Dell Streak Android tablet
The Dell Streak is designed to hit a 'sweet spot' between smartphones and tablets. But will it be able to challenge Apple's iPad?
- Slim design, build quality, excellent display, ease of use, access to Android market, excellent Web browsing and video playback
- Outdated Android 1.6 OS, uncomfortable to carry in jeans pocket, glossy screen doesn't have great visibility in direct sunlight
The Dell Streak is an easy to use tablet-cum-smartphone that benefits from the simplicity of the Android OS. Unfortunately, this hybrid device feels unfinished due to the older Android 1.6 operating system it runs, and its odd size may make it too big for a phone yet too small for a tablet. Ultimately, the Dell Streak is an impressive, lust-worthy gadget but we can't justify shelling out for it just yet. Watch this space.
Price$ 649.00 (AUD)
Dell's 5in, Android-powered Streak tablet may look like a huge smartphone, and you can make phone calls on it, but its form factor means it sits somewhere between a largish touchscreen handset like the HTC Desire and Apple's iPad tablet. This tablet-cum-smartphone is a stylish, lust-worthy gadget but ultimately has too many niggling flaws to recommend — chief among them is that it runs the older Android 1.6 operating system.
Check out our Dell Streak vs iPad tablet showdown.
The Dell Streak is officially available in Australia through Optus, and is also sold outright for $649.
Dell Streak: design
The Dell Streak is designed to hit a 'sweet spot' between typical touchscreen-equipped smartphones and tablets. You could use it for phone calls but at 15cm wide you wouldn't want to be holding it up to your ear all the time. That being said, it is reasonably small for a tablet and is stunningly thin for a device with a screen this size. In fact, the Streak is just ever so slightly thicker than the iPhone 4's 9.3mm.
Dell has managed to squeeze an excellent 5in capacitive touchscreen into the Streak and the display is excellent for browsing photos, viewing movies, navigating the Web and reading e-books. The smaller size means the Streak is easier to carry than the iPad, while the screen is very responsive to finger taps. You would be hard pressed to squeeze the Streak into the pocket of tight jeans, and it would be uncomfortable in normal pants when walking up stairs. Generally, however, the Streak is pretty portable and should fit snugly inside the pockets of most suit jackets.
The majority of input is achieved via the Streak's touchscreen but Dell has also included Android's standard touch-sensitive buttons on the right side (back, menu, home), as well as physical volume, power/screen lock and camera buttons on the top, along with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
Dell Streak: Android OS
The Dell Streak runs a version of Google's Android operating system that has been slightly modified to suit the larger display. Unfortunately, it's the 1.6 version of the OS and not the latest 2.2 version (called Froyo). Dell has stated the Streak will be upgradeable to 2.2 but has not specified a timeframe for this. Casual users won't be affected too much — Dell has added multitouch capabilities to the Streak despite the older version of Android not supporting this feature. The main gripe with running 1.6 is that many Android applications aren't supported; for example, the official Twitter app can't be downloaded nor can a number of recently released applications.
The Dell Streak's interface is similar the "vanilla" Android UI, but has a number of nice touches that work well with the large screen. Up to four home screens can be used, and the Android notifications bar remains as effective as usual but doesn't take up the whole top of the display. The main menu is accessed via a dropdown box in the far left corner. Commonly used functions like the browser, phone, contacts, Gmail, e-mail and the Android Market are featured in a favourites menu when you press the menu button; another press opens the full menu. Dell also includes its own Facebook and Twitter widgets, but the latter only allows you to read recent tweets and broadcast your own — attempting any other tasks (such as viewing profiles) just takes you straight to the mobile browser.
Outside the home screens, the Dell Streak offers the regular features and functions of Android, including the Android Market for third-party apps and automatic and seamless synchronisation with Google services. Unfortunately, you can't choose to save downloaded apps to the microSD card (this is only available in the 2.2 upgrade).
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 2 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 3 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
- 4 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 5 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Samsung to detail new Tizen OS for smart home appliances, IoT devices
- HPE is bringing Optane storage to Unix servers
- HP rolls out patch to fix keylogging bug in certain laptops
- Some HP PCs are recording your keystrokes
- Rumor suggests the Note8 will be a bigger S8+ that adds a missing feature
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Asus launches laptops to start Computex 2017
- Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- FTSAP HANA ConsultantNSW
- TPAgile Projet AdministratorVIC
- FTProject Control Analyst - PMONSW
- CCState-wide Business Transition Lead - BrisbaneNSW
- CCSystems Analyst- Port MacquarieQLD
- FTSolution ArchitectWA
- FTSenior Systems AnalystSA
- CCDevOps EngineerVIC
- CCSenior PMO AnalystNSW
- CCImplementation Manager/PlannerSA
- CCUnix AdministratorNSW
- CCData AnalystNSW
- CCState-wide Business Transition LeadQLD
- FTIT Systems Specialists - Collaboration SystemsNSW
- FTEnterprise Architect - Network and TelecommunicationsNSW
- FTSupport Analyst - TallymanVIC
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCData AnalystNSW
- TPWeb DeveloperSA
- TPOrganisational Change Manager | Dept of CommunitiesQLD
- TPJunior Node.js DeveloperVIC
- FTApplication AnalystSA
- FTTest AnalystVIC
- CCFront End DeveloperNSW