Honeycomb on the Dell Streak 7: First impressions

IMG_0152 copy Hey! I don't know if you have heard yet, but Dell released the US WiFi Dell Streak 7's update to Honeycomb today. And unlike the EU updates, these will work on your US device. So if you have been waiting since day one of the Streak 7's life for Honeycomb, I'm happy to report that your wait is officially over.

I have been playing around with the new update for a while, and I've got to say that it's one heck of a needed upgrade for the Streak 7. Whereas scrolling and basically every normal, every day Android task was rough and not very smooth on Froyo, Honeycomb is incredibly smooth and efficient in everything you do on a day-to-day basis. 

Join me below for my impressions of the setup process (which is the worst part of upgrading) as well as some pictures that will show you the setup screen and what happens as you start using Android 3.2 for the first time.

The first picture is simply the welcome screen, allowing you to select your country and language. 

IMG_0153 copy Next up, you'll be able to decide if Google is going to be allowed to use your location data in Android's services and apps. I said sure, because I actually kind of like ads and other Google services being catered to what I like and where I am. 

Of course, there's also the option to decline, but I'm sure that you'll lose some functionality as far as services and apps go. A lot of the hubbub about Google's location services is junk; you're not going to be stalked – it's just there for online personalization. 

One thing that bothers me, and you can probably see it already, is that the setup process for Honeycomb is situated in the portrait orientation. I prefer to type on my Streak 7 in landscape, especially when I am entering personal information.

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Next up, you've gotta tell it the time. Luckily, one thing that was kept from my previous setup was the date and time. Some other settings weren't so lucky.

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One of those settings was my Google account. I had to re-enter it. And I was also in portrait orientation, so it took a while for my sausage-like thumbs to type in my address and password.

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And there is Honeycomb, finally officially running on a US WiFi Dell Streak 7.

Let us know how you are liking it so far in the comments.

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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