Dell Streak 7
A new tablet is on the market
Dell wants to impress its fans and attract new ones by delivering the Streak 7 worldwide. As all the others laptops, smartphones, tablets and so on, this product has both pros and cons to take into account before buying it. Starting with the good, people who already own it are of the opinion that it’s great because it packs a reinvented Android 2.2, dual-core processor, two cameras and other features. Then there voices who claim that the Dell Streak 7 comes with an ugly interface doubled by bad quality when it comes to the responsiveness and quality of the display. Below you’ll find our personal take on this tablet.
The list of devices which look almost identical to others grows bigger with the Streak 7. This time, the gadget we tested looked very much like the Samsung Galaxy Tab: the body is made of plastic, the screen is covered in glass and the edges have a stylish look. Dropping the tablet quite a few times didn’t result in any serious damage, since the gadget is quite solid. Measurements: 7.75″ x 4.6″ x 0.5″. If you’ve ever owned an iPad, then you’ll know that its display is 9.7″; well, the screen of the tablet we’re reviewing is 7″, so this means that you’ll see things more comfortably, although web browsing won’t look like it does on a laptop. As you all technology junkies know, applications targeted at the small screens found on smartphones can look oversized on the screens intended for tablets. Dell knows it too, so they added a user interface called Stage to the latest Streak 7, which is truly an inventive feature; but we are sad to report that the inventiveness ends after you get past the device’s home screen.
Decent sound quality
The hardware was designed so that it could be used in landscape orientation; the user interface does that, too. The means of achieving this are as follows: the tactile keys meant for the Menu, Home and Back settings sit on the right of the display; we could therefore navigate them by using our thumb, which was more than easy to do, especially considering the layout of the Galaxy Tab.
The Dell Streak 7 is preinstalled with all the usual features found on every other recent tablet, including the simple ones, like stereo speakers, Bluetooth audio and data connections, headphone jack, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and more. The sound delivered by the stereo speakers was decent enough. On the front we came across a camera with mic and the rear has a 5-megaixel camera. A SIM card slot and a memory card expansion slot sit behind a flap on the right side of the tablet.
Nvidia Tegra T-20 Tegra processor
4G speeds worked, in the majority of time, well, so we had no issues loading YouTube songs or short movies; we did experience some lagging, but it wasn’t that frequent.
As for apps, Dell comes with some which are worth the mention: Kindle, Let’s Golf, YouTube, Google services, Android Market and many others. These aside, it still felt awkward to run them on a screen meant for tablets.
In the end we’ll touch upon the subject of performance in test and specs. The Dell Streak 7 didn’t do well when it had to deal with composing e-mails, navigating and other such tasks, because it simply wasn’t responsive enough. The Nvidia Tegra T-20 Tegra didn’t fasten things up. Typing was also not very impressive on the gadget’s touchscreen keyboard. The performance of the battery life is another disappointment. Finally, the quality of the images transmitted by the display was poor because of the average viewing angles and the resolution.
Overall at the end of this review, the new Dell tablet PC looks very promising. However, on the market you can find better tablets than Streak 7, at a similar price.
|CPU||* NVIDIA® Tegra 2 mobile processor|
|OS||* Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)|
|Display||* 7″ (17.78cm) WVGA 800×480 Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen with Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Bands||3G: HSPA @ 850, AWS, 1900 & 2100 MHz|
|4G: HSPA+ @ 850, AWS, 1900 & 2100 MHz|
|1G/2G: GSM @ 850, 900, 1800 & 1900 MHz|
|EDGE @ 850, 900, 1800 & 1900 MHz|
|Camera||Rear: 5MP Auto Focus with Flash|
|Front: 1.3MP Fixed Focus|
|Audio and Speakers||* MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, MIDI, WAV|
|Video||H.263/H.264, 3GP, MPEG4, WMV|
|Internet browser||* Full HTML WebKit browser, Adobe Flash 10.1 (Froyo)|
|Messaging||SMS & MMS on 3G models only|
|Email, IM and Video Chat on all models|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR|
|Storage||* 16GB of Internal Storage with support for up to 32GB additional storage using the user accessible SD, MMC, SDHC memory card slot|
|Primary Battery||* 2780 mAh|
|Dimensions||* 7.87 x 4.72 x 0.49 in.|
|Weight||* 1 lb|