Dell Streak 7 review: T-Mobile's first 4G tablet

CNET's Donald Bell chronicles the highs and lows of the Dell Streak 7 Android 2.2 tablet, available from T-Mobile. Is it an iPad contender, or a Galaxy Tab wannabe.

The Dell Streak 7 is T-Mobile's first 4G tablet and a welcome comeback for Dell after the original Streak struck out.

If the $199 price tag seems too good to be true--it is. To get the Streak 7 for less than the cost of an iPod Touch, you'll need to jump into a two-year contract with T-Mobile, with a 5GB monthly plan that costs $49 a month for new customers, or $39 a month if you're already part of the T-Mobile family. A $29 monthly plan is also available, but restricted to 200MB.

If you take the full hit for a contract-free Streak 7 ($450), you can pay-as-you-go for as little as $10 for 100MB, up to $50 for 1GB. Honestly, with all the tablet goodies dropping in the next few months (Xoom, PlayBook, HP/Palm, iPad 2), you'd be pretty foolish to lock yourself into a two-year contract with a device running Android 2.2.

As for the device itself--its features, design, and performance--you can read my full, rated review of the Streak 7 over on CNET.

Read the full CNET Review

Dell Streak 7

The Bottom Line: The Dell Streak 7 polishes Android 2.2 to a tablet-worthy shine, and is the first to deliver 4G compatibility--but it's not enough to distract us from the incoming wave of Android 3.0 tablets. / Read full review

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

 

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