Back when the Dell Streak was launched in July in the UK, it received a barrage of middling reviews that praised it as a large smartphone but criticized it being less of a tablet. Since then the Streak hasn’t exactly set the markets on fire but nonetheless, it remains an interesting product. Now that the Streak is here in India, a market that has yet to see many tablets, how does it fit into the grand scheme of things?
The Streak is a little too big for a pocketable device but it still wins out in terms of looks.
The first thing that sets the Dell Streak apart from most of the other tablets that it can also double-up as a smartphone. Yes, like the recently reviewed OlivePad, you can put a SIM into the Dell Streak and use it to make calls, surf the Web using GPRS or 3G and basically use it as a smartphone.
The Streak runs a heavily tweaked Android 1.6 OS and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm processor. Dell has announced that would be updating the Streak to Android 2.2 (skipping 2.1) sometime in the future, but the dates are still not clear. The Streak comes bundled with a 16GB microSD card and if that’s not enough then you can put in a microSD card up to 32GB. The Streak has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 480x800 and 16M color output. If you want to shoot pictures or record videos, you can use the 5MP camera that’s complemented by a dual LED flash.
The Dell Streak's main homescreen can be customized with widgets and shortcuts.
Like in the OlivePad and other Android smartphones, the Streak gets the full benefit of Google Mobile Services including apps for Gmail, YouTube, Calendar and Maps. Plus, all you need is a free Google ID to get access to tons of free (and paid) apps and games from the Android Market.