Dell hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to their phones and tablets division. Be it funky software or a crazy huge screen (the Streak 5 has paved the way for smartphones coming out now, display-wise), the company simply hasn’t seen the success it would like. When it comes to the Streak 7, poor sales can most likely be attributed to the software.
Specs-wise, the Streak 7 can pretty well keep up with the best of ‘em. It comes with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 GHz dual-core processor, 16 GB internal storage with microSD expansion slot, a 5 megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and a 7-inch display. The only really bad thing about the device hardware is the screen resolution. For a 7-inch tablet, 480×800 simply isn’t enough. But at the right price, with the right software, it could be.
Right now, the Streak 7 is officially running Android 2.2. In the ever-growing world of Honeycomb tablets, this is unacceptable for serious mobile users. Anything below Android 3.0 isn’t optimized for tablets and offers a lackluster experience at best. So how is the Streak 7 going to become the budget tablet of your dreams? An upgrade to Honeycomb.
Outed today at IFA, an official Honeycomb update for the Streak 7 is in the works. There were several Streaks running the new OS on hand just to show how well it really works. No ETA has been given on when the update will hit handsets, but with the state of the software on the demo Streaks, it shouldn’t be long.
If you do a little Googling for Streak 7 prices, you’ll see that you can easily buy the device for around $200. An almost outdated Froyo tablet for $200 sounds like a bad deal. Because it is. But an ultra-portable, dual-core Honeycomb device for $199 sounds downright tantalizing, low screen resolution or not. Does the promise of a $200 Honeycomb tablet like the Streak 7 interest you, or would you rather pony up the extra $200-300 for something a little more powerful?