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The new Dell Streak 7 seems to be underdesigned

The low-resolution screen doesnot seem to do justice to its powerful processor


The Dell Streak 7 has been in news for quite some time now, but finally we get to hear some solid information about how Dell's second tablet is faring. Zdnet got their hands on a review piece from T-mobile and they were disappointed to say the least. Bad for the Streak 7 that it was being compared with the Galaxy Tab - we say good that it does not have a 10-inch screen!

Against the G Tab

Let us do an overall comparison between the two. The first thing you notice on the G Tab is the gorgeous 7-inch super AMOLED screen, with a native resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels - and that exactly is the weakest link in the Streak. It has capacitive LCD screen with a measly 480 x 800 pixels of resolution. Both have Froyo and a 1GHz processor, but the dual-core Tegra 2 platform is really a breeze, or so Zdnet finds out. 

The Streak 7 has a better camera at 5MP against Samsung’s 3.2MP, but loses out in mobility by a long way with a small 2780mAh battery (as opposed to the G Tab with a good enough 4000mAh battery).

Against the expectation

The Streak 7 was given the right brain, but not the platform to flaunt it. The tablet has a glossy plastic body with the front side dominated by the 7-inch screen. The hot-keys are not quite like the default Android buttons – the one-touch search key is missing. Also the keys are situated in a landscape-oriented manner. The position of the webcam confirms that.

There is no standard USB port, but you get the Dell 30-pin connector, SD-card slot and luckily a SIM card slot. The power and volume buttons are at the top. The 5MP camera with single LED flash resides at the back with the Dell logo.

What really disappoint the Zdnet reviewer are the fuzzy-looking icons and low-resolution gameplays and videos. The only fact that keeps you from not playing media is the breeze with which the apps (including games) perform – thanks to the Tegra 2.

The connectivity options are in place with the commendable HSPA+ support with up to 21 Mbps, along with the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth standards. The dimension of 7.87 x 4.72 x 0.49 inches is slightly more than the G Tab.

Good thing is that the Streak 7 might get a honeycomb upgrade, which the Samsung Galaxy Tab might never receive.

Now the last nail on the coffin – the Dell toy comes for $450 without contract, which is quite similar to the G Tab’s present pricing. At this, it makes every sense to consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab over Dell’s new child.   




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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-02- 1 (Update: 2021-05-18)