*UPDATE: Please note that Dell has issued an update to Android 2.2 Froyo for the Streak, fixing many of the problems that originally plagued the handset, and adding a brand new interface, called Stage. Please check our revision article for an up-to-date opinion on the qualities of the Dell Streak.

Interface and Functionality:

If there's something that'll quickly turn off people, it has to be the Dell Streak's appetite for dining with Android 1.6 Donut versus newer offerings like a tasty Eclair or Froyo. Not only will it soon become three versions old with the subsequent advent of Gingerbread, but it already falls behind the pack in terms of the full Android experience. Luckily, it sounds that Dell will soon remedy the situation with updates for Eclair – with Froyo being hopeful. And even though it'll require some casual Android users to adjust to its unique customized experience, everything manages to chug along at a satisfactory rate thanks to the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 chipset under the hood. Some may find it rather strange at first that the homescreen offers only a landscape view, but bearing in mind that the Streak is a tablet, it seems understandable that Dell has decided to choose landscape for its primary layout. Like other Android devices, you can personalize it with a variety of widgets, shortcuts, and folders.

Nothing out of the ordinary with the Dell Streak's address book as it syncs with your Gmail contacts and offers a myriad of detailed information that can be associated with each person. Meanwhile, its partner services Facebook and Twitter will enable you to combine contacts from your respective social networking accounts from the onset.

You'd imagine that a handset boasting an impeccable amount of real estate would exude a venerable messaging experience, but instead, it feels a bit more challenging. Rather than taking advantage of its sheer size, the buttons of its portrait style keyboard are still too small, but it does offer a dedicate row for numbers. Fairly responsive in nature, the speed of typing is painstakingly reduced because of that sole reason – and it doesn't improve with the landscape option. In fact, the numeric keypad on the right hampers in guiding our thumbs to the correct locations of buttons.

The Gmail app works like anything else we've seen on an Android device as it envelops the usual mix of features customary to it – like threaded view and the ability search emails. Even though it's common to not find any instant messaging client on an Android smartphone aside from Google Talk, the Dell Streak is graced with the presence of the Android Market which offers a treasure trove of clients to fill your instant messaging needs.

Aside from the usual mix of Google apps preloaded, there isn't much in regards to third party apps with the Dell Streak. However, it manages to include items like Amazon MP3 Store, Voice Control powered by Nuance, Quickoffice for your productive suite, and TouchDown as an alternative offering to get support for Microsoft Exchanger Server.

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