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Dell Streak Teardown

Disconnecting the control button cable

Lastly, disconnect the cable for the Dell Streak's control buttons from the main PCB.

Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

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10 comments
fgcroswait
fgcroswait

I think it would be cool if these "Teardowns" were available as PDF Downloads.

chuckedson
chuckedson

Yea, but can you put it back together?

jturner
jturner

A 5" display is too small for a "tablet". $550 is too much (and who want yet another 2 year phone contract)? How about a Kindle with a color touch display and some "real" memory w/USB ports? Android 1.6? I would hope it's upgradeable to 2.2..... or Linux which is what Android basically is....

jrumble
jrumble

No 4 G, No CDMA version, AT&T exclusive??? #fail. Yesterday's news Why would you restrict sales of such a nice little device ? I guess we have to follow the money.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

When Dell officially unveiled the Streak in May, I made the assertion that it was "too much like a smartphone and not enough like a tablet." After using the device, I'm even more convinced that the Streak is an overgrown iPod with a built-in cellphone. What do you think?

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Our goal is always to put the devices we crack open back together again. The Dell Streak is no exception.

ben@channells
ben@channells

Bigger than an iphone and smaller than a iPad. I could read the e-mail of the passenger sitting next to me(it was boring though) very clear and large text, but watching a DVD movie was GREAT. conection via USB or bluetooth and takes SD cards. In the UK its available on O2 for free if you take a ?35 per month contract. Almost tempting but the upgrade from ver1.6 to ver 2.2x woudl use up you data useage and possibly kill the device

cedric.tanga
cedric.tanga

... on a nice little 'thing'when there are better options that you are prepared to pay more for due partly to the 'WOW' factor rather that a long 'yawn'

etherkeiffer
etherkeiffer

Maybe; for now. I use a Streak as my phone and regular pda. It IS an extremely good pda and does a very creditable job as a phone. I'm understated cool enough to defer comments about the size of the thing (or at least everyone knows me too well as a gadget freak). Until web sites learn that it is (or will be when it gets 2.2 & flash) perfectly capable of displaying the full web page instead of restricting it to a mobile view it's never going to run with the big boys. It's a very capable device lacking in some pretty basic areas as a result of current areas where android, not the hardware is weak, and Dell pretty much scunnered themselves by putting that stupid connector on it so that virtually no 3rd party 'useful' or 'handy' hardware will get made to work with it. If you examine what you want to do with a tablet and compare it with what you can do with the Streak then the limitations are 70% software imo, and of that, be treated like a smartphone by web hosts swallows about 50% of 70% to leave 20% for other weak aspects of the software. Web browsing, multimedia and social sites is about the realistic extent of a tablet's raison d'etre imo. Dell should get the browsing sorted out, create a mobile mini-dock with speakers (for about ?40 not ?200) and they'll pretty much have it cracked. I'm not getting rid of mine any time soon. The only thing it really has going for over contenders like the Galaxy S, the Desire & the Nexus One is its size, but as we are led to believe; size matters. I genuinely think it sits somewhere in the middle between smartphone & tablet. With better web browsing capabilities (which has nothing to do with hardware) I see the pointer moving closer to the latter.