Dell Streak vs Samsung Galaxy Tab - Interface, Functionality, Internet and Connectivity - PhoneArena

Dell Streak vs Samsung Galaxy Tab

Interface and Functionality:

Even though both offer all the wonderful features of the core Android experience, the similarity abruptly ends there since the Tab clearly feels like the more polished of the two. Fortunately, they're packing 1GHz processors under the hood, Hummingbird for the Tab and Snapdragon for the Streak, which makes for a great sense of responsiveness when navigating across the platform. However, it's the Tab's choice of running Android 2.2 that undeniably makes giant leaps over the Streak's outdated Android 1.6 experience. (NOTE: Please note that the Dell Streak has been updated to Android 2.2, which fixed many of its issues and added new functionality to the device. See our revision article for an updated opinion of the device!) With such a huge gap, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is treated to the greatest and most up-to-date features – like Exchange server support, multiple Gmail accounts, Flash Player 10.1 support, and mobile HotSpot functionality.

Love it or hate it, the customized experience of Samsung's home brewed TouchWiz 3.0 UI on the Tab is heavily adored over the uncharacteristic layout of the Streak. For those already accustomed to using Android powered smartphones, the transition is seamless with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but it require a bit of adjustment for the Dell Streak. Granted you're still presented with a boatload of personalization with widgets, shortcuts, and wallpapers, the fresher appearance of Android 2.2 on the Tab excels in offering additional niceties like live wallpapers and specific widgets that are only provided for devices running the latest version of the platform.

It's almost deceptively annoying in attempting to adjust in using the Streak's on-screen keyboards since it doesn't fully take a grasp for its screen size. In actuality, the awkwardness seen with even the landscape option makes for some challenging issues in speed typing. And that's the reason why composing messages on the Tab is more gratifying with its extra large buttons and uniform layout. Moreover, it offers the Swype keyboard as an alternative to the stock multi-touch one.

Furthermore, the Tab takes advantage of its screen display since certain native apps are redesigned to make use of the real estate – like the Contacts app. Ultimately, both have access to the myriad of third party apps available in the Android Market.

Internet and Connectivity:

Exuding a satisfactory level of performance in web browsing, there are some items that we like and don't like with each. For starters, the Dell Streak's Android 1.6 experience means no Flash Player 10.1 support, but thankfully it's still more than usable with its peppy load times, smooth kinetic scrolling, and barely responsive pinch gestures for zooming. (NOTE: Please note that the Dell Streak has been updated to Android 2.2, which fixed many of its issues and added new functionality to the device. See our revision article for an updated opinion of the device!) On the other hand, the desktop experience is pretty much replicated on the Tab with Flash content playing correctly. However, it's also its biggest weakness as it hampers the overall scrolling speed which can be laborious at times for sites that offer a lot of graphically-intensive content. Aside that, the better looking display of the Tab combined with its size makes for a slightly better experience.

The Dell Streak has the ability to place voice phone calls, which is the striking feature that's lacking on any of the US versions of the Tab, but it's worth noting that it's offered with the European version. And if you happen to find yourself in an area lacking data connectivity to the network, you can always switch to using Wi-Fi that both devices offer. However, the Tab goes a bit further by including Mobile HotSpot functionality to share its cellular data speeds with neighboring devices via Wi-Fi. And much like other wireless devices, Bluetooth is on board to allow a variety of devices to connect to them.

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