My first 24 hours with the Dell Streak 7


Yesterday, I asked you all what I should do with my new Dell Streak 7, and how I should do those things. You've given me some pretty good advice in my first 24 hours with it, and I've got it set up pretty well already. I still haven't gotten around to hacking or flashing ROMs on it yet, but I'll get there when I have a little more time. 

Anyway, I've used quite a few Android devices in my time as a technology blogger. The Streak 7 is only the latest of them, and in keeping with my other job, I thought I'd offer a review of sorts. It's not really a review, though; it's more of a first impressions piece. Join me below, won't you? 

I usually start out my reviews talking about specs, but if you're reading StreakSmart, you know them already. Then, I head to build quality and design. So in terms of build quality, I think the Streak is fantastic. It's definitely one of the most well-built devices I've used, and in my opinion, much higher quality than something like the BlackBerry PlayBook

As for design, I have been a huge fan of the Dell Streak series' design ever since last year, when the Streak 5 was "announced." The Streak 7 is really just a bigger variant of the original, so it shouldn't be a surprise to you when I say that I absolutely love it, especially the back. It's not glossy, which helps with finger smudges and keeps the device nice and grippy. 

Then I go to the screen, which is probably the worst thing about the Streak 7. At a resolution of 800 x 480 and a size of 7inches, the display looks very, very pixelated. On top of that, the viewing angles are completely washed out. The PlayBook's screen, however, was a polar opposite. 

In my opinion, though, what the Streak 7 lacks in the display department, it more than makes up for in performance. Since it sports a rather speedy Tegra 2, I have been able to do everything I've wanted to without the device breaking a sweat. 

My point in this post was to compare it to other similar devices I've used and think about why the Streak series (particularly the Streak 7) might not have sold as well as other phones/tablets. For instance, if the Streak 7 and the PlayBook are sitting next to each other at a local big box store, which one do you think the average, not-very-tech-savvy consumer is going to choose? 

Now that I've got the two preliminary posts out of the way, get ready for some way more important posts from me that will involve hacking and having fun. But before I go, what do you think of your Streak 7? Anything you would've changed?

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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2 thoughts on “My first 24 hours with the Dell Streak 7

  • I purchased my Dell Streak 7 when Staples had the $100 off coupon and have been playing with it for a few weeks. I moved up from a rooted B&N Nook Color.

    I agree the the viewing angle is terible, I almost have to look down on the screen from above the front camera port to get the best picture.

    My only other gripe would be the button placement. Dell designed the unit to be used primarily in landscape mode with the front camera above the screen. The button placement is where your hands should go. I personally think that the buttons (Home, Android, Back) should have been place to the left of the camera. With this placement you can hold the unit in landscape or portrait without any possibilty of accidentally hitting the back button or home button.

    Oops, I forgot like with ALL android devices the stock browser is terrible. I think the Dolphin HD is a must for any Android device. The abilty to set it to Desktop is a must have.

    Thanks, for listening.

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    My girlfriend purchased this for me Valentine’s Day and to be honest, I rarely use it. I feel bad that we’re locked in a 2 year contract and I’d rather use my G2. I think I should have hinted at the Samsung Galaxy Tab instead because the display is a huge selling point to me.

    But as it sits it’s with me and I keep searching online for custom ROMs and I’ve found it to be very limited. I haven’t taken the time, or had the time (Baby just turned 4 months) to root it but I think that time is coming soon. I can’t keep still on which ROM I want to use on the G2, yet I keep resorting back to the stock Sense ROM. And yesterday, I got to play with the HTC Flyer and feel I rather have that one instead. But I know the specs on the Streak 7 are under appreciated.

    The browser also needs some work, and as the Streak 7 charges, the screen touch responsiveness becomes horrible. And yes I wish the battery would last longer.


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