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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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Reading Books

Due to the Dell Streak 7 's use of the Android 2.2 operating system, functions like internet-based applications and eReader apps will be virtually identical to those found on the Xoom or other Android tablets. Consequently, we see the very same controls for the included Amazon Kindle eReader app: tap or swipe to change pages, or tap the menu button to call up the hallmark Kindle menu. If you've had experience with this application before, it works no differently on the Dell Streak 7.

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For those unfamiliar with this application, eBooks read cleanly and naturally at any font size you choose, be the background white, sepia or black. You really can't ask for a more natural eBook reading experience.

Buying Books

To purchase eBooks on the Dell Streak 7, you can use your app of choice, but for the purposes of expediency, we'll examine the pre-loaded app, Kindle. Once you open the store page, you can search for titles using a user-typed query, by genre, or a litany of other options. Once you find the title you're looking for, simply tap the button to purchase your eBook and (assuming you've already set up your account and billing info) the eBook will begin downloading. It's as simple as that.

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eBook Formats

Though the Dell Streak 7 only supports Kindle eBooks and.pdf files out of the box, you can download just about any eBook reading software you wish from the Android market, vastly improving its range of eBook format support, no conversion necessary.

Newspapers & Magazines

Newspapers and magazines work very much in the same way that eBooks and the eBook store work: they have very similar controls, and the process for purchase and download is virtually identical. Again, all you have to do after finding the title you like is to tap to buy and download. Given that file sizes are small on much of the text-based content, the decent download speeds of the Dell Streak 7 will power through these in very short order.

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eBook Battery Life

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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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