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Dell Streak Review

Dell Streak

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Dell Streak Review
Regretfully, there's nothing pretty with calling quality with the Dell Streak as voices on both ends exhibit muffled and distorted tones – and it doesn't get any better when there is a conspicuous amount of static in the background on our end. Switching to the speakerphone, it manages to produce some strong tones, but the all too distinct muffled tones are evident once again – plus, there's the appearance of echoing on the loudest volume setting. All in all, its combination of difficulties makes for one abysmal experience.

Keeping steady at -73 dBm in high coverage areas, we didn't experience any problems with the Dell Streak suddenly losing connection to the network in the greater Philadelphia region.

If there's one thing we're most impressed about the Dell Streak, it has to be its unanimous phenomenal battery life. With a full charge in tow, we managed to get 3 days of light usage with the smartphone – with a focus on texting, web browsing, and playing games. Needless to say that it's more ideal to take on a weekend getaway seeing that it'll provide some much life on the road.


Size does matter, and in the case of the Dell Streak, it makes all the difference for those who are considering this tablet. In a way, its diminutive display might initially appeal to a wide audience for being more pocketable, but when it comes down to becoming a functional tablet, it makes for a challenging experience. Since it's regarded as a tablet, the Dell Streak truly tests the limits of what consumers would still consider a respectable tablet experience – which is evident with its unusual on-screen QWERTY. However, it's still knowingly a more compact solution over other tablets in the market – while still playing itself as a smartphone replacement. Even though Android 1.6 limits its ability to truly stand above the greats, we'd imagine that an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo would remarkably add more luster to its coating. It's not to say that the Dell Streak is handicapped for right now, but until then, we'd settle for some more functional tablets like the Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab.

*UPDATE: The Dell Streak has been updated to Android 2.2 Froyo, which fixed many of its issues and added lots of new functionality. Please check our revision article for an updated opinion of the tablet!

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 1.6; Build 6267; OEM Version GAUSB1A111100

Dell Streak Video Review:


  • Streamlined & clean look
  • Solid construction
  • Produces nice looking outdoor photos
  • Great Battery Life


  • No Flash 10.1 support
  • Bland looking photos
  • Abysmal calling quality
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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.

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.

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.

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
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB 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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