Dell Streak Now Boasts Android 2.2 but Uneven Experience

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Dell Streak Now Boasts Android 2.2 but Uneven Experience

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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Android 2.2

The Dell Streak received its long-awaited Android 2.2 (Froyo) update starting Nov. 15.

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Hybrid

The 5-inch Streak straddles the line between consumer tablet and smartphone. In the United States, it retails for $300 with a two-year AT&T contract, and $550 unlocked.

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Battery

The Streak's 1,530-mAh battery seemed to sip energy, capable of more than a day's use on a single charge.

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Camera

The Streak's 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The device also includes a front-facing VGA camera, albeit with a notable lack of available video conferencing software.

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Home Screen

The Streak's home screen includes Android features such as live wallpapers, as well as a "tray" showing the most recently used apps. The device's 1GHz Snapdragon processor seems generally capable of smoothly running apps.

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GPS

The Streak includes integrated GPS.

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Apps

The Streak's default collection of apps. As with most manufacturers and carriers offering Android-based devices, Dell has included a few proprietary apps of its own.

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Dell Sync

The Sync app synchronizes multimedia content and contacts.

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Buttons

The Streak offers a standard set of buttons: Back, Menu and Home on the front; on the side, Volume, Power and Camera.??í

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Video Recording

The Streak shooting video.

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Adobe Flash

The Streak supports Adobe Flash 10.1, which opens it to viewing a number of Websites' rich content.

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Camera

During testing, the camera seemed to have issues shooting in less-than-ideal conditions, and frequently blurred shots unless placed against an immobile surface like a table.

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Phone Calls

The Streak makes phone calls. Those without a headset ear will need to hold the 5-inch, 7.7-ounce device close to their face. Given the Streak's size, this can be uncomfortable.

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Social Connectivity

Dell has baked in social connectivity onto the home page, with big-button access to Facebook and Twitter.

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Multimedia

Dell is also marketing the Streak as a multimedia device.

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