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4 Things To Improve In The Dell Streak

We saw it, we played with it and we loved it. However the Dell Streak, a device that blurs the boundaries between the smartphone and the tablet, is still a rough diamond that needs some polishing.

The frame

We hate frames and the Streak has some seriously thick ones along its shorter edges. Removing them would not only shave a few centimeters off the chassis but also allow for a cleaner designed. Obviously, that's a personal opinion and we'd like to hear what you think of it.

The lack of expansion ports

The Streak doesn't come with any expansion ports. There's no USB ports for example which is really a shame and you have to buy its docking station in order to get the possibility to add other peripherals.

Froyo

The Streak will come with Android OS 1.6, not Froyo (v2.2), which in itself is a shame given that many other competitors have or will come with Froyo shortly. The reason why Dell is keeping Froyo away is, we understand, in order to tweak things around and make the pair even faster.

Higher screen resolution

The HTC Desire has the same resolution of the Streak and yet comes with a much smaller 3.7-inch toushcreen display. The next Streak should come with a screen resolution that's much higher in order to match that of the iPad and potentially be the first smartphone to offer a HD screen.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.