Dell Streak 7 Offers Solid Tablet Experience, with Android 2.2 Quirks

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Dell Streak 7 Offers Solid Tablet Experience, with Android 2.2 Quirks

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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Tablet Competitor

Dell hopes the Streak 7 tablet will prove a viable competitor in the increasingly crowded 7-inch tablet category, which includes the Samsung Galaxy Tab and RIM's upcoming PlayBook.??í??í??í

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Buttons

Like the original Streak, the Streak 7 includes three capacitive buttons on the front: Home, Back and Menu.??í

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Android 2.2

The Streak 7 tablet runs Android 2.2. Dell claims that future updates will be delivered over the air. T-Mobile offers 4G service along with the Streak (making it, the carrier claims, "America's first 4G tablet"), which means faster download times for certain markets.

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Kindle

Kindle and other e-reader applications turn the Dell Streak 7 into a portable library.

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Handheld

The Dell Streak 7's size and weight (just under one pound) allows it to be comfortably held in one hand. But typing on the virtual keyboard, particularly in landscape mode, could require longer fingers.??í

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Tray

Dell has skinned the Dell Streak 7 with its "Stage" user interface, which provides easy access to applications and features in a variety of categories: "Home," "Social," "Music," "Web" and "E-mail."??í??í

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Google Maps

The Dell Streak 7's GPS adds another layer of functionality to Google Maps and (presumably) third-party applications.

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Cameras

The Dell Streak 7 offers a 1.3-megapixel camera in front, and a 5-megapixel lens (with flash) in back.

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Slip and Slide

In theory, the Dell Streak 7's slightly textured surface prevents the tablet from sliding around.??í

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Rear Camera

Note the camera aperture in the upper-left corner.

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Gaming

The Dell Streak 7's 16GB of internal storage (and support for 32GB additional storage) allows the user to download a wide variety of games, applications and multimedia content.??í??í

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Android Marketplace

With hundreds of thousands of applications, Google (and its manufacturing partners) hope the Android Marketplace will prove a strong attractor to users looking for games and productivity programs.

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Multimedia

Dell is positioning the Streak 7 as a multimedia-centric device, particularly for music and video.

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Flash Support

As with other Android-based tablets, the Dell Streak 7 also supports Adobe Flash 10.1. Android tablet manufacturers hope that fact will prove a competitive differentiator between their products and the Apple iPad, which does not support Flash.

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YouTube

Video-wise, the Dell Streak 7 offers Android's pre-installed YouTube application, a "T-Mobile TV" application and a Blockbuster application.

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Streak vs. Streak

Size-wise, the Dell Streak 7 feels far larger than the original 5-inch Streak.

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Streak vs. Streak vs. iPod Touch

With regard to screen size alone, your options for portable multimedia seem more diverse than ever.

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Dell Streak 7 Offers Solid Tablet Experience, with Android 2.2 Quirks

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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Tablet Competitor

Dell hopes the Streak 7 tablet will prove a viable competitor in the increasingly crowded 7-inch tablet category, which includes the Samsung Galaxy Tab and RIM's upcoming PlayBook.??í??í??í

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Buttons

Like the original Streak, the Streak 7 includes three capacitive buttons on the front: Home, Back and Menu.??í

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Android 2.2

The Streak 7 tablet runs Android 2.2. Dell claims that future updates will be delivered over the air. T-Mobile offers 4G service along with the Streak (making it, the carrier claims, "America's first 4G tablet"), which means faster download times for certain markets.

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Kindle

Kindle and other e-reader applications turn the Dell Streak 7 into a portable library.

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Handheld

The Dell Streak 7's size and weight (just under one pound) allows it to be comfortably held in one hand. But typing on the virtual keyboard, particularly in landscape mode, could require longer fingers.??í

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Tray

Dell has skinned the Dell Streak 7 with its "Stage" user interface, which provides easy access to applications and features in a variety of categories: "Home," "Social," "Music," "Web" and "E-mail."??í??í

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