Dell Streak 7 Review
Compared to other relatively fresh Android tablets on the market, like the Motorola XOOM, some would assume that the Dell Streak 7 is diminutive in the processing category. However, you’ll be somewhat astonished to find a contemporary 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor at the heart of this device. Somewhat uncharacteristic of such a high caliber chipset, we find some less than appealing choppiness going on when navigating across its homescreens – and even more when a live wallpaper is activated. However, it’s not to the point unwieldy, but we would like to see more fluid movements with its operation.
Dell didn’t do anything extraordinary with the Android 2.2 Froyo experience on this one, but it utilized its Stage user interface that we view as favorable thanks to its useful set of homescreen sized widgets. Of course, there are some enhancements to it over the stock experience, but considering that this is a much more powerful machine than the original, it would’ve been nice to see even a subtle customization. By now, Honeycomb is indeed the preferred choice for new tablets, but regardless, the overall experience with the Dell Streak 7 is still pretty satisfactory.
messaging experience can be a bit challenging, due to the specific ways you have to handle it, combined with the size of the on-screen keys..
Call it laziness or something, but it’s shocking to see that Dell didn’t bother to optimize the Gmail experience whatsoever – especially considering that it’s a tablet we’re talking about. Instead, they seemingly rely on the usual Gmail app for smartphones, and when you compare it to an older device like Samsung Galaxy Tab, it makes you wonder why they didn’t bother to utilize a similar two panel layout to better organize emails. Nonetheless, you’ve got all the rich set of features with it, but it’s absolutely no different from what you get on a smartphone.
Camera and Multimedia:
If you’re still planning to carry the Dell Streak 7 in your back pocket, there’s no denying the allure that goes behind taking candid shots with it – even for tablet! Unfortunately, we’re not all too thrilled by the so-so quality produced by its 5-megaixel auto-focus camera. After capturing some images, it produces some muddy looking backgrounds with slightly acceptable details with foreground images. Moreover, its cooler looking color output generally applies this ethereal effect which tends to make shots seem over-exposed.
It would’ve been unheard of to see the Dell Streak 7 not offering 720p “high-definition” video recording, especially when it’s packing an NVIDIA dual-core chipset, but it’s there of course – though, don’t expect much out of it. We’ll gladly accept the rich 30 frames per second that it captures video, but we’re indubitably horrified by its muddy and painted-looking quality. Furthermore, everything is brought down by the immense amount of artifacting going on when making quick movements with the tablet. So what’s to say about it all? Well, how about just move along and don’t bother?
Dell Streak 7 Sample Video:
Again, it makes you wonder if Dell seemingly rushed the Streak 7 because we’re presented with the ordinary and boring looking stock Android music player. Yes, you heard that right; it’s the same exact one you’d find on any Android smartphone. Naturally, it’s more than functional, but its audio output is rather lacking when it comes to heavy bass tones; though glaring still at the loudest setting. Unfortunately though, there are no visualizations or equalizer settings to enhance the experience – which is a bummer indeed.
Besides combating the finicky viewing angles with the Dell Streak 7, watching high definition videos is no problem for this tablet – especially with its fast processor. Playing a video encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution, there are still some grainy visuals with it, but at least it moves at a consistent playback rate to make the experience enjoyable.
Packing on 16GB of internal storage, it should be adequate for most people, but obviously, you can supplement its capacity by adding a standard SD card. However, it’s worth pointing out that it doesn’t include a microSD card adapter – meaning, you’ll need to go fetch one for yourself.
Internet and Connectivity:
Not something you find with some of the competition right now, but one of the selling points with the Dell Streak 7 is none other than its HSPA+ support. This quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and UMTS (850/1700/1900/2100 MHz) tablet will undoubtedly work with a variety of networks worldwide, but in the event you’re lacking a cellular connection, you can always fall back to using its Wi-Fi connection as an alternative. Additionally, it packs Bluetooth which easily connects a wide array of peripherals to it with no problems. However, it’s rather disheartening to find no HDMI-out support with this tablet – which is something becoming prevalent amongst tablets nowadays.
Partly because of Android 2.2 Froyo, we get to experience an invigorating web browsing experience with the Dell Streak 7. Combining its quick download speeds and its responsive nature, the overall performance is fitting for such a tablet since it didn’t stutter in dealing with pages that are heavy with Flash content. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab, we don’t have to deal with choppy visuals when attempting to kinetic scroll or zoom in. In all honesty, it does a wonderful job in providing a full fidelity experience that’s appreciable on so many levels.
1. cheetah2k (Posts: 867; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
After owning the Dell Streak 5, the 7 seems to have carried over all of the same mistakes.
If only it had a 1024x600 screen, I would consider it. But then, the Xoom is a mere $100 more (for wifi) so ths is probably where my money will go - although 7" is a better size for me, and the Xoom's 10.1" screen is overly cumbersome.
Maybe the "yet to be released" Samsung Tab II - 7", 8.9" and 10" tabs will do better??
2. remixfa (Posts: 14145; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
bah, buy it for the hardware and find a rom off XDA for it.
I just keep wondering why they are reviewing this tablet NOW since its been out for probably 3 months. When it launched, its only competition was the Galaxy Tab. Kind of unfair to classify it against the Xoom, which is in the "premium" tablet category, when this guy clearly isnt ment for that.
3. limpan (unregistered)
LOL @ Dell.
Who will buy a tablet without reasonable battery? Did they accidentally into tablet?
4. i love dell streak n_n (unregistered)
why is it that if the phone isnt dual core, the cons say it is "not future proof", now its that dual core, it says "Non-optimized core Android apps"
5. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
because froyo-gingerbread are not optimized for dual core
6. Confuse (unregistered)
When dell streak 7 will be launch on Malaysia