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Dell Streak 7 Review

Dell Streak 7

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Dell Streak 7 Review
Shockingly, we’re taken back by the miniscule amount of battery life available with the Dell Streak 7. In our first experience, we were floored to see it obtaining only a mere 5 hours of battery life on heavy usage. After fully charging it up again, we decided to do some light work with the tablet, but still, it was only able to give us a little over 10 hours of juice. Considering that other tablets are able to provide a solid day of usage, it’s a bit disheartening to see the Dell Streak 7 at the end of the pack in this category.


Luckily for the Dell Streak 7, there are some aspects about it that propel it to be a decent Android tablet despite seeing some blemishes on its report. Although it makes us wonder if Dell rushed the development of the tablet, the inclusion of its contemporary hardware combined with its affordable price makes it very difficult to not stand out. Sure it doesn’t excel in shooting photos or battery life, but when you compare it with some of its competition, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, there’s no arguing that you get a good amount of bang for the buck. Only requiring you to shell out $200 on-contract or $450 no-contract, it undoubtedly still provides almost all the rich features you’d expect out of a mid-range Android powered tablet.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.2.2, Build: 15420

Dell Streak 7 Video Review:


  • Affordable price
  • Fast HSPA+ speeds


  • Poor battery life
  • Grainy looking 720p video recording
  • Non-optimized core Android apps
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posted on 07 Apr 2011, 20:12

1. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; 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??

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 20:40

2. remixfa (Posts: 14605; 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.

posted on 08 Apr 2011, 07:58

3. limpan (unregistered)

LOL @ Dell.

Who will buy a tablet without reasonable battery? Did they accidentally into tablet?

posted on 10 Apr 2011, 11:01

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"

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 19:30

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

because froyo-gingerbread are not optimized for dual core

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 09:14

6. Confuse (unregistered)

When dell streak 7 will be launch on Malaysia

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Dell Streak 7

Dell Streak 7

OS: Android 3.2 2.2
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Display7.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (133 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
Size7.87 x 4.72 x 0.49 inches
(199.9 x 119.8 x 12.4 mm)

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