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Dell Streak 7 review

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The Dell Streak 7 is the latest tablet offering from Dell that, despite several promising features, falls short of expectations.

Hardware design is neither amazing nor horrific. While the tablet feels relatively solid, the plastic casing lacks the durability offered by competing tablets. The edges of the tablet taper and the general design looks nearly identical to the Samsung Tab. So, if you fell for the Tab you will probably fall for the Streak, as well. Dell's offering comes in at just a half-inch longer, but most will never notice the difference. The screen measures seven inches (hence the name Streak 7) which comes in at roughly half the screen area of an Apple iPad. That's big enough to catch a quick episode of your favorite television show on your own, but probably not big enough to throw a Lord of the Rings viewing party for friends and family. Compared to other tablets, the resolution is a bit lacking and looking at the screen from an angle leaves the image too obscured to decipher. The Streak also features a concealed SIM card and full-sized memory slot. Integrating full-sized memory cards is an especially nice feature as full-sized cards are cheaper and more convenient. All in all, the hardware is what would be expected and not a lot more.

Even with the advent of Honeycomb, the Android tablet operating system, the Dell Streak 7 still sports Android 2.2. Like any other tablet running Android 2.2, the performance of apps suffers. Running apps designed for a much smaller screen proves exceedingly awkward and cumbersome. In the future, Dell might update the operating system, but at this point Android 2.2 simply does not translate into the tablet format. Aside from this general awkwardness, the Streak is sluggish. This happens not only in high-intensity programs, but also in basic applications like email and notes. Once the email program loads, typing also proves frustrating as the key input requires pressing each key for an overly long amount of time. These software shortcomings are a deal breaker for most consumers and it is a bit hard to fathom how Dell failed to see that waiting for an email application to load would drive away customers.

One high-point of the performance of the Streak, however, comes through the 4g data connection. The 4g shines and allows for stunningly fast loading times for videos and music. Even this is marred by performance issues, however, as the internet browser and video applications lag in loading new pages and videos. Once the video actually starts, it runs perfectly and without interruption, but the lag time in beginning the video is unacceptable.

All of these shortcomings leave few reasons left to consider the Dell Streak 7, but for those set on a Dell product or a 7-inch screen, a Streak might still be the right tablet.

Need to Know: Dell Streak 7

1. Uses a 4g Data Connection. (The Good)

2. Full-Sized Memory Cards. (The Good)

3. Lagging Performance. (The Bad)

4. Runs Android 2.2. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Register

Better late than never, the Dell Streak 7 fixes most of the problems found in its predecessor, at a much reduced price. With a quick CPU, plenty of storage and a near enough up-to-date version of Android, it makes for a convenient hand-held connected device. But it’s a shame the screen is a bi...

- Alun Taylor, The Register
PhoneArena

Luckily for the Dell Streak 7, there are some aspects about it that propel it to be a decent Android tablet despite seeing some blemishes on its report. Although it makes us wonder if Dell rushed the development of the tablet, the inclusion of its contemporary hardware combined with its affordable p...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena
Ubergizmo

Dell has chosen a powerful hardware platform for its latest Tablet offering. This is a good choice, as faster browsing and faster Adobe Flash support make the user experience better. The hardware is also currently the best you can find to play 3D games. However, the user experience lags the competit...

- Hubert Nguyen, Ubergizmo
Gizmodo

If you absolutely must pick up a 7-inch Android tablet immediately, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is better at this very moment. The pickle is that the Streak has better guts and will one day be updated to Android 3.0, which will likely obliterate the software problems, while we've heard that the Galaxy Ta...

- Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo
Digital Trends

Ironically, despite the Dell Streak 7's improved specs, it finds itself in no better place than the original Streak: it runs the same software, and while it has a larger screen, the resolution doesn't make it any more useful. And hey, it can't even make phone calls! Yes, sadly, at the close of yet a...

- Joanna Stern , Digital Trends


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Screen Size
7"

The Dell Streak 7's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, SD, MMC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2780mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2780 mAh battery. Dell's performance ratings are 3 days standby time, 4 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Streak 7 Specs

Overview
Release date April 19, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2780 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 4 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 4 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 3 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.0 x 12.0 x 1.2 cm (7.9 x 4.7 x 0.5 in)
Weight 450 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen, Gorilla Glass Display
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD, MMC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Fixed focus
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types BMP, GIF, JPG
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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The Register

Plenty of storage, extremely responsive screen, UI impressively fluid

from The Register

Better late than never, the Dell Streak 7 fixes most of the problems found in its predecessor, at a much reduced price. With a quick CPU, plenty of storage and a near enough up-to-date version of Android, it makes for a convenient hand-held connected device. But it’s a shame the screen is a...More

Better late than never, the Dell Streak 7 fixes most of the problems found in its predecessor, at a much reduced price. With a quick CPU, plenty of storage and a near enough up-to-date version of Android, it makes for a convenient hand-held connected device. But it’s a shame the screen is a bit low-rent and low-res – the battery life could be better too. Still, this is progress, but you have to wonder how many Streaks Dell would have sold had it done the job properly in the first place.

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PhoneArena

Contemporary hardware combined with affordable price makes it very difficult to not stand out

from PhoneArena

Luckily for the Dell Streak 7, there are some aspects about it that propel it to be a decent Android tablet despite seeing some blemishes on its report. Although it makes us wonder if Dell rushed the development of the tablet, the inclusion of its contemporary hardware combined with its affordabl...More

Luckily for the Dell Streak 7, there are some aspects about it that propel it to be a decent Android tablet despite seeing some blemishes on its report. Although it makes us wonder if Dell rushed the development of the tablet, the inclusion of its contemporary hardware combined with its affordable price makes it very difficult to not stand out. Sure it doesn’t excel in shooting photos or battery life, but when you compare it with some of its competition, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, there’s no arguing that you get a good amount of bang for the buck. Only requiring you to shell out $200 on-contract or $450 no-contract, it undoubtedly still provides almost all the rich features you’d expect out of a mid-range Android powered tablet.

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Ubergizmo

The user experience lags the competition

from Ubergizmo

Dell has chosen a powerful hardware platform for its latest Tablet offering. This is a good choice, as faster browsing and faster Adobe Flash support make the user experience better. The hardware is also currently the best you can find to play 3D games. However, the user experience lags the compe...More

Dell has chosen a powerful hardware platform for its latest Tablet offering. This is a good choice, as faster browsing and faster Adobe Flash support make the user experience better. The hardware is also currently the best you can find to play 3D games. However, the user experience lags the competition in two ways: the low-resolution display and the overall use of the extra screen surface. The Dell Streak 7 is less expensive than the Galaxy Tab, but it is still priced just like the WiFi iPad – which has a sharply better user experience, if you exclude the network. Talking of which, you can get a subsidy from T-Mobile if you get a 2-year contract for their 4G network, but if anything, that will make the total cost of ownership (TCO) higher – it’s up to you. It comes down to your tolerance to pricing and usage model: If you really want an Android Tablet now and if you need a small (7”) 4G Tablet, and if can’t afford the Galaxy Tab, the Dell Streak 7 could be an option to consider — that’s a lot of “if+and”. In case you don’t care about Android and the smaller size, the iPad will provide a much better user experience.

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Gizmodo

Not a good choice if you're thinking of buying a 7-inch tablet

from Gizmodo

If you absolutely must pick up a 7-inch Android tablet immediately, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is better at this very moment. The pickle is that the Streak has better guts and will one day be updated to Android 3.0, which will likely obliterate the software problems, while we've heard that the Galaxy...More

If you absolutely must pick up a 7-inch Android tablet immediately, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is better at this very moment. The pickle is that the Streak has better guts and will one day be updated to Android 3.0, which will likely obliterate the software problems, while we've heard that the Galaxy Tab may not ever be updated to 3.0. (That said, Honeycomb won't do anything to fix the Streak 7's mediocre screen, which is totally inferior to the Tab, and we hate the idea of purchasing anything predicated on the hopes or promises of a software update, which is only slightly less risky than purchasing a lottery ticket.)

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Digital Trends

Overall, it can be considered worse than the original Streak

from Digital Trends

Ironically, despite the Dell Streak 7's improved specs, it finds itself in no better place than the original Streak: it runs the same software, and while it has a larger screen, the resolution doesn't make it any more useful. And hey, it can't even make phone calls! Yes, sadly, at the close of ye...More

Ironically, despite the Dell Streak 7's improved specs, it finds itself in no better place than the original Streak: it runs the same software, and while it has a larger screen, the resolution doesn't make it any more useful. And hey, it can't even make phone calls! Yes, sadly, at the close of yet another Dell tablet review, we're left wishing the company put a little more love into what could have been a pretty great product. We're actually not even sure why the guys in Austin decided to bring the Streak 7 to market in its current form. There's no doubt that at $199.99 on contract / $450 off contract the tablet is one of the more decently priced Android slates out there, and its HSPA+ speeds make it incredibly fast, but when you combine its low-resolution screen, poor battery life, and soon-to-be outdated OS, we simply can't recommend it, even if it doesn't break the bank.

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GigaOM

Mediocre screen resolution and short battery life

from GigaOM

Folks looking for a low-cost, fairly basic Android tablet that can overlook the screen resolution could be happy with the Streak 7. It all depends on if the 4G radio is worth the purchase, because the Galaxy Tab for $50 more offers many better features. Regardless of the fast data connection, the...More

Folks looking for a low-cost, fairly basic Android tablet that can overlook the screen resolution could be happy with the Streak 7. It all depends on if the 4G radio is worth the purchase, because the Galaxy Tab for $50 more offers many better features. Regardless of the fast data connection, the screen is a deal-breaker for me personally, simply because it’s the function most used. Again, I’ve only had a few days with the Streak 7, so I’ll incorporate into my daily routine and substitute it for my Galaxy Tab to see if I feel differently in a week or so. Perhaps it’s unfair to compare the Streak 7 to the Galaxy Tab, but both devices are offered by T-Mobile, so customers will certainly be making that same comparison.

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ZDNet

You still wouldn’t want this device even with its cheap price

from ZDNet

As I was checking it out and before I knew the pricing I said to myself that the only way this tablet makes any sense for T-Mobile is if it comes in cheaper than every other model and it does, by $50. However, even at this $199.99 price after rebate I still would not even consider the Dell Streak...More

As I was checking it out and before I knew the pricing I said to myself that the only way this tablet makes any sense for T-Mobile is if it comes in cheaper than every other model and it does, by $50. However, even at this $199.99 price after rebate I still would not even consider the Dell Streak 7. And there is no way in the world you should pay $450 for this device, especially with a likely iPad 2 coming out in the $500 range in a WiFi ony model. I suppose if you want you can buy the Dell Streak 7 and use it as an HSPA+ MiFi device too since $40/month for unlimited data is still a cheaper deal than the MiFi on every other wireless carrier.

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Android Community

Performance advantage gives the Streak a slight lead in the tablet race

from Android Community

Ben notes that after having the Samsung Galaxy Tab for over a month and the Dell Streak 7 for less than a week, performance advantages over the tab give the Streak the head spot in the race. Thanks to NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 super chip, this is going to be the case for most Android tablet comparis...More

Ben notes that after having the Samsung Galaxy Tab for over a month and the Dell Streak 7 for less than a week, performance advantages over the tab give the Streak the head spot in the race. Thanks to NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 super chip, this is going to be the case for most Android tablet comparisons until the chip game is brought to another level. Next – the Gingerbread and/or Honeycomb test. We can’t wait!

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Laptop Magazine

Plenty of muscle power but low on energy

from Laptop Magazine

Despite its speedy processor and competitive pricing, the Streak 7 is one Android tablet we simply can't recommend. Because of its unacceptably short battery life, this slate is far less portable than even the weakest smart phone and has less than half the endurance of its chief rival. Currently,...More

Despite its speedy processor and competitive pricing, the Streak 7 is one Android tablet we simply can't recommend. Because of its unacceptably short battery life, this slate is far less portable than even the weakest smart phone and has less than half the endurance of its chief rival. Currently, the Samsung Galaxy Tab offers the most important features that the Streak lacks: all-day battery life, a 1024 x 600 display that makes the most of its 7-inch size, and compelling custom apps with dual-pane views. While an upgrade to Android 3.0 could help the Streak 7, it probably won't last long enough on a charge for you to enjoy it.

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SlashGear

We'll look forward to a software update

from SlashGear

Having used the Tab for over a month and now after using the Streak for five days, the performance advantages of the Streak 7 give it the edge in my opinion.   The Streak 7 will perform and in some cases outperform other tablets in the 7′ inch range with its capabilities as a rich...More

Having used the Tab for over a month and now after using the Streak for five days, the performance advantages of the Streak 7 give it the edge in my opinion.   The Streak 7 will perform and in some cases outperform other tablets in the 7′ inch range with its capabilities as a rich multimedia device largely thanks to NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 super chip. The battery life is my biggest complaint with the Streak 7 and in terms of battery life the Tab is a better option. I want to see how the Streak 7 performs when either Gingerbread or Honeycomb become available as an update.   From things like multi-threaded support, more tablet centric OS and speed / performance gains all things that will add value to not only tablets in general but the Streak 7 as well.

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