Part smartphone, part tablet, the Dell Streak offers the best of both worlds
by Bryan Borzykowski
Is the smartphone the king of computers? What about a super-fast netbook? Combining both, Dell has added a new computer king contender with its slick Streak tablet that will not only replace your netbook, but maybe your smartphone, too.
Think of it as a cross between an iPad and a touchscreen smartphone. Its five-inch display rivals your best monitor for gaming, reading news and browsing the mobile internet; but, unlike the iPad, this device also doubles as a phone, meaning you dont have to carry a cell as well. Clearly, bigger really is better.
At 15 cm long, 8 cm wide and with a 5-inch touchscreen, the Streak is the largest smartphone on the market. But thats not a bad thing here, as this device doubles as both a phone and a tablet with full-size, QWERTY keyboard.
Watching a YouTube video is more enjoyable on a larger-sized device, as is browsing through virtual newspapers, playing games and all the other things weve come to expect from a brilliant monitor. Except this one is lightweight, too.
Running the rapid, easy-to-use Android OS means you can download a swath of apps many you wont find in other smartphone app stores onto the fully customizable home screen. Of course, adding shortcuts to files and programs is also easy.
At first glance it may seem like the Streak, which comes with just 2 GB of storage, doesnt have a lot of memory. But an SD slot allows you to add up to 32 more gigs in a snap. That translates into 16,000 songs and about 42 full-length flicks.
Like a phone but unlike the iPad, the Streak has a 5-megapixel autofocus camera. The dual LED flash makes it easy to take pics in the dark and, thanks to the devices bigger size, it feels more like a point and shoot. Uploading pics to Facebook or Flickr is simple, too. But it doesnt end there: the Streak also features an additional front-facing VGA camera.
Dell Streak at a glance:
Style: Touchscreen smartphone running Android OS
Display: 5-inch touchscreen WVGA display (800ื480 resolution)
Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, IM
Camera: 5 megapixel, autofocus with dual LED flash; plus front-facing VGA camera
Storage: 2 GB internal memory, expandable to 32 GB with microSD card
Connect: 3G HSPA, GSM, EDGE, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Size: 152.9 x 79.1 x 10 mm; 220 g