The Dell Streak is one of the first Tablet/Slate devices to be launch official capacity. It’s
Dell’s first mistake is incorporating a proprietary UBS/Charging port (bottom) into the Streak. Seeing as it’s pretty much a large mobile handset, it would have been a whole lot simpler on us if they went with a standard micro USB socket, it’s not like there’s a lack of space. Loose this cable and you’ll be hunting for another. Dell has gone with touch sensitive buttons on one side of the display. A microphone is also on the same side. A light sensor and front facing camera (VGA) are located on the other side just near the phone’s speaker. The first time I took a call on this device I near slapped myself in the head because I misjudged the size. I recommend using the handsfree, it’s quite comfortable.
The large 5 inch touchscreen display sports a 480 x 800 pixel display which makes it clear and easy to view even in the bright outdoors.
A couple of issues I had with the UI, to start off with was that Multitouch wasn’t a universal function. On any Android 2.1+ handset Angry Birds would allow you to pinch zoom out so you can see just where you’re firing. Thankfully the browser and image gallery allows for multi-touch zooming with out a hitch. It still isn’t as smooth as the iPhone’s but it’ll do. I expected a bit more in terms of speed from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor. It’s not a slow handset but activating apps and opening menus wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped. The keypad could also have been a little better designed. With the num pad on the side it means you’re right thumb is going to have to do a bit of stretching. In portrait mode the Zero and ‘O’ are too close together since the num pad moves above the QWERTY keypad. It’ll take some getting used to.
There was quite a bit of confusion created when I synced my Facebook and Google Accounts with the phonebook. Most contacts that were downloaded didn’t allow me the option of sending them text messages until I synced them with those transferred from my SIM phone book. Strange…
The player has no frills except that you can create playlist on the go. Sadly, the Streak doesn’t support DivX or XviD formats you’re going to have to convert videos to play on the device. When converted properly and optimized for the resolution, the viewing experience is not bad at all.
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