Tom's Hardware's 2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 2, Last-Minute Luxury

Mobile Phone: Dell Streak

www.dell.com
$549.99 ($299.99 with two year AT&T contract)
By: Devin Connors

Is it a tablet, or is it a smartphone? Some say the Dell Streak suffers from an identity crisis, but we think the device combines the best of both worlds. With a five inch screen, the Streak is larger than any other smartphone currently on the market (most come in with screens between 3.5 and 4.3 inches), yet significantly smaller than the slew of 7”-plus Windows- and Android-packing tablets currently on the market.

When it comes to hardware, the Streak packs a pocket-sized wallop with its 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU from Qualcomm, 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB of ROM, and 18 GB of storage, all behind a gorgeous five-inch 800x480 Gorilla Glass display.

Why the odd 18 GB? There are two SD cards, a 2 GB non-removable card (for system and application files) and a 16 GB pre-installed removable card for storing media. You also get two cameras: a 5 MP sensor on the back for snapping pics and recording video, and a front-facing VGA sensor for video chat. Other miscellaneous features include access to the Android Market for apps, an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, and GPS. While the Dell site says the Streak is tied together with Android 1.6, never fear, as the device is shipping (or in other cases will auto-update to) Android 2.2, or “Froyo.”

The build quality and Gorilla Glass display on the Streak are high points for this smartphone/tablet hybrid, with the former staying slim and trim and the latter being perfectly usable in most outdoor environments. Despite its bigger size, the Streak will fit into most pants pockets (super-tight hipster jeans excluded), so the walking and sitting experience with a five-inch device won’t be all too different when compared to a Droid X or EVO 4G. Some would say the internal hardware merely tows the industry line…but that’s hardly a problem, not when the “norm” is a 1 GHz CPU and 512 MB of RAM (more than enough muscle for Android).

The Streak is currently available unlocked for $549.99, or you can buy it with a two year AT&T contract for $299.99.

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  • marraco
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.

    Agree. Those clothes weight too much.
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  • ben850
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    are you kidding me?
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  • alchemy69
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    Spoken like someone whose knowledge of female anatomy comes entirely from internet porn. That your chances of ever encountering the real thing are close to zero comes as a relief to women everywhere.
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  • bunga28
    All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.
    -47
  • ben850
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    are you kidding me?
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  • carlhenry
    2nd pic is best hahaha
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  • Anonymous
    I take it evaluating women isn't your strong suit, Bunga
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  • joytech22
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    What? I'm not even sure you know what you're talking about..
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  • alchemy69
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    Spoken like someone whose knowledge of female anatomy comes entirely from internet porn. That your chances of ever encountering the real thing are close to zero comes as a relief to women everywhere.
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  • MidianSpawned
    Picture 2 is an optical illusion, if you look at it long enough you will see a Kingston Hyper-X drive.
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  • sandypants
    What happened to the $500 SBM build?
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  • doron
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    In a world where models have to live the most unnatural, unhealthy life just to be what the companies decide is pretty for the rest of us, this comment to these otherwise very thin women is the most out of place I've ever seen. Do you have any idea what words like these can do to some women? I'm shocked and really afraid to see an actual woman which answers your definition of "thin".
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  • ethaniel
    @bunga28:

    What? You don't want those girls? Perfect, I'll take them. :)
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  • cangelini
    sandypantsWhat happened to the $500 SBM build?


    It's coming tomorrow!
    Chris
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  • marraco
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.

    Agree. Those clothes weight too much.
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  • brisingamen
    i always get a laugh out of hearing virgins talk about something they have never experienced.

    i have modeled on television. and these girls are solid.

    ironically the digital storm pc is almost identical to the one i just built for myself.

    if they ship girls that look like that with thier pc's ill never build my own again.
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  • feeddagoat
    Not sure about the streak, if it finally gets an update to 2.2 and they sort out the data transfer (I tested it in shop with my laptop and to transfer a 1gb video was estimated at 3hours). It is a good device tho. I would of put the Archos Table (or tablet since they sorted their spelling with the latest batch) 101 or 70. The 50 and smaller are all resistive so that puts me off them and if you want a phone too then nothing beats the Desire HD. It works...well, and is big enough for everything I would use it for.

    Overall great Article and loved all the selections even tho I didn't agree with the streak!
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  • i_am_aronman
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.

    if anything they need to gain weight, i prefer my women healthy, not hefty mind you, but if i see bone it sets off red flags for me.
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  • accolite
    The brunette in red is still the hottest of the 3.

    I think Toms realized that the blond in green isn't that good a looker so instead of putting a bag over her head they cropped the pic to not include it, lol. Funny stuff Toms.

    Hope the models don't check the comments area cuz some of the comments on here are pretty blunt, 2 of them might get their feelings hurt.
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  • pinkfloydminnesota
    Grado headphones, SR-60 MADE IN BROOKLYN not in across the pond. Best sounding headphone, ever.
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  • cadder
    Hey, I like the one in green!

    Back to the article- why does the Assassin have 2 CPU coolers? Did they ship you a different model for photography?
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  • satyr451
    bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    Been a long time since I've actually commented on an article. I had to struggle to remember by username/password for this site...I'm glad I did. Now I can call you an idiot.... Idiot.
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  • SevWarfare
    No problem with the models weight. They are all thin and cute. The jerk needs thicker glasses so he can see a hot chick. Or maybe he has a CRT with 800*640, then I can see that comment being scarcely valid. My only gripe and it's minor, is the hottie in green needs to lay off the tanning bed. That bird is slightly overcooked. Oh yeah, nice gear too....hahaha
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