Dell Streak - Now in India - A Review

Dell, a computer giant, is now ready to launch DELL STREAK in India – Dell Streak is a smartphone based on the Google Android mobile OS. It’s actually a hybrid between the larger tablets and mobile phones. Currently running on Android 1.6, Streak is believed to get updated to Android foryo 2.2 by the end of 2010. Previously known as Mini 5, Dell Streak is slim and light and has a 5” 480 x 854 LCD multitouch color transflective TFT which not only makes it big enough to be used comfortably for applications, games, read emails and navigation purposes but also sizeable enough to be used as a handset.  Also it has plenty of room for widgets and icons and thus doesn’t give the feeling of being cluttered or unorganized.

Dell Streak

Powered with 1GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor to speed up processing, it also has a camera of 5.0 megapixel with video LED, dual LED flash on back and a VGA Front facing camera on top so as to provide with video chat/conference functionalities.

Dell Streak Front View

Dell Streak supports the custom on-screen keyboard that has been expanded from the standard 30-35 keys to a 49-key model and also includes the numeric keypad taking advantage of the extra space afforded by the 5-inch screen making text messaging as simple and fast as can be. Apart from that, being an Android device, it also gives users the alternative to download the keyboard of one’s choice and thus speaks of the overall freedom of the platform itself. Unlike most Android devices that lack the Bluetooth HID profile Dell streak comes up with Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR which makes it easily pairable with Bluetooth devices such as a keyboard or a mouse.

Dell Streak with external keyboard
Dell Streak Keyboard

Other features: 512 MB ROM, 512 MB SDRAM and 2 GB non-user accessible swappable MicroSD for system & applications files. It has a Flash memory of 1.63 GB and 1-microSD slot which is expandable up to 32 GB providing almost a limitless storage capacity for videos, pictures and other data. The gorilla glass cover makes it much more durable and scratch resistant. The Streak is a fully-functional 3G phone with IM & SMS/text capabilities and also one can seamlessly connect to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter using various Android applications.

Dell Streak Touch Pad

With Dell Streak we can do multitasking, like listening to tunes and receiving calls at the same time, however the phone lacks the FM radio and navigational trackball, which are usually found in other Android devices. The other powerful features also includes

  • Ports: 30-pin to USB
  • Weight: 220 gm
  • Graphics: Adreno 200
  • Dimensions: 152,9 x 79,1 x 9,98 mm
  • Power: Removable 1530mAh lithium ion battery
  • Resolution: 800 × 480 px

The phone is set to be available at a price of about Rs 35000 in the Indian market, starting from the month of October.

Check out the YouTube video of Dell Streak below.