The software update feels like a massive reboot to the 5-inch giganto-phone's software. It's a lovely treat, because that was where the device fell down in our full review.
The update deals with our complaints as if they were a to-do list pasted on the foreheads of Dell's developers. The old 1.6 version of Android is gone, which means the Streak now supports all the latest apps in the Android Market -- and you don't feel like you've spent a wodge of money on something that's already out of date, at least until the Gingerbread update comes along any minute now.
The Streak also enjoys all the updates we know and love from Froyo on other phones, including native Exchange support for connecting to your work email and faster browsing in the excellent Web browser.
Our prayers to the dark gods of user interface were answered -- Dell's UI, called Stage, has had a total revamp. There are pluses and minuses to the change, however. The redesign sticks much closer to the default Android 2.2 user interface, and depends on widgets to give the phone something special.
That means the phone loses some handy features that were well-suited for the huge screen, such as shortcuts to settings in the notification bar. But overall we think it's for the best, since Dell's efforts at customising Android 1.6 were generally rubbish. Its on-screen keyboard, for example, was no fun at all.
The widgets are much better, because they look good, they're easy to tap, and they work in portrait or landscape mode. The option to use the Streak in portrait mode will be welcome to anyone who prefers to treat it like a giant phone, rather than a small tablet computer.
Unfortunately, we found the Streak sometimes struggled to push its new software to full speed. The Web browser froze the first couple of times that we started it up, for example, and it's definitely nowhere near as smooth and responsive as the iPad.
Nevertheless, that's just the tip of the iceberg of the Streak's improvements. Click the image above to dig into this frozen treat.