstand, and you have movies all flight long. But the Streak's software isn't up to the task. It can't run top-of-the-line games, lacks enough GPS software options, and can only handle limited video formats. The Streak is possibly the handheld world's most awkward size, too big to fit comfortably in one hand and too small to let the eyes relax and roam the way a 7- or 10-inch tablet does.
There's one word that you don't see anywhere on the Dell Streak's box. And that's "phone." Instead, Dell positions its 5-inch, Android-powered slate as a tablet, one that's more mobile than the iPad. But the Streak (price undisclosed) is a phone, too, and in that context it's positively massive. Yes, you will get stares if you hold this gadget up to your head. Yet that ginormous screen does make surfing the Web, watching videos, and turn-by-turn navigation easier on the eyes. Expected to be carried by AT&T, the Streak also sports an elegant industrial design, a 1-GHz processor, and both a 5-MP camera and a front-facing VGA camera for video calls. Still, the size isn't for everyone, and the Streak runs the dated OS 1.6, which impacts performance.So does the Streak break the mold or is it just a tweener that will turn off both tablet and phone shoppers?You can slip it into your pocket, but the Streak will weigh it down. All 7.8 ounces of it. We could definitely see and feel this device tugging on our khakis as we walked around New York City. The good news is that the Streak is relatively thin, with a 0.39-inch profile, but its 6 x 3.1-inch footprint makes one-handed use difficult.
Size certainly seems to matter, if you look at the number of huge smartphones that have recently appeared. The Dell Streak seems to be holding the midground between phone and tablet, offering 3G, Wi-Fi and five-inch touch-screen. But is it a jack-of-all trades rather than a master of either the phone or tablet market? Holding the Streak, it feels enormous. Its touch-screen, which measures five inches, is held in a glossy black chassis that is wider than the palm, yet it is just 10mm thick. Holding it in portrait orientation, it feels unwieldy, but it is perfect in landscape mode. This is what it's made for, as the home screens are set in landscape only. While there is an accelerometer, it won't work in most menus - which means most menus are portrait only. And when the accelerometer does work, it can be a tad over sensitive - a rotation lock would have been nice. The capacitive, and very responsive touch-screen is almost as long as the handset. Set below it are just three touch-sensitive areas: home, menu and back options. Flip the Dell over and you'll find a five-megapixel lens that features auto-focus and a slide-off back cover. Here, you'll also find the camera button, volume control and lock button.
Since the first rumors many months back, to Michael Dell flashing his prototype in the street and then a few quiet appearances at trade shows, the Dell Streak has taken its time coming to market. Running Android on a broad, eye-catching 5-inch display, there's little like it on the market and it's been an attention-grabber ever since. Yes, the Streak is a device that certainly prompts questions - among geeks and everyday users alike - but the one we set out to answer is simple: is it any good? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. Perhaps the question most asked of us was “is it a phone?” Dell are at pains to insist that the Streak is an Android-powered tablet with voice capabilities - we're guessing it's easier to position your new device when you've basically got the segment to yourself - but in reality it's more difficult to classify. Contrary to expectations it's surprisingly pocket-friendly; its 220g heft will make your jacket hang unusually if you opt for the inside pocket, but we dropped it into our front jeans pocket with room to spare. If you prefer your trousers to look sprayed-on then you may have issues (not just with the Streak but with blood circulation), but the narrow 9.98mm thickness makes a big difference. Of course, as slim as the Streak is, it's still bigger face-on than your average Android smartphone.
While a slew of iPad rivals will try to beat Apple at its own game, blindly following its form factor into a fight for the other podium positions, Dell is taking a slightly different approach with its hotly-anticipated Streak tablet.The sleek device, with its 5-inch multi-touch screen, boasts the processing power, functionality and the Android operating system necessary to take a run at 2010's top tablets, but also offers a good bit more than that.Indeed, its real ace in the hole is where the lines are blurred into smartphone territory. It's the first gadget Dell has ever released in the UK to have voice calling and, along with the familiar phone-esque Android interface, text messaging, five-megapixel camera and removable battery, it appears to have a shot at muscling in on some of the main mobile players.So. Smartphone or tablet? Neither or both?Dell seems keen to stick to its computing roots and is vociferously pronouncing this a tablet, with the Apple iPad very much in its sights.Perhaps the company is wary of entering an arena so densely populated with the likes of the HTC Desire, Google Nexus One, Motorola Milestone and the Apple iPhone 3GS (with iPhone 4 looming), and is simply sticking to what it knows?
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