CNET's Donald Bell puts the Dell Streak Android tablet through its paces and offers some real-world photos of his observations.
Apple's ad campaign for the iPad invariably features people propping the tablet up on their crossed legs. The Dell Streak doesn't need your lap. With a 5-inch screen and a design that's less than 0.5 inch thick, the Streak just feels like a touch screen smart phone that ate more than its share o Wheaties.
Android's default map app leverages the Streak's GPS capabilities to quickly locate you on a map. The Streak we tested ran Android 1.6 and lack pinch zoom capabilities or turn-by-turn directions, but otherwise worked very well.
The upper left corner of the Dell Streak includes a front-facing VGA resolution camera and an ambient light sensor that can adjust screen brightness automatically. The light sensor is not active by default, making it difficult to view the screen outdoors.
The right side of the Dell Streak includes a strip of touch controls for navigating back, menu options, and home. A small microphone is located below the home button which can be used for making voice calls.
Using the integrated microphone, headset microphone, or connected Bluetooth headset, users can take advantage of Google's voice search capabilities. Voice search can be used for many purposes, such as dialing contacts, or searching for nearby restaurants.
When camera mode is activated, the Streak can be used to shoot video or still images from either the front or rear-facing camera. Settings for image quality, white balance, etc., can be found running along the strip on the right, while recently taken photos are visible on the left.
By default the Streak's screen brightness is set below halfway and auto-brightness adjustment is not enabled. The result is a screen that can be very difficult to see outdoors. In this photo, I'm trying to take a picture, but have no idea what the camera is seeing.
After finding the automatic backlight setting and switching it on, the screen's outdoor visibility is improved, but still not as good as switching it off and manually craning the screen brightness to its maximum setting.