What seems to look like a slick phone is actually a tablet PC, well at least that's what the American electronics manufacturer says.In this review I'll be critically analyzing the Dell streak on the grounds of design, build quality, functionality and pricing after which I will give a final verdict.
Design- You can look at the Streak in two ways, either its a big phone or a really small tablet; we'll stick to the latter. Since Dell said that it is a tablet, we will only talk about it in terms of tablet computing. It looks great for a tablet, sporting a nice glossy sheen. It boasts a 5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen and is accompanied by three navigational capacitive buttons namely Home, Menu and Back. One thing we noticed was that when the viewing layout changes from landscape to portrait, the look of the keys don't shift to portrait. It may not seem much, but in a world where lots of tablets are released every month, any component which isn't aesthetically appealing spells trouble, market-wise; such devices don't manage to stay in the market for long. The Streak has a front facing camera as well as a 5 MP autofocus camera with dual-LED flash.
Build Quality- The Dell Streak is very sturdy and is designed to cope with major falls. It's protected by a steel casing at the back and the screen is covered with Corning Gorilla glass. Over that, the tab has very little weight to it. We give a thumbs up for the choice of materials used.
Functionality- The Dell Streak is powered by a 1 GHz Scorpion Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The OS of the tablet surprised us; the old Android 1.6 Eclair. We thought that it would support Honeycomb, but we weren't disappointed with Eclair either. You have customizable homescreens and navigating through them is great; but that's only on the main home screen as extra widgets take an entire page to fit in. The web browser supports HTML and Adobe Flash; scrolling and pinch gestures work fine. There are no separate variants of the Streak(Wi-fi or Wi-fi+3G) as it has the capability of making phone calls; now that's something out of the tablet box. The camera at the back is very mediocre, well if you're a professional photographer, that is.
Pricing- You can call the Streak the cheapest tablet in town or a well priced phone.Priced just at $250(USD) for 16 Gigabytes of storage , you just can't ask for more. However, if you're willing to shell out a little more of your precious dough, you can upgrade the OS to the trusty FroYo 2.2.
The Verdict- Overall, the Dell Streak packs quite a punch even though its the smallest tablet in the market. Its design and build quality are great though Dell can try to fix the button layout. If you really want a tablet that looks like one then i recommend the RIM Blackberry Playbook which is a Wi-fi specific tab and sports a much larger 7 inch touchscreen.
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