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Old, outdated, non-upgradable. T-Mobile. Android 2.2
on November 8, 2014
I can't believe how dead-in-the-water this T-Mobile branded Streak7 is.
Runs Android 2.2, which Dell and T-Mobile REFUSE to let update. Skype has completely stopped any usage of their Skype program on any machine running Android 2.2 or older. If it ran before, it won't run now, and you can't install any version of it.
Online I've found some information about "ROOTing" and "Flashing" this tablet to force it to install a more recent OS... but I'm not a hacker/cracker programmer... and it seems as though the people who do know how to Root & Flash type their information like they're 5-years old and on heroin and I don't understand any of it.
This is not a phone. Nor can it be used as a phone. Apparently T-Mobile doesn't do phones. You already know this if you've ever had T-Mobile service. Again, there are hacker ways of getting into INSTALLED YET BLOCKED features of a phone dialer on this, but any calls you try to make will be disconnected the instant the other person answers. Yes, it will ring. No you can not connect.
Battery life is awesome. I can use this continuously for about 45 minutes between charges. Charging takes overnight on its own charger. You can not charge this from a computer USB port as the Streak7 requires 2 AMPS of power to charge. Remember the lightning bolt for the Delorian on Back to the Future? Yeah, it's like that. The 500mA coming out of your computer's USB port is nowhere close to the 1.21Gigawatts this thing needs.
Nearly every single app you'll want to install from the "Google Play Store" is designed to tap into every bit of information it can get to on your Streak7. For example; there is a flashlight app (should only turn on and off the camera light) that wants to know:
1) Device & app history - wants to know about activity on the device, which apps are running, your browsing history and bookmarks.
2) Location - wants to know where you are at any time.
3) Photos/Media/Files - wants access to all your pictures, videos and any other files.
4) Camera/Microphone - this is the only thing a flashlight program needs access to.
5) Wifi connection information - wants to know what wifi network you're on and the names of any other network devices.
6) Device ID & call information - wants to know your phone number and type of phone, when you're on the phone and for how long, and wants to know the number of the person you're talking to.
7) Other - wants to connect to the "cloud" to download messages.
It's a nice toy, as long as you know that's what it is. For the price of around $90, I would think about finding something else next time. If it was simply up-datable it might be worth it. If I could at least get Skype to work on it, it might be worth it. If Dell and T-Moblie hadn't left their loyal customers out in the wilderness with no support what so ever...
Naw, it's not even worth it. :-(