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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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Device & Specs

Both devices are very similar, but the BlackBerry PlayBook geared a lot more of its resources towards screen performance than Dell did. Though both devices had their fair share of crashes, the Dell seemed to have a much bigger problem with juggling more than one task at a time. If you're looking for an experience that won't leave you with an aneurism, stick with the PlayBook over the Dell.

Screen

This one is a clear win for the PlayBook. Not only does it have a far brighter screen (allowing it to go in more places than the Streak 7), but it also has a much higher resolution in the same screen area, netting it a higher DPI and clearer, more detailed picture. If you're looking for the hi-def experience, drop the Dell Streak 7.

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Battery

Due to the Playbook having an extremely bright screen for a tablet, its battery just does not last as long, but it does last close enough to the Dell. It does, however, outperform it in the video performance testing, lasting several hours longer.

eReader

Though both tablets offer a very similar eReading experience, we're going to give this one to the Dell Streak 7 by virtue of the fact that it isn't married to the now sinking Borders platform. You can even download and use different eReader software via the Android market, so you don't need to convert a bunch of files to read them cross-platform.

Internet

The Dell Streak 7 wins this one hands-down. Though both tablets offer an impressive range of content through their app store, the Dell Streak 7 has the Android platform to work off of, and therefore has better support, and more access to a greater range of content both online and off it.

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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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