Dell Streak – Hits the market in UK on June 4th, 2010. A tablet phone with 5” wide screen running on Android 1.6 (upgradeable to 2.2 Froyo).

I being a techno gadget freak, in a quick foxy action searched the entire web to know about it and there are quite a few impressing and remarkable things I got to know.

So without wasting any more time I am moving on to its initial reviews and features that I gathered:

The first and foremost thing is its 5” capacitive touch screen. Is it a smartphone or a tablet PC, well I’d say it is definitely a smartphone. The large screen is pretty impressive as I could see from several video demonstrations with pretty good visibility even under sunlight.

Which brings me to another feature of the mobile – Camera. It’s bundled with a 5MP camera, dual LED flash and a VGA secondary camera for video calling. The picture & video quality is good.The nightshots are hopeless though. It supports a number of formats for playback (going by the review of some users, it also support DivX format, though external codecs needs to be installed). It was found to be erring during playback of some full length movies of H264 format, but WMV works just good and clear. But nothing to fret, these are just software issues and Dell guys can fix this easily, I guess.

The phone can be used in both portrait and landscape mode and given the jumbo size, landscape usage seems right. The virtual keyboard has also got a numeric keypad which is the first ever of its kind, but unfortunately it’s not convenient to use. There should have been an option to hide it. As of know there isn’t one.

No FM is there, and the specs are not clear if the hardware is present or not.

A 3G enabled set is bound to have a heavy usage and the effect shows on the battery. But on initial speculations I found the power to be impressive.

Also 2.2 Froyo update is in the air. Flash support is also coming in few weeks.

The CPU is mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz, which makes sure that you have a delightful usage of the phone.

Another important feature I would like to mention is the memory. Well this cute gadget has got 512MB Rom, 512MB Ram, a 2GB non-accessible memory for applications installation and a 16GB SD card.

Other features worth mentioning are:


Yes – with A-GPS support


Yes. 802.11 b/g


Yes v2 with A2DP


Yes with MIDP 2.0


HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


Class 12


Yes, 3.5mm audio jack

And in the end, the exciting part. The screen is made up of Gorilla glass, which is said to be unbreakable and scratch proof. Believe me I saw a video  where an engadget engineer tortured the streak screen by banging  a pen tip furiously all over and nothing happened to it. Not a single scratch.

The gadget looks promising and is here to stay. I after a long search of 1 year, am feeling like I got a smartphone of my choice. Am waiting for its release in India.

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2010, May
Status Available. Released 2010, June
Size Dimensions 152.9 x 79.1 x 10 mm
Weight 220 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 5.0 inches
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Multi-touch input method
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
– Touch sensitive controls
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 16 GB storage, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, face and smile detection
Video Yes
Secondary VGA videocall camera
Features OS Android OS, v1.6, upgradable to v2.2 (Froyo)
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio No
Games Yes
Colors Black, Red
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– Digital compass
– 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
– Adobe Flash 10.1
– Organizer
– Voice memo/dial
– T9
– Home dock with HDMI out and car charger in the retail package
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1530 mAh
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    Contrary to the reviewers comments about the number pad in landscape mode, I actually find it very usable, very practical and a win win as far as I’m concerned.

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    I recommend getting the keyboard from XDA-dev, which is half-split and moves the keypad in the middle – much more conveniont to type on when handheld.

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