Dell Tablet PC Streak is a note worthy choice in a long list of competitors in the Tablet PC market
Dell, the company that became a hit among value-conscious consumers, is now offering a Dell tablet PC for every budget.
For years its founder and CEO Michael Dell has been able to steer the company to a huge market share not only by maintaining the line of products they are known for but also by expanding new trends.
Dell introduced its own line of netbooks with the Dell Mini. The company has also started selling smartphones with the Venue and Venue Pro. Now that touched-based tablets have arrived, the company has launched a series of Dell tablet PC devices that will fit all types of consumers.
Many might speculate that Dell is simply following the footsteps of industry pioneers when it comes to tablets. However, one can actually trace the origins of the Dell tablet PC within the company itself.
In the early 2000s Dell introduced the Axim series, handheld devices that run the Windows Mobile Operating System. Back then they were known to be Pocket PCs or PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants).
Much like the tablets we know today, PDA like the Dell Axim had productivity software installed such as e-mail, web browsers, and office suites.
They can run a variety of mobile applications, and most importantly their displays were already able to receive touch commands, even if it were only resistive screens, which were more suited to stylus input.
Fast forward to the late 2009, Dell unveiled the Mini 3, a smartphone that ran on Android and had a 3-inch display. With it was a prototype of another device, the Mini 5, which also had Android under the hood but with a larger 5-inch screen.
This device would later be known as the Dell Streak and was the first member of the Dell tablet PC line. Considering these facts, it can even be argued that Dell should share the limelight for being a tablet PC pioneer.
Dell Streak 5
At first glance, users may look at the Dell Streak, and say that it is an oversized phone. In reality, this Dell tablet PC also has calling functions, thanks to the Android OS that is primarily used on phones.
The Streak originally came with Android 1.6 Donut, but was later upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo. It measures 6 inches long, 3.1 inches wide, and only 0.4 inches thin. The left and right bezel is wider than the top and bottom when held in landscape mode, making it very comfortable when viewing movies. This does not mean it is meant to be used horizontally, since its unique size makes easy to handle either way.
The Streak is powered by a 1 GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with the Adreno 200 pumping graphics to an 800 x 480 display.
It has a 5-megapixel camera at the back and a front-facing VGA camera for chat applications. Connectivity is covered through Wi-Fi and access to a 4G network through T-Mobile.
Dell has also created its own Stage UI on top of Android to handle various types of media. The 16 GB storage can be expanded with the use of the microSD slot on the side.
Dell Streak 7
Consumers who would like to have more screen real estate can opt for the Dell Streak 7. This newer Dell tablet PC literally looks like the original Streak, taking design cues and fitting it for the larger 7-inch display.
The obviously larger Streak 7 is also much thicker at 0.49 inches, owing to the fact that it now carries an NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile CPU. The resolution is the same at 800 x 480, but the screen is now fitted with Gorilla Glass, an excellent protection from spills and scratches.
The 5-megapixel rear camera now has auto focus, and the front-facing camera has been upgraded to 1.5 megapixels. Users now have an option to get Wi-Fi-only models or add 4G capabilities on higher models.
Storage is still pegged at 16 GB but can be expandable up to 32 GB using the array of slots. The Dell Streak 7 also arrived on the market with Android 2.2 already installed, making the Stage UI more useful, and a lot more apps were able to make use of the additional processing power.
And even though the calling functions have been disabled, this Dell tablet PC can still send SMS and MMS like any other phone.
Dell Streak Pro
Pundits may complain that the first two Dell tablets are running on an operating system that is intended for phones. This has caused slight complications especially when scaling apps on a larger screen.
Dell answers their critics with the Dell Streak Pro, a Dell tablet PC with 10.1-inch display that also runs on Honeycomb, the Android OS version that is optimized for use with tablets.
The tablet now comes with a uniform bezel similar to other tablets but is able to differentiate itself by allowing users a choice of different-colored back panels.
There are now 16, 32, or 64 GB storage models with an option of Wi-Fi only or WI-FI + 4G versions. The screen resolution has also been increased to 1280 by 800 pixels, and the front camera is now 2 megapixels. The back camera still has autofocus and is 5 megapixels.
Aside from a plethora of ports, accessories such as a productivity dock and cover with built-in keyboard will be available at launch. The Stage UI has also been upgraded, and an enterprise application pack has been preinstalled for corporate users.