Dell Streak 7 Review

Overview

If you are looking for a low priced small tablet then the Dell Streak fits the bill. It works on the Android operating system and is configured to be a super fast entertainment tablet.

Features

The Dell Streak is powered by a 1.0 GHz nVidia Tegra T20 dual core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 16Gb of internal memory that is expandable to 32GB via optional microSD memory cards. For a small and relatively inexpensive tablet it is well featured and boasts a Gorilla scratch resistant glass capacitive touch LCD screen with 800 x 480 pixels resolution display. In addition it has a 5 mega pixel rear facing camera, larger than many of its competitors, plus a 1.3 mega pixel front facing camera for video-calling using the preloaded Qik Video Chat application. It is ultra light at only 17.6 ounces and slim at half an inch thick. Wireless-N Wi-fi networking is built in together with two USB 2.0 ports for additional connectivity.

Usability

The Dell Streak has Swype virtual keyboard technology and full support for Adobe Flash Player. The Android operating system is Froyo, a 2.2 OS and is integrated with Dell’s innovative Stage user interface, which provides a seamless and unified experience for accessing all your favorite content. Ultimately Dell are syncing all the Stage functions so that users will be able to link all personal content synchronized across all Dell Stage-equipped devices–from tablets to PCs–connected through a home network. Through the operating system you are able to access GPS, use a full QWERTY keyboard and access thousands of apps from the Android store. It supports Adobe Flash 10.1, and accesses email accounts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. The Dell Streak 7 comes preloaded with some specific applications, namely; kindle for Android; Brainop, approved and enjoyable educational content; Zinio, the largest online newsstand; Qik Video Chat to allow video chat with other Streak 7 or compatible mobile devices; Let’s Golf from Gameloft; blockbuster on demand, allowing access to thousands of movies and Slacker Radio, choosing music from over 120 DJ-programmed genre stations. The Dell Streak 7 comes equipped with earbuds, charger and warranty information as well as a Quick Start Guide.

What Customers Say

Users feel that this tablet is best used as an entertainment device as it works well this way. Customers have discovered that it does work with wireless printers and supports a Bluetooth keyboard so its use can be extended beyond that of a tablet, should you want to use it as a netbook style computer. It is recommended to buy a car charger as the battery life is quite short. Another suggestion is to buy a battery maintaining app from the Android market which significantly extends the battery life. It is upgradeable to the Honeycomb 3.0 operating system and users report improved functionality with the upgrade.

Overall verdict

This is neat and tidy tablet, best for entertainment purposes with an acceptable level of graphics and good functionality at a value for money price. With some upgrades and added apps it becomes even more effective.