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Hands-on With the Tegra 2-powered Dell Streak 7

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Dell's getting Tegra 2.

Tablets are the big thing at CES this year, and Dell was joining the fray in the 7-inch tablet space with the freshly announced Streak 7 tablet running Android.

The announcement was done by both Dell and T-Mobile as the mobile company will make it first 4G capable tablet for its network.

Tegra 2 will be powering this one, making it significantly more capable than its smaller sibling, the Streak 5. It also has a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera for high-definition stills and video recording as well as a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera with the preloaded Qik Video Chat.

The screen, while being made with Gorilla Glass, has the same 800 x 480 resolution as the Streak 5, giving it lower pixel density. It also goes without the phone component, which isn't really a bad thing considering that holding a 7-inch slate up to your face could be a little strange. Still, it'd be nice to have the option of being able to make voice calls.

Dell's custom interface for Android 2.2 Froyo is called Stage, in line with the company's other customizations. Later this year, Dell will add syncing to Stage so people can keep their photos, contacts, calendars and other personal content synchronized across their Dell Stage-equipped devices.

The full specs:

* Brilliant seven-inch WVGA (TFT) touch screen display with Gorilla Glass
* Android 2.2 (Froyo) with Android Market
* Qik video chat with built-in front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam
* Stage User Interface – easy access to the stuff you care about
* Built-in support for T-Mobile's 4G mobile broadband network and Wi-Fi
* Dual core 1Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
* SMS/MMS, SWYPE® virtual keyboard and stereo Bluetooth 2.1 capable
* Support for Adobe® Flash® Player
* Support for Microsoft® Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendar
* 16 GB of internal memory and SD Card slot with support for expandable memory up to 32 GB
* Dimensions: 7.87" x 4.72" x 0.49"

Check out our quick hands-on with the Stage interface.

Dell Streak 7 Stage

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    joytech22 , January 10, 2011 8:54 AM
    I just ordered the Toshiba AC100, it's similar to this in spec's except it's running android 2.1, doesn't have a touch screen (it's a netbook with Tegra 2), and doesn't have google app store.

    Why do they always remove the app store.. i wish i waited for this instead.
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    stingstang , January 10, 2011 9:31 AM
    That was a crappy demo video. Flipping through the apps, and opening and closing one app without actually using it does nothing to demonstrate how capable the tablet is. What's wrong? Too afraid to actually test it publicly?
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    feeddagoat , January 10, 2011 10:06 AM
    would rather have a custom version of 3.0 or the streak 5 with 2.2. They brought the mini 5 to the market with 1.6 and still haven't got a working update to 2.1 Like Sony I don't trust Dell to roll updates timely or effectively.
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    chronicbint , January 10, 2011 10:46 AM
    Android is one big fail with this fragmented OS and billions of different tablets.
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    apache_lives , January 10, 2011 10:50 AM
    that almost looks like a black apple ipod/iphone connector.....
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    regimbaa , January 10, 2011 11:06 AM
    To : chronicbint : You just don't get it ! Android = freedom of choice Apple = castration , Communist
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    winner4455 , January 10, 2011 12:22 PM
    chronicbintAndroid is one big fail with this fragmented OS and billions of different tablets.


    That's what Android is all about.
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    Anonymous , January 10, 2011 12:36 PM
    The Toshiba AC100 is a piece of cr@p. send it back pronto, you will massively regret it otherwise.
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    mayankleoboy1 , January 10, 2011 12:53 PM
    dell is crap. maximum failure rate of any tech brand.
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    Marcus Yam , January 10, 2011 3:20 PM
    stingstangThat was a crappy demo video. Flipping through the apps, and opening and closing one app without actually using it does nothing to demonstrate how capable the tablet is. What's wrong? Too afraid to actually test it publicly?

    It was just a short look at the Stage launcher UI. Otherwise, it's just Android 2.2 like millions of other phones. You don't need yet another video to show you what Froyo is all about.
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    BigJMoney , January 10, 2011 4:07 PM
    Hah. I was going to put down any amount of money for this until they said "no phone". Why can't any tech company make what I want?
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    hellwig , January 10, 2011 4:22 PM
    chronicbintAndroid is one big fail with this fragmented OS and billions of different tablets.

    LOL, I hope this is flame bait, but I'm taking it anyway. Sounds like someone is a little too scared to think for themselves. Let someone else make the decisions eh? Just tell you how much the check needs to be for? Companies just love consumers like you. Are you a solid Mac guy, or are you a hypocrite who uses Windows (or worse, Linux) on their computer (be it a PC or a Mac) because you need access to the wonderful software and/or hardware that other OSes support?

    I remember in high school there was a year-book quote that read "I hate people who mix brands, when I wear Tommy, it's only Tommy." Some people need to realize they are holding allegiance to a faceless corporation that wants nothing but their money. Some people are loyal to the strangest things these days.
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    eddieroolz , January 10, 2011 4:39 PM
    Looks a lot more promising than the Streak 5 due to Tegra, but the pixel count is very disappointing.
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    tayb , January 11, 2011 1:31 AM
    regimbaaTo : chronicbint : You just don't get it ! Android = freedom of choice Apple = castration , Communist


    Yeah? Freedom of choice? Sort of like how I had to root my Droid X to get rid of these crappy Verizon apps like CityID and VCast? How exactly is that different from my previous phone, iPhone 3GS, where I had to jailbreak the device to get rid of standard apps I didn't want and increase functionality?

    Having owned both mobile OS's I can say with certainty that this notion is pure rubbish. You might get more "control" out of the box but to make your phone do what you really want it to do you have to root or jailbreak it.
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    tayb , January 11, 2011 1:33 AM
    The Dell UI sucks and the way they handle page swipes makes the OS seem sluggish. For the love of god make the tabs active and scroll with your finger. When you wait to fire the animation event until after the finger gesture is completed it makes everything feel sluggish. This kind of crap is why people prefer the iPhone UI. Apple doesn't make dumb UI mistakes like that.
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    normano , January 11, 2011 2:46 PM
    taybYeah? Freedom of choice? Sort of like how I had to root my Droid X to get rid of these crappy Verizon apps like CityID and VCast? How exactly is that different from my previous phone, iPhone 3GS, where I had to jailbreak the device to get rid of standard apps I didn't want and increase functionality?Having owned both mobile OS's I can say with certainty that this notion is pure rubbish. You might get more "control" out of the box but to make your phone do what you really want it to do you have to root or jailbreak it.


    but that is not the fault of the OS that is the fault of the provider

    Android is far from perfect - but I would sooner go back to my Nokia P1 than have any kind of iPhone tosh as a mobile
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