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Good: Screen, media functions, satnav, email
Bad: Even Android 2.2.2 is not as slick as the Iphone, too big to carry all the time. Battery life.
Comment: I wanted an all in one device that could cope with my big hands and poor eyesight. I thought I'd try the Dell streak. The big screen is great, web browsing is plesant, watching movies is possible, even reading email is a pleasure.
I put 2.2.2 on it and it helped a lot, The original 1.6 made the device suck. Now it is usable but there are issues. The battery life is poor, if you use the multimedia functions or lots of GPS and WI-FI it won't last a day, well maybe just. Android does not make life easy for you, several essential apps have to be downloaded from the market. Why?
Everyone needs a todo list, a memo writer, proper battery monitoring, easy switching of wi-fi on and off, profile switching for meetings etc. Why do I have to spend time getting them from the market. This should all be done for you and placed on the home screen.
I find it hard to recommend this as a phone, if you think of it as a media tablet with phone functions then it makes more sense. I would find it hard to use this as my main phone.
Good: Every thing
Comment: Excellent Phone and Tablet.
I Highly recommending
Good: It's amazing in everyway. A device to flaunt.
Bad: Nothing as such.
Comment: Love my Dell Streak.
Good: Very fast os i love it
Bad: the screen is NOT SCRATCH PROOF
Comment: Great mobile/tablet if u look after it and treat it right u have a good device well done dell
Good: It does so many things well, sat nav, Sonos hand control, web browsing, email.
Bad: Not much IMO
Comment: I had the DS since it was released...loved it from the start. However 3 months in I had to send it back cos the OS stopped working. Upto that point it would never upgrade. It began to reset itself and then finally bricked. Since O2 replaced it, I have up graded to 2.2. I now think it runs faster and is superb. It is the best thing I have bought in years. It is much quicker then the Apple Iphone 4. I have compared to several of my friends. My mate was really impressed with how well it keeps up with tracking using sat nav, he has an Iphone. Could maybe have done with more RAM and HDD I would heartily recommend this phone to anyone, I LOVE IT!
PS: Its the apps that are available that make the phone even better.
Good: big screen
Bad: wont let me update, keeps crashing
Comment: had two of these phones now and each time they break would not recommend it to anyone
Good: Best gadget I have ever owned.
Bad: The Android 2.2 update has eliminated my only real gripe.
Comment: I wanted a well made Android phone with a large screen and that is exactly what the Streak is. Functionality (with Android 2.2) is the same as every other Froyo device but with a bigger screen making browsing & typing so much easier.
Swype (the fastest data entry method I've seen on a touchscreen device) is pre-installed and if you don't like Dells 'Stage UI' (I don't) its just a series of widgets that can be turned off giving a pretty standard Android 2.2 interface. Lots of other widgets can be downloaded to give virtually limitless options for the look & feel of the phone.
I purchased the car holder/charger kit so the phone doubles as my GPS and Google Maps is incredible (despite what the review says, Google maps was included in the Android 1.6 version). I use the Streak fairly heavily but since I have WiFi at home and at work I only use 100-150mb of mobile data per month even using Google Maps.
There are applications (many free) for virtually anything you want to do with your phone. But the part that regularly surprises me is the integration of the various Google services, when you search for something it'll offer options like phoning, emailing or navigating to the location.
While it is big its not too big to use as a phone, I've used it in the street and I've yet to see anyone give me a second look. The length means the microphone is perfectly placed and sound volume / quality has never been a problem.
As I travel I have several SIM cards, so I bought the phone directly from Dell (unlocked/sim free) for Â£450 (they're now Â£400), in the UK I use the O2 text & web plan that for Â£10 per month gives me more minutes and data than I need. It works perfectly everywhere I've been.
I have had a lot of smartphones and can safely say this is the best one I've ever bought, since the Android 2.2 update it has just got better.
Good: screen size
Bad: old version of Android
Comment: have the perfect size to see multimedia and good mobility
Bad: bad update stories
Comment: I am looking to upgrade to this phone tablet type thing soon I will mostly be using the web watching movies etc while commuting. I am reluctant to buy an iphone/pad. is it worth signing up to a contract for 2 years for this bit of kit any opinions welcome
Good: Large screen, USB sync (can even use it as flash drive!), nice touchscreen, good (and improving) app store, open source OS
Bad: Android 1.6 - disappointing that we haven't had 2.2 (or even a working 2.1...) yet, quite short battery life, expensive extras (e.g. car charger Â£55 - oh, and generic 12V-USB adaptors don't work either - it may say its charging, but it isn't. Perhaps thats Daniel Lawes' problem?)
Comment: This has been my first Android phone, and I've been really pleased with it. A close relative has an iPhone 4, and we're constantly arguing as to their relative merits... but I far prefer the flexibility and control I have with Android; the screen size; and the overall experience. The tough screen is slightly inferior, but it "feels" more like a software bug than a lack of screen responsiveness.
There are some great games (Armored Strike, for example), and the productivity apps (like Docs to Go) are fine. The keyboard is a little fiddly, but with practice I can type as fast as I could on my little CnM netbook.
I've read all these horror stories, and all I can conclude is that build quality is really patchy - my first one simply wouldn't power on at all; the (only) replacement works like a dream. Perhaps its like older British cars - they're either Monday morning models (and perfect) or Friday afternoon ones (nightmarish!). I haven't had a single browser crash or hang; I have had (3) system crashes (usually if I've been running it continually for 5+ days) - simple to resolve by removing/replacing battery. An annoyance? Yes. A deal-breaker? Definitely not.
Overall, I'm delighted with the phone, if less so with the upgrade process. Come on Dell, we're waiting!
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