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Dell Streak Hands On: Big Phone or Small Tablet?

The Dell Streak is an odd bit of electronic marvel.  It’s too big to be a traditional phone and too small to be a tablet, so what is this 5″ slate?  Well. it’s a bit of both.  On paper, a 5″ device should not be pocketable, and should look silly up to your face while making a phone call.  In reality, however, the Streak actually fits in most pants (sorry skinny jean wearing hipster) and doesn’t look as gaudy as expected as a phone.  In this video I give you a hands (and pants) on tour of the new Streak, and ultimately let you make the call if it’s something you’d like to carry.

Stay tuned for a video about Dell’s take on the Streak.

No US carrier has been announced, but it was running on AT&T’s 3G network.

Specs are as Follows:

  • A sharp 5-inch capacitive multi-touch WVGA (800×480) display for a great full-screen experience watching video or browsing the web
  • Fast 1GHz Snapdragon ARM-based mobile processor from Qualcomm
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash that offers easy point & shoot capability and quick uploads to YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and more
  • VGA front-facing camera enables video chat functionality down the road
  • A user-removable (and replaceable) battery
  • A 3.5mm headphone jack means many of you can use the Dell Streak as the music source (and more) in your car
  • Integrated 3G + Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + Bluetooth 2.1 (think headsets, external keyboards, stereo headsets, etc.)
  • UMTS / GPRS / EDGE class 12 GSM radio with link speeds of HSDPA 7.2 Mbps / HSUPA
  • A user-accessible Micro SD slot expandable up to 32GB. That means you can store  lots of movies, music, photos or other kinds of files.

On the software side, here’s what you can expect:

  • A customized multi-touch version of the Google Android operating system that features Dell user interface enhancements
  • Access to over 38,000  apps (and growing) via the Android Marketplace
  • Microsoft Exchange connectivity and integration through TouchDown
  • Google Voice support
  • Integrated Google Maps with voice-activated search, turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views
  • Quick access to activity streams via integrated social network app widgets like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

(Specs Courtesy of Dell Community)

Jon Rettinger

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