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Dell Streak (Android 2.2) review

Dell's five-inch Android offering now comes with Froyo

Dell Streak review: Comparison

The inclusion of Android 2.2 definitely means this latest version of the Streak beats its predecessor, but we can't help but think it should be a little smoother. It didn't seem as fast as you would want a Froyo device to be. Any time a selection box springs into view, it looks a little like a flicker book animation.

Compare the smooth interface of the Desire HD or the Nexus S and the Dell Streak is left looking like the slower device.

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Likewise, if you compare Dell's Stage Launcher next to HTC's Sense UI, the Dell version comes off second-best once again. It does look nice, but the polish just isn't as good as HTC's UI.

There are no spinning dials to select a time, no fancy weather animations floating across your homescreen. Tap the weather on the Streaks Stage Launcher and instead of animations, a browser opens to load a weather website.

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The hardware of the Streak stands up well to the current crop of top-end Android (and non-Android) devices. If a nice large, clear screen is very important to you, you'll probably be better off with this over the Desire HD.

On the other hand, if you're not intending to use the device much as an actual phone for voice calls, you might be better off getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab with a SIM in it. Although it's two inches larger than the Streak, it will probably fit in the same pockets a Streak would, and you get even more screen real estate to play with. Also, Samsung devices generally play a little nicer with a wider variety of video codecs.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSPA+
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameDell
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Weight (Approximate)454 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height120 mm
Width200 mm
Depth12 mm
Screen ModeWVGA
ManufacturerDell, Inc
Product ModelStreak 7
Product NameStreak 7 Tablet Computer
Aspect Ratio15:9
Manufacturer Part NumberSTR7-8142
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.dell.co.uk
Marketing Information

Introducing Dell Streak 7. Share photos, videos and movies together. It's small enough to carry around, big enough to gather around.

The web with the works

With so much to see and do on the Internet, you don't want to miss a minute of it. Powerful, pre-installed Adobe Flash 10.1 makes sure that your favorite sites load and look their very best. Browse, game, surf, email, download, post, and share the content you love, the way you want, with the quality you deserve.

It's show time

Always be ready for instant entertainment on the go. Stage gives you fast access to your favorite clips and lets you catch an internet TV show or two with the touch of a button2. And since the Streak 7 is small enough to carry around, video is as portable as it is accessible.

Maximum Memory32 GB
Package Contents
  • Streak 7 Tablet Computer
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter