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Hands-on with the T-Mobile Dell Streak 7

The next Android tablet for T-Mobile is launching soon as the Dell Streak 7. While the Streak 7 has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, HSPA+ 21 Mbps support. and $199.99 price after contract, the low resolution display and limited battery life make it a device to skip as better devices are available now or coming soon.
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By Matthew Miller, Contributor on
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The next Android tablet for T-Mobile is launching soon as the Dell Streak 7. While the Streak 7 has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, HSPA+ 21 Mbps support. and $199.99 price after contract, the low resolution display and limited battery life make it a device to skip as better devices are available now or coming soon.

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The back of the box shows T-Mobile TV and National Geographic, but don't get too excited about actually seeing fonts as crisp as shown in the fake picture. Some of the highlights of the device are also listed on the back of the box.

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When you slide up the outer cover you will find the Getting Started Guide on top of the Dell Streak 7.

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The Getting Started Guide has some helpful information for customers new to Android.

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The Dell Streak 7 takes up most of the box dimensions (length and width) and when the display is off it is actually a nice piece of hardware.

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You will find a proprietary 30-pin connection cable, A/C adapter, and wired stereo headset in the retail package.

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I really wish everyone would standardize on microUSB and get tired of these special connectors.

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The wired stereo headset must be for listening to music since there are no phone features on the device. Why is there a mute button on the controller then?

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Dell includes their Dell Stage home screen UI, which is simply five custom widgets for you to use with the seven home screen panels.

The Dell Streak 7 only has an 800x480 pixel resolution display so fonts are not crisp and things all look a bit fuzzy.

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This shot shows the Dell Stage bookmark panel.

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Unlike most all other Android devices, the Dell Streak only has three hardware buttons. These are for Back, Menu, and Home. The Search button is missing. The buttons are oriented for landscape use.

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The power button and volume button are found on the right side of the top, assuming you have the device in landscape orientation.

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On the right side you will find one of the stereo speakers just around the corner from the indicator light. There is a long door further down the right side as detailed in the next photo.

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The right side is dominated by this large cover that is easy to flip open and access.

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Under the door you will find the SIM card and a Secure Digital (yes, SD) card slot.

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The other stereo speaker and a 3.5mm headset jack are found on the upper left side.

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There is a 30-pin connection port on the bottom of the Dell Streak 7 that is used for connection to a PC and charging up the device.

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You will find a 5 megapixel camera and single LED flash on the back upper left of the Dell Streak 7.

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The back of the device has Dell and T-Mobile logos.

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There is some texturing on the back for design, but it doesn't improve the grip of the device.

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There is a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calling support.

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The Galaxy Tab is a bit shorter than the Dell Streak 7 and has a much higher resolution display.

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The Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak 7 are similar in width and thickness with the Streak 7 just about 1/4 inch longer.

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You can kind of see the thickness differences here.

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Here you can see the difference in length.

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It is hard to tell in this particular photo, but when both devices are set to maximum brightness the Samsung Galaxy Tab blows away the Dell Streak 7. The resolution and brightness differences are striking and for $50 more I would get the Galaxy Tab.

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This is a closer shot of the Dell Stage Home panel. In actuality, the fonts are a bit fuzzy and things just don't appear as crisp as they could be.

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This shot shows how the Applications screen looks on the Dell Streak 7.

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The three hardware buttons, really touch sensitive areas on flat black plastic, light up in the dark.

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This is one of the included photos and it doesn't look too bad, until you compare it to a photo on the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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You can see the pixels in this photo, although it doesn't look as bad in the photo as it tends to with the naked eye.

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The zoom buttons in the photo gallery app are really fuzzy and appear out of place on the device.

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There is quite a bit of included memory on the Dell Streak 7. You get nearly 2GB of internal memory and 16GB of internal application storage memory.

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