Review: Dell Streak 5

by on June 14, 2011
in Android, Gadgets

Dell Streak 5, the first phone-tablet from Dell made its way to me so I decided to write a quick review about the device. Streak 5 was an experiment by Dell to see how people respond to a tablet-cum-phone device.

It features a 5.0-inch gorilla glass display screen with a 1 GHz Scorpion processor under the hood, and features 512MB of RAM. Dell Streak is powered by Froyo (Android 2.2.2) and was actually the first ever device to feature the gorilla glass screen. We did some pretty interesting gorilla glass test. You can catch them in the videos after the jump.

Let’s first take a look at some technical specifications of the Dell Streak.

  • Display: 5.0-inch capacitive display (480 x 800 pixels)
  • Processor/GPU: 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon.
  • Camera: 5 megapixels camera with autofocus, autofocus, dual LED flash, secondary camera for video calls
  • Video: Video recording with flash at 720p.
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 16GB microSD card included, microSD slot upto 32GB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, microUSB
  • Other: Flash Player 10.3 support, A-GPS, 3.5 mm jack, accelerometer, Facebook/Twitter widgets, Dell Stage widgets.
  • Battery: 1530 mAh Li-Ion
  • OS: Android 2.2.2 with Dell Stage UI.

And now, the review!

Dell Streak Review

We did a quick review of the Dell Streak 5, the first Android tablet which was from Dell. Not a detailed review, but you get the point. Read below:

Dell Streak – Hardware Review

Dell Streak is almost an year old product, but the time it was first announced and later launched into the global market, it packed one of the most impressive hardware specs in an Android device. 1GHz Snapdragon processor with a dedicated GPU was good, but as later Android versions came out, they started to slow down the Streak.

The most appealing thing to me in the entire Dell Streak is the gorilla glass screen. It is solid hard with no worries of breaking so easily and no scratches! Dell Streak was the first dvice to feature the “gorilla glass” screen. See below for our gorilla glass test.

… And the more brutal one:

We also did a similar stress test of the gorilla glass in the Samsung Galaxy Tab (watch the video!).

The front panel of the Dell Streak consists of, on the right side, a front camera and sensors. On the left side, it has three 3 menu buttons: Home, Menu, Back.

On the top of the Dell Streak, you will find a 3.5mm audio jack, the volume controls, power button and the dedicated camera button. Bottom consists of just the USB port for data transfer and charging the Streak. Back side of the Dell Streak has a 5 megapixels camera, dual LED flash and a speaker.

Here are a few camera sample photos we took using the Dell Streak 5. Click on them to enlarge.

Dell Streak – Software Review

Dell Streak is powered by Android 2.2.2 which comes with custom modifications by Dell, called as Dell Stage. It features a modified launcher and some custom widgets specially for the Dell Streak.

The OS is a bit slow for the hardware that Dell Streak has, but it does the job. I tried the overall performance of the Dell Streak with other third-party launchers as well. LauncherPro gave the best performance.

During my playtime with the Dell Streak, for some weird reason, the Android Market never got updated to the new Market app. It was still the old market with the previous UI.

Overall, Dell Streak is a great device from it’s generation, but now, it’s just too slow to exist. And moreover, Dell can actually improve it by releasing Gingerbread update for the Streak, or how about Honeycomb?

For our previous Dell product reviews, check out below:

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