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Dell Streak review: Streaking its way into the hearts of consumers

It is a dog-eat-dog world out there where tablets PCs are concerened, and the success of Apple's iPad can only mean one thing: more OEMs are going to get into the game in an attempt to deliver their own 'iPad killer'. And with tablets and slate PCs of all form factors starting to flood the market, VR-Zone takes a look at Dell's Streak to see how it stacks up against the competition.

As far as tablets are concerned, consumers often find themselves faced with a wide variety of hardware and software choices which, on closer inspection, actually appear to offer no more choices than what they already had back in the world of desktop and notebook PCs. For all the various hardware configurations offered by desktop and notebook PC OEMs today, consumers generally only had three real choices to make, and that is to get a machine that comes pre-loaded with one of the three most comonly-used operating systems. Namely, Microsoft's Windows, Apple's Mac OS X and in very rare cases, a Linux distribution.

Unfortunately, things are no different here in the tablet/slate-like PC market. While OEMs may attempt to differentiate their products by offering unique hardware configurations, the fact remains that users are still faced with the same three choices. Of course, the main difference now is that the OS choice is now that between Windows 7 (again), Apple's 'closed-is-awesome-because-we-own-your-device' iOS and Google's 'open-is-the-best-because-we-cannot-let-evil-Apple-take-over-the-world' Android operating system.

But herein lies the question: does an oversized smartphone on steriods even count as a slate-like PC device? Well, we shall see.

But before that, here is a quick listing of the Dell Streak's technical specifications.

Dell Streak Pocket Tablet Technical Specifications
Bundled Operating System Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 platform
Frequency Bands UTMS 2100 / 1900 / 850 MHz
GSM/EDGE 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 MHz
HSDPA / HSUPA:HSDPA 7.2 Mbps / HSUPA 5.76 Mbps  
Display 5" (12.7 cm) WVGA (800 x 480) in-cell TFT LCD supporting multi-touch 
Cameras 5.0M Rear-Facing Auto-Focus Camera + VGA Front-Facing Camera 
Memory 512 MB ROM + 512 MB SDRAM + 2 GB non-user accessible MicroSD for system & applications files only 

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