Performance:

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.


Conclusion:

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:



Pros

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

Cons

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

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

9.1
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