Dell Streak 7 Metareview: From Good To Awful

And so begins the Dell Streak 7 reviews which will either provide you with a reason to spend a mere $200 dollars for a lightweight, 4G capable Tablet. On the other hand, reading some of the early reviews might make you look at the LG G-Slate with longing eyes and begin a calendar countdown.

Let’s start with Engadget:

We’re actually not even sure why the guys in Austin decided to bring the Streak 7 to market in its current form. There’s no doubt that at $199.99 on contract / $450 off contract the tablet is one of the more decently priced Android slates out there, and its HSPA+ speeds make it incredibly fast, but when you combine its low-resolution screen, poor battery life, and soon-to-be outdated OS, we simply can’t recommend it, even if it doesn’t break the bank.

Most of the Engadget review carries the same tone, it’s generally not very pleasant toward the device and it’ll make you think twice about purchasing.

Full Engadget Review

Moving on to Crunchgear:

The Dell Streak 7, like the original Dell Streak, is a smartphone masquerading as a tablet. That is not, on the whole, a bad thing: you get some of the best features of Android in a form-factor that is more conducive to media consumption. However, the Streak 7 is worrying because it launches on the cusp of another Android version, 3.0, that promises a more unified tablet UI. Provided this device will keep up with the times over the next few iterations of Android, I’m all for recommending it as a sturdy and slight Galaxy Tab or iPad alternative for the media enthusiast.

All in all the Crunchgear review is much more positive than the Engadget review. While you won’t see widespread praise among any of these reviews, Crunchgear turns out to be one of the more levelheaded of the bunch.

Full Crunchgear Review

Now for Slashgear:

Having used the Tab for over a month and now after using the Streak for five days, the performance advantages of the Streak 7 give it the edge in my opinion.   The Streak 7 will perform and in some cases outperform other tablets in the 7′ inch range with its capabilities as a rich multimedia device largely thanks to NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 super chip.

The battery life is my biggest complaint with the Streak 7 and in terms of battery life the Tab is a better option.

Slashgear absolutely took a more positive tone with this offering up quite a few reasons as to why one might want to look at this over the Samsung Galaxy Tab. However, they point out the most obvious concern for Dell Streak 7 buyers, Honeycomb is right around the corner along with a whole new generation of Tablets. Does the Streak 7 stand out enough to warrant your purchase, even at the $199.99 price tag.

Full Slashgear Review

And now for Gizmodo:

If you absolutely must pick up a 7-inch Android tablet immediately, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is better at this very moment. The pickle is that the Streak has better guts and will one day be updated to Android 3.0, which will likely obliterate the software problems, while we’ve heard that the Galaxy Tab may not ever be updated to 3.0. (That said, Honeycomb won’t do anything to fix the Streak 7′s mediocre screen, which is totally inferior to the Tab, and we hate the idea of purchasing anything predicated on the hopes or promises of a software update, which is only slightly less risky than purchasing a lottery ticket.)

If there is one thing I can count on from any Gizmodo review is the absolute honest truth…from the opinion of the writer. That’s not to say anything bad, Gizmodo happens to be, for better or worse one of the more honest sites with reviews these days, but this time they just flat out panned the Streak 7. Going so far as to list 10 reasons to why one should avoid the Streak 7, reading this will make you reconsider your consideration of the purchase altogether.

GigaOM Review:

Folks looking for a low-cost, fairly basic Android tablet that can overlook the screen resolution could be happy with the Streak 7. It all depends on if the 4G radio is worth the purchase, because the Galaxy Tab for $50 more offers many better features. Regardless of the fast data connection, the screen is a deal-breaker for me personally, simply because it’s the function most used.

Full GigaOM review

The overall conclusion I’ve taken away from this is that while the device itself isn’t that bad, the screen is the real deal breaker. The device itself runs well, the T-Mobile data speeds are snappy and make browsing a pleasure but the overall appeal of the device is severely limited by the screen.

I had only a few minutes with the Dell Streak 7 at CES in Las Vegas, and I was hanging out with the guys from Androidandme, and the first thing we all said to each other was that the screen looked like a hologram from certain angles. That opinion is clearly echoed in a number of these reviews, however the appeal of the Dell Streak 7 lies heavily on the price. This isn’t a tablet that is going to win the hearts and minds of the hardcore Android tablet fan, the LG G-Slate will step up to fill that role. However, if the one thing holding you back from the Samsung Galaxy Tab was the lack of 4G, then perhaps the Streak 7 is your answer. We would just recommend you try one out first.

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  • Joe

    first

  • Joe

    first

  • Youngt82

    And this why t-mobile like seriously needs to step their game up!!! They are coming out with some boring low end teenie boppers devices and need to mature. To be honest these tablets are lame anyways , i rather just get a laptop and call it a day :) lol

    • rangus

      “To be honest these tablets are lame anyways , i rather just get a laptop and call it a day :) lol”

      yup, just another fad that will come and go as fast as the netbook bandwagon.

      • Anonymous

        I need a device in between netbook and phone for ebook and complete multimedia and internet capabilities.
        I think I should settle for Galaxy Tab regardless the strong CPU and HSPA+. The screen on Galaxy Tab looks second to none, and the accessory support is better.

    • Aerofanbig

      I don’t think its going to be a fast passing fad. A LOT of companies are developing programs to use tablets for their work. My company in particular is developing sales, service and tracking programs for our employess with iPad’s to eliminate a ton of physical paperwork, and to cut costs by increasing productivity and efficiency. For the public, yes it might not be a big thing, but tabs are not going anywhere but UP in use

  • Youngt82

    And this why t-mobile like seriously needs to step their game up!!! They are coming out with some boring low end teenie boppers devices and need to mature. To be honest these tablets are lame anyways , i rather just get a laptop and call it a day :) lol

  • jd

    Is the LG tablet supposed to be 4G?

  • jd

    Is the LG tablet supposed to be 4G?

  • cheap
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  • Anonymous

    The screen is the real dealbreaker? Really? Did you miss the part about the battery life? GigaOM: “A true battery test requires more testing time, so I’ll revisit this aspect, but the Streak 7 seems to gulp power. Using it in limited fashion, I’ve seen the battery indicator drop by 10 percent in as little as 30 minutes, for example.” Slashgear: “The battery life on the Streak 7 has to be my biggest complaint. Over the weekend I took it with me on a day trip to Berkeley and after a full nights charge it was dead by 5 PM. The next day faired a little better but just barely made it through a day.” Engadget: “Sadly, that good performance news turns quite sour when it comes to battery life. There’s no way to beat around the bush on this one: the Streak 7′s battery life seriously disappoints. In our past few days of usage, the most we’ve been able to squeeze out of it was about six hours of juice.” Crunchgear doesn’t mention anything about power either way, and Gizmodo was too busy hating on everything else so that’s “only” a 3 out of 5 I guess.

    • Anonymous

      The 3 hours and 26 minute Engadget battery test is most definitely a deal breaker for EVERYBODY if they were aware of the competition’s battery life. I better not see one damn commercial for this thing cuz that would mean T-Mobile is wasting valuable ad money. This will NOT bring in new customers point blank period.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Agreed. BTW P-Streagle, Have you seen this nice piece of gadgetry:

        gsmarena.com/lg_optimus_3d_official_with_duallens_camera_details_scarce-news-2276.php

        Now THIS is the LG Optimus that Tmobile NEEDS to get. Forget the Optimus 2X, I like The Optimus 3D!!!

        • Anonymous

          Ya know I’ve been quietly keepin an eye on that 3D beast and I kinda got a feeling we may get it. That would explain why the 2x wasn’t announced with the Slate. At 4.3″ and Tegra it may just be my next phone. We shall C!

        • Wilma Flintstone

          That would be an unexpected shocker for Tmo. I’d be stoked, even though I’m not too big of a fan of S-Class UI but I’d definitely get it until I can get my hands on some Meego Tmo Greatness. It’s definitely looking to be a really awesome device. And best of all, it’s a 4.3 plus 3D screen that isn’t Windows based. If TmoUS secures this device, I’m grabbing one in the place of this HD2 I’m on now until Tmo brings me some Meego.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Agreed. BTW P-Streagle, Have you seen this nice piece of gadgetry:

        gsmarena.com/lg_optimus_3d_official_with_duallens_camera_details_scarce-news-2276.php

        Now THIS is the LG Optimus that Tmobile NEEDS to get. Forget the Optimus 2X, I like The Optimus 3D!!!

    • SEFan

      Gotta agree – really unfortunate. A poor screen is the kiss of death for a tablet, and short battery life isn’t going to win any friends either. Too bad – a tab with Tegra power and full-on T-Mo 4G couldda been a great device. I suppose I’ll give it a look, just to see HOW bad the screen looks…

  • Anonymous

    The screen is the real dealbreaker? Really? Did you miss the part about the battery life? GigaOM: “A true battery test requires more testing time, so I’ll revisit this aspect, but the Streak 7 seems to gulp power. Using it in limited fashion, I’ve seen the battery indicator drop by 10 percent in as little as 30 minutes, for example.” Slashgear: “The battery life on the Streak 7 has to be my biggest complaint. Over the weekend I took it with me on a day trip to Berkeley and after a full nights charge it was dead by 5 PM. The next day faired a little better but just barely made it through a day.” Engadget: “Sadly, that good performance news turns quite sour when it comes to battery life. There’s no way to beat around the bush on this one: the Streak 7′s battery life seriously disappoints. In our past few days of usage, the most we’ve been able to squeeze out of it was about six hours of juice.” Crunchgear doesn’t mention anything about power either way, and Gizmodo was too busy hating on everything else so that’s “only” a 3 out of 5 I guess.

  • http://twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    LOL…sad

  • Mavricxx

    That’s sad because for the price I was REALLY considering buying this tablet, then I find out the screen sucks and even WORST- the battery time disappointing. I really need a tablet that will last thru a full day more than anything since I like travelling alot!

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree that both the screen and battery life are killers for me. I really, really don’t understand why they would put a tegra2 in a device with only a 800×480 display. Heck there are android phones coming out in the next few weeks that have higher resolutions then that. And so what if it gets Honeycomb(an OS that’s supposed to support high res screens) the 800×480 screen resolution will still suck. It’s a fail Dell. I’d rather have the 5in streak with T-Mobile 3G support and Gingerbread.

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree that both the screen and battery life are killers for me. I really, really don’t understand why they would put a tegra2 in a device with only a 800×480 display. Heck there are android phones coming out in the next few weeks that have higher resolutions then that. And so what if it gets Honeycomb(an OS that’s supposed to support high res screens) the 800×480 screen resolution will still suck. It’s a fail Dell. I’d rather have the 5in streak with T-Mobile 3G support and Gingerbread.

  • BigMixxx

    ok, the screen is shitty.

    What accessories are in the works for this device…I gave the HD2 a chance and it’s now paying off (android has extended that phones life for another year). I wonder what is REALLY in the works for this device? A dock would be nice, pushing resolution higher. 2.2 is a battery eater but damn.
    Well, I might give it the benefit of the doubt and purchase one. Let’s see what the accessory lineup looks like.

  • Deceptivesmiles

    At the end of the day, it’s still a Dell so I wasn’t expecting much so this doesn’t surprise me

  • Anonymous

    Darn, i was contemplating this even though I think the tablet is a niche category. Dell has let me down again :-(

  • Anonymous

    According to engadget, unable to charge over USB simply killed the unit especially the battery is bad.
    I can charge Galaxy Tab with external battery to add more juice while Dell can’t. Bummer!

  • Anonymous

    According to engadget, unable to charge over USB simply killed the unit especially the battery is bad.
    I can charge Galaxy Tab with external battery to add more juice while Dell can’t. Bummer!

  • mmeyer4663

    Nice summary! Even more reason to hold off on this one!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Another “it’s OK, but…” review from Fortune magazine online http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/01/31/review-dells-4g-streak-on-t-mobile/#more-50410

    Money quote:

    “If you need a tablet now, you are going to have to buy one with Android 2.2 and hope your manufacturer and carrier decide to be snappy about updating to Honeycomb. Dell has about the worst record of updating ever so I can’t recommend people buy this in anticipation of Android 3.0. Samsung isn’t much better. Most of their Galaxy line is still on Android 2.1. Viewsonic offers a bigger G-Tablet that can be found for $380 without carrier hassles.

    On the other hand, if you are just looking for a snappy little tablet with a nice build and mediocre specs, you could do worse than the Dell Streak 4G. Buy it outright though for $400 (which is $200 less than a Galaxy Tab – a solid price point in my opinion). T-Mobile offers it for $199 on a 2 year commitment, but in a year, this thing will be obsolete. Trust me.”

    • Aerofanbig

      Tmo dropped the Galaxy Tab price this last week, you can get it off contract now for the same 400$ as the Streak. Dell fail!

  • Lubbalots

    Folks, what are you expecting from tmo? A miracle? Good luck! Tmo is a poor mans service provider. They only provide the low end or outdated stuff.

  • Lubbalots

    Folks, what are you expecting from tmo? A miracle? Good luck! Tmo is a poor mans service provider. They only provide the low end or outdated stuff.

    • Aerofanbig

      Then why are you using them? Don’t forget Tmo was the FIRST provider with Android, and have pushed more android phones then any other carrier by leaps and bounds. Every other carrier has what, maybe 1 or 2 at most, high end phones? And this is the FIRST 4G tab, and the LG Slate will likely be the first 3D and possibly dual core tablet….yea, guess its all just outdated and kids toys.

    • butnakedavenger

      Like the Galaxy Tab, the G2, the Optimus 2x, the G-Slate.. all low end crap. Right? The G-Slate. It’s low end, isn’t it?

      And the Vibrant is the only Galaxy S phone in North America running 2.2 Froyo. Toootally outdated. I wish i had a Galaxy S running 2.1 with another carrier because I hate having an outdated OS on a poor man’s network.

      Don’t confuse affordable with low end.

      • whosaidwhat

        Galaxy Tab is okay nothing special about it. G2 is nice if, only it had a front facing camera and 4″ screen.

        2x? Why are people still talking about this coming to t-mobile? we don’t know that it’s coming and I don’t think it will. G-slate will be very nice and I’m looking forward to it but we shouldn’t be talking about what might be coming. Let’s look at what T-mobile currently carries and from the list, I can say that they have decent phones. Nothing that makes people want to switch carriers for, which to me is what the need desperately. More people switching to t-mobile will benefit us all. More revenue, more towers, better hardware. However, they need to give people reasons to switch and the whole affordable thing doesn’t seem to be working for them.

        This whole affordable thing isn’t going to last forever. People will start thinking “if only I pay $5 or $10 more a month I can get that cool phone and better service with x carrier”.

        I also don’t know why people on here like to tell others “if you don’t like it leave”. Imagine if all the unhappy customers left, how does that help our beloved T-Mobile? It doesn’t, they lose customer and revenue. We want them to gain more customers and to do that they need one or two phone/tablets with great features. Even if it’s gimmicky features, that’s what sells.

        • guest

          “This whole affordable thing isn’t going to last forever. People will start thinking “if only I pay $5 or $10 more a month I can get that cool phone and better service with x carrier”.”

          I’m already thinking that.

        • butnakedavenger

          I guarantee you it’s coming. I’ve got a bud working for LG. It is most definitely a T-Mobile phone. 3D isn’t a lock, super amoled is, they’re working on what type of casing to put it in. (gorilla glass too heavy, looking at dense plastics as an alternative.)

          As for not having the super awesome phone line up that others have… not the biggest deal right now. And here’s why: we can’t afford it anyway. But with our current customer base upgrading into a $10 data feature and an affordable smartphone, TMobile is now doing something it hasn’t done before. It’s increasing the revenue from current customers. In the past a customer picked the blue flip with the 1.3 camera and didn’t pay anything extra. T-Mobile kept a steady cash flow, but didn’t earn anything extra. The plan is long term for sure. Increase revenue with the current customer base, make some extra cash, put it back into the towers and phone bids.

          It’s going to work. Just not immediately. But give it two years and I promise you’ll see some cool things.

        • butnakedavenger

          I guarantee you it’s coming. I’ve got a bud working for LG. It is most definitely a T-Mobile phone. 3D isn’t a lock, super amoled is, they’re working on what type of casing to put it in. (gorilla glass too heavy, looking at dense plastics as an alternative.)

          As for not having the super awesome phone line up that others have… not the biggest deal right now. And here’s why: we can’t afford it anyway. But with our current customer base upgrading into a $10 data feature and an affordable smartphone, TMobile is now doing something it hasn’t done before. It’s increasing the revenue from current customers. In the past a customer picked the blue flip with the 1.3 camera and didn’t pay anything extra. T-Mobile kept a steady cash flow, but didn’t earn anything extra. The plan is long term for sure. Increase revenue with the current customer base, make some extra cash, put it back into the towers and phone bids.

          It’s going to work. Just not immediately. But give it two years and I promise you’ll see some cool things.

    • Anonymous

      As long as they let Google put their Nexus phones on T-mobile and have great speeds, prices and coverage, then they are number one with me in my area.

  • http://twitter.com/supernaraku sh

    I don’t trust any reviews from Engadget as they are very Apple friendly. If it isn’t a Apple product they tend to not like it

    • Anonymous

      And yet they put the iPhone 4 and the Nexus S on the top of their list for the best phones of 2010. Also don’t you know that some of the editors of Tmonews own iPhones.

  • Anonymous

    Meh… I am saving my pennies for the LG Optimus 2X. Please don’t burst my bubble T-mobile!

  • MIKEEEEE

    rather than trust any of these guys who are funded in some way or another by the industry, i’d just take it for a 2 week test drive.

    i’m my own best testing source and i’m patiently waiting for the first ruggedized 10″ tablet.

  • Anonymous

    LOL.. some of you are right, many wrong. Permit me to be long-winded.

    Most people are with T-Mobile US because they are budget minded. And for sure, businesses are with AT&T and Verizon (and Sprint too, but Sprint also targets individuals looking for deals). Individuals looking for value (aka people who are cheap and complain about a $25 price difference on a smartphone) know to go with TMOUS.

    But that’s not a negative. “Families” and “value” have been synonymous with TMOUS. T-Mobile has advertised such and that’s the market it has got, families and the budget minded.

    There’s nothing wrong doing business with value shoppers (check to see where Wal-Mart fits into the overall pecking order of retailers; hint… the world’s largest corporation, 1.5 million employees, soon almost a half TRILLION in gross revenues).

    You should also remember that TMOUS is simply a DIVISION of Germany’s T-Mobile (part of DTAG, the largest telecommunication company in Europe (€64 billion GR 2009). I assure you that with DTAG’s buying clout TMOUS is not getting only the “low end and outdated stuff.”

    T-Mobile does not provide only low-end or outdated stuff. In fact, T-Mobile has just as many high-end products as other carriers, if times not more.

    T-Mobile has been accused with the worst of them, companies coming out with new technology too soon after it has debuted an earlier product. And T-Mobile too has been accused of “abandoning” perceived outdated products.

    It is true that as of late it appears all the hot handsets have been going to other U.S. competitors, but if you look at it closely T-Mobile has kept up with the competition.

    All that said, I’d like T-Mobile to get the LG Optimus 3D that will be announced at MWC 2011. LOL. Come on T-Mobile, let’s get some thunder going.

    Oh, and Carley in a bikini on a Super Bowl commercial, I won’t complain about that. Butt shots only please.

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather get the LG Optimus 3D that will be unveiled in two weeks at MWC. It reminds me of my HD2, a phone I have on my shelf collecting dust (on its protective case).

    • Borogovnar1

      ill buy your hd2, if you would like to sell it, borogovnar1@gmail.com

      • Nclax15

        As would I. Might even throw in a rooted MT3g in the trade as well. haha

      • Nclax15

        As would I. Might even throw in a rooted MT3g in the trade as well. haha

  • Lubbalots

    People with tmo need to understand is whenever tmo gets “A” product, other carriers gets a better one and not just one but 2 or 3. This is what make other carriers more appealing. Besides that, they have better service coverage.

  • Anonymous

    Got to admit you guys are consistent, always posting negative comments about T-Mobile, no matter what articles are run in here.

    Consider:

    – The Dell Streak has been on the market for seven months, it’s not a T-Mobile exclusive device. So you can’t say the T-Mobile Streak is indicative of T-Mobile’s lack of vision or whatever.

    – I have not heard T-Mobile anywhere loudly trumpeting the Streak, especially as some hot new tablet. So if T-Mobile does not think the Streak is any big deal, you too should not.

    – Do you think AT&T has better offerings than T-Mobile? Do you think the Streak indicates T-Mobile is only getting outdated stuff? Well AT&T has the Streak too.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Streak+Mobile+Phone+-+Black+(AT%26T)/1420247.p?id=1218257038780&skuId=1420247&st=dell streak&cp=1&lp=1&contract_desc=

    – The Streak 5 (a 5″ device) has been sold in Europe for seven months, by O2 (Telefonica).

    http://shop.o2.co.uk/mobile_phone/Dell/Streak%2032GB

    Bottom line: You need to calm down. The Streak is not a big deal so who cares. Quit attaching significance to it and using it as yet another reason to diss all things T-Mobile.

    You guys are “T-Mobile hypochondriacs.” I’d prescribe a T-Mobile cowbell ringtone if I thought that would help.

    • Anonymous

      Then why bother? Why bother with this tablet that has worse battery life than some smartphones? Why didn’t T-Mobile say “Thanks, but no thanks” to Dell? The Streak 5 was all right, I don’t have a beef with it, and you can actually use it as a phone. With the super awesome LG tablet, why waste the shelf space on this?

  • Anonymous

    Got to admit you guys are consistent, always posting negative comments about T-Mobile, no matter what articles are run in here.

    Consider:

    – The Dell Streak has been on the market for seven months, it’s not a T-Mobile exclusive device. So you can’t say the T-Mobile Streak is indicative of T-Mobile’s lack of vision or whatever.

    – I have not heard T-Mobile anywhere loudly trumpeting the Streak, especially as some hot new tablet. So if T-Mobile does not think the Streak is any big deal, you too should not.

    – Do you think AT&T has better offerings than T-Mobile? Do you think the Streak indicates T-Mobile is only getting outdated stuff? Well AT&T has the Streak too.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Streak+Mobile+Phone+-+Black+(AT%26T)/1420247.p?id=1218257038780&skuId=1420247&st=dell streak&cp=1&lp=1&contract_desc=

    – The Streak 5 (a 5″ device) has been sold in Europe for seven months, by O2 (Telefonica).

    http://shop.o2.co.uk/mobile_phone/Dell/Streak%2032GB

    Bottom line: You need to calm down. The Streak is not a big deal so who cares. Quit attaching significance to it and using it as yet another reason to diss all things T-Mobile.

    You guys are “T-Mobile hypochondriacs.” I’d prescribe a T-Mobile cowbell ringtone if I thought that would help.

  • Matt

    I have to say…. and this is just my $0.02….  I’ve GOT a Dell Streak 7 and (*knock on wood*) it’s battery life has been great.  I’ve also got an iPad 2 which outdoes the Streak’s battery to be sure but I’ve kept my streak active….. busy even for 5 or 6 hours straight on a plane flight…… and still had a bit of juice left.  Typical use here around the house email, browsing, chillin on the couch sees 12+ hours.

    Also everyone criticizes it’s screen, and yes when held up side by side to other screens such as my iPod 4 here or the Tab for example you CAN see a difference…. but just using it… day to day…. for everything from video to browsing to games I’ve never ONCE been let down by the screen or lamented the fact it wasn’t more uber.  It’s a very crisp nice looking display which never makes me squint or fuss.  So to tear it down for poor screen quality is perhaps unfair.  It’s like hating a Corvette because it doesn’t go fast….. like a Bugatti does…….  Sure but it still goes darned fast enough for me, and it’s still a corvette!