Review: Dell Streak 5"

The 5-inch go anywhere Android-based pocket tablet

The Dell Streak is a special appearance. All the comforts of tablets and phones comes together in the Dell Streak 5". First there is the 5 inch display, which allows you to browse like you are sitting behind your laptop, or easily setup a quick message or e-mail. The streak is only 10 millimeters thick so you can slide it in your pocket, like a normal mobile phone.


Dell Streak Package

A complete Android Tablet

Although Dell Streak simply is a tablet, his qualities as a phone can’t be ignored. The Streak is one a full Android device, with all the needed comforts. The home screens are fully customizable with widgets such as Facebook and Twitter and an extensive phonebook. By default, the Dell Streak even has Quickoffice. So when you are on your way to a meeting, you can easily access your Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents. The Market is the place for even more useful applications and fun games an. It doesn’t matter if you want to use the Streak for private or business purpose, it’s a complete universal device.

The whole world just a touch away from you

You would probably expect the fusion of a tablet and a telephone comes with a complex usability, but that doesn’t suit with the Streak. The Tabs at the top of the touchscreen, giving you access to menus, and active connections and automatically gives you information about. Furthermore, one touch on the colorful display is enough to browse the Internet or to open the photo gallery. The Streak is quite a professional when it comes to camera work. A day at the beach or city trip is no thread for its 5 megapixel lens. And last but not least, you can upload your best images instantly for friends and family.

Your personal navigation system and multimedia center

Besides photos the Dell Streak is will do just fine with video and other multimedia possibilities. Use your front-facing camera for video calls. Or just watch a movie or listen to music, and the hours fly by. Engage Google Maps and navigate to your destination in every environment.
To ensure that you enjoy the TFT LCD-screen for a long time, Dell made it out of Gorilla Glass. This material can take a punch and is resistant to scratches. This keeps your Dell Streak beautiful, even after repeated use.

Dell Streak Screenshot 

Web Support

Web Support

The Dell Streak 5 is very lovable when it comes to performance on web browsing. The 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor had no issues testing all the websites and components we repeatedly opened. This is sure the perfect example in which the Android Operation Systems are capable of. All the website load times are very short and noticed that the Streak tended to default to mobile phone versions of the websites.

We used the JQuery mobile framework testpage to look how the Streak is managing the standard. All features work and pages render as designed across our Dell Streak 5. Navigation with the touchscreen works great, but the navigation roller ball has some issues on some text inputs, the flip switch, slider and selects that can be solved. The only thing is that it is getting laggy and become unresponsive on more complex pages.

Dell Streak Website 

Dreamweaver Extensions

We have tested our HTML5 Image Enhancer, HTML5 MP3 Player & Advanced CSS Animator, Ajax DataGrid, HTML5 Slideshow, Feed Genie and they work perfectly. There are no CSS styling issues noticed and other good thing is that the Streak comes with flash support, thanks to Adobe's Flash Player 10.1!

Dell Streak Screenshot 1

In this Ajax DataGrid and HTML5 Slideshow work-together it manages to opens lager images in a Slideshow. The DataGrid control works fast, easy and useful in many projects.

Dell Streak Screenshot 2 

This is quite cool. De demo shows animated speakers that are bouncing on the beat of the music. The HTML5 MP3 Player and Advanced CSS Animator are both two powerful extensions.

Dell Streak Screenshot 3 

Very cool to see that Android 2.2 can manage every element in this quite complex demo. The Canvas and CSS3 Transitions runs smoothly, which means, possibilities in the jQuery universe.

Dell Streak Screenshot 4 

As you can see, the feeded Picasa pictures are showing well by Feed Genie. It is constraining portions very well like working on a desktop browser.


Given its size, the Dell Streak certainly will attract a specific user group. This is not a device for making lots of phone calls and easy portability. But if you're a hard-core smartphone user trying to accomplish a lot or if you are thinking about getting a tablet computer, but you want something that will fit in your pocket, you should seriously consider this device.

We tested our beloved HTML5 Extensions and they work flawless, even the flash-based extensions showed well perfectly. Conclusion, the ease of use and the performance are truly astonishing.


What is in the box?

Stereo Headset with microphone and ear buds
USB-datacable with cable clip
Charger with interchangeable connector’s (3-pin & 2-pin)
3.7 V, 1530 mAh Battery
Microfiber Pouch
Quick Start Guide


Operating System
Android™ 1.6 or Android™ 2.2 (unlocked)

QSD 8250

UMTS 2100 / 1900 / 850 MHz
GSM / EDGE 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 MHz
HSDPA / HSUPA:HSDPA 7.2 Mbps / HSUPA 5.76 Mbps

5" (12.7 cm) WVGA (800 x 480) in-cell TFT LCD supporting multi-touch

5.0M Rear-Facing Auto-Focus Camera + VGA Front-Facing Camera

H.263 / H.264, .3GP, MPEG4, WMV

Audio and Speakers
MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, Midi, WAV

SMS, MMS, Email, IM

WebKit (Android)

512 MB ROM + 512 MB SDRAM + 2 GB non-user accessible MicroSD for system & applications files only

1 user accessible MicroSD™cardslot (16GB pre-installed)

WLAN 802.11b/g, Bluetooth®2.0 with EDR, USB 2.0

6 x 3.1 x 0.4 in

Advertised System Weight
7.7 oz

Primary Battery
1530 mAh

Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, e-compass, GPS, Capacitive sensor keys

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