Enterprise Mobility: Dell Streak Now Boasts Android 2.2 but Uneven Experience

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-12-10 Print this article Print
Dell Streak Now Boasts Android 2.2 but Uneven Experience

Dell Streak Now Boasts Android 2.2 but Uneven Experience

by Nicholas Kolakowski
Dell originally released its 5-inch Streak tablet/smartphone in the U.K., before porting the device over to U.S. shores in August. Early reviews complained about the Streak's Android 1.6 operating system, which seemed antiquated given the rapid pace of Android development. Dell waited a few months before pushing through the Streak's Android 2.2 ("Froyo") update, bringing the tablet device onto the same level as other Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S. Given how first criticism of the Streak largely focused on Android 1.6, how does the device fare with an updated operating system? With its Snapdragon 1GHz processor, apps do run quickly, and the hardware itself feels very solid and well put-together. The size of the device, however, may hit a sour spot with users who feel it's a bit too big to use as a smartphone, but a bit too small to serve as a tablet. However, Dell's upcoming smartphones and (reportedly) larger tablets may offer something for those users who find the Streak occupies too much of an uncomfortable middle ground.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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