Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Review of the Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi Tablet

When the iPad first came out, people said to themselves, "Whatever, I have a laptop for that." But then, the real function of the iPad started to become clearer. It wasn't long before all the main suppliers of mobiles and computers wanted in on on the fast-growing action. Tablets became the latest must-have. Naturally, Dell wants a piece of the action. That is why they have come out with the Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi Tablet. Whether this unit makes the grade and is worth the money is what we will try to answer in this article.

The first drawback on this tablet is its maker. Dell isn't really known for making good and reliable products. Dell also has a dubious history when it comes to customer service. A number of customers have shared that when they made service calls after the warranty expiration date, they got a bill. So, while this gadget is probably going to be one of the cheaper tablets sold on the market, you need to pause to think about who you will be paying that money to.

The tablet has the Android OS (this version is affectionately called Froyo), which means that it should let you multitask between several applications somewhat easily. It's not a requirement to keep specific applications "live" in order to get messages from the system's notification service, while at the same time listening to MP3s and keeping ypur GPS data current. Friends and business contacts will constantly be able to reach you on your Streak 7 tablet because it gives you access to your email acounts, including Gmail, very easily.

A one-up feature of this Dell tablet compared with the original iPad is video chat. Video chat is integrated with the Dell Streak 7 tablet by means of Qik software and a camera panel facing front. The hassle is , however, that you won't be able to communicate with people who don't use the same Dell device, or something compatible. So video chatting with others who are on other platforms is not ensured. A fillip for the Dell Streak 7 tablet is the integrated offering of the On Demand service from Blockbuster. Admittedly, though, Blockbuster's recent troubles have made us think twice about giving this Dell tablet a thumbs up.

Reviews at this point are only a handful, but it does seem that a lot of people are wary as to the reasons why this product was developed. The unit's functionality is severely limited through it not being able to able to interact with other devices that aren't compatible with this particular Dell tablet. Still, if you are desperate for a tablet computer and you don budget, the Dell Streak 7 could be a great way to get used to the technology and figure out if tablets actually are for you. Before you send your money off, however, take care and make certain that you know what you're investing in.

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