updated 11:25 pm EDT, Wed August 11, 2010
Device mixes tablet and smartphone features
The first review of Dell's Streak device has arrived, bringing a mixed bag of positive and negative attributes. Walt Mossberg found the tablet's 5-inch display to be a significant step up from the iPhone and many other smartphones, although hardly a large jump from other 4.3-inch displays on devices such as HTC's EVO 4G.
The large form made the Streak less pocketable than dedicated smartphones, only easily fitting in a suit pocket or loose pants. The bulk makes the device look "ridiculous" when held to make a phone call, despite its compact size compared to larger tablets.
The 5-megapixel camera reportedly takes sharp pictures and fair videos, while the removable battery lasted for a full day of use. Mossberg points out, however, that Android 1.6 is a dated OS and many of the apps have yet to be optimized for the larger screen. The pre-release device also ran into problems crashing or reading the memory card.
Overall, the first review lists many shortcomings of a device that attempts to merge the functionality of a smartphone and tablet without mastering either niche. The Streak will be available for $300 when paired with a contract through AT&T.