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Dell's Streak MID Disassembled and Photographed

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

Teardowns are always fun to look at, and this one is no exception. However, it is a little bit different in that this is a smartphone teardown like no other. What you're looking at are the insides of the Dell Streak.

The Dell Steak has turned quite a few heads since the beginning of this year. It's only just recently hit retailer's shelves but that doesn't mean people weren't completely taken in by the MID when word of the device first hit during CES. With its 5-inch display, it was almost too large to be a smartphone, but it was definitely too small to be a tablet. And besides, if it makes phone calls and sends text messages, doesn't it deserve to be called a phone?

As usual the fine folks over at iFixit are on hand to help us make sense of the inner-workings of this device. Does the teardown help us decide whether we're going to call it an MID, a smartphone, or a superphone? Not really, but it sure does make for excellent gadget porn.

Click through to iFixit for the full gallery of images.

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    simplec1 , August 19, 2010 10:49 PM
    It's a shame that Dell did the same as apple and put this on AT&T's network
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    simplec1 , August 19, 2010 10:49 PM
    It's a shame that Dell did the same as apple and put this on AT&T's network
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    grieve , August 19, 2010 10:52 PM
    It's a shame its so HUGE.... If it were the size of an iphone or blackberry i would be all over this device. As it is now...no ty.
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    ares1214 , August 19, 2010 11:27 PM
    I would say too little too late, but in all honesty, too big too late!
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    christopherknapp , August 19, 2010 11:36 PM
    Bigger is not always better ... when it comes to phones. And this is a perfect example of why. It's ridiculously huge. Hell, the EVO is too big to be a comfortable pocket phone.
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    jecastej , August 19, 2010 11:46 PM
    Looking at those images it looks like the layout is "relaxed" (my ignorant opinion of course) Is this because they have the space to work on their side or because they did not perfected the design from the beginning? Is this why Dell did not offered a smaller device, I don't know. What I can't understand is why they did not come with a bigger screen option too. Of course we all have our preferences and I would like the screen to be a bit smaller with the case practically borderless including well designed slim buttons at the side-front.
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    rooket , August 19, 2010 11:52 PM
    simplec1It's a shame that Dell did the same as apple and put this on AT&T's network


    AT&T works the same as any other network around where I live. Verizon is just puffing smoke. I use AT&T and while I don't like the company a whole lot, it does the same job as any of the others (T-Mobile, Verizon, and whatever other ghetto brands are still out there)
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    jeraldjunkmail , August 19, 2010 11:59 PM
    simplec1It's a shame that Dell did the same as apple and put this on AT&T's network

    The difference is that I have my doubts as to whether or not ATTs network actually sucks or has it been the fault of 4 generations of crappy Apple antennas?

    Anyone have a smartphone that isn't Apple and is on ATT? I'd like to know what you think?
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    AMW1011 , August 20, 2010 12:00 AM
    The damn thing is big for a reason guys, it fills a niche. Its great for people who use their phones for data consumption, but not a lot of calling.
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    brendano257 , August 20, 2010 12:02 AM
    In all technicality it is a phone, but I would see more uses for it as a MID or 'tablet like' functions because it has the larger screen. Where as it looses some of the portability we've come to appreciate from our smartphones. To me it seems like it will be an awkward duckling in the mix of mobile devices.
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    dEAne , August 20, 2010 2:47 AM
    thanks tom, I really like this dissection article.
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    eddieroolz , August 20, 2010 3:03 AM
    I don't think I'll mind the size, though it might be problematic if I'm in a situation that doesn't allow me to use both hands.
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    enewmen , August 20, 2010 3:34 AM
    I'll buy it if it had a Cedar View (Atom) and can install any x86 OS. Or at least ARM based open Linux. Like a real PC, only smaller.
    But this looks like just a big phone.
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    pug_s , August 20, 2010 5:12 AM
    Now the MID really got streaked.
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    biofrog , August 20, 2010 8:57 AM
    Oooh ironic typo. An article showing us the 'guts' of the 'Dell Steak' :-)
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    JimmiG , August 20, 2010 9:10 AM
    It's basically a tablet computer that you can also use to make calls. For some, it's probably the perfect compromise. For others, it's just awkward to use as either a phone or a computer.

    Personally I find the 3.7" size perfect. Big enough to comfortably browse the web in landscape mode, small enough that you can hold it to your head without looking like an idiot.
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    utengineer , August 20, 2010 12:16 PM
    JimmiGPersonally I find the 3.7" size perfect. Big enough to comfortably browse the web in landscape mode, small enough that you can hold it to your head without looking like an idiot.

    Holding a phone to your ear to talk is so 20th century. Get with the times buddy and get a Bluetooth earpiece. Best invention for the phone. My phone stays in my pocket when I talk. Just don't buy a cheap one.
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    jagsforever , August 20, 2010 1:26 PM
    jeraldjunkmailThe difference is that I have my doubts as to whether or not ATTs network actually sucks or has it been the fault of 4 generations of crappy Apple antennas?Anyone have a smartphone that isn't Apple and is on ATT? I'd like to know what you think?


    I have had a Nokia e71, Blackberry Bold, and Nokia e72, as well as an iPhone 3g on the AT&T network. The Nokia's were by far the best in terms of maintaining a signal, Blackberry second, and the iPhone so bad that I had to return it twice in one month before I decided to get rid of it.
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    mikie tim t , August 20, 2010 2:39 PM
    Not everyone puts smartphones in their pockets. I have a belt holster for my old and crusty one, and I'd bet it hasn't seen the inside of a pocket half a dozen times in its existence. With a holster and a bluetooth earpiece, this wouldn't work any different than any other smartphone for calls. But it would be better for data and media consumption, however due to the screen size.
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    Anonymous , August 20, 2010 3:43 PM
    to all those who think 5" is kind of awkward, this is a preemptive attack on apple's planned iPad mini which will be around the same size

    you gotta love the modularity of the damn thing though, @jecastej this level of modularity allows for a future upgrade path for dell, leaving extra spaces allows them to accommodate new IC boards without the need to redesign the whole device, this reminds me of a teardown i done on a Motorola rizr, didn't think much of the phone but i loved how they used connectors that were easy to pop of and plugin again with worrying about tearing the plastic ribbons to pieces, good times.....
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    Camikazi , August 20, 2010 4:55 PM
    christopherknappBigger is not always better ... when it comes to phones. And this is a perfect example of why. It's ridiculously huge. Hell, the EVO is too big to be a comfortable pocket phone.

    I use my friends EVO and I LOVE it, I'm a big guy, all the tiny phones just feel as if they will break if I hold them too tightly. The EVO feels much better to me and about the right size, I have a feeling this one would be perfect for me, it def won't be completely covered in my hands when I talk and won't feel like I can crush it if I close my hand. If it were on Sprint I would be getting the Streak, but Dell decided to go AT&T :/ 
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