Sep 02 AT 2:16 PM Dustin Earley 11 Comments

Dell Streak 7 could become the budget tablet of your dreams

Streak 7 featured

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 An almost outdated Froyo tablet for $200 sounds like a bad deal.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?

Via: Phandroid

Source: Thinq

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • inviolable

    They sure did skimp on the resolution, but everything else looks in place.

    • Dustin Earley

      I was wondering if you could use one of those density changing apps to make a difference.

      • TWiT Commander

        HP TouchPad killer!

  • thel0nerang3r

    “or would you rather pony up the extra $200-300 for something a little more powerful?”
    aren’t all Honey Comb tablets running the same processor? The extra money would get you a larger screen and higher resolution. I don’t think they are more powerful.

  • Black Kristos

    This MAY get me to buy a tablet. Could I afford a Galaxy Tab? Sure. My finance sense just doesn’t see the point. I’d like to see some video of it running Honeycomb and an ETA before I decide, though.

  • hnn

    my phone has that resolution.

  • Sean Riley

    The resolution is bad enough, but the couple that I’ve seen have had painfully bad view angles too. Dell needs to realize that when you have a device that is essentially just a big screen that perhaps throwing some cash into THE SCREEN is rather critical.

  • Interpol91

    The pricing is nice but the tablet isn’t. A resolution like that is enough to turn me away.

  • geah

    My 4.3″ phone has better resolution than this 7 incher. Can’t imagine how bad a 7″ screen with such low resolution would look, gonna have to say this is a pass.

  • Hacknet07

    As a small business owner of a computer repair shop, I’ve seen quite a few Dell PC’s come in for repair. The main issue with Dell (whether its a PC or a Tablet) is that they use very very low quality hardware.

    So, knowing that Dell is a very stingy company that has a fancy looking devices with shitty hardware, I choose not to go with these people.

  • thechad

    good article thanks