Dell Streak (Android 2.2) review

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

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Dell Streak review: messaging

The messaging app on the Streak is a pretty standard deal. What perhaps sets the Streak aside from other phones is the inclusion of Swype as standard.

This was a bit of an odd twist, though. We generally love Swype for thumbing in text messages at great speed, but the Streak just isn't a one handed device. If you hold it portrait and wrap your hand all the way round the Streak, in a firm grip, we challenge you to reach the Q with your thumb…

Turn it landscape and you have even less reason to use Swype. If you happen to press a second letter while your thumb is still on the first, all kind of odd words will appear in your messages.

Dell streak review messaging

You do, of course, have the option of installing a third-party keyboard, or simply changing your input device to the standard Android keyboard. Once we'd done this, we found it to be a breeze to type on, either landscape or portrait with both thumbs or even flat on a desk, typing using multiple fingers at quite some speed.

In the Messaging app itself, your text messages are grouped, or threaded, with the contact picture showing on the left.

Dell streak review messaging list

Tapping on a thread will open the conversation up, allowing you to review what's been said so far and to type a response right there in the bottom.

It does lack any kind of theme or appearance options, but these can be found in other messaging apps such as Go SMS in the Android Market. You can change your notification settings though, including the message tone and if you want your Streak to vibrate to alert you when a text is received.

As with messaging, the email app included is the standard Android app. We found the extra screen real estate meant reading and replying to emails on the Streak was a comfortable operation.

Dell streak review

The Gmail app wirelessly integrates with your Google mail account. We found it quite handy to allow access to other pop e-mail accounts and run them all through Gmail.

By using auto-labelling, you have great control over your incoming emails. With plenty of online space for them, you can archive rather than delete, and always be able to find information people have mailed you.

Should you prefer to manage your POP/IMAP accounts independently, use the standard email app for this. Usually you will just need to provide your username and password and possibly the mail server name, and the Streak will do the rest.

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