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Dell Streak Review

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Camera and Multimedia:

To our amazement, the Dell Streak's 5-megapixel auto-focus camera works nearly flawlessly in sunny outdoor conditions as it captures plenty of sharp details while complementing it with saturated looking colors. However, the same cannot be said about the quality it produces in low lighting conditions as images quickly dematerialize with their muddy looks and slightly off color tones. Even worse, the dual-LED flash is completely useless seeing that it struggles in illuminating figures that are 3 feet away. So even though it doesn't play well in low lighting conditions, we're happy with the respectable quality with its outdoor shots in great lighting. Additionally, the camera interface employs a ton of features and options to keep even the most seasoned photographer content.

The camera interface - Dell Streak Review
The camera interface - Dell Streak Review

The camera interface


Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review
Samples made with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review

Samples made with the Dell Streak


Bright - Indoor samples - Dell Streak Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Dell Streak Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Dell Streak Review

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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


3ft - Flash distance - Dell Streak Review
5ft - Flash distance - Dell Streak Review
7ft - Flash distance - Dell Streak Review

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5ft

7ft

Flash distance



With a maximum video recording resolution of 640 x 480, its futile to even attempt to consider it to play head-on with the likes of some smartphones boasting 720p capture. Although it would've been nice to see it sport 720p (NOTE: Dell Streak now has 720p video capture after, after the Android 2.2 update. Please see our revision article for an updated opinion!), its quality is less than appealing seeing that it moves at a rate of 20 frames per second. Nowhere close to offering stunning visuals, some people can still appreciate its performance.

The video camera interface - Dell Streak Review
The video camera interface - Dell Streak Review

The video camera interface



Dell Streak Sample Video:




Being a slight departure from the usual things we're accustomed to seeing, the music player on the Dell Streak offers a tasteful presentation that proves to be more dynamic than others. Not only does it display the album cover, track information, and on-screen controls, but you can execute a swiping motion to revert to single carousel view to browse through your library. As for its audio quality from its speaker, it's surely more than equipped in emitting some stringent tones, but it seemingly crackles when placed at the highest volume setting.

The music player - Dell Streak Review
The music player - Dell Streak Review

The music player



Combining its 5” display and snappy processor, it makes for a conducive video watching experience. Even though it blazes through a video encoded in MPEG-4 800 x 480 resolution without much effort, the Dell Streak begins to show small signs of slowdown when playing a 1280 x 720 video. Regardless of that, it shouldn't sway anyone in regarding it to be more than acceptable.

Watching videos with the Dell Streak - Dell Streak Review

Watching videos with the Dell Streak



The media gallery employs some nifty graphical elements with its 3D cube like effects when switching between portrait and landscape. And aside from having the ability to share content through an eclectic mix of services, there is just a wealth of editing options to carefully brighten or improve photos. 

The media gallery - Dell Streak Review
Dell Streak Review
Editing photos - Dell Streak Review

The media gallery

 

Editing photos



Media buffs should be more than agreeable with the 16GB microSD card preloaded with the smartphone, but for those with a voracious appetite, it can always be replaced with cards up to 32GB in size.


Internet and Connectivity:

Not only will the Dell Streak make for a great airplane trip companion, but it'll be more than usable abroad thanks to its quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) connectivity. And if you're unable to establish a solid data connection, you can switch to using its 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi as an alternative option. In addition, it has support for Bluetooth 2.1 to allow a variety of wireless devices to connect to it.

Without question, the tablet's lack of support for Flash Player 10.1 (NOTE: Dell Streak now has Flash 10.1 Player support, due to Android 2.2 update. Please see our revision article for an up-to-date look at the qualities of the Dell Streak.)  is an eyesore for something with such a heavy focus on web browsing. Overlooking that, we're still treated to a good web browsing experience that'll cater to just about anyone. Although its pinch gestures to zoom in/out might not look the smoothest out there, it still nonetheless gets the job done. Complex web pages load up in a timely manner, while its fluid kinetic scrolling will undoubtedly make navigating such a breeze with the quick flick of your finger.

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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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