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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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Conclusion

Performance

Probably the biggest deficiency with the Dell Streak 7 is the overall performance of the unit itself. Not only does it struggle greatly with running multiple windows of anything at once, but it is very easy to crash and be forced to hard restart on multiple occasions. Couple that with an anemic battery, and you're in for a lot of frustration.

Screen Performance

The screen of the Dell Streak 7 is fine enough, but it really lags far behind in resolution and screen responsiveness.

Battery Life

One of the few perplexing things about the Dell Streak 7 is the anemic battery life. Though it is able to read an eBook for over 6 hours, and it can play audio continuously for over a day, it seems to burn through its battery at an alarming rate when playing video files in the long term.

Ereader:

The Dell Streak 7 is a decent eReader, if a bit deficient in total battery life. Because it uses the Android platform, it suffers virtually no other setbacks for reading eBooks.

Audio & Video:

This one is painful, as the tablet keeps crashing almost every time we tried to play media in the lab. Though it runs the Pandora application much easier than onboard audio files, be advised that larger files will give the Dell Streak 7 trouble should you go giving it lots of commands while something is playing on it.

Email & Web Browsing:

Though the platform for this is relatively basic, the Dell Streak 7 has no trouble handling email and web browsing with its chrome-based browser. With flash support and an average processor, the Dell Streak 7 doesn't disappoint here.

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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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