Dell Streak Review

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Aaron Koo

So this gets a 6 as a tablet. How does this score as a smartphone?

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kanehi

I don't think so.  This more like a hybrid phone.  The major downside is that it's locked in with ATT just like the iPhone.  Tablets are the swiveling screen laptops such as the HP tm2.  Slates are more like the iPad. 

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mkarias1

Come on.  The screen size is not ideal for a tablet/slate.  The fact that you can make phone calls just shows that this is more phone than tablet. 

Price is ridiculously high.  You can get a Droid X, HTC EVO and now Droid 2 for less than $200. 

 

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grorc

So basically its a great GPS that also works as a phone, tablet, media player.... blah blah

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Michael Ellis

The browser speed test sounds pretty unreliable. I mean the speed of the page load could be affected by the phone's position, orientation, and wifi antenna. Furthermore, the page load speed could be affected by data traffic to that site and on that's site's ISP as well as the ISP used to access the website.

There must be a better way to test the speed and power of a processor than loading a web page.

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JonPhillips

As the reviewer, I will agree: There are lots of potential variables that could negate the validity of these browser tests. It's not a controlled situation. That said, I was getting consistent results insomuch the ipad was always a bit faster than the Streak. And I did many more test runs than what is reported. We will be on the lookout for more empirical tests.

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Keith E. Whisman

Perhaps a game with a FPS meter built in that runs the same sequence each time it's launched to give you the minimum, Average, and Maximum Frames Per Second. Someone should build a small game with decent graphics with a FPS benchmark sequence built in. There are some games that run faster on different Android phones.

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Keith E. Whisman

So is this the phone you use while running through public places naked?

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BasiliskSt

This review is an example of what I like about MaximumPC. You understand tech users, love competition, and like a bit of fun in the writing. iPad as the Borg was both funny and apt.

I have hopes for an HP Hurricane based on the Palm webOS. My Palm Pixi is stupid simple to operate for a smartphone, and I can see the webOS interface working exceedingly well on a tablet with printing, USB and Flash, but it now sounds like it will be Q1 2011 before we find out. There will be a second generation iPad by then. Maybe someone will do an Android 3.0 tablet right, before Christmas.

I suspect the screen supply issue is hurting tablets as well. Samsung's new screen capacity doesn't come on line until next year. In the meantime, Samsung is hogging its own output making less available for sale to other phone or tablet builders.

Regardless, the market is giving iPad a huge head start. We moan about what iPad lacks, but the competition is so far AWOL.

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carsmak

With a Bluetooth having a 30 foot range why do I need to pick it up out of it's case, If I have an iPad I still need an iPhone to make a call.  Go Dell....

Note to others making tablet's, throw the phone device in for free...

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Jaryth000

"As stated previously, the Streak comes with two cameras. That’s two more than the iPad’s allotment, and one more than what you’ll find on any iPhone."

 

What? So I got some freaky spinoff iPhone that has a front faceing camera for FaceTime? Huh... lucky me.

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wirehedd

I got the same spin off. I guess the article was written before there was any kind of iphone with a camera. Explains a lot about this device that isn't quite up to the job of any one of it's many supposed capabilities.

 

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sybert

Are you completely stupid Dell? You managed to make something that was inbetween a phone and a tablet that, but it should have been released 2 or 3 months ago. It brings too little too late. If it had been released before the iPad, and had a 7"-9" screen, it might have gone somewhere.

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JonPhillips

Velocity Micro out of Richmond VA is readying three android tablet devices for a sept release, each with 7 inch screens. So there's your US based challenger. Hp needs to get in the mix too. They have three pieces of rumorware that still need to gel.

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JanSolo

And I think Apple has the finest Chinese employees assembling their goods for a paltry wage.  Go Apple and go USA!

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Dantv

I love my iPad. My wife no longer uses her PC and does everything that she needs to do on the iPad. Instead of putting Apple down all the time we should be supporting one on the great American companies still left in the USA.

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violian

How am I supposed to fit this in my pocket? Should I also have another service plan for a smaller regular sized phone?

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