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Dell Streak 7

Today we’ll be reviewing the Dell Streak 7. It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Tablet so I figured, why the hell not. As you can already tell from the name, this tablet was made by Dell. For those of you who were born yesterday, Dell is the best as far as computers are concerned. After all, Dell owns the Alienware series and the Alienware series is the best series available. As you can already tell, the Dell Streak 7 doesn’t have support for GSM voice communication since, well, it’s a tablet and not a phone. Voice communication is possible on tablets as well, but not by the traditional SIM card use.


We will begin by taking a look at the more general aspects of the Dell Streak 7. We’ll see first of all the supported network types as well as the announcement and release dates. The supported networks of the Dell Streak 7 are both 2G and 3G and they are as following : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 / 1700. The Dell Streak 7 was announced in February 2011 and was released shortly after in March 2011.


Next up is the review of the aspect of the Dell Streak 7. Here you can find details about its size and weight and whether or not it has anything that would make it stand out from a crowd. The Dell Streak 7 is around 200 x 119.8 x  12.4 mm big. It weighs somewhere around 453.6 grams. Sadly, it doesn’t have any particularities, it just looks like a regular tablet. It’s sleek and beautiful, but that’s not what I was looking for here.


Next is the review of the display of the Dell Streak 7. Here you can find out what type of screen the Dell Streak 7 has, the screen’s size, the screen resolution and the pixel density as well as the means of protection for the screen and whether or not the Dell Streak 7 has any particularities on its display. The screen of the Dell Streak 7 is a TFT Capacitive Touchscreen with approximately 16 million colors. The size of the screen is around 7.0 inches and the resolution it houses is approximately 480 x 800 pixels. The pixel density of the Dell Streak 7 is around 133 ppi. The Dell Streak 7 also has Multitouch and a very effective means of screen protection. The protection for the Dell Streak 7’s screen is Corning Gorilla Glass, which is most effective under normal circumstances.


Following up is the review of the audio output of the Dell Streak 7. The main objective here is to find out whether or not the Dell Streak 7 has any sound enhancement installed on it whatsoever, but also to see the alert types, the loudspeaker and the audio jack. Now this being a tablet, it has no Alert Types. The Dell Streak 7 also has a Loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack. Sadly, the Dell Streak 7 doesn’t have any advanced sound enhancement on it, so you will have to cope with its current quality.


Following up is the review of the memory of the Dell Streak 7. Here you can find info about the internal storage space and ways of increasing it, as well as the RAM memory of the Dell Streak 7. The Dell Streak 7 has no RAM, or any notable one. Perhaps the hardware substitutes for this loss since it’s pretty powerful. The internal storage space is around 16 GB. If you require more than that feel free to use the Micro SD card slot in order to expand your memory with up to 32 GB.


Following up is the review of the data connectivity of the Dell Streak 7. Here you can find information about the GPRS and EDGE, the Speed and WLAN of the device and the Bluetooth and USB connections. The Dell Streak 7 has both GPRS and EDGE, although it isn’t specified what Class of GPRS or EDGE. Moving on, the Speed of the device is measured in both : HSDPA and HSUPA although again, it isn’t specified how many MB/s for each one. The WLAN of the Dell Streak 7 is a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi hotspot. The Bluetooth of the Dell Streak 7 is a Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and EDR. The USB port of the Dell Streak 7 is a USB v2.0 one.


Following is the review of the camera of the Dell Streak 7. Here you can find information about the main and secondary cameras, their features and their capabilities. The main camera is a 5 MP snapper capable of photographing at around 2592 x 1944 pixels. The features of the main camera are as following : autofocus, LED flash and Geo-Tagging. The video recording capabilities of the Dell Streak 7 go all the way up to 720p HD. The secondary camera of the Dell Streak 7 is a 1.3 MP camera with no features worth mentioning.


Following up is the review of the battery of the Dell Streak 7. Since battery life is of utmost importance to Android devices, you can find information here about the battery type of the Dell Streak 7 and how long it can function. The Dell Streak 7 has a Standard Li-Ion 2780 mAh battery. This said battery can work continuously for about 72 hours of stand-by and up to 4 hours of talk-time.


Next up is the review of the hardware of the Dell Streak 7. Here you can find information about the three great hardware components of this device : the processor, motherboard and graphics card. As I’ve mentioned before, these three are pretty strong. Not the best available, but close enough. The processor of the Dell Streak 7 is a Dual-Core 1 GHz Cortex-A9. The chipset and GPU are an Nividia Tegra 2 T20 chipset accompanied, as all Tegras are, by an ULP GeForce GPU.


The software part is what we’ll be reviewing here. Mainly we’ll see what OS the Dell Streak 7 has on it and whether or not it can be upgraded to a better one. The OS installed on the Dell Streak 7 is Android OS v2.2 Froyo, which isn’t all that great. Luckily, it can be upgrade to v2.3 Gingerbread officially, but that one too pales in comparison to Honeycomb ( the one for tablets ) or Ice Cream Sandwich.


Last but not least, we’ll see some of the more random features and capabilities of the Dell Streak 7. The sensors of the Dell Streak 7 are : Accelerometer, Proximity and Compass. The messaging on the Dell Streak 7 is done via SMS ( with threaded view ), MMS, E-Mail and IM. The browser of the Dell Streak 7 uses HTML and has integrated support for Adobe Flash. The Dell Streak 7 doesn’t have a radio however that can be fixed by using radio apps from the market, or Google Play store or whatever; or by directly accessing the website of the radio station, however that may be a bit costly on  your internet and battery. The GPS of the Dell Streak 7 has integrated support for A-GPS. Also, this tablet has Java via Java MIDP emulation. The only available color for the Dell Streak 7 is Gray.

Here is a brief list of what the Dell Streak 7 can do :

  • Social networking integration
  • MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Google Talk
  • QuickOffice document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Organizer
  • Predictive text input

This concludes our little review of the Dell Streak 7. If you feel that something is missing from this review feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section below for things which should be added and I’ll be more than happy to take them into consideration when writing my future projects.

In the meantime, if you would desire to purchase this device you can do so by following the next link. Just click HERE.

About Alexandru Becheru

He is a technology enthusiast and experienced writer.

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