Dell Streak Review

Introduction and Design

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?

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


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. 

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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.

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.

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 360-degree view:

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