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Good Android tablet but flawed...,
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This review is from: Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi Tablet (Personal Computers)
Dell streak7 tablet works very well, smooth operations fast and easy to hold read and operate. As always with Dell products there are some serious product flaws overlooked by designers.
I can understand the screen is not higher resolution, to save cost and it doesn't bother me but the battery life and a short power cord is absolutely dumb on Dell's design.
The screen if not compared side by side with a higher resolution screen is in fact quite pleasent and fluid to work with. The battery life is 3 to 4 hours, depends how you use it. If charged in the evening, with aggressive power savings options selected, it is dead by morning. The battery is not replacable and is a small one compared to competition. It is as if no one put a thought to it. The cord is short so you can't work plugged in. You would need an extension cord either from the wall to the charger or a usb extension to the charger since the supplied cord is 30pin dell at one end and usb at the other.
I just don't understand why there are always some flaws with Dell products, they make high end spec products then leave some basic important stuff out. My Dell XPS laptop has HDD light behind the lid?? This tablet has a very short battery life, every one cries for longer operation times, yet Dell neglected the most important aspect as if with an intention to kill the product prematurely. Not even a replacable battery slot...
This is my last Dell product purchase, next time I will stick with HTC for tablets, HP for laptops.. Goodbye Dell.
[UPDATE - 12 May 2011]
After using the WiFi only Dell Streak 7 for a few weeks now, I have to say my initial assessment of this device was correct. I can only manage 2 or 3 hours and find myself charging 2 to 3 times a day. I reckon, the battery will be dead within a year and after that I will have to put this in the bin, since the battery is not replaceable.
The software in Dell Streak 7 drains the battery unevenly sometimes I have noticed that within 10 minutes of web surfing using Dolphin Mini browser I had lost 20% of my battery life, even though I have installed auto-task killer to kill Dell Sync, Music and other Applications that seems to have a mind of their own to Startup in the background. This is absolute garbage. However, I still maintain the screen is usable and pleasant to work with given the lower resolution than competition.
Unless Dell comes out with a better Honeycomb update that saves this tablet's battery and within a few months it is not worth buying. For people who have bought this already will have their batteries ruined by frequent charging/ discharging every day, may have to trash the device.