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Dell Streak 7 Tablet Review

An entry-level tablet that gives you what you pay for, which isn’t saying much.

August 11, 2011
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Controls

The majority of control functions are operated by the user tapping the touchscreen, but there are a couple touch-sensitive areas on the bezel of the tablet that allow you to call out the menu function, go to the home screen, or go back at any point in your operation of the tablet. For operation of many of the special features, like the cameras and bluetooth devices, you'll need to open the controls in the Android operating system.

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On the top of the Dell Streak 7 lie the physical volume controls and the tiny power button, both made of a hard plastic.

Connectivity

The Dell Streak 7 sports several options for connectivity, though it does not allow you to play content on an external display. With the ability to connect bluetooth devices and to network via WiFi (or 4G if you have a data plan), you shouldn't feel like the Dell Streak 7 is handicapped in connectivity: it can even double as a phone for those with cellular data plans.

The Dell Streak 7 's internal WiFi connection is also very nice, allowing you to connect to networks with its 802.11/n wireless. In all of our tests, download speeds were no issue at all, often giving us rates of over 1MB+ per second.

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Battery Life

Testing the battery life of the Dell Streak 7 was frustrating, to say the least. Though it does reach average marks with 6 and a half hours reading eBooks, and over 24 hours playing audio continuously, the video tests are more perplexing. We loaded up our test video, and the first run-through netted a battery life of 2 hours, 17 minutes before the tablet gave a low battery warning, and promptly crashed, forcing us to recharge and give it another go.

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Once we did this, we made every precaution to disable all background programs and wireless before we ran the second test, which gave us a result of 2 hours, 42 minutes. After telling the tablet to continue at the low battery warning, it seemed to shudder a bit, and it sputtered out before losing charge completely (it told us it had 15% battery left; that was clearly not the case). Why this should put more of a drain on the unit than eBooks is still a bit of a mystery, but be advised that if you would like to watch videos with the Dell Streak 7, be prepared to deal with a battery life that disappoints.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Motorola Xoom Comparison
  11. Blackberry PlayBook Comparison
  12. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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