TexTab allows Dell Streak users to text on their Dell Streak 7

Textab I love texting. I love it so much that I often wish that I could text all my friends on whatever device I happened to have in my hand, instead of having to grab my Dell Streak. Not too long ago, I figured out how to text on my laptop using a Google Chrome extension. But since updating my Dell Streak 7 to Honeycomb, I've been itching to let my tablet in on the texting action. 

Luckily for me, with Android, if there's a will, there's an app. TexTab connects your Dell Streak 5 with any other Android tablet via Bluetooth, and allows you to send and receive texts on your larger screen. Just open up the app on both devices, send a text, and go!

Unfortunately, the app isn't perfect. I found it confusing at first to connect the two devices — you have to put the tablet into the app's "tablet mode" and the phone into "phone mode," and then make the phone discoverable and press the discover button on the Tablet. It's straightforward once you've figured it out, but the app doesn't do a very good job of cluing you in on connecting them.

The only other issue I can think of is that the devices are connected via Bluetooth. When you open the app, it is able to turn on Bluetooth for you, but doesn't offer to turn it back off when you exit it. This can lead to accidental battery drainage, as leaving Bluetooth on is known to be detrimental to battery life.

Other than that, the app works great. It even works on Dell Streak 7s that haven't been updated to Honeycomb yet, so anyone with a phone and a tablet can get in on the larger screen texting action.

Anyone who wants to try this app out can grab it at the link below. You can also check out the lite version, if you just want to test the app before making a committment.


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Alex Winzenread

Alex Winzenread is a former editor at StreakSmart, which was merged into Pocketables in 2012. He has been writing in creative writing competitions since 2009 and has always been writing for leisure. In October 2010, he got his first smartphone and was instantly smitten. His hacking and modding obsession had officially begun.

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