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Dell Streak Review

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Dell Streak Review
Introduction:

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?


Dell Streak Review
Dell Streak Review
The package contains:
  • Dell Streak
  • 16GB microSD card
  • Stereo Headset
  • 30-pin USB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Microfiber pouch
  • Quick Start Guide


Design:

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 sleek and streamlined body - Dell Streak Review
The Dell Streak has sleek and streamlined body - Dell Streak Review
The Dell Streak has sleek and streamlined body - Dell Streak Review

The Dell Streak has sleek and streamlined body


Dell Streak Review

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Instantly, there's no hiding the fact that it's boasting a meager 5” WVGA (480 x 800) capacitive touchscreen that's constructed out of Gorilla glass to give it an impenetrable persona. Even with its high resolution, it lacks any distinctive looking text and requires you to place the tablet closer to your eyes to make it out. Moreover, colors begin to fade partly when viewing at some extreme viewing angles. However, its sheer luminance when set to the brightest setting is still appealing enough to the naked eye – while being usable in direct sunlight. And finally, we didn't experience any issues with its responsiveness seeing that it's able to register even the most subtle of touches.

The device has 5 inch Gorilla glass display - Dell Streak Review
The device has 5 inch Gorilla glass display - Dell Streak Review
The device has 5 inch Gorilla glass display - Dell Streak Review

The device has 5 inch Gorilla glass display



Its three touch sensitive buttons, the home, menu, and back keys, are spaced far enough from one another and the edges of the phone to minimize accidental presses. On the right side of the phone, its volume rocker, power, and shutter keys are distinguishable to the touch while offering a sensible response when pressed. Additionally, you'll find the 3.5mm headset jack on the same side as well. Even though some would've like to see a traditional microUSB port, it instead resorts to using a proprietary 30-pin port which isn't something different in the tablet world.

The three touch sensitive buttons - The sides of the device - Dell Streak Review
The proprietary 30-pin port - The sides of the device - Dell Streak Review

The three touch sensitive buttons

The proprietary 30-pin port

The sides of the device - Dell Streak Review
The sides of the device - Dell Streak Review
The sides of the device - Dell Streak Review
The sides of the device - Dell Streak Review

The sides of the device



We're greeted to a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash in the rear while a VGA front-facing camera is discretely placed above the touchscreen. The rear metallic cover plays a crucial role in not only protecting its innards, but it keeps the device powered while connected into place. In fact, sliding it off will instantly kill power to the device – and thus offering you access to the SIM card slot, 1530 mAh battery, and microSD card slot. Finally, the speaker grill is found in a groove located on one side of the rear cover.

Dell Streak Review
The Dell Streak has 5MP camera with dual-LED flash - Dell Streak Review
Dell Streak Review
 

The Dell Streak has 5MP camera with dual-LED flash

 



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posted on 18 Nov 2010, 19:28

1. slymi2005 (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jun 2010)


Hopefully you guys will update the review once it is upgraded to Froyo 2.2 next month. Also why didn't you include a video in the review?

http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/Direct2Dell/b/direct2dell/archive/2010/11/15/android-2-2-fro yo-and-the-dell-streak-details-on-how-the-upgrade-will-work.aspx

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 19:29

2. slymi2005 (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jun 2010)


http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/Direct2Dell/b/direct2dell/archive/2010/11/15/android-2-2-fro yo-and-the-dell-streak-details-on-how-the-upgrade-will-work.aspx

posted on 26 Nov 2010, 16:44

3. Korapati (unregistered)


Dell streak phone looks good if something went wrong but very problematic handset .Especially with dell after sales team. Worst nightmare with them.

Pros:
Very little to say about Dell Streak as I have used the phone only for 2days after purchase. Phone looks great, has good technical specifications.

Cons:
Dell streak has lot technical problems like split screen, some times phone switching on problems say if you switch on the phone some times it will switch on properly but most of the times it won't. some times white or dark blank screen appears, nothing to see on screen. I purchased Dell streak on 03/11/2010, once after receiving the product I have used only for 2 days, that's it the above mentioned problems started coming on. I phoned dell technical service and they offered me repair service, and they took the peice back on 09/11/2010 and returned the piece back on 24/11/2010. They haven't checked the piece properly again the same problems persisiting on. So I phoned the technical services again and asked them to replace the handset. The women I have spoken to is a superior in the technical service department, she is very arrogant and reckless. She said that she can't replace the product. But I have mentioned the problems and requested again. But she said no. I told her that I have 1year warranty for whole unit to replace. This is where she gone nuts!!!! and told me "there is no warranty and replacement service in UK, it is only for USA customers". I told her that I have the invoice infront of me stating that I am covered, but she told it is a mistake. Tell me, how would some one can buy a product with out warranty for a price £479. I asked her to refund my money as I want to return the piece back to dell. But she said I was out of the cooling off time i.e., 14days from the date of purchase. I told her that the phone is with dell repair centre through out that cooling off period, then I asked how would I liable for that if the peice is not with the customer?. She told, it is not dell's problem, and mentioned it is my responsibility to send the piece back to dell within 14days. Very pointless arguing with her. Little common sense, she did'nt even think about that the piece is with dell within that period. Finally she offered only 2nd repair service.Lets see what happens this time!!!. This is worst nightmare with that technical customer service. No proper respect, no proper response for the problems and finally no proper care for after sales.

Review:
First place, I would not recommend anyone to buy dell streak, if someone really fancy buying it I would definetely not recommend them not to buy from Dell website. Very very poor after sales care and poor customer service. Some of my friends already told me not to buy from dell as they have poor customer service, but I thought it won't happens in all cases. But now I believe that "it is true - dell's is very bad customer service".

posted on 25 Dec 2010, 07:57

4. celldude (unregistered)


bigger is better...............best after android 2.2 update.............

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Dell Streak

Dell Streak

OS: Android 2.3 2.2 1.6
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Display5.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (187 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size6.02 x 3.11 x 0.40 inches
(153 x 79 x 10 mm)
7.76 oz  (220 g)
Battery1530 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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