First Look: Dell Streak

Attended an Alienware event few week ago but was surprised that the Dell Streak made a special guest appearance. Spend some time playing with it and it’s looking pretty good.

The Dell Streak is a 5 inch Android device. This is an interesting size. The Apple iPad is 9.7 inch while Samsung Galaxy Tab is 7 inch. To put things in perspective, the HTC HD2 is 4.3 inch. So I won’t be surprised if someone use this for their daily phone.

The Dell Streak can be considered a phone or a tablet depending on how you view it. You can basically make phone call straight from the device if you don’t find it weird having a 5 inch screen next to your face when on the phone. Personally, I would consider it more of a Tablet than a phone. Or rather, a Tablet that lets you make phone call. The main selling point, I feel, should not be the phone feature. It should be the Tablet feature. A small handy Tablet.

The Dell Streak weighs around 220 grams. Pretty alright weight. I quite like the form factor. The virtual keyboard also makes full use of the bigger real estate by giving you numberpad. The only challenge now for Dell is to get developers to make full use of the larger screen and developer applications for them. Apple didn’t have a hard time to get developers make full use of the iPad’s 9.7 inch screen. For an Android Tablet, things will get a bit tricky as there is no standard size. Well, we’ll see how things work out eventually.

My only dislike for the Dell Streak from my first look is the fact that they are using their proprietary charging/data port and not more popular MicroUSB. That means 1 more cable to carry around.

No news on when the Dell Streak will land in Singapore. But if we are seeing it making guest appearance at events, you can be pretty sure it should be soon. And it will most likely be running Android 2.2.

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